Bold. Brilliant. Benevolent. Or, in a word, Buckeyes. Across the country, people often think “sports powerhouse” when they think of The Ohio State University. And make no mistake: The school’s earned that reputation by winning the first-ever playoff for the college football national championship last year and turning in several outstanding performances on the gridiron and in several other sports for several decades now. But those who are part of this close-knit community — whether they live in Columbus, Colorado Springs or Corpus Christi — know that OSU has more to offer than top-notch athletics. Much more. Here are some
Earlier this year we profiled Minnesota women’s basketball player Rachel Banham as she approached breaking the Big Ten’ women’s basketball all-time scoring record. Since this feature originally aired on TV and online, Banham was selected No. 4 overall by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Draft. She is averaging five points and 14 minutes a game so far in her rookie season. The daughter of two police officers and granddaughter of the first African-American policeman at Minnesota, Banham overcame an ACL injury at Minnesota to return to her prolific scoring ways. As a 5-foot-9 senior guard in 2015-2016, she scored 60
Last year, on BTN’s “Big Ten & Beyond” show, we profiled the special relationship between Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry and his brother Jahred, who is on the autism spectrum. BTN’s Lisa Byington takes viewers inside the Perry family and explains how both Joshua and Jahred have helped each other throughout their lives. Since this time, Joshua has seen his lifelong dream come true as he was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Perry is expected to compete for a roster spot and be a part of the Chargers’ roster in
BTN is looking for the most die-hard Big Ten fans at the BTN Big 10K in Chicago on Aug. 6! Post your most spirited photos on race day using the #BTNBig10K hashtag for your chance to win! Haven’t registered to run yet? Check it out. It’s a great race in Chicago for Big Ten fans and anyone else looking for a great run. Winners will be announced during the week following the race. The prizes are: Football Grand Prize : Two (2) Tickets to the 2016 Big Ten Football Championship Game Basketball Grand Prize : Two (2) All-Session Passes to
When Roberta Rubin came to the University of Michigan, she had every intention of studying to become a physical therapist. But her experiences in Ann Arbor set her on a very different academic and career path. It began with a class she took on the works of Shakespeare. The Bard’s plays and poems inspired a deep lifelong passion for literature and books, and she’s since spent her life trying to spread that passion to as many other people as possible. Most recently, she’s been working hard to get the American Writers Museum off the ground as co-chair of its board
You may remember this past April when BTN featured former Michigan State standout Jack Conklin as he prepared for the 2016 NFL Draft. With no Division I scholarship out of Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Michigan, Conklin defied odds en route to becoming a premier offensive lineman at Michigan State and a first round NFL draft pick. Conklin was selected with the No. 8 pick in this year’s draft by the Tennessee Titans. He was the second offensive lineman off the board. Take a look back as BTN host Mike Hall profiles the former Michigan State walk-on-turned-star’s story, one that
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Which NBA owner is kicking himself for not drafting Draymond Green in 2012? One outlet gives us a nice update on former Wisconsin standout Chris Borland. Another outlets ranks the "best night game environments" in football, too. Catch up with Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
From agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug to hockey legend Herb Brooks, the University of Minnesota has long been accustomed to making a big difference on the world stage. It’s a tradition they’ve continued well into the 21st century, in fields ranging from art and design to community development. See the BTN LiveBIG stories below to find out how Minnesota is leading the way toward a brighter future in the Twin Cities — and beyond: A Minnesota professor’s crusade to bring education to life Golden Gophers team up with heart patients for a day to remember Minnesota cultivates crop of the future