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.
Maryland’s Big Ten debut was a success by most measures, as Randy Edsall navigated the Terrapins to a third-place finish in the Big Ten East that saw them go 7-6 overall and reach a bowl. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Highlights included wins on the road at Michigan and at Penn State. The Terps have a good chance to build on that 2014 mojo, but the 2015 schedule is filled with challenges. Here is a detailed look at Maryland’s to-do list for the fall. Toughest non-conference game: at West Virginia, Sept. 26. These
Paul Chryst is back home. And, that’s a good thing for Wisconsin. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart recently sat down with the new Wisconsin coach for a Q&A.
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.