The last week of July is the unofficial kickoff to the 2021 Big Ten college football season. Over the course of two days, Big Ten Media Days unfolds and every head coach takes the stage to answer questions, and three players from each program take part in an hour long Q&A.
Big Ten Media Days didn’t take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, but a year later the event is returning. Usually it is held in Chicago, but it’s headed to Indianapolis on July 22-23, per Columbus Dispatch reporter Bill Rabinowitz. The event will be held inside Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts. The Big Ten Championship Game is held each year at this location, and the Big Ten Championship trophy is always on stage during Big Ten Media Days — the question is which program will get to see that silver trophy again later this year?
The reported schedule is as follows.
July 22: Michigan along with Illlinois, Maryland, Penn State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota.
July 23: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, Wisconsin.
Rabinowitz noted that while the event will be in-person for participants those who receive credentials, the usual fan luncheon will likely be held virtually. The luncheon is usually a packed affair with an autograph signing with all coaches taking place in the hours before the luncheon is held. Even so, the event happening in-person at all is a major step in the right direction and will provide plenty of coverage for each respective team before their season gets underway.