So, this is gonna be Bo Ryan’s last lap around the Big Ten. That’s too bad. But, it’s not a total shock, is it? I mean, the guy is 67 years old and has taken the Wisconsin program to heights it hasn’t achieved in decades. Ryan is 357-125, a .741 winning percentage, in 14 seasons at UW. That run includes four Big Ten regular-season titles and no finishes worse than fourth place in the league. The Badgers have advanced to the NCAA tournament in every season under Ryan and have made seven appearances in the Sweet 16 and the aforementioned
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan announced Monday afternoon that he will retire following the 2015-16 season. Check out the full Wisconsin release inside.
Surely, you didn’t think J.J. Watt would embarrass himself on ice skates, did you? [ MORE: Get all of our J.J. Watt coverage ] The former Wisconsin star and current NFL perennial Pro Bowler participated in the second annual Blake Geoffrion Hockey Classic on Friday. And, from the looks of the video above, Watt held his own. The event, hosted by the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, raised money to benefit the UW Health Burn Center. Watt wasn’t done for the weekend. He also went on do deliver this perfect form tackle during the Zac Brown Band concert at
Who will start at quarterback for Ohio State? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked some Big Ten and national media who they would choose.
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Minnesota’s incredible 59-58 upset victory over Indiana in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament. This game will always be remembered for Blake Hoffarber’s buzzer-beating shot to sink Eric Gordon, D.J. White and the Hoosiers. With 1.5 seconds remaining, Travis Busch, from under Indiana’s basketball, threw a baseball pass to Hoffarber, who caught the pass, spun around, and heaved up a left-handed shot that went in as time expired. Damian Johnson
Good piece from Sam McKewon of Omaha.com, who says the Big Ten is hoping for a better non-conference showing early on in 2015 than it had in 2014. While the Big Ten finished strong last year, it struggled outside the league early in 2014. Remember Sept. 6, when in three high-profile, nationally televised games — Michigan State at Oregon, Michigan at Notre Dame and Virginia Tech at Ohio State — the league took it on the chin with three losses? This year, the Big Ten can score some big credibility points over Labor Day weekend, when there are myriad big
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work. The numbers are staggering: One out of every three women and one out of two men will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. “Sixteen-hundred people will die from cancer today; 1,600 tomorrow,” said Dr. Sung Poblete, a Rutgers alumna and president and CEO of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). “Cancer is a very humbling disease. The only way
What, you thought Sam Dekker would be too big to do household chores after being selected in the NBA draft? [ MORE: Five ex-Big Ten stars taken in 2015 NBA Draft ] Nope. Three days after the Houston Rockets selected Dekker with the No. 18 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the former Wisconsin star was mowing his parents’ yard. Dekker’s mom, Carol Dekker, was nice enough to tweet picture proof of it. What a good son! Only question is, how many times will Dekker return home during the NBA season to lend a hand around the house. As expected,
Former Indiana star Jordan Hulls and his groomsmen wore candy stripe pants for his wedding.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Taylor Yocom has gone global. The young artist and recent University of Iowa grad has fans from all across the world, thanks to her series of black and white close-up photographs called “Guarded.” “I always wanted my art to empower,” she said. “Just today, I got an e-mail from a woman in South America who told me that my idea is being