Not only is Tim Miles a great basketball mind, he’s a man of the people. Whether he’s making beat writers’ lives easier with a must-hear soundbite, tweeting at halftime or helping a fan propose to his girlfriend, Miles is easy to respect. Then there’s this: Miles, on Monday, made two Nebraska fans’ day by meeting them for lunch. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our Gone Viral section ] @CoachMiles thanks for meetin with us coach!! pic.twitter.com/TYzX3LafJj — Connor Larson (@conlars24) May 5, 2014 It was all organized on Twitter. The fans, Ethan Hardin (@goinHARDINhere) and Connor Larson (@conlars24),
It’s no secret former Indiana student-athletes Victor Oladipo and Kofi Hughes are very good at their respective sports. But, can they hit a baseball? Oladipo, the All-American basketball star, and Hughes, the receiver who hauled in 13 TD receptions, recently swung for the fences at Bart Kaufman Field. Check out their hacks in the rather entertaining the IU Athletics YouTube video in this post. Here’s a picture of Oladipo at the plate: h/t: @mafelish
The way Bo Pelini has embraced the whole @FauxPelini thing, there’s a good chance the Nebraska coach will be flattered by the photo @RedditCFB tweeted of Goldy Gopher. Check out the picture in this post. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our Gone Viral section ] They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as @GopherSports echoes @FauxPelini / @huskers: #JoinTheFamily pic.twitter.com/Aqnd6mjKqM — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) May 2, 2014 This is good – even the sweater and background design are Minnesota-themed. No doubt, Pelini will appreciate this imitation of his fake Twitter account’s profile picture. (Never thought I would
The matchups for the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been announced, and now it’s time to rank the 14 games. Remember, this year, Maryland switches sides and Rutgers also is added to the Big Ten ledger. See my rankings in this post. In case you’re wondering, the ACC leads the event, 10-3-2, although the Big Ten has won or tied each of the last five seasons. [ MORE: 2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchups announced ] 1. Duke at Wisconsin – Wed., Dec. 3 Duke brings all-world recruits Jahlil Okafor, the nation’s top recruit, and Tyus Jones into Madison to face
By now, you’ve surely heard about 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being cited for stealing crab legs from a local Publix. If not, check out the Twitter buzz. Well, the Nebraska women’s basketball team decided to join the fun. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller tweeted a picture of a recent team meal, which included crab legs, with the text: “Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo pic.twitter.com/BgzQUW2NwW — Shimmy Gray-Miller (@shimmy33) April 30, 2014 Well played, Huskers. Really, that whole meal looks steal-able. About Brent Yarina BTN.com
As we should see in next month’s NFL draft, the Big Ten is losing some serious talent. From the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, there are plenty of All-Big Ten honorees and superlative winners to replace. Which NFL-bound players will be missed the most? See my top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, in this post. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin. It’s been talked about at length, that the Wisconsin passing game wasn’t exactly stellar in 2013. In fact, the unit’s 2,562 passing yards ranked 82nd in FBS.
According to reports, former Michigan basketball player Jamal Crawford has won his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford, who spent one season at Michigan, averaged 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 3-pointers to help the Clippers earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Crawford also won the prestigious award in 2010. View Crawford’s player page.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released his Fab 50 for 2014-15, a ranking of his top 50 men’s hoops teams, on Tuesday. Ten Big Ten teams make the list, including newcomer Maryland (No. 30), paced by reigning national semifinalist Wisconsin (No. 3). The No. 1 team? That’s Kentucky, of course. See Goodman’s analysis of all 10 Big Ten teams in this post. [ MORE: Yarina: My super-early 2014-15 Big Ten predictions ] No. 3 Wisconsin This is a team that was one shot away from playing for the national title game and also a group that will return seven of its top
The SEC announced its new scheduling policy Sunday, and the conference will continue to play eight league games. The “new” wrinkle: Each team is required to schedule at least one non-conference game vs. an opponent from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12. Yahoo! Sports columnist and BTN contributor Pat Forde thought the decision was interesting – so much so that, in an attempt to be cute, he ripped Indiana on Twitter. The Hoosiers took it in stride and replied with a classic response. Don't everyone call Indiana all at once, SEC schools. — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 27,
BTN’s Lisa Byington gave Michigan State fans a sneak peek at the team’s Rose Bowl ring during Saturday afternoon’s spring game. The ring, which the Spartans haven’t seen yet, is quite impressive. It’s large, too. Like, really large. See a few pictures of the ring in this post. [ MORE: Watch all the top highlights, moments from Michigan State’s spring game ] Our @LisaByington gives you a first-look at @MSU_Football's Rose Bowl ring. pic.twitter.com/WJCk3GrYRo — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) April 26, 2014 A couple more looks at @MSU_Football's Rose Bowl ring, modeled by @LisaByington. pic.twitter.com/Cxcy9XQv15 — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) April 26,