WHAT: Big Ten Media Days & Kickoff Luncheon 2015
WHERE: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago
WHEN: Thursday and Friday (Penn State appears Friday)
WHO WILL BE THERE: All Big Ten coaches and three players from each squad. For Penn State, that means James Franklin will lead the contingent, and will be joined by senior Angelo Mangiro (OL), Anthony Zettel (DT) and Jordan Lucas (DB). Zettel and Lucas are both preseason first-team All-Big Ten picks by Phil Steele.
WHO WON'T BE THERE: The Nittany Lions' highest profile player, junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg, will not be in Chicago. Franklin has a policy of only taking seniors to these types of events.
WHO ELSE WILL BE/IS THERE: Other Phil Steele's preseason first-team All-Big Ten selections slated to be on hand include QB Connor Cook (MSU), RB Corey Clement (WIS), WR Leonte Carroo (RUT), C Jack Allen (MSU), OL Taylor Decker (OSU), DT Adolphus Washington (OSU), DE Shilique Calhoun (MSU), LB Mason Monheim (ILL) and DB William Likely (MD).
NEW FORMAT: Half the teams will meet the media Thursday (MSU, ILL, WIS, MD, IND, IOWA, OSU). The other half will meet the media Friday (NEB, PUR, PSU, MINN, MICH, RU, NU).
TIMES FOR PENN STATE'S AVAILABILITY: Franklin will address the main media room at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern) Friday. He is the last coach scheduled to speak in the morning. He will speak again at 4 p.m. and hold a roundtable from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. PSU players will take the podium at 3:30 p.m. and will break into roundtable at 4 p.m.