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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Big Ten media days primer

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The SEC media circus is well under way in Alabama, and next week marks the unofficial start to the Big Ten season as head coaches and players from all 11 teams arrive in Chicago for media days.

I'm probably a little too excited to make the trip down Lake Shore Drive to the Hyatt Regency, but after a full offseason of blogging, I can't wait for things to get started.

Big Ten media days lack the crowd or the craziness of the SEC event, but there's always some entertainment. If anything, the kickoff luncheon Tuesday provides some comic relief as mascots and cheerleaders mill about near the conference rooms.

The event schedule goes like this:

MONDAY

All 11 Big Ten head coaches will address reporters on the dais from 11 a.m to 2:15 p.m. ET. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany talks from 2:30 to 3 p.m. ET.

TUESDAY

All 11 head coaches and three players from each team will be available for one-on-one interviews from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. New Big Ten coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo also will do interviews at this time.

Players and coaches have autograph and photo sessions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the kickoff luncheon begins at 12:30.

Here are some storylines I'll be following next week in Chicago:

Needless to say, there will be a lot on my mind. The Big Ten blog should be your destination throughout media days for all the updates from downtown Chicago.