For the first time since 1965, Penn State will have a new coach prowling the sideline. Joe Paterno was forced out amid scandal late in the 2011 season—and subsequently died. In steps Bill O’Brien, a first-time head coach who comes freshly minted from the New England Patriots, where he served as offensive coordinator for arguably the NFL’s top franchise.
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Big doing today, as the Danny O’Brien sweepstakes have ended with the Maryland quarterback picking Wisconsin. This is two years in a row the Badgers will welcome an ACC QB transfer. Russell Wilson from N.C. State worked out pretty good. If O’Brien is anywhere close to Wilson, 2012 will be a fun year in Madison. Fire up the grill and open the brats! Find more on that and other happenings in this post.
Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday that former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien has committed to the Badgers. O’Brien, who started 17 games for the Terps the last two seasons, also visited Ole Miss, Penn State and Vanderbilt. He was just at Penn State on Tuesday, in fact.
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The Big Ten Network will stream Indiana’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Indiana game will air on BTN at 9 p.m. ET Monday, April 15.
The Big Ten Network will televise Michigan State’s spring football game live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 28. It also will stream live on BTN2Go. Eric Collins and Derek Rackley will call the game and Lisa Byington will report from the sideline. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 8 p.m. ET on the B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced Wednesday the hiring of Curt Miller, who owns the 16th-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I history, as IU’s new head women’s basketball coach. Glass and Miller agreed to a six- year contract, starting at a salary of $275,000 per year.
In the sports world, there’s no better magazine to have your mug on than Sports Illustrated. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft knows what it’s like. The Ohio State point guard is featured on this week’s Final Four regional-based cover. On it, Craft has the ball and is in midair against Syracuse, with the headline: “Ohio State Keeps on Dancing.” The Buckeyes take on Kansas, which beat them earlier this season, Saturday in the second national semifinal.