For the second time since 2012, Wisconsin was rocked by an unexpected coaching defection. First, it was Bret Bielema bolting for Arkansas after the 2012 season. Next, Gary Andersen took off for Oregon State after last season. But Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez turned to a native son this time, tabbing Madison denizen, former Badger player and assistant and Wisconsin grad Paul Chryst for the post. And Chryst—who coached Pitt prior to coming home–will walk into a good situation. In fact, Chryst’s team should be tabbed the favorite to win the Big Ten West. But for that to happen, work must
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asks five Big Ten writers to pick which coach they felt “interacted” with officials the most.
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links we review Minnesota's big win, take look at Iowa's tourney hopes, and found an interesting IndyStar.com story on the perils of social media. Also, Michigan State's Mark Hollis is all for discussion of freshman preparedness, but he would vote against ineligibility. Let's dive in and read some more.
The Big Ten debut for Rutgers was a success, as Kyle Flood led the Scarlet Knights to a bowl and a fourth-place finish in the rugged Big Ten East. It was RU’s fourth postseason appearance in succession, as the Scarlet Knights finished with three wins in their last four games. Now, Flood will try to move Rutgers up the food chain in the East. And he’ll have lots of key players back to help that cause. But work must be done. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other Big Ten spring previews ] Here are three key areas Rutgers must focus
How does the Big Ten basketball tiebreaker work? Are the Terps for real? Could Iowa make some noise in the Big Ten tourney? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart tackles those questions and more in his weekly mailbag feature.
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we present an update on the NCAA bracketology (because the tourney is coming at us fast). Also, various outlets and reporters tell us about Michigan DB Jabrill Peppers, the QB race at Northwestern, Nebraska's Mike Riley, and more.
Two seasons, four wins. That’s it. No one said Darrell Hazell had an easy job, but it’s time to show a pulse after getting one Big Ten win in two seasons. This is Year Three. The roster is improving, but there still are glaring needs—especially from a speed standpoint. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other Big Ten spring previews ] Here are three key areas Purdue needs to focus on this spring. 1. Find playmakers. This offense lacked significant, steady explosion with speedy running backs Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert—two go-the-distance talents. Now, both are gone. Who will stretch defenses
How does an Indiana kid get out of the Hoosier State to play basketball? Could Bryant McIntosh beat Chris Collins one-on-one. Find out in the Q&A inside.
Great win for a hot Maryland team last night over Wisconsin. How about Dez Wells?! Nice 26-point effort. The Terps remained in the race for the Big Ten title with the victory. And no doubt enhanced their NCAA stock. Meanwhile, the loss could sink Wisconsin’s efforts for a No. 1 seed—for whatever that is worth—which isn’t much. But that court-storming? Well, I’ll let ESPN’s Seth Greenberg handle that, calling it “absolutely embarrassing.” *** Now hear this: Michigan State’s Tom Izzo thinks the Big Ten is getting a bad rap. Don’t try telling the King of Big Ten Coaches the conference
The James Franklin debut was interesting and exciting. It also was promising, giving a glimpse into a future that looks bright.