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
Former Michigan State and current Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated magazine.
O-H-I-O! #B1GRowing champs. 🏆#GoBucks #RowBucks pic.twitter.com/Ouuf9YJPXl — OSU Women's Rowing (@OhioState_WROW) May 15, 2016 Four Big Ten teams were selected for the 2016 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, the NCAA Rowing Committee announced on Tuesday. Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned berths into the national event, marking the seventh time in the last eight years four conference teams have participated in the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes earned the conference’s automatic berth into the field after winning their fourth-consecutive Big Ten Championship last weekend. Ohio State aims for its fourth straight national title after earning the conference’s third NCAA Rowing
The 2016 NBA Lottery is Tuesday night, which got us thinking about recent Big Ten lottery picks. There’s been a dozen from the Big Ten in the last 10 drafts, none higher than Ohio State’s Greg Oden (No. 1; 2007); three Big Ten names have gone No. 2 (Evan Turner, 2010; Victor Oladipo, 2013; D’Angelo Russell, 2015). A couple more Big Ten lottery factoids: Indiana and Ohio State pace the conference with four lottery picks apiece since 2006. The 2013 draft was the most fruitful lottery for the Big Ten, with three picks. See all of the Big Ten lottery
Stewart Mandel released his way-too-early top 25 college football poll earlier this month, and now it’s time for another respected FOX Sports personality to do so. Bruce Feldman shared his list Monday, and, like Mandel, he has Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State included. Both put Michigan and Ohio State at No. 5 and No. 9, respectively. They disagree on Iowa and Michigan State, though, with Feldman placing Iowa at No. 14. See where Feldman ranks the Big Ten teams, plus get a portion of his team-by-team analysis, below. 5. Michigan: Jim Harbaugh won 10 games in his debut
Northwestern is coming off a stellar season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games. And NU is thinking big in 2016 as it looks to win what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West. And, it just may happen, as this could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet. But it faces a daunting schedule that offers little relief. [ MORE: Dienhart: Northwestern’s offseason to-do list ] Here’s a breakdown. Toughest non-conference game: vs. Duke, Sept. 17. The Wildcats waded into Durham, North Carolina, last year and took a 19-10 decision. This was a good Blue Devil squad that would
Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the Rutgers program after taking over for Kyle Flood. Job No. 1: change the culture. Offense? Defense? Special teams? It all needs work. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven needs a lot of work, as the linebacking corps is being rebuilt and a young secondary needs to mature. The offense has work to do, as well, as it is undergoing a scheme change. RU will use a “power spread” scheme that is similar to
Great news here: Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is going home, becoming the associate athletic director at Kansas State. Kill, who was 29-29 in his five seasons at Minnesota, is expected to serve as chief administrator for the K-State football program. If you’re wondering, no, Kill isn’t the coach-in-waiting for legend Bill Snyder. Kill insists his coaching days are over. *** Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com says Iowa should extend Kirk Ferentz’s deal through 2023 but shouldn’t overpay. A year ago on the spring banquet circuit, many wondered if Ferentz would make it past 2015. Now, 2025 seems possible for a
The 2015 season didn’t go as scripted for Minnesota. Jerry Kill abruptly retired and the Gophers finished with their first losing record since 2012. [ MORE: Dienhart: Get Minnesota’s offseason to-do list ] Now, Tracy Claeys is leading the Gophers. And he wasted little time putting his stamp on the program, letting go offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski. Jay Johnson was hired from Louisiana-Lafayette to run the offense and coach quarterbacks, while Bart Miller was tabbed to coach the line. Work remains to be done if Minnesota wants to improve on a 6-7 mark
With a nickname like “The Unicorn,” Mike Shawaryn has to be quite the talent. The Maryland starting pitcher is just that. Ask the hitters he’s aced, if you don’t believe it. Those hitters are batting .203 vs. the Maryland right-hander, and they’ve nearly struck out once per inning (.93 Ks per inning). His other 2016 stats look like this: 4-4, 3.33 ERA. We recently profiled Shawaryn, and you can watch the full feature in the video at the top of the post.