The BTN bus just left Nebraska practice, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered while I watched the Cornhuskers practice the last two days. [ MORE: 5 things our guy learned at Nebraska | See our Nebraska tweets ] Former Husker offensive line coach Milt Tenopir was on hand on Tuesday in a scooter as he battles cancer. He built some legendary offensive lines in Lincoln from 1974-2002. De’Mornay Pierson-El wears three rubber wristbands for inspiration. Two show support for children he has met. The other—a black one—simply reads: “Prove Them All Wrong.” He is doing
The third stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Lincoln, Nebraska, where we watched the Cornhuskers practice twice. See what Tom Dienhart learned inside.
The BTN bus stops for no one. Good-bye, Iowa. Hello, Nebraska, home of the Cornhuskers. Our crew will attend Wednesday night's practice. Until then, see what Tom Dienhart will be watching tonight.
The BTN tour bus was in Iowa City, Iowa, to watch the Hawkeyes practice on Tuesday morning. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's fun nuggets from the practice inside.
The second stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Iowa City, Iowa, to watch the Hawkeyes practice. See what Tom Dienhart learned at Tuesday morning's practice.
With Camp Rantoul at Illinois in our rear-view mirror, the BTN cruiser chugs west toward Iowa City, Iowa, for Hawkeye camp. See what Tom Dienhart will be watching in Iowa City.
The BTN bus just rolled out of Rantoul, Illinois, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered from Illinois’ first fall practice. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Illinois practice tweets ] Senior RB Josh Ferguson told me after practice that he may split out wide more often as the offense deals with the absence of sophomore WR Mikey Dudek, who is likely out at least until midseason recovering from a knee injury suffered in the spring after a boffo debut in 2014. Tim Beckman told me he’s encouraged by Dudek’s recovery; he
The first stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten had us in Rantoul, Illinois, to watch the Illini practice Monday. [ MORE: View our tour schedule | See our team’s Illinois practice tweets ] Before we turn our attention to Iowa, which we will watch practice Tuesday morning, here are five things I learned at Illinois practice: 1. This finally looks like a Big Ten team. I couldn’t say that the other three times I visited Illinois for training camp on the BTN tour. But Tim Beckman’s squad has improved its size across the board. And depth
The 2015 BTN bus tour is officially underway. We will trek to all 14 schools to watch a practice and talk to coaches and players, getting one last time to “kick the tires” on each team before the season kicks off. The tour heads West first. And stop No. 1 is Illinois, which will be working out off campus in nearby Rantoul, Illinois, where the Fighting Illini will practice 14 times on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The squad lovingly refers to it as “Camp Rantoul.” Here are three things I’ll be looking for as I watch Tim Beckman’s
Wednesday, I took a look at the best hires in the last 40 years at schools in the Big Ten West. Today, I do the same for the Big Ten East. INDIANA Bill Mallory. The farther we get from his tenure, the greater it looks. Mallory had all the flash of a pair of wing tips, a do-the-right-thing throw-back coach who forged the Hoosiers into a strong program built around a physical offense and honest-to-goodness defense. He went 68-77-3 (39-65-1 in the Big Ten) from 1984-1996 with six bowls after arriving from Northern Illinois to replace Sam Wyche—who was in