Jody Victor: 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.
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. Reporter Mike Hall, Rick Pizzo and Charissa Thompson will have post-practice interviews with key returning players, newcomers, former players or other special guests.
Fans along the Big Ten Football Tour route will have a chance to win football tickets and other Big Ten Network prizes by getting updates through the network's Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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.