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
You have questions, and I have answers. That’s right: It’s time for me to reach into my mailbag. Let’s do it, Big Ten fans!
In case you missed this, Athlon ranked Big Ten coaches. Who is No. 1? Do you have to ask? A hint: His initials are U.M. Mike Riley No. 7? Kirk Ferentz No. 8? *** The preseason honors will be thick for Michigan State QB Connor Cook. Here is a nice one to add to the pile: NFL.com lists him No. 1 in the nation among senior quarterbacks. The NFL.com article referenced Cook throwing for more than 6,000 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the past two seasons. “He has the prerequisite size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence
The 2015 NFL draft is history. But, the analysis continues. I caught up with Charles Davis of the NFL Network to get his views on the 2015 draft from a Big Ten angle, while also looking ahead to 2016.