Our countdown to kickoff series chugs along, and today it’s all about Big Ten East breakout players. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team ] There are no shortage of candidates this season, from as far west as Indiana to as far east as Rutgers. Who is your leading Big Ten East breakout player candidate? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s selections below. Tom Dienhart: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan
Indiana AD Fred Glass announced Tuesday that IU Athletics has extended its apparel agreement with adidas for eight years through 2024.
Mark Dantonio has built Michigan State into one of the nation's top football programs. The Spartans have the state-of-the-art facilities to back it up, too. Shilique Calhoun gave us a tour of the facilities Tuesday.
“Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp” debuts at 7 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, and we’ve got a few clips from the first episode. The show takes viewers behind the scenes at the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes’ training camp. Narrated by Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons, the series’ first clip shows Braxton Miller’s working on his transition from quarterback to wide receiver/H-Back. In the second clip below, Urban Meyer’s addresses the entire team at the start of training camp. You can also share these clips from this very page, or find them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Michigan State is on a roll under Mark Dantonio, winning double-digit games four times in the last five years with two Big Ten titles and wins in the Cotton and Rose Bowls.
The final installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most important game. See who they said inside!
The BTN bus just left Northwestern practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Wildcats in action Monday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s NU practice tweets ] This was NU’s first practice of 2015 at Camp Kenosha at UW-Parkside, just a few miles from Lake Michigan. This is the team’s 20th season conducting some preseason drills in Wisconsin. There will be eight practices here. When we attended Camp Kenosha last year, there were an alarming number of players out with injury. That wasn’t the case this
The sixth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where we watched the Wildcats practice Monday morning.
Monday marked the sixth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Northwestern ] Stop No. 6 of 14 had us visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, to watch Pat Fitzgerald’s team get things underway at Camp Kenosha. Northwestern, in its 20th summer practicing in Kenosha, will hold eight practices at UW-Parkside. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the practice below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @BTNTOMDIENHART
The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that Northwestern can’t form a union. [ MORE: Northwestern, Pat Fitzgerald react to NLRB ruling ] The decision by the NLRB reverses a regional director’s decision that Northwestern’s players had the right to unionize. It is a blow to the College Athletes Players Association, which was behind the players’ push. “I am proud of our guys for working through the process,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told me after practice. “Something like this can drive a wedge into a team or draw it closer. I think it brought us closer. We now can move