The NFL Draft is fast approaching, taking place in Chicago from April 28-30. So, let’s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2006-2015. First up is Illinois, which hasn’t had any selections in the last two drafts. It marked the first time in program history that it failed to have a player selected two years in a row. (The other low point was from 1970-72, when just one Illini was selected.) The Fighting Illini also had no picks in 2006. The best bets to be picked this year are defensive end
In the first of a series of 2016 Big Ten spring football Q&A sessions, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart chats with Tom Allen, Indiana new defensive coordinator. They cover the 4-2-5 scheme, the challenges of the job in Bloomington, and who shaped Allen's coaching career.
Former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber had so much to look forward to heading into the 2016 MLB season. Not only was it going to be his first full season in the bigs, but he was expected to be one of the key cogs in helping the Chicago Cubs end their much-talked-about and historic run of futility. Sadly, in just the third game of the season last week, the slugger tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a scary outfield collision at Arizona. Schwarber won’t play again this season, instead spending the summer and fall rehabbing the knee.
What are the biggest questions about Penn State before its Blue and White game? For me, quarterback, d-line and o-line are big questions. *** If you listen to Rutgers DE Quanzell Lambert, the Scarlet Knights will be more aggressive on defense. “The defensive scheme is definitely a lot more aggressive up front,” redshirt senior defensive end Quanzell Lambert said. “It’s more of a north game for the D-line instead of east-west and stunting and everything.” *** It seems the rule that has deregulated texting has caused some concern, as now schools can text a prospect as often as they want.
Nebraska has hired Amy Williams as its new women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced Monday. Williams will be formally introduced at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday in a press conference at the Hendricks Training Complex. “Amy is a very skilled and experienced basketball coach who has a track record of success both on and off the court and is an ideal fit for Nebraska,” Eichorst said in a school release. Williams, who replaces Connie Yori, played at Nebraska from 1994-1998 and graduated in 1998 with a degree in biology and mathematics. The former Husker comes to Nebraska with
This just in from the “What On God’s Green Earth Took So Long” department: According to an ESPN report, the NCAA has approved a ban on the creation of new bowls until 2019—at the earliest. Can I get an “amen”? This is about 10 years too late. But, at least this day has arrived, as the bowl excess has ended … for now. You see, it isn’t true: If a little is good, more is better. Look, I love blocking, tackling, eye black, neck rolls, chicken wings and marching bands as much as the next cargo-shorts-wearing American. But, the bowl
The NCAA passed an unlimited texting rule Friday, which allows college football coaches to send as many electronic messages as they wish to high school recruits. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t a fan, and he let his opinion be known in his weekly press conference Monday morning. “That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said. The coach worries about the recruits, about how they will be receiving texts from no shortage of coaches every day, with no ability to control who they hear from and no option to block the communication as they would on Facebook and
Tracy Claeys has put the wraps on his first spring practice as Minnesota coach. He’s looking to amp up a program that took a step back last year by going 6-7, the Gophers’ first losing mark since 2012. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Minnesota spring game on BTN2Go ] It was a difficult season filled with challenges, as Jerry Kill stepped down after seven games to tend to health issues and Claeys eventually was made full-time coach after running things on an interim basis. He wasted little time putting his stamp on things by shaking up the staff,
Iowa CB Desmond King won the Jim Thorpe Award last year and could have entered the NFL. But, the Hawkeyes’ star opted to return for his senior season. In his first interview with Iowa media since the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl, King said “it was the bond I have with my teammates here” that ultimately brought him back. Some NFL Draft projections had him going as a late first-round choice. King didn’t expand on the evaluation he received in late December, but said it was favorable. Great to see this guy back in Iowa City. *** Speaking of Iowa, here
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Giving a voice to the voiceless: For Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, that formidable mission began in 2010 while she was an exchange student in Cuenca, Ecuador. McCulloch’s Spanish was admittedly poor, and she thought that volunteering with children might help her practice the language. That’s how the high schooler found herself working at the Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) Orphanage. What