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Oct. 11, 2011

BTN Football Saturday Features
Pair of Crucial Division Showdowns

Big Ten Football Saturday kicks off with a Legends Division matchup as Penn State hosts the Purdue Boilermakers at noon ET. Both Purdue and Penn State are coming off wins last week against Iowa and Minnesota, respectively. Penn State fans can stay tuned after the game as the network profiles coach Joe Paterno in this week’s episode of Big Ten Icons at 4 PM ET.

BTN’s primetime game is a crucial conference contest as the Iowa Hawkeyes prepare to take on the Northwestern Wildcats in Iowa City. Both teams are looking for their first conference win.

Every BTN football game telecast is surrounded by Big Ten Football Saturday, the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game show hosted by Dave Revsine and featuring analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

Fans can also catch The Final Drive, presented by Sprint, following the last Big Ten game each Saturday. The program is the perfect conclusion to an exciting day of Big Ten football, providing extensive highlights, analysis and implications for the upcoming week.

‘Tailgate 48’ Travels to Lincoln to Capture Game Day Excitement

The new BTN series Tailgate 48, presented by Omaha Steaks, was in Lincoln last weekend to capture the excitement and jubilation as Husker fans witnessed the greatest comeback in the history of Nebraska football in their first Big Ten Conference game against Ohio State. The episode airs at 7 PM ET on Thursday.

In this week’s episode, hosts Jason Fisher and Julie Alexandria chat with two of college football’s most legendary players. Former Ohio State running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin talk about Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten and the passion of Ohio State football fans. Former Nebraska running back and 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers talks about the exciting atmosphere of Memorial Stadium and what playing Nebraska football meant to him.

The episode also includes interviews with 2011 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and former Nebraska offensive lineman Will Shields, Nebraska NCAA champion wrestler Jordan Burroughs and Big Ten Chief Communications Officer Diane Dietz, discussing the Big Ten Conference’s Legends and Leaders Mobile Tour.

Every week, Tailgate 48 travels to a different campus to give a 48-hour tour of the traditions, pageantry and atmosphere surrounding the conference’s biggest games.

‘Step Into My Office’ to Feature Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald

Northwestern fans can tune into BTN on Thursday at 9 PM ET to catch a new episode of the BTN series Step Into My Office, presented by AuctionTime.com, in which Mike Hall talks with coach Pat Fitzgerald.

In every episode of Step Into My Office, Hall sits down with a current Big Ten football coach for a revealing, one-on-one conversation. In this episode, Fitzgerald talks about the coaching injury that cost him his two front teeth, his childhood coma and his former job at Wrigley Field. In this bonus clip, Fitzgerald talks about the players he idolized growing up.

During the course of the series, the conference’s coaches chat about their lives away from the spotlight and before they were famous. Viewers will find out which coach was a boxer, which can play the tuba, who is afraid of heights and other surprising tidbits. Bonus clips are posted weekly on BTN.com.

‘Big Ten Icons’ Continues Saturday with Penn State’s Joe Paterno

A brand new episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, airs at 4 PM ET Saturday with a profile of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. This episode will be the third of 12 installments of the series, hosted by Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Keith Jackson.

Paterno has led the Nittany Lions’ football program since 1966 and was the first FBS coach to reach 400 career victories. He has coached in more bowl game wins than any football coach in history. Paterno has guided Penn State to a pair of national championships and five undefeated seasons. He is one of three active coaches already inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The series, which features one coach from each Big Ten university, runs through the end of football season and into the winter. The other coaches featured are Illinois’ Lou Henson, Indiana’s Bob Knight, Iowa’s Dan Gable, Michigan’s Bo Schembechler, Michigan State’s Jud Heathcote, Minnesota’s Herb Brooks, Nebraska’s Tom Osborne, Northwestern’s Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Purdue’s Gene Keady and Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez.

‘BTN LiveBIG’ Continues Monday with Profiles of ILL, NEB, and NU Alumni

The BTN’s new fall series, BTN LiveBIG, continues Monday with a profile of Nebraska, Northwestern and Illinois alumni who are “living big” through their service to others. Hosted by former Michigan football standout Dhani Jones, the program airs at 7:30 PM ET.

The third of the eight-episode series will feature:

  • Nebraska athletic director and former football coach Tom Osborne, who co-founded the youth mentorship program, TeamMates. The program inspires youths to pursue education after high school in order to reach their full potential. In this bonus clip, Osborne talks about the importance of having mentors in life and examines the positive influence TeamMates has had on one former mentee turned mentor.
  • Former Northwestern and Boston Red Sox pitcher John Trautwein, who founded The Will To Live Foundation to help prevent teen suicide after the tragic loss of his eldest son, Will, at age 16. In this bonus clip, Trautwein addresses participants at the Will To Live Baseball Tournament, discussing the difficulty of being a teenager in today’s world and emphasizing the importance of building “Life Teammates.”
  • Former Illinois swimmer CeCe Marizu, who co-founded Student Athletes Leading Social Change, a non-profit organization that helps student-athletes across the country plan charitable events and initiatives.

