The 2015 MLB regular season came to a close Sunday afternoon, so there’s no better time to take a look at how former Big Ten players fared. It was a strong season for several Big Ten names, in addition to a handful of Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers products who starred at their schools before they entered the conference. Seven players aren’t done playing, either. Clayton Richard (Michigan) and Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), both with the Cubs, J.A. Happ (Northwestern) and Tony Watson (Nebraska), both with the Pirates, Brett Cecil (Maryland), of the Blue Jays, Alex Gordon (Nebraska), of the Royals, and Kevin Plawecki (Purdue),
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Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), Chicago Cubs: .246 AVG, 16 HR, 43 RBI, 52 R, .842 OPS in 62 games.
It was a successful season opener for defending national champion Ohio State. After trailing 17-14 at halftime, the Buckeyes dominated the second half en route to taking a 42-24 victory at Virginia Tech. See our favorite USA TODAY Sports photos from the game below:
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Sep 7, 2015; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) is called for pass interference as Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) tries to catch the ball in the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
It’s World Photography Day, so I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite USA TODAY Sports Image shots from the 2014 football season. See a shot for all 14 teams below.
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Oct 11, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Geronimo Allison (8) looks for a pass during the third quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 38-28. - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Big Ten Network debuts “Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp” at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 19 and our crew is sending back pictures ahead of the first show. Find a few of them in this post and look for more to come. The BTN originals (@BTN_Originals) program is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes series featuring the Ohio State Buckeyes training camp as they prepare for the 2015 football season. The in-depth, documentary style show will follow the reigning national champions over a portion of pre-season practice.
Joshua Perry meets the media Sunday as he checks into the hotel.