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Big Ten team-by-team national signing day coverage primer

National signing day is getting bigger by the year, and some of the best coverage doesn’t come from the folks in Charlotte (the home of ESPNU). In fact, those in the know go right to the source for some of the best coverage.

That source? The individual teams themselves. National signing day puts strains on fax machines and serves the country over. Every team does something different and some exposure is limited, while others go with multiple on-site interviews, chats with local beat writers and in-house special coverage.

So, with that in mind here is a team-by-team look at what each Big Ten school is going to do (don’t forget we’ll have our own coverage and looks at national signing day — including our own recap show).

*we’ll continue to update as official word comes down from each school. All events occur on national signing day unless otherwise noted


Illinois Fighting Illini

Public event celebrating national signing day — 6pm CT at Colonnades Club of Memorial Stadium


All Day

Signing Day Central

6 am – ?

BLOG: CoverItLive Signing Day Blog (all day until all the NLIs are in) | View Blog

6 am – ?

VIDEO: Exclusive signee highlight videos (throughout day as NLIs arrive) | Watch Videos

9:30-10:30 am

LIVE VIDEO: Signing Day Live Video Special | Watch Live

1 pm

VIDEO: Press conference with Tim Beckman | Watch Live


VIDEO “Signing Day Sights and Sounds”

5:30 pm

Meet and greet Beckman and staff at Memorial Stadium Colonnades Club | Event Info

6 pm

Introduction of 2015 Signing Class at Memorial Stadium Colonnades Club | Watch Live

Indiana Hoosiers


Iowa Hawkeyes

Press conference with head coach Kirk Ferentz — 3pm CT

Maryland Terrapins


Michigan Wolverines

Live national signing day show — 8-10am ET (view via

Press conference with head coach Jim Harbaugh — 2pm ET (view via

Live webcast NSD wrap show — 3pm ET (view via

Michigan State Spartans

Coverage online via TBD

Minnesota Golden Gophers

National signing day social — doors open at 5pm CT (details here)

Other coverage via TBD

Nebraska Cornhuskers

National Signing Day Party — 6pm to 8pm CT (details here)

Other coverage via TBD

Northwestern Wildcats

National Gridiron Network Event — noon to 2pm CT at Ditka’s restaurant in downtown Chicago

Pat Fitzgerald Press Conference — 11:30am CT (we will be in attendance)

Ohio State Buckeyes

Will be featured part of ESPNU’s national signing day coverage — 8am-7pm ET on ESPNU

Urban Meyer interview on 97.1 The Fan — noon to 12:30pm ET (you can listen online here)

Urban Meyer press conference — 3pm ET (available on

Penn State Nittany Lions

Fan Event called “The Signature Event” — doors at 6pm ET, event at 7pm ET

Will be part of ESPNU’s national signing day coverage — 8am-7pm ET on ESPNU

Purdue Boilermakers

John Purdue Club Recruiting Round-up — 4:4pm ET (details here)

Coaching staff press conference — 3pm ET

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Live coverage beginning at 8am ET on Rvision — hosted by Danny Breslauer and former Rutgers player Jamaal Westerman. They’ll break down each signee as the NLI’s come in and coaches will join broadcast throughout the day.

Press conference with head coach Kyle Flood — 1:30pm ET (view via

Wisconsin Badgers

Press conference with head coach Paul Chryst — 2:30pm CT (view via

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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