Aug. 29, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday the launch of the Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour that will visit each Big Ten campus this football season. The tour will contain the Big Ten Football Championship and division trophies and will make its stop in Columbus for the Sept. 24 game against Colorado.

The mobile tour will entertain and educate fans about the new era of Big Ten football and the exciting road ahead – two divisions, the championship weekend in Indianapolis, 18 new trophies and the path to the Rose Bowl or BCS National Championship Game.

The tour will stop at a different campus each week, from Thursday through game day on Saturday, and will contain interactive activities, including the opportunity for fans to have their picture taken with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. The tour will also feature television sets on site for fans to keep up with other games around the conference.

Ohio State has selected Jake Demyan, a strategic communications major, to report on the events surrounding the mobile tour by using several different outlets. Visit the Big Ten Mobile Tour Blog (, Twitter page (@B1GMobileTour) and YouTube page ( to learn more about Demyan and the reporters from other campuses, and follow often to keep track of the mobile tour. At the end of the season, fans will vote for their favorite reporter, and the winner will have the opportunity to attend the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game or a Big Ten bowl game of their choice.

Check out Jake’s intro video here.

The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. With the addition of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the broad-based athletic programs of the 12 Big Ten institutions sponsor 298 teams competing for championships in 25 official conference sports, 12 for men and 13 for women. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $120 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 9,500 men and women student-athletes. For more information, visit

Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour Schedule 

August 31: Launch from Big Ten offices in Park Ridge, Ill.
Sept. 10: Virginia at INDIANA (Bloomington, Ind.)
Sept. 17: Southeast Missouri State at PURDUE (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Sept. 24: Colorado at OHIO STATE (Columbus, Ohio)
Oct. 1: MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Oct. 8: OHIO STATE at NEBRASKA (Lincoln, Neb.)
Oct. 15: NORTHWESTERN at IOWA (Iowa City, Iowa)
Oct. 22: PENN STATE at NORTHWESTERN (Evanston, Ill.)
Oct. 29: IOWA at MINNESOTA (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Nov. 5: MINNESOTA at MICHIGAN STATE (East Lansing, Mich.)
Nov. 12: NEBRASKA at PENN STATE (University  Park, Pa.)
Nov. 19: WISCONSIN at ILLINOIS (Champaign, Ill.)
Nov. 26: PENN STATE at WISCONSIN (Madison, Wis.)
Dec. 3: Big Ten Football Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.)