Penn State's football staff has some turnover. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh gets an invite to President's State of the Union address. What does a "quality control coach" do? Read those Monday headlines and more in today's collection of Big Ten links.
You can find lots of interesting things at the bottoms of lakes. Shipwrecks. Lost towns and cities. A physical record of climate patterns over several previous millennia. That last one especially interests Sheri Fritz, a professor at the University of Nebraska’s School of Biological Sciences. Fritz has spent more than three decades studying global climate patterns — she actually started her research in this area while pursuing her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in the mid-1980s. That work, which involves studying lakes, takes her from icebergs in Greenland to the foothills of the Andes. Why lakes? Because their geographic
The Maryland program is in transition after Randy Edsall was fired during the season. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over for the last six games but couldn’t right the ship, as the Terrapins lost eight in a row at one point en route to finishing 3-9 a year after going to a bowl. Hey, at least Maryland ended the season with a stunning comeback win at Rutgers. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Maryland hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to take over. And, he has work to do, especially on defense. Maryland ranked
It’s time for my latest look at the week that was. It’s good to be an Indiana Hoosier. And how about those Maryland Terrapins? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Biggest surprise: Indiana. Yes, the Hoosiers have lost star James Blackmon for the season to injury, but the team is hot. Last week, Indiana grinded out a 59-58 win vs. Wisconsin in which the unbeaten 1975-76 team was honored. On Sunday, the Hoosiers clubbed visiting Ohio State, 85-60. OSU had won seven in a
With the NFL Wild Card weekend complete, it’s time to take a look at how Big Ten names fared in Saturday and Sunday’s playoff games. Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier highlighted the participants, registering 13 tackles and two forced fumbles, including the one that led to Pittsburgh’s dramatic game-winning drive in the final seconds. Other notable performances: Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) recorded eight tackles and three sacks in Houston’s loss to Kansas City, Fitz Toussaint (Michigan) totaled 118 yards in Pittsburgh’s aforementioned victory, Cliff Avril (Purdue) notched five tackles and three sacks in Seattle’s comeback win at Minnesota, and Trae
Purdue took advantage of a monumental occasion Sunday afternoon, welcoming home Purdue Athletics Hall of Famer Katie Douglas, earning head coach Sharon Versyp her 207th win as the Boilermaker head coach and regaining control of the Barn Burner Trophy with a 63-53 victory over visiting archrival Indiana at Mackey Arena. With the win Versyp becomes the winningest head coach in program history, surpassing Lin Dunn, who has held the record since 1996. The Boilermakers honored Versyp with a postgame celebration after the win with words from athletics director Morgan Burke, senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross, associate head coach Nadine
There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, and all three were decided by double digits. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 5 Michigan State cruised past Penn State, 92-65, in Denzel Valentine’s return, Indiana destroyed Ohio State, 85-60, in a meeting of 3-0 Big Ten teams, and Illinois upset No. 20 Purdue, 84-70. A few notables from Sunday’s action: Valentine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench, his first action since Dec. 19; the Hoosiers’ easy
Denzel Valentine made his return from knee surgery in Sunday’s 92-65 win at Penn State. [ MORE: Watch replay of No. 5 Michigan State at Penn State on BTN2Go ] After missing the last four games, including the Spartans’ first three Big Ten games (2-1), the Michigan State do-it-all star entered the game with 15:23 left in the first half and finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes. Valentine, who was among the early leaders for player of the year before the surgery, entered the game averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1
Purdue has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top engineering, technology and science universities in the United States. It’s widely recognized in areas ranging from space exploration to supercomputers. But that doesn’t mean the school lacks an artistic side. As a series of photos from the previous year shows, there’s plenty of creativity on offer in West Lafayette, Ind. Here are a few pictures from a recent “year’s best” list of Purdue photography that show the innovative work that the school’s “right brains” produced in 2015.
It was alumni day Saturday at the Wisconsin men’s basketball game. [ MORE: Remember this? Sam Dekker’s mom tweets picture of son mowing yard ] Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Rockets forward Sam Dekker learned this via text message from his mother, who said that Dekker should be at the Kohl Center. He would have been had he not entered the 2015 NBA Draft following his junior season, one that saw the Badgers make their second consecutive Final Four run, ending with a loss to Duke in the national final. The message also included a funny jab, with Dekker’s