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“On The Bench with Mike Hall”
features in-depth discussions podcast with Big Ten coaches and players as well as national announcers and entertainers who share their Big Ten tales.

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    • 4.6 • 14 Ratings

“On The Bench with Mike Hall”
features in-depth discussions podcast with Big Ten coaches and players as well as national announcers and entertainers who share their Big Ten tales.

    Episode 03: Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo

    Episode 03: Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo

    As NCAA Basketball gets ready to tip-off for the 2020-21 season, Mike sits down to chat with legendary Spartan head coach Tom Izzo.

    0:00 -- Introduction to Tom Izzo
    3:14-- Tom Izzo on his coaching future
    4:48 -- Tom Izzo on Jud Heathcote stories (joke-telling and recruiting)
    8:47 -- Tom Izzo on the coaching transition from Jud Heathcote to Tom Izzo
    13:23 -- Tom Izzo on having great relationships with the media
    15:03 -- Tom Izzo on helping promote the Big Ten Network before launch
    16:32 -- Tom Izzo on how arguing with his players builds relationships (Draymond Green and Cassius Winston stories)
    23:20 -- Tom Izzo on loudest Big Ten arenas and rivalry with Michigan
    26:08 -- Tom Izzo on best Big Ten Men's Basketball teams he never coached
    29:01 -- Tom Izzo on expanding Big Ten Men's Basketball conference schedule
    30:58 -- Tom Izzo on how he started playing the accordion
    34:10 -- Tom Izzo on living in a trailer park with Steve Mariucci and road trip stories
    38:05-- "B4 You Go" segment

    • 47 min
    Episode 02: Maryland Football Coach Michael Locksley

    Episode 02: Maryland Football Coach Michael Locksley

    Mike sits down with Maryland football head coach to talk about Year 2 with the Terps and more.

    0:00 -- Introduction to Michael Locksley
    1:47 -- Michael Locksley on his love of Go-Go music
    5:03 -- Michael Locksley on favorite places to visit in D.C.
    7:13 -- Michael Locksley on selling D.C. weather to southern recruits
    9:21 -- Michael Locksley on relationships within recruiting
    12:02 -- Michael Locksley on recruiting visit preparation and memory skills
    18:36 -- Michael Locksley on grilling passion
    21:39 -- Michael Locksley on hosting "Late Night with Locks" show
    25:08 -- Michael Locksley on inviting Nick Saban to "Late Night with Locks" and coaching for Saban
    27:23 Michael Locksley on his wife, Kia, teaching yoga to his football players
    29:23 -- Michael Locksley on Kevin Warren and minority leadership within the Big Ten
    30:41 -- Michael Locksley on progress of racial equality in America
    34:05 -- Michael Locksley on music choices within a locker room
    34:39 -- "B4 You Go" Segment

    • 38 min
    Episode 01: Minnesota Football Coach P.J. Fleck

    Episode 01: Minnesota Football Coach P.J. Fleck

    In the first episode of On the Bench, Mike sits down with Minnesota head football coach P.J. Fleck to discuss the Gophers, his playing days, his Chicago fandom, and more.

    0:00 -- Introduction to P.J. Fleck
    2:37 -- P.J. Fleck the basketball player scouting report
    4:56 -- P.J. Fleck the baseball player scouting report
    7:29 -- P.J. Fleck on neighbor Minnesota Twins player Josh Donaldson
    8:30 -- P.J. Fleck the hockey player scouting report
    9:05 -- P.J. Fleck on punt returner mentality
    11:28 -- P.J. Fleck on being a Chicago Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks Fan
    17:20 -- P.J. Fleck on biggest adjustment moving to Minnesota
    19:58 -- P.J. Fleck on shaving his head
    21:58 -- P.J. Fleck on Greg Schiano and daily journal writing
    26:54 -- P.J. Fleck on his coaching mentors
    29:43 -- P.J. Fleck on being a 6th grade social studies teacher
    31:42 - -P.J. Fleck on "Row The Boat" mantra
    35:06 -- P.J. Fleck on the word "Elite"
    36:57 -- P.J. Fleck on the movie Top Gun and wanting to be Tom Cruise
    38:27 -- P.J. Fleck on parenting
    39:15 -- "B4 You Go" segment

    • 45 min
    Episode 0: Welcome to On the Bench w/ Mike Hall

    Episode 0: Welcome to On the Bench w/ Mike Hall

    The Big Ten Network’s Mike Hall has a brand new podcast, starting Tuesday November 10th.

    “On The Bench with Mike Hall” is a long-form discussion podcast featuring Big Ten coaches and players, plus national announcers and entertainers sharing stories with Mike about their Big Ten fandom, as well as their fascinating careers.

    It is an outlet for longer stories to be told, on topics – and with guests - that are tangential to the Big Ten.

    Some of the stories you’ll hear include:
    Gene Keady on why he’s given his dogs names like Princess, Queeny and Wimpy.
    Fran McCaffrey on how Julia Roberts once aided him in recruiting.
    Joel Klatt on his years of survival as a minor league baseball player.
    Gerry Dinardo explaining what it was like playing with Rudy Ruettiger in college.
    Tom Izzo on the note Judd Heathcoate left in his office the day he took over the program, and much more.

    New episodes released every Tuesday.

    Available wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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Fantastic first episode

Mike’s interviewing skills come through in this podcast - great preparation, and letting the guest talk without interruption. Conversational, and I learned a lot about his first guest (PJ Fleck) during their discussion. If they’re all going to be like this it will become one of my top can’t miss podcasts! Great debut.

MilhouseAkaM-Life ,

Great interviewer!

I’ve been following Mike since his time at ESPN. Always been a fan but it wasn’t until I heard him on local Chicago radio that I have been wishing to hear him in a longer format. I was so exciting and the first episode did not disappoint! Can’t wait to hear more.

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