Lots of holes to fill on Michigan State’s defense, especially upfront with guys like Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath gone. A key guy who needs to step up: redshirt freshman DT Raequan Williams. “Raequan Williams has serious athleticism for his size, and he has been getting better and better with his consistency and technique,” MSU co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel said toward the end of spring drills. “When we got him he was, quite honestly, a little bit raw,” Tressel said of the Chicago product. “Any high school interior defensive lineman is not used to going against the guys
Purdue is looking for a breakthrough in its fourth season under Darrell Hazell.
Justin Wilcox. Jay Johnson. John Parrella. Ross Els. If you don't know their names now, you will next football season. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart writes why these four are the biggest assistant coach hires in the West Division this year.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talks (a little) about the ongoing TV negotiations saying, "We're interested in having great partners with great platforms who are interested in marketing and promotion." Also, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes is stilling mulling over his NBA decision. And Jerry Kill has a new job at Kansas State. More in this post.
This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters. Here is my look at Penn State’s 2016 slate. [MORE: Penn State’s offseason to-do list ]
Minnesota’ football coach sees eight to ten wins in 2016 - agree or disagree? The Big Ten athletic directors met this week and expansion came up, of course. Hey look - Chris Spielman is coming to Fox! And a look at one school's plan to keep top football recruits from leaving that school's state. Catch up with our news digest.
Everyone in life—yes, even college basketball coaches--is always looking for a better situation. Why should college basketball players be any different? Maybe coaches need to do a better job of selling kids on remaining in their program.
Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State Buckeyes’ offseason to-do list ] Now, Ohio State has myriad holes to fill as it looks to become Big Ten kings again. And it faces a tough schedule that will make ascending back to the top a challenge. Here is a look
Paul Chryst returned home to Wisconsin last season. And, it went smashingly well. But there is work to do as Chryst begins his second season coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West.
The Michigan State d-line needs help, having lost talent like Shilique Calhoun, Joel Heath and Lawrence Thomas. So the arrival of Nebraska grad transfer DT Kevin Williams is perfect timing. Williams was granted a sixth year of eligibility last fall, after missing two full seasons, in 2011 and 2013, due to injury. He had already earned a bachelors and a master’s degree from Nebraska and will seek a second master’s degree from Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Williams played in 23 games during his five years at Nebraska, recording 27 tackles, including 10 for loss. *** It was sad to