Full schedule for Big Ten media days, including Michigan football coach Brady Hoke's presser
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
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.