Viewers can learn more about these inspirational stories and discover ways they can act, serve and inspire at BTNLiveBIG.com.

As part of the new fall program, BTN will grant a $1,000 Scholarship for Outstanding Service to a student from each Big Ten university. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time at a Big Ten school and volunteer a minimum of 10 hours before Dec. 9. The network will select five finalists from each school and ask Big Ten fans to vote online for the most inspiring story. Full scholarship rules and more information on how to apply can be found at BTNLiveBIG.com.

‘Hoops Hysteria’ to Tip-Off 2011-12 Big Ten Basketball Season

The BTN will present Big Ten Hoops Hysteria at 10:30 PM ET on Tuesday, featuring the pageantry and excitement associated with the ceremonial tip-off to the basketball season. Mike Hall will host the show alongside former Ohio State All American Jimmy Jackson.

The 30-minute program will include whip-around coverage from events at Indiana, Michigan State and Minnesota, taking place Friday and Saturday. On-site reporters including Tim Doyle, Sue Ann Robak and Natalie Kane will talk to selected players and head coaches Tom Crean, Tom Izzo and Tubby Smith, respectively.

All three events will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network at BTN.com. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 14
Gopher All-Star Friday Night, 8 PM
Midnight Madness at Michigan State, 10:30 PM

Saturday, Oct. 15
Hoosier Hysteria, 7:30 PM

The BTN is the premiere destination for hoops fans this winter with 115 regular season men’s basketball games, including 64 conference match-ups and four Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament games. Once again, every telecast will be produced in high definition.

BTN ADVANCE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 11 – Sunday, October 23

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

6 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL in 60

IOWA AT PENN STATE


7 PM ET
/ BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE NEXT LEVEL
Rick Pizzo – Host; Jon Jansen, Brandon Williams and Russ Lande – Analysts

 

7:30 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE BIG TEN’S BEST: LINEBACKERS OF THE 2000s

8 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Big Ten Icons: Dan Gable
Keith Jackson – Host

 

–          WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

4 PM ET/ BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

6 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BIG TEN FOOTBALL in 60

MICHIGAN AT NORTHWESTERN          

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BIG TEN FOOTBALL & BEYOND

Dave Revsine – Host; Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein – Analysts

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MICHIGAN AT ILLINOIS

Mike Wolf- Play-By-Play; Megan Bower – Analyst 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

 

 

–          THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

7 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
TAILGATE 48

OHIO STATE AT NEBRASKA

Jason Fisher and Julie Alexandria – Hosts

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BTN LIVE

Dave Revsine – Host; Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason – Analysts


9 PM ET
/ BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
STEP INTO MY OFFICE: Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald
Mike Hall – Host

 

– FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 –

 

5:30 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL in 60

ILLINOIS AT INDIANA

6:30 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE BIG TEN PULSE
Rick Pizzo – Host; Tim Doyle and Brandon Williams – Analysts

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL REPORT
Mike Hall – Host; Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks – Analysts

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL
OHIO STATE AT INDIANA (live streaming)
www.BTN.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

PENN STATE AT PURDUE (live streaming)
www.BTN.com

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

NEBRASKA AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.BTN.com

 

7:30 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

IOWA AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.BTN.com

 

8 PM ET /BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT MINNESOTA

www.BTN.com

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

NEBRASKA AT WISCONSIN (live streaming)
www.BTN.com

 

10:30 PM ET /BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT MICHIGAN STATE

www.BTN.com

 

 

– SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 –

10:30 AM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BTN FOOTBALL PREGAME
Dave Revsine – Host; Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo – Analysts

NOON ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
PURDUE AT PENN STATE

Tom Hart – Play-By-Play; Derek Rackley – Analyst; Lisa Byington – Sideline

 

3 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BTN FOOTBALL POSTGAME
Dave Revsine – Host; Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo – Analysts

4 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Big Ten Icons: Joe Paterno
Keith Jackson – Host

6 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BTN FOOTBALL PREGAME
Dave Revsine – Host; Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo – Analysts

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA

Eric Collins – Play-By-Play; Chris Martin – Analyst; Dionne Miller – Sideline

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

OHIO STATE AT PURDUE (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

7:30 PM ET /BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL

MIDNIGHT MADNESS AT INDIANA

www.BTN.com


8 PM ET
/ BIG TEN WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MICHIGAN AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)
www.BTN.com

 

10 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
THE FINAL DRIVE
Dave Revsine Host; Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Mike Hall – Analysts

– SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 –

 

