If movies like “Revenge of the Nerds” are to be believed, one of the things that has long separated the brainy from the brawny is the latter’s participation in sports and other regular physical activity. While there may be some truth to that stereotype, professors at the University of Illinois recently found that 9- and 10-year-olds who have good cardiorespiratory health — usually the product of regular exercise — tend to have “thinner” grey matter in their brains than their less-fit counterparts. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells and blood vessels in the cerebrum is associated with better
When Max Lynch and Ben Sperry met in Kindergarten more than two decades ago, the Internet was still largely a novelty, and mobile phones were only used to make calls. Lynch and Sperry formed a friendship there that has lasted to this day. Both of them went to the University of Wisconsin and, after graduating, they started a company in Madison that helped facilitate a technology revolution that few would have foreseen when they were learning their ABCs and 123s. Now 27 years old, Lynch and Sperry founded Ionic (then called Drifty) in 2012 with the aim of making development
Read into it what you will: J.T. Barrett is one of Ohio State’s six captains, a group that does not include Cardale Jones, the team announced Friday. Barrett and Jones are battling for the much-talked-about starting quarterback position of the defending national champs. Both are fantastic talents, and both have well-known stories. Barrett, who filled in for an injured Braxton Miller last season, put up a record-setting season last year on his way to claiming Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, while Jones, following Barrett’s injury in the season finale vs. Michigan, led the Buckeyes to three memorable postseason victories
Another starting quarterback was named Friday, leaving just Michigan and Ohio State left to announce their starters. One day after Northwestern and two days after Rutgers picked starters, Maryland announced junior Perry Hills won its quarterback battle. Hills beat out Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman. Rowe will be the backup, while Garman, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, will serve as the third-straight quarterback. The 6-2, 210-pound Hills started the first seven games of the 2012 season, before suffering a torn ACL and missing the final five games. He redshirted in 2013 and appeared in three games as a redshirt
This is the time of year when all things seem possible on college campuses. Visions of conference titles, bowls and playoff berths dance in the heads of giddy fans. But Illinois finds itself bidding goodbye to its head coach a week before kickoff.
Janarion Grant draws a lot of attention on every Rutgers kickoff return. Chances are, there will be even more eyes on the Scarlet Knights’ electric return man – and the entire return team – in the season opener Sept. 5 vs. Norfolk State. That’s because Autoland of Springfield, New Jersey, will hand out a total of $100,000 to 100 students if the team returns its first kickoff for a touchdown. According to a ScarletKnights.com release, every Rutgers student who sits in the student section will be entered in the contest to win $1,000 (click here for complete rules, and here
One week before Illinois kicks off the 2015 season, it fired head coach Tim Beckman. Beckman spent three seasons in Champaign, compiling a 12-25 record. See how the Illini reacted to the news inside.
The Big Ten Network bus has screeched to a halt. The football tour is complete. Over, finished, gone, done, out. But, the memories from the 14-stop trip burn on forever.
Tim Beckman is out; Bill Cubit is in. Illinois AD Mike Thomas announced the dismissal of head coach Tim Beckman on Friday afternoon.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it's all about the Big Ten East's most intimidating player. See the BTN.com panel's selections inside.