Minute-By-Minute Recap: Big Ten Football Media Day

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Go Gophers! MarQueis Gray
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Quarterback MarQueis Gray was a busy man at Big Ten Football Media Day.
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11 a.m. - Gopher staffers meet in the VIP/player hospitality room to discuss and finalize a media coverage plan for the day. Northwestern staffers and their contingent of players are also in the room, while players and staff from Michigan will walk in a few minutes later.

11:22 a.m. - Quarterback MarQueis Gray, linebacker Keanon Cooper and offensive lineman Ed Olson join the Minnesota party and grab a quick bite to eat before getting the day started. The Gophers have one of the later starts to the day, as they are the eighth school to begin the Big Ten Football Media Days circuit. (Only Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State and Iowa start later).

11:30 a.m. - Coach Kill sits down with BTN marketing and shoots a few video promo clips.

11:40 a.m. - Gray, Cooper and Olson begin the media rounds with interviews with BTN, BTN The Journey, ESPN and ESPN.com. Olson is asked by the BTN to sing the fight song, which he does with ease, saying he has known the Rouser since he was little. The group also poses for some still photos for the Big Ten.  

12:15 p.m. - Coach Kill is the second coach from the Legends Division - and eighth overall - to address the assembled media in Chicago. Coach was asked about his health to which he simply stated, "I'm doing fantastic. I appreciate you asking." You can view Kill's entire press conference here.
Go Gophers! Jerry Kill
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Head coach Jerry Kill adresses the media at Big Ten Football Media Day.
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12:27 p.m. - Coach Kill's press conference ends and he entertains a few members of the media outside of the main interview room for some follow-up questions.

12:42 p.m. - Gray, Cooper and Olson finish the first part of their media obligations and then walk to meet coach Kill.

12:45 p.m. - Kill, Gray, Cooper and Olson site down at Stage 1 in the Local TV/Sirius XM Radio Session. They will spend about 10 minutes at each of the five designated stages answering questions from local TV stations from all over Big Ten country. There are roughly 50 local TV stations in attendance.   

1:30 p.m. - Gopher video guru Ryan Maus puts a wireless microphone on Gray, so stay tuned for "MarQueis Mic'd Up" on GopherSports.com. UPDATE: Watch "MarQueis Mic'd Up" now!

1:52 p.m. - Coach Kill sits down with Sirius XM Radio for a quick interview.

1:59 p.m. - Gray follows coach Kill and speaks with Sirius XM Radio.

2:02 p.m. - Cooper and Olson speak with Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.

2:15 p.m. - After finishing up their local TV obligations, the Gophers head out to radio row where there are about a dozen radio stations from Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska set up. Coach Kill makes the rounds and talks with Minnesota's KFAN and stations from Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. These radio interviews will take about an hour of his time.

2:17 p.m. - Gray visits with radio stations from Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska before sitting down with Justin Gaard from KFAN.

2:21 p.m. - Olson entertains Gaard from KFAN.

2:38 p.m. - Cooper does a few interviews with media intermixed between the radio stations before spending some time with KFAN.   

2:55 p.m. - Gray, Cooper and Olson complete their media obligations for the day and head back up to their hotel rooms.

3:20 p.m. - Coach Kill sits down with ESPN and is asked many questions including if he is superstitious. His answer, "You look like me and there are no superstitions."

3:28 p.m. - Coach Kill poses for a few still pictures for the Big Ten before sitting down and doing an interview with the BTN and BTN The Journey. During one of the sessions, he is asked about the late Gary Tinsley. Coach spoke at length about Tinsley, his family and what he meant and still means to Gopher football. He ended by saying, "He has the best seat in the house and is on the ultimate team now."

3:57 p.m. - Coach Kill speaks with Adam Rittenberg on camera for ESPN.com and then talks off camera with Brian Bennett.

4:11 p.m. - Coach Kill visits with CBS for his last interview of the day.

4:22 p.m. - Coach Kill signs some promotional items for the Big Ten before retreating to his hotel room. He will not be there long as he has to speak at a Minnesota alumni function early this evening.

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