‘Big Ten Football Tour’ Hits the Road Starting August 11
Revsine, DiNardo, Griffth go all-access with every Big Ten football team
CHICAGO – Eleven teams. Fifteen days. And 3,000 miles.
That’s how far the Big Ten Network’s Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will travel to bring fans Big Ten Football Tour, a series of 11 90-minute shows devoted to a preseason football practice at every Big Ten university. The shows, which begin Aug. 11 and will air the same night as the practices at 10 PM ET, will feature a true, behind-the-scenes look at individual and team drills as Big Ten teams prepare for the 2009 season.
“As the new season approaches, Big Ten fans will love getting an all-access look at their team,” Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said. “This will be a great opportunity to see how every football program is gearing up for the season.”
Revsine, DiNardo, Griffith and the Big Ten Network production crew will criss-cross the conference’s eight states in a customized, chartered bus. The bus will be branded with logos and air times for the network’s “Four Pack,” a quartet of new football shows that debut in September. The shows include Breakdown (Tuesdays, 10 PM ET), Sites & Sounds (Wednesdays, 10 PM ET), Behind the Schemes (Thursdays, 10 PM ET) and Big Ten Football and Beyond (Fridays, 10 PM ET).
Revsine will host the Big Ten Football Tour, while DiNardo and Griffith will provide on-the-field analysis of each team’s top newcomers, rising stars, important position battles and schedule. A coach or player will wear a wireless microphone during practice to give fans another perspective on the team’s preparation for the season.
The tour begins at Ohio State (Aug. 11), and continues at Penn State (Aug. 13), Michigan (Aug. 14), Michigan State (Aug. 15), Indiana (Aug. 17), Purdue (Aug. 18), Illinois (Aug. 19), Northwestern (Aug. 20), Wisconsin (Aug. 21) and Minnesota (Aug. 22), before wrapping up at Iowa (Aug. 25).
In addition to the on-the-field aspects, shows will include interviews with head coaches, coordinators and position coaches. Reporters Mike Hall, Rick Pizzo and Charissa Thompson will have post-practice interviews with key returning players, newcomers, former players or other special guests.
The Big Ten Network also will produce a separate 30-minute football preview show for each Big Ten school. Those programs will premiere during the last week of August. The network will also air a two-part conference-wide preview show at 10 PM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Preseason coverage for each school is listed below.
Aug. 19 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 29 – Illinois Football Preview (10 PM ET)
Aug. 17 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 28 – Indiana Football Preview (10:30 PM ET)
Aug. 25 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 30 – Iowa Football Preview (9:30 PM ET)
Aug. 14 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 26 – Michigan Football Preview (10:30 PM ET)
Aug. 15 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 27 – Michigan State Football Preview (10:30 PM ET)
Aug. 22 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 30 – Minnesota Football Preview (10 PM ET)
Aug. 20 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 29 – Northwestern Football Preview (10:30 PM ET)
Aug. 11 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 26 – Ohio State Football Preview (10 PM ET)
Aug. 13 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 27 – Penn State Football Preview (10 PM ET)
Aug. 18 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 28 – Purdue Football Preview (10 PM ET)
Aug. 21 – Big Ten Football Tour (10 PM ET)
Aug. 30 – Wisconsin Football Preview (10:30 PM ET)