Big Ten Media Days Central: Storylines, Interview Schedule, and Everything You Need to Know in One Convenient Place

By 11W Staff on July 23, 2021 at 6:34 pm
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Big Ten Media Days is finally here, and here's everything you need in one convenient location.

Big Ten Media Days took place over the past two days in Indianapolis, and we've got you covered on everything that's happened from an Ohio State perspective.

Ryan Day, Buckeyes meet the media

We have a bullet-point rundown from Ryan Day's opening press conference, while you can watch video below from each of Day's three Friday interview sessions as well as interview sessions with Ohio State players Jeremy Ruckert, Thayer Munford and Zach Harrison.

Palaie Gaoteote paying his own way, awaiting eligibility ruling

USC transfer linebacker Palaie Gaoteote is currently paying his own way to attend Ohio State and is able to participate in team activities, but is waiting to hear back from the NCAA regarding his eligibility for the upcoming season.

Colin Hass-Hill has the story.

Marcus Hooker reinstated

Ohio State safety Marcus Hooker was suspended from the team for spring practice after he was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated back in March, but Day says he has been reinstated and will be eligible to play in the season opener.

Dan Hope has the story.

Steele Chambers cross-training at RB, LB

Steele Chambers has been spending time with Ohio State’s linebackers, but he isn’t officially a linebacker yet, as Ohio State is leaving it up to him to decide which side of the ball he wants to play on this season.

Reinforcements on defense

After missing this spring with various injuries, five defenders who could play key roles for Ohio State this season – Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown, Dallas Gant, Haskell Garrett and Kourt Williams – are all healthy and will be good to go for preseason camp, which starts Aug. 3.

“I don’t have any regrets”

On Thursday morning, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren met with the media for the first time since the conference's controversial decision to cancel the 2020 season over a year ago.

After arriving at the podium later than his scheduled time and delivering a 26-minute filibuster of an opening statement, Warren finally answered questions from reporters.

“I don’t have any regrets,” Warren said Thursday. “If I had the chance to do it all over last year, I would make the same decisions that we made."

Dan Hope has the full story on Warren's comments, and Johnny Ginter writes about how Warren had a chance to hit the reset button and missed spectacularly

“Do it or die trying”

When asked about Michigan's pressure to perform well against Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh revealed that he's dead set on beating the Buckeyes, saying "we're going to do it or die trying."

Colin Hass-Hill has the full story on Harbaugh's comments.

Michigan thinking about OSU every day

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson said Thursday that the Wolverines “prepare for Ohio State every single day,” while running back Hassan Haskins says this year's edition of The Game is “going to be a war on that field.”

Dan Hope has more on what Michigan's players had to say about how they're placing an increased emphasis on The Game.

Minnesota gearing up for “Kentucky Derby” season opener

P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are excited to open up the 2021 season against Ohio State on a Thursday night. Fleck compared it to the Kentucky Derby, and Tanner Morgan said “you cherish the opportunity to play the best of the best.”

Colin Hass-Hill has more.

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