This isn’t great news: Michigan CB Blake Countess will transfer and play his fifth season elsewhere. Mlive.com notes that Countess becomes the sixth player to transfer from Michigan’s program since Brady Hoke’s firing. Countess’ departure from the program comes two days after Michigan formally announced the addition of Stanford graduate transfer Wayne Lyons, a 6-foot-1 corner who is expected to compete for a starting job opposite presumed starter Jourdan Lewis this fall. *** Speaking of departures, Michigan State recently saw WR Andre Sims, Jr. bolt. Mlive.com says Sims was a projected reserve and an experienced option in the return game.
The Big Ten announced the matchups Wednesday for the 17th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge. And, there are some enticing clashes among the 14 games.
Kirk Ferentz enters his 17th season at Iowa looking to reestablish his program among the best in the conference. Here's an early look at Iowa's 2015 schedule.
This is pretty neat: at 74, former Gopher star Bobby Bell is ready for graduation. You see, it’s never too late! The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Bell came just 13 credits short of finishing his college degree when he left school after getting drafted by the Chiefs in 1963. So Bell returned to school last year, at age 74, and finished. Fulfilling a promise he made to his late father, he took three classes and earned his degree in recreation, park and leisure studies. He will be honored Thursday along with the rest of the graduates from the University’s
Kevin Wilson enters his fifth season at Indiana with perhaps his most talented team yet. And that has some thinking the Hoosiers may break through to their first bowl since 2007.
It looks like the shot clock in college hoops likely will move from 35 to 30 seconds. The men’s basketball rules committee will meet this week to discuss, among other changes, shortening the shot clock. Committee chairman Rick Byrd, the head coach at Belmont, told ESPN recently that he believes the shorter clock will be approved. “Anything that brings more speed to the game has to be evaluated and given serious consideration,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “This would be a great step in that direction.” *** Many people felt Maryland was the favorite to win the Big Ten next
Tim Beckman enjoyed a breakthrough of sorts in this third season at Illinois in 2014, guiding Illinois to its first bowl since 2011 during a 6-7 campaign.
With former Big Ten standout coordinators Pat Narduzzi and Tom Herman now head coaches, it's time to take a look at the conference's assistants who could be next to become head coaches.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman has responded to former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic flurry of critical tweets from Sunday. See the coach's full response inside.
Nick Baumgarder of Mlive.com has a good mailbag dealing with many Michigan topics, including the Wolverines’ floor and ceiling when it comes to wins—and the always fascinating quarterback situation. For Baumgardner, the floor sits at six wins and the ceiling’s probably at 10. Sounds about right. So, let’s compromise and say the Wolverines will have eight wins. *** Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett says there is no one soft on MSU’s roster. I’d have to agree. Barnett said anyone who thinks Michigan State defensive backs can’t tackle are mistaken. “We say, ‘let’s get it on, it doesn’t matter to