New series “The Big Ten Quad” with Eddie George. The Heisman Trophy winner hosts three Big Ten personalities in an open forum taped in front of a live studio audience. Ron Dayne, Pat Fitzgerald and Gene Keady on March 30.
Three iconic Big Ten figures will join Eddie George on “The Big Ten Quad” at 9 PM ET on Monday, March 30.
Guests will include Ron Dayne, former Wisconsin running back, 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, NCAA career rushing record-holder and member of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XXXV team; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern head football coach, former Wildcat linebacker, two-time winner of the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame; and Gene Keady, former Purdue basketball coach, seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, former NBA and U.S. Olympic Team assistant coach and Big Ten Network basketball analyst.
In each episode of The Big Ten Quad, George, a Heisman Trophy winner himself, hosts three Big Ten personalities in an open forum taped in front of a studio audience at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. New episodes air at 9 PM ET on Mondays and will re-air throughout the week.
Upcoming guests this season will also include Bret Bielema, Quinn Buckner, Jeff George, Desmond Howard, Roy Marble, Rashard Mendenhall, Brad Miller, Michael Redd and many more.
George won the 1995 Heisman as a running back for Ohio State. He was the first-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers and was named the NFL’s 1996 Rookie of the Year. George’s NFL career lasted eight seasons, including four Pro Bowl selections and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Tennessee Titans. He finished his NFL career in 2004 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He is one of only 30 players in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards. Ohio State retired George’s number 27 in 2001.
“The exciting part of ‘The Big Ten Quad’ is its unpredictability. The show will capture natural conversations that would take place even if the cameras weren’t rolling,”” Big Ten Network Vice President, Programming Mike Feller said. “Eddie will be a great fit as a host because he is a good conversationalist and he has a strong intellectual curiosity. He will be able to relate to a variety of guests with his experience in the Big Ten and professional sports.”
“The Big Ten is about true passion and tradition, but each athlete or coach has had their own unique experience. My role each week is to ask the right questions and let the conversation flow from there,” George said.
A partial list of this season’s guests includes:
Bret Bielema, current Wisconsin head football coach and formerUniversity of Iowa defensive lineman Michael Redd, formerOhio State guard and member of the Buckeyes’ 2000 Final Four team,a 2004 NBA All-Star and 2008 Olympic gold medalist QuinnBuckner, former Indiana basketball player, member of the Hoosiers’1976 National Championship team, 1976 Olympic gold medalist andmember of the Boston Celtics’ 1984 NBA Championship team Ron Dayne,former Wisconsin running back, 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, NCAAcareer rushing record-holder and member of the New York Giants’Super Bowl XXXV team Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern head footballcoach, former Wildcat linebacker, two-time winner of the ChuckBednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards and a member of the CollegeFootball Hall of Fame Jeff George, former Illinois quarterback andfirst overall pick of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Coltsand a 15-year NFL veteran Gene Keady, former Purdue basketballcoach, seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, former NBA and U.S.Olympic Team assistant coach and Big Ten Network basketball analystMike Hart, Michigan’s all-time leading rusher, two-time Doak WalkerAward finalist and three-time All-Big Ten selection Desmond Howard,former Michigan wide receiver, 1991 Heisman Trophy winner and SuperBowl XXXI MVP Roy Marble, Iowa’s all-time leader in points andsteals and first round 1989 NBA draft pick