Signing Day sure has changed in the last couple of years, hasn’t it. Yes, the National Letters of Intent are still sent via fax, but teams are going all out on social media to welcome their newest football additions. Some teams even have a draft board. See how Big Ten teams made their signings official on Twitter in this post. [ MORE: Read Tom Dienhart’s 2014 Big Ten Signing Day Notebook ] Every team but Ohio State tweeted each individual signing, and a majority of the teams did so with some really fancy graphics and art work. Check it below.
One of my favorite parts of National Signing Day is checking each school’s class for the best names. Per usual, the Big Ten’s 2014 signing class is littered with fantastic names. From Illinois’ Tito Odenigbo to Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone, check out my top 14 (that’s how many schools we have now) new Big Ten names. Did I miss one? Submit it in the comment box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Track all of today’s Big Ten football signings ] TOP 14 Names 1. Bearooz Yacoobi, OT, Purdue 2. Freedom Akinmoladun, TE, Nebraska 3. Cameron Queiro, LB, Northwestern
Big Ten fans are very familiar with Sam Thompson soaring into the air for a highlight-reel inbound alley-oop. After all, the Ohio State junior has done it countless times over the course of his career. In Tuesday night’s win at No. 13 Iowa, however, it was Amir Williams channeling his inner Sam Thompson. Watch Williams elevate for the alley-oop in this post. [ MORE: Watch all of the top 2013-14 Big Ten dunks ] INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @OhioStateHoops just had an inbound alley-oop. Sam Thompson, right? Nope. WATCH – http://t.co/WwWDRn7kIu — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) February 5, 2014
Now that all but one team (Nebraska) has officially reached the halfway point of the conference hoops season, it’s time unveil the first installment of my weekly Big Ten Player of the Year tracker. Michigan State’s Gary Harris tops my first list. Agree? Feel free to enter your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks the week’s top Big Ten games ] 1. Gary Harris, So., G – 44%, 18.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg. Have you heard Michigan State has had an injury-riddled season? Of course, you have.
Indiana unveiled a half-dozen new helmets last offseason. Could the Hoosiers add even more lids this offseason? A picture of four new helmets was shared on social media recently, and the team neither confirmed nor denied the new designs when asked about them. Here’s what an Indiana spokesperson emailed BTN.com: “We haven’t announced anything official.” Indiana football getting MORE hideous helmets? http://t.co/zF8s9bjX9L Make it stop IU… pic.twitter.com/SqIxS5J2WK — LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) February 3, 2014 If Indiana adds these helmets in 2014, it would up its total to 10 – assuming it keeps all of last year’s designs. That’s a lot of
Here’s something everyone should be able to agree on: At the midway point of the Big Ten season, the conference title race is down to three teams. The teams are Michigan (8-1), Michigan State (8-1) and Iowa (6-3). The rest of the Big Ten is competing for fourth place and a first-round bye in the Big Ten tourney. Who’s going to win? That’s a tough question, but I’ve broken out the remaining schedule for each contender to try to make sense of it all. With all the parity this season, no one will be surprised to find out each team
Editor’s note: In the first edition of this story, Michigan State’s Earl Morrall was not accounted for as a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Morrall came off the bench and replaced Johnny Unitas in the Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V win. Russell Wilson became the sixth Big Ten quarterback to win a Super Bowl on Sunday night. Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout who led the Badgers to the 2012 Rose Bowl, joined Len Dawson (Purdue), Earl Morrall (Michigan State), Bob Griese (Purdue), Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue) in the distinguished group. [ MORE: See how ex-Big Ten products fared in
Both of the Big Ten’s early Saturday games came down to the wire and were won by the visitor by one point following last-second misses from the home team. In the first game, Sam Dekker missed a would-be game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in No. 13 Wisconsin’s loss vs. No. 23 Ohio State. Then, Minnesota had a couple chances to win it at the buzzer in its loss vs. Northwestern. Watch the finishes in this post. VIDEO: How about those @NUMensBball & @OhioStateHoops finishes today?! We've paired both in one video clip. WATCH – http://t.co/Pjy87w5pBj — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork)
Michigan State is debuting its new Nike “Hyper Elite Dominance” alternate uniform Saturday afternoon vs. Georgetown at Madison Square Garden. The uniform, which Nike says “draws on past successes for motivation,” is a modern “bronze” version of Michigan State’s Magic Johnson-era threads. See the new design and the Twitter reaction to it in this post. THIS is what bronze looks like. http://t.co/r3BRwMdVTi — Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 1, 2014 You have to be kidding me with these State alternates. — Alex Cook (@alexcook616) February 1, 2014 Fight for the only colors, green and dijon mustard… — Bryan Mac (@Bry_Mac) February
No doubt about it, Shannon Scott has struggled during Ohio State’s recent Big Ten slide. The junior guard came off the bench for the first time this season Saturday at Wisconsin, and he just so happened to help lead the Buckeyes to a 59-58 road win. Oh, and he also tallied one of the best assists you’ll see all season. Let’s just say, Scott caught Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky by surprise on his dime to Trey McDonald. Watch the highlight pass in this post. VIDEO: #B1G assist of the year? Shannon Scott goes 5-hole, Trey McDonald throws it down. WATCH –