From the never-thought-we'd-write-this file: Sparty's golf cart has gone missing. That's right, somebody stole the sculpted Michigan State mascot's ride from the MSU Union on Sunday, according to the Michigan State University Police Department.
Things have to improve at Purdue. Darrell Hazell knows this, which is why his staff has been radically altered. In all, there are five new assistants—and a holdover in a new role. Perhaps no new assistant is more vital than defensive coordinator Ross Els. He was coaching high school ball in Nebraska last year—now, he has one of the biggest rehab projects in the Big Ten. The defense Els inherits in West Lafayette is a mess. Where to begin? How about learning how to stop the run? Last year, the Boilermaker defense was shredded for a league-high 214.9 rushing yards
Few schools are better at producing star offensive linemen than Iowa. Could Sean Welsh be the next great one? Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com explains why. The junior-to-be might be the most vital lineman in the eventual five-man puzzle for the defending Big Ten West champions. That’s because he brings high blocking grades and position flexibility, not to mention quite the endorsement from his head coach. “We think he’s a pretty good player,” Kirk Ferentz told HawkCentral.com. “I hate to throw this out, because I don’t want to start this train going, but Marshal (Yanda) comes to mind.” *** Ohio State
Few people know clutch shots better than Michael Jordan. He’s the greatest player in the history of basketball, after all, plus he hit countless gigantic buckets during his NBA career that included six championships. The former University North Carolina and Chicago Bulls star had a pretty good seat for the game’s latest clutch shot, this one coming in Monday night’s NCAA national final. Unfortunately, for Jordan, the Kris Jenkins shot came vs. his old team, denying the Tar Heels their sixth NCAA crown. No matter, Jordan, one of the most competitive athletes ever, was a good sport about the dagger.
(AP) Archie Dees never strayed far from his Indiana roots. After starring on the basketball court at Indiana, he made Bloomington his home and continued to advise players almost half a century after he graduated. On Monday morning, the Hoosiers lost one of their biggest former stars when Dees, the first two-time Big Ten Conference MVP, died at the age of 80. His daughter, Lori Dees Johnson, announced the death on her Facebook account. School officials confirmed it and issued a statement from coach Tom Crean. “Archie Dees will be remembered for many great things and being a part of
The inevitable happened Monday morning, as Tom Izzo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. [ MORE: Tom Izzo inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ] Izzo, the longtime and legendary Michigan State men’s basketball coach, made the cut with the likes of former college and NBA stars Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal, among other big-time names. In 21 seasons as the head coach in East Lansing, Izzo has amassed a 524-205 record (.719) and advanced to seven Final Fours (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015), winning the 2000 national title, the second in Michigan State
The calendar reads early April. And spring football is in full gear (Michigan actually is finished) with the start of the 2016 season months away. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football coverage ] But let’s look into the crystal ball and try to predict who will start at quarterback for each Big Ten East team in the opener. I will look at the Big Ten West tomorrow. INDIANA Richard Lagow. Nate Sudfeld leaves as the school’s all-time leading passer, but Lagow could be the elixir to IU’s quarterback ailment in what is shaping up as a battle with
Tom Izzo is a lot of things in the game of basketball, and now he's a hall of famer. The legendary Michigan State coach was announced as a member of the 2016 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class on Monday morning.
Wisconsin practiced at Green Bay over the weekend in anticipation of playing in the historic venue this fall vs. LSU on Sept. 3. How cool is this? *** Gaelin Elmore was so touched by Jerry Kill’s emotional resignation news conference in October that the Gophers’ junior defensive end added a tattoo of what Kill said. Ink on Elmore’s left forearm reads, “Count on your health instead of your wealth. Count on GOD instead of yourself.” With the initials “J.K.R.K” for Jerry and his wife, Rebecca Kill, beneath it. “He was a really influential guy in my life and career,” Elmore
There are plenty of great stories about students, faculty and alums of the universities in the Big Ten Conference. Too many, in fact, for us to cover here on BTN.com. But many of the ones we don’t get to tell in this space still get some love through our Twitter handle, @BTNLiveBIG. We’re retweeting, responding and engaging with all of the Big Ten universities — and you, dear readers — on that site. Here’s a look at some of the stories we shared recently, and exclusively, on Twitter. Via @UMengineering: Via @PurdueUnivNews: Via Nebraska’s @SheldonMuseum: Via Wisconsin’s @UWCarbone Cancer Center: Via @EngineeringAtIL: