This is the time of year when all things seem possible on college campuses. Visions of conference titles, bowls and playoff berths dance in the heads of giddy fans. But Illinois finds itself bidding goodbye to its head coach a week before kickoff.
The Big Ten Network bus has screeched to a halt. The football tour is complete. Over, finished, gone, done, out. But, the memories from the 14-stop trip burn on forever.
The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.
Here's what Tom Dienhart will be watching at Purdue's practice.
The BTN bus has left Indiana practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Hoosiers in action Monday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | View our tour schedule ] There is a football attached to a spring on a pole on both sides of the entrance to the practice field. As defensive players walk onto the field, they slap at the ball. Hey, it’s all about getting used to creating turnovers. This season, Kevin Wilson has altered his practice routine, having the team go hard early and taper down as the
The annual summer trek through Big Ten country continues as the 13th stop on our tour brought us to Bloomington, Indiana, where we watched the Hoosiers practice Monday morning.
The BTN bus has left Ohio State, and now it’s time to share some news, notes and nuggets from the Buckeyes practice. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Ohio State football tweets ] Tim Beck arrived from Nebraska and is co-offensive coordinator. He’ll work with offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who will call the plays with Tom Herman off to coach Houston. Beck will work from the press box and Warinner will be on the field. Beck and Warinner worked together at Kansas under Mark Mangino, pushing the buttons on some explosive offense. The 2007 KU squad
The 12th stop on our annual summer BTN bus tour across the Big Ten brought us to Columbus, Ohio, where we watched the Buckeyes practice Monday night. [ MORE: Ohio State practice notebook | See our Ohio State tweets ] Here are five things I learned at Ohio State practice. 1. The receivers look good. This was one unit that suffered some significant attrition with Devin Smith and Evan Spencer gone. But the Buckeyes have a legit star/No. 1 in junior Michael Thomas, one of the nation’s most underrated wideouts. There also is sophomore Noah Brown, sophomore Terry McLaurin and
Kevin Wilson has made Indiana a better program in his four seasons. But, he has no bowl appearance to show for it. That may change in 2015. The talent level is at an all-time high under Wilson, who has a good offensive system and an idea of how to win in Bloomington. The offense looks good once again. But, success may come down to an often maligned defense delivering the goods. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Indiana practice. 1. Is the o-line dominating? This has a chance to be a very good front. Maybe even (gasp!) one
You have questions, and I have answers in my latest Big Ten Mailbag, this one from the Big Ten Network bus. Keep those cards and letters coming.