Former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo graduated with a degree in Film and Video, and one could say the ex-power forward, from 2005-08, is putting his degree to work. [ MORE: Suotamo represents Penn State in galaxy far, far away ] Suotamo is the double for Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Friday. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, is back to play the role, but at 71 and with knee problems, a double was needed for the action scenes. Enter the 6-foot-10 Suotamo, who played professional basketball in his native Finland after graduating from Penn State.
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. For most people, having airplanes constantly taking off and landing close by wouldn’t make for ideal learning conditions. But for Purdue University grad student Amadou Anne, it’s heaven. “It’s just great to just be in this environment, especially if you like planes, like I do,” said Anne, who’s studying aerospace and aviation management at Purdue’s Hangar of the Future. “I mean, not
Michigan football’s 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board. According to CBSSports.com, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014. Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an
When this matchup was announced, many folks who have been around awhile flashed back to 1983. That’s when these programs met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season for the national title. Penn State beat Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the championship. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Neither team is championship-caliber this season. The Bulldogs had high hopes in August, and the defense did its part. But
The hype around the Jim Harbaugh era reached epic proportions in the buildup toward the 2015 season.
Our interview with new Rutgers football coach Chris Ash tops off Friday's Big Ten headlines roundup. Also, read how Kirk Ferentz's long-term contract wound up being great for Iowa, see a video that shows off one Big Ten receiver's amazing hands, and catch up on a report about a possible Big Ten basketball doubleheader in Chicago. Dive in and read all of the links.
It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses. In an intensive-care hospital room on a different floor, the prescription is Sophie, a 12-year-old Pomeranian who is used to making “bed” calls. Sophie’s handler, Jean Reed, picks her up and gently places her next to one of the patients, who bursts into a thousand-megawatt grin. “We walk in the room,
“Big Ten Elite: 2002 Maryland and Indiana Basketball” debuts Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go immediately after the Maryland-Princeton basketball game. The latest in the “Big Ten Elite” series takes you inside the Maryland and Indiana men’s basketball program in 2002 and looks at the seismic changes for both as they headed toward their eventual NCAA championship game in what was then a Big Ten-ACC showdown. For Indiana, assistant coach Mike Davis took over for Bobby Knight. At Maryland, former Ohio State coach Gary Williams was in the process of rebuilding a Terrapins program in the wake of the
Nebraska's volleyball team dropped Kansas to advance to Saturday's NCAA Volleyball Tournament Championship against Texas. Fourth-seeded Nebraska used a strong finish to push their way past Kansas and punch their ticket to the championship match. Nebraska won the final seven rallies of the match to defeat the Jayhawks in front of 17,551 fans at the CenturyLink Center, the largest volleyball crowd in NCAA history. Earlier, the Big Ten's Minnesota fell to Texas in the other semifinal.
Year Two in the Big Ten did not go smoothly for Maryland. A season after going 7-6 (4-4 Big Ten) and to a bowl, the Terrapins flopped to the basement of the Big Ten East. The problems were numerous and ultimately cost Randy Edsall his job in October.