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Oct. 12, 2009
CHICAGO; October 12, 2009 - The Big Ten Network will debut a pair of football programs this week, one that looks back at the Big Ten's past and another that looks at its future.
Following the Big Ten Conference's announcement Tuesday of its new post-season bowl lineups for the 2010-13 seasons, the Big Ten Network will present a half-hour Football Special at 11 p.m. ET that evening after Big Ten Football: Breakdown. Hosted by Dave Revsine, the show takes a look at the new bowl lineups and their impact on the conference. Guests will include Commissioner Jim Delany and selected Big Ten coaches, athletic directors and bowl representatives.
At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Big Ten Network will look back at one of the most incredible football seasons in the conference's 108-year history with The Greatest Seasons: 1995 Football. The year is most remembered for Northwestern's amazing unblemished run through the conference, to earn its first Rose Bowl bid in nearly 50 years.
The show includes interviews and sound bites from many of the central figures and voices from the 1995 season. The list includes Gary Barnett, Pat Fitzgerald and Darnell Autry of Northwestern, John Cooper, Bobby Hoying and Eddie George of Ohio State, Brian Griese and Lloyd Carr of Michigan, Simeon Rice from Illinois, Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin, and journalists such as Keith Jackson, Brent Musburger, Dave Revsine and many, many more.
In 1995, the Big Ten was particularly stacked with exceptional coaches and talented teams. Five Big Ten squads finished in both major national polls, setting a new conference record. The Big Ten was also loaded from an individual talent standpoint, and was recognized on a national level.
Big Ten players claimed a trophy case full of awards. Eddie George, the Ohio State running back, won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award. The Big Ten also captured the Dick Butkus Award (Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy), the Vince Lombardi Award (Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace), the Bronko Nagurski Award (Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald), the Chuck Bednarik Award (Fitzgerald), the Fred Biletnikoff Award (Ohio State wide receiver Terry Glenn) and the consensus National Coach of the Year was Northwestern's Gary Barnett.
About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network is the first nationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women's sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation's finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men's basketball games; 55 women's basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; Big Ten Tonight, a nightly studio show; coaches' shows; and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.