Top of the Morning, Aug. 10, 2018

Top of the Morning, Aug. 10, 2018

Big Ten Network has put the conference's coaches to work in an effort to end a stalemate with Comcast.

The network's agreement with the cable giant expires Aug. 31, and without a new deal, it will not be available to subscribers starting Sept. 1. Four Big Ten games, including Illinois-Kent State, are set to air on BTN on Aug. 31. Fox Sports 1, which will also be affected, has Maryland-Texas scheduled that day.

The first four games of the Illinois football season are all scheduled to air on BTN or FS1.

In a 30-second ad released Thursday, coaches LOVIE SMITH (Illinois), JAMES FRANKLIN (Penn State), JEFF BROHM (Purdue), P.J. FLECK (Minnesota), SCOTT FROST (Nebraska), KIRK FERENTZ (Iowa), TOM ALLEN (Indiana), CHRIS ASH (Rutgers), JIM HARBAUGH (Michigan), D.J. DURKIN (Maryland), MARK DANTONIO (Michigan State) and PAT FITZGERALD (Northwestern) send a plea to fans: "Don't miss any Big Ten football."

The ad can be seen below:

Ohio State coach URBAN MEYER wasn't included in the spot. He is on paid leave during an investigation into his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.

On Comcast's end, Vice President JACK SEGAL, contacted Thursday, said there is "no change" and referred to an earlier statement: "We are communicating with the Big Ten Network about continuing to carry it after August 31 and look forward to productive negotiations."

On to my weekend recommendations:


"Freaky Friday," 7 p.m., Disney Channel

Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff star as the bickering mother and daughter, respectively, in the musical remake of the Disney classic. Can they top Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis? Doubtful.


"I Am Paul Walker," 8 p.m., Paramount

The documentary tells the story of the late "Fast and The Furious" star, who died in a 2013 car accident. His family and friends talk candidly about his life and show never-before-seen footage.


"Ballers," 9 p.m., HBO

Another reason to break open the piggy bank and pay for the premium channel. The show about a football star turned sports agent stars always-good Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry.