This morning, 12 of the Big Ten softball coaches held a Big Ten softball tournament teleconference with reporters from around the country. We posted the audio for each segment of the call here.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Northwestern offseason check list.
The Big Ten office announced the kickoff times for 2016 homecoming games Wednesday morning. See your team’s homecoming time, date and opponent below. ILLINOIS vs. Minnesota, noon ET Oct. 29 INDIANA vs. Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 15 IOWA vs. Northwestern, noon ET Oct. 1 MARYLAND vs. Purdue, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 1 MICHIGAN vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 22 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 15 MINNESOTA vs. Rutgers, noon ET Oct. 22 NEBRASKA vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 1 NORTHWESTERN vs. Indiana, noon ET Oct. 22 OHIO STATE vs. Rutgers, noon ET Oct. 1
Jim Harbaugh enjoyed a smashing debut in 2015, posting 10 wins. And, his second Michigan squad has a good chance for success thanks to plenty of returning talent and another year of familiarity with the system. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Michigan offseason to-do list ] Check this out: Michigan opens with five—yes, FIVE—home games. In fact, the Wolverines play six of their first seven in the Big House. The back half of the schedule is a challenge. But, by then, Michigan could be filled with confidence behind its new quarterback. Here is a breakdown of the 2016 schedule. Toughest
A commissioner for college football? It makes too much sense. Tony Barnhart has been beating this drum for years. The sport needs to have everyone pulling in the same direction instead of each league just looking out for what’s best for its own interest. United we stand, divided we fall, right? Look what lack of unity is doing to the Big 12. *** Outgoing Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman had an interesting exit interview. Among the revelations: former AD Steve Pederson had a “wow” coach from the NFL lined up but was left at the altar. Perlman told Omaha.com it was
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman debate which Big Ten player in this year's NBA Draft would you want to start a franchise with?
Why use two arms when you only need one… 😳💪 (via @BR_TheFuture)https://t.co/fxfX0W4uWO — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 10, 2016 Ohio State fans will want to see what one of its 2017 five-star commits can do in the weight room. Josh Myers, a 6-foot-3, 306-pound offensive lineman out of Miamisburg, Ohio, recently power snatched 155 pounds … with one hand. Like most weight room feats, no one really knows how this translates to the gridiron; regardless, it’s beyond impressive, especially for a guy who hasn’t entered his senior year or had the luxury of working with a Division I strength and
Maryland is looking to get back on the bowl track under first-year coach DJ Durkin. But, a tough schedule could make that goal difficult for a team that has installed new schemes on both sides of the ball with some key personnel spots to fill. Here’s a breakdown of the Terrapins’ 2016 schedule. Toughest non-conference game: at Central Florida, Sept. 17. Absolutely no bite. In fact, this is one of the most bizarre non-league schedules in the Big Ten, as the Terps play road games at Florida International and Central Florida—non-Power Five schools–after opening at home with FCS Howard. The
Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly, but hope floats as the program looks to continue evolving in Riley’s second year in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2015, it seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a vexing way to lose a game. But the squad finished strong with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise trying 6-7 season that was punctuated by myriad tough losses. The Huskers welcome back lots of talent on both sides of the ball, giving the staff a nice nucleus to work with. But some areas need to develop. Here is Nebraska to-do list for the offseason. 1.
Look at this: Tony Mandarich has complimented and advised Jack Conklin. I guess this is a good thing. I found this very difficult to believe: Conklin became the first MSU offensive lineman selected in the first round since Mandarich was the No. 2 overall pick in 1989. “He’s a great player,” said Mandarich. “Just look at what he did at MSU. He’s a top-tier, top 10 player in the country, and that says a lot. “The only reason I paid attention to the draft this year was because of Conklin.” *** Great read from Omaha.com’s Tom Shatel, who received some