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Penn State football: O’Brien, Nittany Lions ready to talk at Big Ten Media Days

The 42nd Annual Big Ten Football Media Days begin Wednesday and continue on Thursday in Chicago, where conference officials, coaches and players will be on hand for interviews both days.

Bill O’Brien, entering his second season as Penn State’s coach, will represent the Nittany Lions along with linebacker Glenn Carson, safety Malcolm Willis and offensive guard John Urschel. O’Brien, who took part in his first Media Days last year, will address reporters at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday and will then take part in roundtable sessions with members of the media.

Numerous topics are expected to be addressed including a potential movement for the major conferences to break away from the NCAA as college football’s sanctioning body has come under fire. Commissioners from other major conferences including John Swofford (ACC), Mike Slive (SEC) and Bob Bowlsby (Big 12) have all expressed levels of disdain for recent NCAA policies and procedures at their conferences’ respective media days.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is scheduled to address the press at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Each team also will have players on hand in addition to each coach, including Iowa: Christian Kirksey, Sr., LB, James Morris, Sr., LB, Brett Van Sloten, Sr., OL. Michigan: Devin Gardner, Jr., QB, Thomas Gordon, Sr., S, Taylor Lewan, Sr., LT. Michigan State: Max Bullough, Sr., LB, Darqueze Dennard, Sr., CB, Blake Treadwell, Sr., OG. Minnesota: Ra’Shede Hageman, Sr., DT, Donnell Kirkwood, Jr., RB, Brock Vereen, Sr., S. Indiana: Mitch Ewald, Sr., K, Greg Heban, Sr., S, Kofi Hughes, Sr., WR. Ohio State: Jack Mewhort, Sr., OT, Braxton Miller, Jr., QB, Christian Bryant, DB. Purdue: Ricardo Allen, Sr., CB, Bruce Gaston, Sr., DT, Gabe Holmes, Sr., TE. Wisconsin: Jared Abbrederis, Sr., WR, Chris Borland, Sr., LB, James White, Sr., RB. Nebraska: Quincy Enunwa, Sr., WR, Ciante Evans, Sr., CB, Taylor Martinez, Sr., QB. Northwestern: Kain Colter, Sr., QB, Venric Mark, Sr., RB, Tyler Scott, Sr., DE. Illinois: Tim Kynard, Sr., DL, Corey Lewis, Sr., OT, Nathan Scheelhaase, Sr., QB.

Players and coaches will take place in a second roundtable session on Thursday morning.

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