Michigan fans will welcome Ric Flair to Ann Arbor any time. [ MORE: Watch NFL star Tom Brady at ‘Signing of the Stars’ ] The 16-time World Heavyweight Champ and two-time WWE Hall of Famer delighted the faithful at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” on Wednesday. He did it with just four words, too. These perfect-for-the-occasion four words: “I can’t stand Ohio State.” Flair went on to add, “I got no time for Michigan State.” Again, the fans loved it. Watch Flair’s full time at the mic below:
There was a lot of star power at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” extravaganza Wednesday. [ MORE: Watch Ric Flair delight the ‘Signing of the Stars’ faithful ] None, perhaps, was bigger and brighter than former Michigan quarterback and current NFL megastar/future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Brady received more than his share of applause at the signing day event that helped raise awareness for #ChadTough. “They love you here, Tom,” Jim Harbaugh said, as Brady met the crowd. “I love them,” Brady responded. “This is a special place.” Brady talked about his recruiting (Hint: It was a lot different
To the surprise of few, Ohio State reeled in the Big Ten’s top 2016 recruiting class. [ MORE: Twitter: Here’s how Big Ten teams announced 2016 recruiting classes ] Prior to Wednesday’s National Signing Day, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo visited Columbus, Ohio, to sit down with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. DiNardo asked Meyer, who just finished his fourth season with the Buckeyes, about this recruiting class, recruiting in general and Ohio State’s nation-leading nine underclassmen who entered teh 2016 NFL Draft. Watch the full interview in the video above. Here’s our #SigningDayOnBTN interview with Meyer, too.
Turns out, the sleepover worked. [ MORE: Watch Ric Flair fire up the ‘Signing of the Stars’ crowd ] Quinn Nordin, the nation’s No. 1 kicker, committed to Michigan on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Nordin, a previous Penn State verbal commit, hosted a now-famous sleepover with Harbaugh last month. The sleepover was Harbaugh’s idea. He went over to Nordin’s house at 12:01 a.m., the minute after the recruiting window opened. Clearly, it worked. As a result, don’t be surprised if more coaches try the tactic in coming years. ***
We’re halfway through the Big Ten season and so far the preseason coaches’ poll has held true in terms of the top 3 teams in the Big Ten. They remain Ohio State, Maryland, and Michigan State. As we enter into the downhill portion of the schedule and race toward the Big Ten tourney, here is what you need to pay attention to this week. There are several great games and you’ll want to make sure that you tune into, set your DVR, or use your BTN Plus account for these games. [ MORE: Latest standings | Polls | Scoreboard | Stat leaders ] Michigan at Michigan
Lavert Hill will be joining his older brother in Ann Arbor, Michigan. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] The four-star cornerback announced Wednesday on #SigningDayOnBTN that he will attend the University of Michigan. Hill’s brother, Delano, is a safety on the Wolverines. Delano just completed his junior season, playing in all 13 games, including eight starts. Lavert also was considering in-state rival Michigan State and Penn State.
It’s National Signing Day! And, it looks like it’s gonna be a big day for Ohio State and Michigan. That’s bad news for the rest of the Big Ten—especially East Division rivals of the Buckeyes and Wolverines. “If you’re Indiana, Maryland or Rutgers, you have to convince yourself to have hope,” said Mike Farrell, the national recruiting director for Rivals.com. “Penn State is fourth in the division, and the gap between Penn State and the rest is massive.” *** Here is why the 2016 Class is so important to Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh didn’t get a full recruiting cycle to ink
It’s the first Wednesday of February, and that means one thing: It’s National Signing Day. We’re airing eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage, until 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live on BTN TV and via BTN2Go. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) is anchoring the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). We have reporters across many Big Ten campuses, too. Use this link to get all of their updates. Are you on Twitter? Use the Twitter hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to submit your questions to our on-air panel, and they’ll
Every Big Ten men’s basketball team has played at least nine conference games, meaning we’ve reached the unofficial midpoint of the 2015-16 league schedule. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten midterm grades | Best of week that was | Bracketology | Scores | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for 2 to B1G tourney ] That being the case, we asked BTN analysts and regular BTN.com contributors Jon Crispin and Jess Settles to share their best of the first half of the conference slate. See their picks below. BEST PLAYER Jon Crispin: Jarrod Uthoff,
BTN will cover all 14 Big Ten football programs live, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, on National Football Signing Day. On the go? You can also watch our coverage on BTN2Go. Also, follow the Big Ten Network on Facebook (main page here here and social video page here), Twitter (main account here and 14 school accounts here) and YouTube for exclusive BTN video content, including show clips, interviews and analysis. Hosted by Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), Wednesday’s eight-hour show will feature BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDiNardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith), as well as Scout.com recruiting analyst Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu), with each providing in-depth