Mike Thomas has announced that Dan Hartleb has agreed to a five-year contract extension, keeping him at Illinois through the 2020 season. The contract is pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.
The Big Ten will feature plenty of top-end talent this fall, a fact backed up by Athlon Sports’ top 50 players for 2015. Eleven Big Ten names make the list, including the No. 1 (Ohio State DE Joey Bosa) and No. 2 (Ohio State QBs Barrett/Jones/Miller) players. The next Big Ten player on the countdown? It’s another Buckeye, as running back Ezekiel Elliott checks in at No. 12. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, at No. 14, is Athlon Sports’ first non-Ohio State Big Ten player. See all of the Big Ten players on the list below. Click here to read
There has been plenty of talk at today’s SEC Media Day about Alabama’s Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State. Well, a pair of fans showed up to remind Alabama coach Nick Saban of Alabama’s 42-35 loss to the Buckeyes. The two fans, who are reportedly from Birmingham, Alabama, showed up to Wednesday’s SEC Media Day session dressed in Ohio State national champions shirts. While at first glance you would guess these two were huge OSU fans, they could actually be Auburn fans. One of them is sporting an Auburn hat and a pair of Auburn shorts. In other words, these
Twitter fan or not, it’s hard not to be impressed with Jim Harbaugh’s incredible success on the social media platform. The new Michigan coach, hired on Dec. 30, 2014, recently became the owner of the most followed account among Big Ten football coaches, a title previously held by rival Urban Meyer (283,246). Think about that for a second: In six-plus months, Harbaugh has garnered 286,512 followers, an average of 1,476 followers per day since his first tweet Jan. 2. That, in a word, is impressive. With a new name in the No. 1 spot, I thought it would be fun
Alabama coach Nick Saban knows his voice is powerful in the college football world. When he speaks, people listen. Period.
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we will replay Wisconsin’s incredible 71-64 win over top-seeded Kentucky in the 2015 Final Four. This will be remembered as the game that ruined the Wildcats’ pursuit of a perfect season. It will also be remembered as the game that Frank Kaminsky helped lead the Badgers to their first national championship appearance in 74 years. Kaminsky scored a game-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds while leading Wisconsin to arguably the biggest win in program history. Here is a breakdown of Wisconsin’s memorable Final Four win. Top moment: Sam Dekker hit a go-ahead
Fantasy football leagues are open – yes, already – with kickoff just about two months away. So, you have plenty of time to sign up, not to mention to come up with a creative name that gets the attention of your friends/league members. We did this before basketball season last year, and now it’s time to do it for football. Here are two fantasy team names for every Big Ten team: ILLINOIS Dudek, Where’s My Car? Lunt Trauma INDIANA Dominique Booth Ferry Simmie’s Corn on the Cobbs IOWA Three & Ott Ferentzic Science (h/t @chfortfun) MARYLAND Skid Rowe Un-Likely Explanation
Our good friend Mekka Don made a new Ohio State hype video. Check it out in this post!
Braxton Miller put an end to the never-ending rumors late last week, announcing he will return to Ohio State for his final season of eligibility. [ MORE: Who should start for Ohio State? We asked several writers ] A graduate student, Miller could have transferred and been eligible this fall. Instead, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will battle J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting quarterback job of the reigning national champs. Did Miller consider leaving? “Nah, I’m a Buckeye, man,” he told 247Sports.com. “I’ve got a tat on my shoulder. My son is going
At Monday's SEC media days, Gus Malzahn said it's "slim to none" that a Big Ten team can go into Alabama and get player the Tide and Tigers want.