Rutgers has played its final football game as a member of the American Athletic Conference. Starting this fall, it will be all Big Ten for the Scarlet Knights, who officially join the conference July 1. Seven-plus months away from its Big Ten football debut, Rutgers sure seems excited about the move. Check out the recent makeover the turf at High Point Solutions Stadium received.
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With it being Martin Luther King Day, #BTNLive honored the civil rights pioneer throughout Monday night’s show. We had interviews with Ohio State AD Gene Smith, the lone African American at his level in the Big Ten, Penn State women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington and Ohio State guard Shannon Scott and his father, Charlie. We also had a segment with Stephen Bardo and Jim Jackson discussing MLK.
Fresh off its win at Ohio State and vs. Minnesota, Iowa moved up to No. 10 in the latest AP Poll, released Monday. Michigan State rose one spot, to No. 3, while Wisconsin, the previous No. 3, dropped to No. 9 after back-to-back losses. Ohio State is No. 17 and Michigan returns to the poll at No. 21 to round out the Big Ten contingent. See the full AP and Coaches polls in this post.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a photo of a former Big Ten player posing with Kate Upton.
We’ve heard new Penn State football coach James Franklin address the media several times. The former Vanderbilt coach gets it and understands how to make an impression. But, what has had to say to his inherited players, and how have they received it? We now know the answer to those questions, thanks to the team’s behind-the-scenes video.
What was speculated has been officially announced: Indiana has a new defensive coordinator: Brian Knorr. And, he may have the biggest job of any coordinator in the Big Ten.
On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so every Monday throughout the basketball season.