Does some spring football on the Big Ten Network interest you? (Especially now that the new Iowa basketball coach is hired?)
Here are the details:
Network to Produce 15+ Hours of Spring Football Coverage
Five studio shows, six games to be televised in April
CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will be the home for the best Big Ten spring football coverage anywhere, with studio shows twice each week beginning April 14 and telecasts of six Big Ten spring games. In all, the network will dedicate more than 15 hours to Big Ten spring football coverage.
The network will produce five episodes of Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report on Wednesday and Saturday nights from April 14 through April 28. Dave Revsine will host the shows alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
“The Big Ten is coming off a strong bowl season and excitement is already building for 2010,” Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said. “The Big Ten Network will offer fans the first and most in-depth look at their favorite teams.”
DiNardo and Griffith, who have been visiting Big Ten campuses throughout the spring drills, will review spring practices during the first episode of Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report.
Five Big Ten spring games will take place Saturday, April 17. The Michigan and Wisconsin games will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com in the afternoon and will air on the linear network at 7 PM CT and 10 PM CT, respectively. In addition, post-game interviews and highlights from the Iowa, Indiana and Purdue intra-squad scrimmages will air at 9 PM CT that night on the Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report.
On Wednesday, April 21, the Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report will preview the upcoming NFL Draft, and will include interviews with many of the Big Ten’s projected draft picks.
The remaining six Big Ten spring games will kick off on Saturday, April 24. The Big Ten Network will carry Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse game at 10 AM CT and its spring football game live at noon CT. The network will air the telecast of Penn State’s spring game at 4 PM CT. Complete highlights, analysis and post-game reaction from those games as well as from the Minnesota and Northwestern games will be part of the Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report at 9 PM CT.
The Illinois and Michigan State spring games will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com and will air on delay at 10 PM CT on Saturday and at 4 PM CT on Sunday, April 25, respectively.
The Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report on Wednesday, April 28, wraps up the spring sessions on every campus and looks ahead to the 2010 season.
Coverage seems to favor schools that play actual spring games. Of course, you know that Iowa holds a situational scrimmage.
Today, look for a little background on Woody Orne and some pictures from the first 15 minutes (stretching) of Iowa's spring practice in Iowa City.
Here's a video from the BTN on OL Bryan Bulaga's NFL workout from February (good stuff here):