Illinois’ Meyers Leonard declared for the NBA draft Monday (story), and on Wednesday, it was Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger’s turn (story). With Leonard and Sullinger, both sophomores, leaving early and the deadlines to declare for the draft approaching (April 10, NCAA; April 29, NBA), BTN.com’s Brent Yarina considers some of the previous Big Ten sophomores – plus freshmen – who have left early since the new millennium. How did the decisions work out? Find out in this post.
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Here are some of the hotter Big Ten football items buzzing around the Internet on this day. Plus, see three tweets that caught my eye.
Fifth-year coach Kevin Borseth resigned as Michigan women’s basketball coach after posting a 77-73 overall record and a 38-48 Big Ten mark with the Wolverines. Michigan made a 2012 NCAA Tournament appearance. “I have decided to resign my position and return to Wisconsin-Green Bay as head coach,” Borseth said. Read more at MGoBlue.com. And have a look at this 2008 video profile of Borseth in this post where Mike Hall reports on how the coach revived the program.
No one was shocked when Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger announced Wednesday that he will turn pro after two seasons in Columbus. He’s ready. In fact, some felt Sullinger was ready after his freshman season, when he averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds for a team that won the Big Ten and entered the NCAA tourney as the No. 1 overall seed. Alas, the Buckeyes lost in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky.
The Big Ten Network will stream Minnesota’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 21, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games on at 7 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Minnesota game will be televised at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 22.
We’re taking a short respite from the usual sports updates to deliver this gem of a YouTube video from Purdue. Here’s the gist of it: Purdue students built a machine that involves 300 steps to blow up and pop a balloon. Watch it in this post and read more about the contest, too.
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The Big Ten Network will televise Ohio State’s spring football game live at 1:30pm ET on Saturday, April 21. It will also stream live on BTN2Go. Tom Hart and Derek Rackley will call the game and Lisa Byington will report from the sideline. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 7 p.m. ET on the B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.