ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be
The Mike Riley era offers hope at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, however, must deal with a tough schedule that has nine bowl squads. Get Tom Dienhart's early schedule analysis inside.
The subject of a stipend or cost-of-attendance figures is hot. And it looks like Penn State will have the highest stipend in the Big Ten. Check out this video of James Franklin talking about it. Could having the highest stipend in the Big Ten be a recruiting tool for Franklin? David Jones of Pennlive.com breaks all of the stipend business down well right here. Jones wonders this: Will friendly state legislatures and a possible lack of federal oversight allow some football-crazed areas to jack up the figures to absurd levels? Franklin has coached in the SEC and knows the culture,
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith looked relaxed taking questions at a meeting of Big Ten athletic directors. Get Smith's take on several hot topics inside.
Jerry Kill embarks on his fifth season at Minnesota. And expectations are high. A difficult schedule that includes seven bowl teams and no FCS foes awaits, however.
Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com wondered if Urban Meyer could build an NFL team with his former players. Turns out, he could. And it would be a pretty good squad, too. Check it out. *** On the subject of OSU, DE Joey Bosa tops Mel Kiper’s list of 2016 prospects. No shock. Jadeveon Clowney in 2014, Mario Williams in 2006 and Courtney Brown in 2000—all ends–are the only defensive players drafted No. 1 overall in the last 20 years. And three Ohio State players have been taken No. 1 overall, starting with linebacker Tom Cousineau in 1979, then defensive tackle Dan
Mark Dantonio has Michigan State rolling, winning at least 11 games in four of the last five seasons. Along the way, the Spartans have won two league titles and claimed Rose and Cotton Bowl crowns.
The numbers are in. And, the numbers are good for the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany, who was paid $2.1 million in base salary for 2013-14. Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com notes that Delany’s base salary left him in the neighborhood of other Power Five commissioners. The Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby made $2.5 million in 2013-14 ($1.8 million in base pay), and the SEC’s Mike Slive received $2.1 million (almost entirely in base pay). The ACC and Pac-12 have not yet released their 2013-14 tax returns, although their commissioners previously had salaries that exceeded $2 million. Conference commissioner salaries have
There is much anticipation and excitement surrounding Jim Harbaugh’s first season at Michigan. Can he return the program to the postseason after it missed a bowl last season? More vital: Can he someday make the Wolverines a national power again?
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links we look at one athletic director's stance on the idea of freshman ineligibility, a few notes on basketball and football team schedules, and a story on how loaded Big Ten men's basketball could be next season.