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Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Full schedule for Big Ten media days, including Michigan football coach Brady Hoke's presser

By Kyle Meinke


Brady Hoke will speak to reporters this week during the Big Ten media days in Chicago.

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Three days after the NCAA hammered Penn State with significant sanctions in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Big Ten media days are upon us.

Things are bound to get interesting.

The two-day event, held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, begins Thursday morning with each head coach holding a 15-minute news conference with reporters. Most also will speak after their news conferences.

The Nittany Lions are expected to be the day's big story, as they deal with sanctions delivered this week that include a $60-million fine, scholarship losses and a four-year bowl ban.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien also has to deal with trying to keep his roster intact, after the NCAA waived the one-year sit-out rule for players who wish to transfer. Players also can be recruited, both on and off campus.

Michigan already has flipped one former Nittany Lions recruit, and more prospects are expected to leave the class.

Other storylines include the newly unveiled four-team playoff, dissolution of the scheduling collaboration with the Pac-12 and a possible nine-game league schedule.

For Michigan, the big news will be how coach Brady Hoke plans to deal with his team's recent rash of arrests -- two of which led to suspensions. Other issues also face his team as the opening of camp nears.

Hoke's news conference is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m.

A look at Thursday's full schedule:

10 a.m. -- Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
10:15 a.m. -- Danny Hope, Purdue
10:30 a.m. -- Urban Meyer, Ohio State
11 a.m. -- Tim Beckman, Illinois
11:15 am. -- Kevin Wilson, Indiana
11:30 a.m. -- Bill O'Brien, Penn State
Noon -- Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
12:15 p.m. -- Jerry Kill, Minnesota
12:30 p.m. -- Brady Hoke, Michigan
1 p.m. -- Bo Pelini, Nebraska
1:15 p.m. -- Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
1:30 p.m. -- Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

Three Big Ten officials also will speak to the media. They include:
1:45 p.m. -- Bill Carollo, Big Ten coordinator of football officials
2 p.m. -- Mark Silverman, BTN president
2:15 p.m. -- Jim Delany, Big Ten commissioner

Coaches and players also will do local TV and radio interviews.

On Friday, coaches and players will hold two-hour roundtable sessions with reporters beginning at 8 a.m. Michigan will be represented by quarterback Denard Robinson, safety Jordan Kovacs and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.

An autograph session with fans follows at 10 a.m., and the league's annual luncheon wraps things up at 11:30 a.m.

Robinson will represent the Big Ten's players with a keynote speech at the luncheon, such as the one Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins delivered last year.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:36 p.m.

I'll pass on this. My interest is based on game time and what Brady has to say from the sideline. All this other stuff is just filler and Borrrrrrrrrrring.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

Tough day for Penn State. Being in their position can't be much fun right now. I can't imagine being Coach O'Brien. Well, if the essence of life is rising to our challenges, he should have a great chance to show his caliber. I doubt the coaches will say much today. Go Blue!


Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.

Penn State will rebound, to much tradition and support for this storied program.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:34 p.m.

Ah, they'll have plenty to say, just nothing I haven't heard a hundred times before.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:20 p.m.

I'm just going to say this right now. There is absolutely no possible way Denard Robinson's speech will be anywhere near as good as Kurt Cousins' speech last year. That being said, at the very least, it wont be as disingenuous.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 11:57 a.m.

Thank God for Denard Robinson delivering a speech. The Kirk Cousins speech last year was good, but overhyped and overplayed. Playing it once or twice was good, but hearing it for a hundred times just made me cringe and shut the radio off.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:52 p.m.

I think Denard will do a fine job giving the speech today. From what I've seen of him he appears to be a great representative of B1G football. I wholeheartedly disagree with your opinion on KC's speech. I found it to be one of the best I've ever heard and had no problem with the repeated play on the radio.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 11:34 a.m.

"Robinson will represent the Big Ten's players with a keynote speech at the luncheon..." We should be proud of this man's accomplishments. It's a great time to be an M fan!