2022 Big Ten Media Days Primer: Ryan Day, CJ Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Ronnie Hickman prepare to represent Ohio State in Indianapolis

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With pre-season camps set to begin in Ohio and elsewhere around the convention next week, the Big Ten will hold its annual kickoff event over the next two days.  For the second year in a row, Big Ten Media Days will take place at their new home at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where representatives of all 14 Big Ten teams will meet with members of the media on Tuesday and Wednesday.






Ohio State's role in the Big Ten Media Days won't come until Wednesday, when Ohio State coach Ryan Day and the three Buckeyes representatives — quarterback CJ Stroud, Jackson Smith Ngigba and safety receiver Ronnie Hickman — answer questions from reporters in attendance.  Ryan Day will be the last coach to take to the stage for his televised press conference at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, while he will also meet with reporters on the podium from 3:30-4:30 that afternoon.  Stroud, Smith-Nigegba and Heckman will participate in their interview sessions simultaneously from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Wednesday.






All three Buckeye players on the trip are attending Big Ten Media Days for the first time — Ohio State doesn't usually bring the same players to Media Days twice — and Smith Ngjba says he's excited about the opportunity.






"I'm excited to answer some questions, get some things off my chest," Smith Ngigba said with a smile while meeting a small group of reporters at Special Skills Football Invitational last week.  "It will be an enjoyable experience."






As two of college football's biggest stars, Stroud and Smith Ngigba are likely to attract the most attention out of all 46 players at this year's Media Days.  But they are ready to embrace that light.






"You could say it's our time, I think," Smith Ngjba said.  "You know, we're just out there hanging out together and this season, it's going to be a fun season all around."



Before the Buckeyes shine in the spotlight on Wednesday, when they are sure they will answer plenty of questions about how they plan to recover from last year's loss to Michigan, their arch-rivals will top the list of seven schools to meet with the media on Tuesday, when they are shown Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern. The Buckeyes family will be joined by representatives from Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin on Wednesday. The speaker who might grab attention on Tuesday is Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, who will be holding his press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium from 10:15-11 a.m. on the first of media days. While most of the questions Warren had in his media days last year — his first as a Big Ten commissioner — were about how the convention would deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, expansion is sure to be a hot topic of discussion this year after the Big Ten additions. Ten last for USC and UCLA. Here is the full schedule of press conferences:

Tuesday

From

When

The Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren

10:15 – 11 am

Nebraska coach Scott Frost

11-11:15 AM

Maryland coach Michael Locksley

11:15 – 11:30 AM

Minnesota Coach BJ Flake

11:30 – 11:45 am

Iowa coach Kirk Ferenc

11:45 AM – Noon

Indiana Coach Tom Allen

Noon – 12:15 PM

Northwest Coach Pat Fitzgerald

12:15-12:30 pm

Michigan coach Jim Harbaug

12:30-12:45 PM

Wednesday

From

When

Purdue Coach Jeff Broom

11-11:15 AM

Illinois Coach Brett Belima

11:15 – 11:30 AM

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker

11:30 – 11:45 am

Rogers coach Greg Chiano

11:45 AM – Noon

Penn State coach James Franklin

Noon – 12:15 PM

Wisconsin coach Paul Crest

12:15-12:30 pm

Oyo State Coach Day

12:30-12:45 PM

Here is the schedule of player-coach podium interviews (which will not be televised):

Tuesday

From

When

Nebraska D. Garrett Nelson, CB Quinton Newsom, T Travis Foculec

9:15-10:15 am

Nebraska coach Scott Frost

9:30 – 10:15 am

MICHIGAN TE ERICK ALL, QB CADE MCNAMARA, DT MAZI SMITH, CB DJ TURNER

1:15-2:15 pm

Northwest Coach Pat Fitzgerald

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Indiana TAG Barner Jr., LP Cam Jones, CB Tawan Mullen

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Maryland coach Michael Locksley

2-3 pm

The Big Ten Football Officials Coordinator, Bill Carullo

2:15-3:15 pm

NW De Adetumwa Adepower, CB Cameron Mitchell, LT Peter Koronsky

2:15-3:15 pm

Indiana Coach Tom Allen

2:15-3:15 pm

Iowa coach Kirk Ferenc

3-4 pm

Minnesota QP Tanner Morgan, S. Tyler Knobin, C. John Michael Schmitz, LB Mariano Surrey Marine

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Maryland CB Jakorian Bennett, RR Rakim Jarrett, and QB Taulia Tagovailoa

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaug

3:30 – 4:30 pm

IOWA LB JACK CAMPBELL, TE SAM LAPORTA, S KAEVON MERRIWEATHER

4-5 pm

Minnesota Coach BJ Flake

4-5 pm

Wednesday

From

When

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker

1:15-2:15 pm

OHIO STATE QB CJ STROUD, WR JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA, S RONNIE HICKMAN

1:15-2:15 pm

Special Football Adviser Barry Alvarez

1:15-2:15 pm

Wisconsin coach Paul Crest

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Ben Wilayat S JI’AYIR BROWN, QB SEAN CLIFFORD, DT PJ MUSTIPHER

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Illinois Coach Brett Belima

2-3 pm

WISCONSIN DT KEEANU BENTON, LB NICK HERBIG, QB GRAHAM MERTZ

2:15-3:15 pm

Penn State coach James Franklin

2:15-3:15 pm

Rogers coach Greg Chiano

3-4 pm

Michigan State Xavier Henderson, RR Jayden Reed, QB Peyton Thorne

3-4 pm

Illinois S Sidney Brown, RB Chase Brown, S Gartivos Martin, R Isaiah Williams

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Rutgers b Adam Korsak, T Johnny Langan, Young Avery

3:15-4:15 p.m.

Oyo State Coach Day

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Purdue Coach Jeff Broom

4-5 pm

PURDUE S CAM ALLEN, TE PAYNE DURHAM, LB/S JALEN GRAHAM, QB AIDAN O’CONNELL

4-5 pm

The Big Ten Network will broadcast live coverage from media days from 10am-5pm on Tuesday and 11am-5pm on Wednesday, featuring press conferences for Warren and all 14 coaches as well as interviews with Warren, these coaches and players in attendance.



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