Jim Harbaugh’s debut was a smashing success. He inherited a 5-7 team from Brady Hoke and turned it into a 10-3 squad that punctuated the season with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
Chris Ash arrived at Rutgers from Ohio State and immediately went to work to build up the Scarlet Knights program. With spring football behind him, he talked with BTN.com's Tom Dienhart about the challenges ahead. "We are at the bottom of the Big Ten looking up," Ash said. "We are on 'The Hunt.'"
A quarterback gets hurt at Ohio State. Michigan is planning satellite camps on a rival's turf. Also, a cautionary tale about sports and social media. Catch up with Friday's Big Ten news digest.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at Maryland's offseason to-do list.
The search is on for a mascot at Illinois. Spike Albrecht talks about coming to Purdue. Looks like one Big Ten QB will redshirt. And here's another reason for Michigan State football players to carry a chip on each of their shoulders. And what's going on over at the Big 12 Conference? Catch up in Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program. [ MORE: Dienhart: Check out Illinois’ offseason to-do list ] Here is a look at the 2016 Illinois schedule. Toughest non-conference game: North Carolina’s visit on Sept. 10 will be a great test. Last year, the Illini waded into Kenan Stadium
With satellite camps back on, Ohio State is planning to conduct one at south Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas. According to Cleveland.com, there have been other reports that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would like to attend the same day, but that’s not going to happen, as entertaining as that may sound. The only way Harbaugh or his staff is permitted at a satellite camp is if they are working it, and Ohio State isn’t going to welcome them into their own event for obvious reasons. *** Speaking of satellite camps, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio wants a level playing field for
Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. Still, Kirk Ferentz has a lot to build on moving into his 18th year on the job.
Transfers have become ubiquitous in college sports in recent years, especially in basketball.
I dig into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions about the Big Ten’s looming nine-game league schedule, Michigan State concerns and Iowa’s prospects in 2016, among other topics. Let’s go! With schools playing nine Big Ten games this year, how important will scheduling be in deciding outcomes this fall? – Larry Roehrkasse It will be big, as for the first time since 1984, Big Ten teams will have to a nine-game conference schedule. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home