CHICAGO — Rutgers is used to competing with Penn State and Michigan.
On the football field every year. In recruiting New Jersey. And now for attention at Big Ten Media Days.
The second and final day of the annual preseason gathering features several of the league’s biggest personalities, including Penn State coach James Franklin, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Minnesota’s first-year hype-machine coach P.J. Fleck.
Fleck, a former Rutgers assistant, isn’t the only newcomer. Purdue’s offensive guru Jeff Brohm also makes his Big Ten introductions.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash won’t be overlooked, though.
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A year after he was the new guy on the block with the impressive Big Ten resume as a defensive coordinator at Wisconsin and Ohio State, Ash will be asked about his plans for bouncing back from a two-win season and one of the Big Ten’s most interesting quarterback battles, among wide-ranging topics.
The Big Ten Network will provide live coverage of all of the press conferences from the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and Convention Center in Chicago.
Here’s the schedule for the second day of Big Ten Media Day (all times Central):
8 – 8:15 a.m.: P.J. Fleck, Minnesota
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.: Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.: James Franklin, Penn State
8:45 – 9 a.m.: Jeff Brohm, Purdue
9 – 9:15 a.m.: Mike Riley, Nebraska
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Chris Ash, Rutgers
9;30 – 9:45 a.m.: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
From 2:15 to 6 p.m., the aforementioned head coaches and select players from their respective teams will be available for interviews away from the main podium. That’s when most of the top stories come out.
For Rutgers, Blessuan Austin, Sebastian Joseph and Dorian Miller will be on hand. New Jersey natives Jason Cabinda and Mike Gesicki will be two of Penn State’s three representatives.
Keep it here as NJ Advance Media’s Rutgers football beat reporters Ryan Dunleavy and Keith Sargeant provide live updates, news and notes from Chicago. NJ Advance Media sports columnist Steve Politi and Rutgers football recruiting reporter Todderick Hunt may weigh in as well.
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