July 25, 2014
The University of Minnesota football team begins fall practice on Aug. 1 and hosts Eastern Illinois at home on Aug. 28 to open the season. Before any of that can happen though, the media rounds must be made.
A trio of Gophers - safety Cedric Thompson, running back David Cobb and quarterback Mitch Leidner - will join coach Jerry Kill in Chicago for the Big Ten's annual media days on Monday and Tuesday. The two-day whirlwind media tour takes place at the historic Hilton Chicago and draws media from all over the country.
Minnesota's quartet will visit with television outlets BTN, CBS, ESPN and FOX and will also face numerous questions from print and online media and a large radio row contingent. The two-day event, which also includes photo shoots and an alumni autograph session (Laurence Maroney will represent the Gophers), concludes with the 43rd Annual Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon.
The three student-athletes will then return to Minneapolis on Tuesday night to prepare for camp, while Coach Kill will travel to ESPN in Bristol, Conn., on Wednesday for the annual Big Ten Coaches ESPN Car Wash. Kill will spend about five hours in Connecticut, but is slated to participate in 14 different interviews/photo shoots during that time. Among the highlights will be visiting with numerous ESPN.com reporters, participating in a live chat and appearing on ESPNU, College Football Live and SportsCenter.
Minnesota begins its fall camp on Aug. 1 and will have three practices and one scrimmage open to the public.
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