BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and the rest of the BTN crew was in Iowa City, Iowa, Wednesday to shoot the Iowa Preview Show. As DiNardo does every week during the regular season in a feature called Sunday Ruminations, he went to Twitter to offer his thoughts on what he saw. See all of the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to watch the Iowa show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday. Until then, here’s our interview with senior James Ferentz. You also can view our entire bus tour TV schedule in this post.
In town playing Detroit, injured New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez toured Michigan’s new basketball Player Development Center on Wednesday. Not exactly sure of the connection, but here’s something we’re pretty confident about: Yankee teammate and Ohio State product Nick Swisher was nowhere near Ann Arbor and will have some choice words for the three-time AL MVP. See Michigan Basketball’s Facebook page’s picture of Rodriguez with the basketball staff in this post.
When Tom Dienhart wrote that Penn State should put blue ribbon stickers on both sides of its helmet, it got my attention. No helmet, it seems, is as sacred as Penn State’s – not even Michigan’s. After all, the Wolverines are coming off a season in which they added numbers to their lids and put gray facemasks in the rotation, both nods to the past. It’s back to the usual look in 2012. The last time Penn State made a significant change to its helmet: 1987, when it went from gray to blue facemasks.
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Jared Sullinger and William Buford are gone, but Thad Matta still has plenty of talent coming back for the 2012-13 season. In Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State figures to boast one of the Big Ten’s elite duos. Throw in role player Lenzelle Smith and youngsters LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson, and the Buckeyes should be just fine. Athlon Sports believes in the Buckeyes, and that’s why the publication was in Columbus recently for a photo shoot. See a picture in this post.
NUsports.com posted the latest Olympic update from Wildcats head wrestling coach Drew Pariano and we’ll share it here as part of our Big Ten Olympic coverage. Pariano and associate head coach Tim Cysewski head to London to support Northwestern graduate and U.S. wrestler Jake Herbert as he competes in the the 84 kg freestyle division. In this entry, Pariano tells us what’s ahead for Herbert once the draw is announced.
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I’m in Iowa City today to take in Iowa’s practice. It’s the first stop on our annual summer bus tour, and I’m excited to watch the team’s running backs, among other things. Enough about me, it’s time to bring you all of Wednesday’s top Big Ten web links.
I like Penn State’s decision to wear a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse, all as a result of the heinous Jerry Sandusky scandal that has brought the football program to its knees with crippling NCAA sanctions.