Every Minnesota football player will wear a patch on their jersey in honor of late ex-teammate Gary Tinsley during the 2012 season. For Thursday night’s season opener at UNLV, linebacker Keanon Cooper also will wear Tinsley’s old number, No. 51. Cooper normally wears No. 4. Talk about a great tribute for a former teammate and friend.
Five years sure goes fast, doesn’t it? On Thursday, BTN celebrated its 5th anniversary, and to help acknowledge the big day, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo hosted “BTN 5th Anniversary Special.” It was a memorable show that looked back at all the great moments from our time on the air.
The Nebraska football program boasts some impressive facilities, that’s no secret. They’re so nice, in fact, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart singled out the team in the “Best Facilities” category of his BTN summer football tour recap. What makes the facilities so great? A lot of things, actually, including the personal touches. And that includes an iPad in every locker. We’ve heard about said iPad’s for a while, but see a picture of the one in Rex Burkhead’s locker in this post.
The biggest number at the BTN offices today is 5 – as in our five-year anniversary. The years have flown by – though some of the days have been a bit arduous. That’s the nature of any kind of new venture. I was reflecting this morning on my first meeting with the BTN people. Frankly, I wasn’t sure how interested I was. I really didn’t understand what it was going to be.
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“The Journey” 2012″ debuts Wednesday, Oct. 3. Go ahead and make a note of that in your calendar because the weekly documentary-style show is going to be must-see TV for any Big Ten football fan. In the days and weeks leading up to the debut, the producers are rolling out these short but cool videos for each Big Ten school. So far we’ve covered Minnesota, Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue. Today we introduce the Michigan version here in this post.
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Has it really already been five years? On Thursday night, BTN airs a one-hour show “BTN 5th Anniversary Special” to look back at just a few of the many memorable moments we’ve brought our viewers in our first five years. Hosted by Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo, the show airs on BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET and then again at 9 p.m., too.
The Big Ten has gone four consecutive seasons without fielding a team in the BCS title game. Is this the year the streak gets snapped? The Big Ten enters the 2012 season with four teams ranked in the top 16 of the Coaches Poll, led by No. 8 Michigan, so the opportunity is there. But which team is most likely to make this season’s BCS title game?
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