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Melvin Gordon is a likely Heisman Trophy finalist. What makes him so great? Howard Griffith recently sat down with him to watch some film.
The Big Ten Conference is home to volleyball powerhouses and Penn State and Wisconsin proved that when both made the 2013 NCAA championship game.
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BTN analyst Shawne Merriman travelled to East Lansing to spend some time with Shilique Calhoun and discuss the fine art of rushing the passer. What did Merriman learn? Watch the feature above.
Evanston’s Lincoln Elementary School has partnered with Northwestern for the “Gotcha Ball Kid Program” that rewards students’ good behavior with opportunities to be a ball kid at Northwestern men’s and women’s basketball games. When Lincoln students display exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork and respect, they receive a special purple Northwestern “gotcha” from a teacher or school staff member.
On Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET BTN airs “Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey” right after the Boston College-Minnesota men’s hockey game at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it to learn more about Minnesota coach Herb Brooks and one of the best college hockey teams ever to take the ice for Minnesota’s storied program.
Michigan State’s Sally Nogle isn’t just any athletic trainer. She’s one of the few female head athletic trainers in college athletics. In the latest edition of “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” Kara Lentz profiled Nogle and finds out how she worked her way to the top of her field.
Drew Brees is one of the most popular NFL quarterbacks of this generation. But Brees first made a name for himself during his record-setting college career at Purdue. On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, “Big Ten Elite” profiles the 2000 Purdue football team. In this documentary program, we look back at all the unforgettable moments that led to the Boilermakers’ Big Ten Championship season, the program’s first since 1966.
Darien Moran is a big-time Wisconsin football fan. He’s also a 14-year-old battling Histiocytosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes tumors throughout his body. Moran got involved with Make-A-Wish, and his wish was to have his bedroom turned into a Wisconsin fan’s palace. The place is awesome. Even better: The Badgers did the makeover themselves. Watch the complete feature here. Plus, read Tom Dienhart’s feature on Moran and the Badgers.
Here comes Darien Moran with his red Wisconsin “W” hat flipped backward over his closely cropped hair. Typical 14-year-old, bounding with energy at the start of a new day. Anything seems possible to a teen, even something as big as overcoming a rare disease. And that’s good because that’s exactly what Darien is doing.
When it comes to Big Ten pitchers, it doesn’t get much better than Minnesota’s Tom Windle. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, the southpaw led the Big Ten in strikeouts and twirled the conference’s lone solo no-hitter. What makes Windle so tough to hit? “I’m confident that I can get every batter out,” he told BTN.
Nebraska is on pace to never miss the Big Ten baseball tournament. OK, to be fair, it’s a modest 2-for-2 when it comes to making the conference’s annual six-team, double elimination tourney. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive feat, especially when one considers all the factors a team faces when it changes conferences. All-Big Ten honoree Michael Pritchard is a big reason for Nebraska’s early Big Ten success, and we featured him in this video.
It’s always a good thing when a pitcher and catcher are on the same page. Nebraska’s main battery, it seems, was born to think along the same wavelength. After all, Tatum and Taylor Edwards are twins. The former is the pitcher, the latter the catcher, and they almost always know what pitch the other wants to throw or call. Watch our Big Ten tournament feature on the twins now and catch up on all the tourney action in this post.
A profile of Wisconsin head softball coach Yvette Healy and her assistant Randy Schneider – who have transformed the Wisconsin offense into a high-powered unit.
A look at the relationship between Penn State women’s basketball stars Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas.
BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell.
A profile of Minnesota women’s basketball player Rachel Banham – whose stellar season almost never happened this year due to a blood clot she suffered this past summer.
Kara Lentz takes a look at the Penn State women’s ice hockey team which is playing its first season as a varsity team. Watch the feature now as Lentz talks with head coach Josh Brandwene and various players.
As part of our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, BTN profile’s Ohio State track coach Karen Dennis.
A profile of Purdue’s Drey Mingo who has overcome serious illness and injury to return for a 6th year. Learn more about Sounds of Serenity, a charity Mingo has started for children who cannot afford hearing aids, by visiting http://www.teamsounds.net.
You’ve heard of Happy Valley. Wait until you see Hockey Valley. Penn State’s new hockey home, Pegula Ice Arena, is a sight to behold. The new facility, which will open for the 2014 season, included an $80 million construction fee, and it’s pretty easy to see where all the money went. With a capacity of 6,000, Pegula will be the smallest arena in the Big Ten, however it was constructed to have the fans right on the ice. Watch Kara Lentz’s all-access tour of the new arena now.
The Penn State Lady Lions began their 2012-13 season with a 10-day foreign tour to France and Italy from August 13-23. The Lady Lions visited five cities in the two countries, while playing three games. Watch our video feature of the team and their travels.
Attorney Marissa Pollick is one of Michigan’s first female varsity letter winners and scholarship athletes, and she now works as a legal consultant for Title IX compliance in collegiate sports. Pollick grew up playing tennis against boys before she started playing for Michigan from 1974, just one year after the team was elevated to varsity status.
On our most recent episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report,” BTN’s Lisa Byington (@LisaByington) took to the ice at Michigan State as part of a program to introduce women to college hockey and hockey in general. Modeled after a similar program at Michigan State for football, any female hockey fan could sign up. For Byington’s hockey session, she was joined by a few familiar Michigan State faces. Watch the entire feature story in this post, and get more details on this program at MSUSpartans.com.
On Wednesday night’s “The Journey 2012: Big Ten Football,” we featured Minnesota wide receiver Connor Cosgrove and Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Both players have emotional stories, as the former’s battling leukemia and the latter’s mentor recently needed a liver transplant. Watch a clip from Wednesday’s show that tells the powerful story of each Big Ten personality now and catch a couple bonus clips in this post.