The arrival of Jim Harbaugh has sent the Michigan program into a new stratosphere. Harbaugh is being hailed as a savior, as the program looks for its first Big Ten title since 2004. Harbaugh inherits a team that has talent. It just needs some direction, leadership and swagger, all of which Harbaugh can provide. The defense is ready-made for success. It’s the offense that needs a lot of attention. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Michigan. 1. Who will be the quarterback? This is a question that has been nagging since the equipment was put away after last
The seventh stop on our annual summer bus tour the Big Ten brought us to East Lansing, Michigan, where I got the chance to see Michigan State practice on Tuesday.
The BTN bus just left Michigan State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Spartans in action Tuesday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s MSU practice tweets ] In his eight seasons, Mark Dantonio has had just two punters: Aaron Bates and Mike Sadler. Now, Jake Hartbarger takes over. He’s a banger. Backup QB Tyler O’Connor also is the team’s backup punter. Michigan State has a tradition during camp under Mark Dantonio of having all personnel wear their names on their shirt written onto white tape. O-line
Michigan State is on a roll under Mark Dantonio, winning double-digit games four times in the last five years with two Big Ten titles and wins in the Cotton and Rose Bowls.
The BTN bus just left Northwestern practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Wildcats in action Monday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s NU practice tweets ] This was NU’s first practice of 2015 at Camp Kenosha at UW-Parkside, just a few miles from Lake Michigan. This is the team’s 20th season conducting some preseason drills in Wisconsin. There will be eight practices here. When we attended Camp Kenosha last year, there were an alarming number of players out with injury. That wasn’t the case this
The sixth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where we watched the Wildcats practice Monday morning.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that Northwestern can’t form a union. [ MORE: Northwestern, Pat Fitzgerald react to NLRB ruling ] The decision by the NLRB reverses a regional director’s decision that Northwestern’s players had the right to unionize. It is a blow to the College Athletes Players Association, which was behind the players’ push. “I am proud of our guys for working through the process,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told me after practice. “Something like this can drive a wedge into a team or draw it closer. I think it brought us closer. We now can move
Not long ago, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season, capped by the program's first bowl win since the 1948 season.
The BTN bus just left Wisconsin practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | View our tour schedule ] I talked to new strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej, who has altered the lifting program. He has the team executing more Olympic lifts like cleans, jerks, etc. It’s about moving more weight and becoming more explosive. “We changed expectations,” said Kolodziej, a former Badger. “They are much higher. At first the players were like, ‘Whoa!’” There are more than 10 former
The fifth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Madison, Wisconsin, where we watched the Badgers practice Saturday morning.