Twitter users, rejoice! As of today, the site now allows users to tweet animated GIFs. You aren’t the only one excited about this. Several Big Ten basketball and football teams celebrated the news by tweeting GIFs of memorable 2013-14 moments. Check out our favorite examples in this post. [ MORE: @umichbball retweets Michigan fans’ favorite GIFs ] About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here.
NFL.com continues to churn out its 14 for ’14 lists, and it was the nation’s top 14 Heisman Trophy candidates turn Monday. Braxton Miller led a quartet of Big Ten representatives, at No. 3, behind reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. See NFL.com’s Big Ten Heisman contenders list in this post. [ MORE: NFL.com: Top Heisman Trophy candidates for 2014 ] No. 3 Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State “Miller performed at a high level in the second half of the season, showing he completely had adapted to the version of the spread offense favored by coach Urban
James Franklin’s Vanderbilt days are over, but the Penn State coach was back in black Saturday on the opening day of the College World Series. Franklin, who left Nashville for Penn State in January, was in Omaha to cheer on his former school’s baseball team and friend, Vandy coach Tim Corbin. Vanderbilt topped Louisville, 5-3, and plays UC Irvine at 8 p.m. ET tonight. h/t: @LostLettermen About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten
The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.
Well, this comes as a surprise: Indiana QB Tre Roberson announced Wednesday that he will transfer. Roberson, who threw six touchdown passes in the 2013 finale vs. Purdue, and Nate Sudfeld were expected to share time again in 2014. Last fall, Roberson, the dual-threat option, threw for 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 423 yards and five scores. [ MORE: Iowa senior safety Nico Law to transfer ] “I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and Indiana University for all of their support over the last three years,” Roberson said in a team release. “My time
BTN had a distinguished visitor Wednesday, as former Maryland and NFL star Shawne Merriman visited our headquarters. Merriman starred for the Terps from 2002-2004, earning All-ACC honors in his final season, and went on to lead the NFL in sacks (2006) and be a three-time All-Pro. See our Q&A with Merriman in this post. BTN.com: For our fans who may not know, how did you get the nickname “Lights Out?” Shawne Merriamn: My sophomore year in high school, I knocked out four guys in one game. I had parents come in and protest that I should not be on the
Less than a month away from becoming an official Big Ten member, Maryland is getting its community ready for the much-anticipated move. The school has put up “Think B1G” billboards throughout the Baltimore area, both on interstates and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Maryland, along with Rutgers, joins the Big Ten on July 1. [ MORE: Video: Purdue removes upper bleachers at Ross-Ade Stadium ]
Purdue removed the upper bleachers from the south end zone at Ross-Ade Stadium on Wednesday morning, and the team posted a short Instagram video of the demolition. Read more about the project here, and see the video in this post. [ MORE: Northwestern to add new videoboards at Ryan Field ] The team also tweeted this picture:
Here’s something you probably didn’t know (or care to add up): Wisconsin will have 20 possible uniform combinations this year. The Badgers showed off the designs Wednesday during their annual photo shoot. To be fair, many of the combinations aren’t that different, with the team boasting a primary white helmet and alternate red lid that can be mixed and matched with three facemasks (white, red and black). The Badgers did unveil a new combination Wednesday, and they seemed to hint that it could be in play this fall. [ MORE: Video: Northwestern hints at a new uniform combination, too ]
The Ohio State football program held its Champions Dinner a couple weeks ago, and there’s a pretty fun YouTube video of the festivities. The dinner is something Meyer does every spring to reward his players for excellence on and off the field. They bond, they barbeque, and they play cornhole, dodgeball and softball. Basically, it’s a day full of fun. [ MORE: Urban Meyer tweets photo of Ohio Stadium expansion ] Unless you’re playing dodgeball against Luke Fickell’s team. Do yourself a favor and watch Fickell at the 52-second mark. The man was there to win! h/t: elevenwarriors.com Urban Meyer