NOON ET / BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER

INDIANA AT MICHIGAN (delay 10/15)

Dean Linke – Play-By-Play; Chris Doran – Analyst

 

1 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER
MICHIGAN STATE AT INDIANA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

1 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER
NEBRASKA AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

2 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER

NORTHWESTERN AT PENN STATE

Dan Kelly – Play-By-Play; Richard Broad – Analyst

 

4 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER
WISCONSIN AT ILLINOIS
Dave Leno – Play-By-Play; Danielle Slaton – Analyst

 

6 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL
IOWA AT WISCONSIN (same day delay)

Mike Wolf – Play-By-Play; Megan Bower – Analyst

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK (TBD)

 

MONDAY OCTOBER 17

6:30 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

BIG TEN PULSE

Rick Pizzo – Host; Tim Doyle, Derek Rackley – Analysts

7 PM ET
/ BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL: BREAKDOWN
Mike Hall – Host; Howard Griffith, Chris Martin – Analysts

 

7:30 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
BTN LiveBIG
Dhani Jones – Host

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
NEBRASKA AT MINNESOTA(delay 10/15/11)

Marney Gellner- Play-By-Play; Audrey Flaugh – Analyst

 

 

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18

6 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL in 60 (TBD)


7 PM ET
/ BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE NEXT LEVEL
Rick Pizzo – Host; Jon Jansen, Brandon Williams and Russ Lande – Analysts

 

7:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER
AKRON AT MICHIGAN

Dan Kelly – Play-By-Play; Richard Broad – Analyst

 

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL

BIG TEN HOOPS HYSERIA

Mike Hall – Host; Jim Jackson – Analyst

 

 

–          WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

6 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BIG TEN FOOTBALL in 60 (TBD)         

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BIG TEN FOOTBALL & BEYOND

Dave Revsine – Host; Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin and Teddy Greenstein – Analysts

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

INDIANA AT PURDUE (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE

Mike Wolf- Play-By-Play; Megan Bower – Analyst 

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

IOWA AT NEBRASKA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

 

–          THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

IOWA AT NEBRASKA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

7 PM ET / BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
TAILGATE 48

MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE
Jason Fisher and Julie Alexandria – Hosts

 

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BTN LIVE

Dave Revsine – Host; Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason – Analysts

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S HOCKEY

MINNESOTA STATE AT MINNESOTA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com


9 PM ET
/ BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
STEP INTO MY OFFICE: Purdue Coach Danny Hope
Mike Hall – Host

 

– FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 –

 

4 PM ET / BIG TEN FIELD HOCKEY

PACIFIC AT NORTHWESTERN (live streaming)

www.BTN.com


6:30 PM ET
/ BTN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE BIG TEN PULSE
Rick Pizzo – Host; Tim Doyle and Brandon Williams – Analysts

7 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL REPORT
Mike Hall – Host; Rosevelt Colvin and Tony Banks – Analysts

7 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

8 PM ET /BIG TEN FOOTBALL

BIG TEN GREATEST GAMES

2007 MICHIGAN STATE AT WISCONSIN

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

INDIANA AT MINNESOTA(live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

– SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 –

10:30 AM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BTN FOOTBALL PREGAME
Dave Revsine – Host; Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo – Analysts

NOON ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
INDIANA AT IOWA

Eric Collins – Play-By-Play; Chris Martin – Analyst; Dionne Miller – Sideline

 

3 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BTN FOOTBALL POSTGAME
Dave Revsine – Host; Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo – Analysts

6 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BTN FOOTBALL PREGAME
Dave Revsine – Host; Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo – Analysts

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL

PENN STATE AT NORTHWESTERN

Tom Hart – Play-By-Play; Derek Rackley – Analyst; Lisa Byington – Sideline

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

MICHIGAN STATE AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

7 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

WISCONSIN AT INDIANA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

11:30 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
THE FINAL DRIVE
Dave Revsine Host; Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Mike Hall – Analysts

– SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 –

 

NOON ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN

Lisa Byington – Play-By-Play; Kyndra de St Aubin – Analyst

 

2 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER

WISCONSIN AT NORTHWESTERN

Dan Kelly – Play-By-Play; Chris Doran – Analyst

 

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

PURDUE AT MINNESOTA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER

ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

2 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER

MICHIGAN STATE AT INDIANA (live streaming)

www.BTN.com

 

4 PM ET / BIG TEN FIELD HOCKEY

MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE (delay, 10/21/11)

Dan Kelly – Play-By-Play; Kara Lentz – Analyst

 

6 PM ET / BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL

ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA( delay, 10/22/11)

Marney Gellner – Play-By-Play; Audrey Flaugh – Analyst

 

8 PM ET / BIG TEN FOOTBALL
BIG TEN FOOTBALL GAME OF THE WEEK (TBD)