Network to cover Big Ten Football Media Days, announces new Fall line up

The Big Ten Network will kick off the 2010 Big Ten football season with complete television and Internet coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday, Aug. 2, from the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

The network will feature four hours of live televised coverage, spotlighting full press conferences for all 11 head coaches, Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials Bill Carollo and Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. Mike Hall and Chris Martin will anchor the network’s coverage from the Big Ten Network studios beginning at 11 AM ET.

The Big Ten Network’s online coverage will include media sessions on both Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, with Monday’s press conferences streamed live on The website will also feature Twitter and blog updates, frequent video clips and interviews with Big Ten notables.

The network’s preseason football coverage continues later in the week with the 90-minute Big Ten Kickoff Special at 2 PM ET on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Big Ten Football Saturday crew of Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will interview Big Ten head football coaches to get their thoughts just days ahead of preseason camp. The show will also air later that day at 7:30 PM ET.

Press Conference Schedule
Live on Big Ten Network and
All times Eastern

11:00 AM Bret Bielema (Wisconsin)
11:15 AM Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
11:30 AM Ron Zook (Illinois)
11:45 AM Rich Rodriguez (Michigan)
12:15 PM Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)
12:30 PM Bill Lynch (Indiana)
12:45 PM Danny Hope (Purdue)
1:15 PM Joe Paterno (Penn State)
1:30 PM Tim Brewster (Minnesota)
1:45 PM Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
2:00 PM Jim Tressel (Ohio State)
2:15 PM Bill Carollo (Big Ten)
2:40 PM James E. Delany (Big Ten)


Big Ten Network to Launch New Fall Lineup in September

On the heels of its most successful ratings year, the Big Ten Network will debut several programs in September, enhancing its fall lineup to include new shows about the conference’s iconic student-athletes, the current lives of former Big Ten stars in sports and society, and rare footage from the Big Ten of yesteryear.

The new shows, which roll out almost daily beginning Sept. 3, are Big Ten Icons, The Next Level, Big Ten Film Vault, Big Ten Pulse, Big Ten Football Report, and Big Ten Football Saturday: Kickoff.

Big Ten Icons (Tuesdays, 9 PM ET):
The network’s new slate of fall programming will be headlined by its most ambitious project to date, Big Ten Icons. Hosted by legendary sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, the 20-episode series debuts Saturday, Sept. 18, and will air regularly on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET. The program will count down the most iconic figures in Big Ten history, based on their collegiate playing careers. Each 30-minute documentary will spotlight one Big Ten Icon. Numbers 50 through 21 will be revealed on in advance of the program’s television debut.

The Next Level (Thursdays, 8 PM ET):
The network is also taking fans to The Next Level, inviting them to spend a day with former Big Ten stars to learn about their lives in professional sports and society. Look for the show to air on Thursdays at 8 PM ET, beginning Sept. 9. Lavar Arrington, Dallas Clark, Joe Girardi, Dhani Jones, Muhsin Muhammad, Nick Swisher and others will re-live their time on campus and share how competing in the Big Ten helped shape their professional careers.

Big Ten Film Vault (Tuesdays, 8 PM ET):
With hours of rare footage, some of which has never aired on national television, the Big Ten Film Vault debuts on Sept. 7 and will feature yearbook and highlight shows from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s with original narration by broadcasting legends such as Chick Hearn, Jack Brickhouse, Tom Harmon and Bill Flemming. Take a peek into the past Tuesdays at 8 PM ET, and gain exclusive access to mic’ed-up footage of legendary Big Ten coaches, including Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and others. Michigan alum and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf will serve as the show’s host.

Rounding out the line of new fall shows are Big Ten Pulse (Thursdays, 9 PM ET), Big Ten Football Report (Fridays, 8 PM ET), and Big Ten Football Saturday: Kickoff (Saturdays, 10 AM ET).

Be sure to catch a sneak preview of the network’s new shows next week on the network’s Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as at

Returning Favorites

In addition to the new programs, the Big Ten Network will also return 10 shows this fall, including: Big Ten Extra Points (Mondays, 7 PM ET), Big Ten’s Best (Mondays, 7:30 PM ET), Big Ten Football: Breakdown (Mondays, 8 PM ET), Big Ten Press Pass (formerly Sites and Sounds) (Tuesdays, 8:30 PM ET); The Big Ten Women’s Show (Wednesdays, 6:30 PM ET), Big Ten Football and Beyond (Wednesdays, 9 PM ET), Big Ten Football: Behind the Schemes (Thursdays, 8:30 PM ET), The Big Ten’s Greatest Games (Fridays, 6 PM ET), Big Ten Tailgate (Fridays, 11 PM ET), Big Ten Football Saturday Pre-Game and Wrap-Up (before and after football games).

The network saw significant year-over-year ratings increases during the 2009-10 academic year. Based on Nielsen data in the network’s nine metered markets, weekend ratings jumped 32 percent. Primetime ratings were up 27 percent and the network’s overall year-long average saw an 18 percent increase. The network also set new single-game viewing records in football (Oct. 3: Michigan-Michigan State and Northwestern-Purdue) and men’s basketball (Feb. 17: Purdue-Ohio State).

Catch Ohio State University Programming on the Big Ten Network

Each month, the Big Ten Network airs unique programming that spotlights OSU faculty, students, experts, and research at Ohio State. New segments are now posted online. Read more: