BTN Communications, July 18, 2013

CHICAGO - BTN/BTN2Go will kick off the 2013 Big Ten football season with five hours of live televised coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days on Wednesday and a two-hour Kickoff Luncheon Special on Friday.

Live coverage from the Hilton Chicago will begin at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday. Mike Hall and Derek Rackley host the coverage that will include the press conferences for all 12 coaches, BTN President Mark Silverman, Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany.

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BTN will re-air the press conferences beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday night.

BTN?s Dave Revsine will host the two-hour Kickoff Luncheon Special, which airs at 8 pm ET Friday.

Fans can track each day?s activities by following Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter.

Press Conference Schedule  – All times Eastern
11 a.m.: Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
11:15 a.m.: Darrell Hazell (Purdue)
11:30 a.m.: Gary Andersen (Wisconsin)
11:45 a.m.: BREAK
noon: Tim Beckman (Illinois)
12:15 p.m.: Kevin Wilson (Indiana)
12:30 p.m.: Brady Hoke (Michigan)
12:45 p.m.: BREAK
1 p.m.: Bo Pelini (Nebraska)
1:15 p.m.: Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
1:30 p.m.: Urban Meyer (Ohio State)
1:45 p.m.: BREAK
2 p.m.: Jerry Kill (Minnesota)
2:15 p.m.: Bill O?Brien (Penn State)
2:30 p.m.: Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
2:45 p.m.: Mark Silverman (BTN President)
3 p.m.: Scott Jenkins (Tournament of Roses President)
3:15 p.m.: Jim Delany (Big Ten Commissioner)

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