In this day and age, the Internet regularly creates overnight sensations. Seemingly obscure, novel people and products can collect thousands of backers, customers and fans in a matter of hours if they attract the right kind of attention on sites like YouTube, Kickstarter, Twitter and Facebook. Northwestern University instructor and inventor Nick Marchuk benefited from this phenomenon when the nScope, a device he developed with fellow NU lecturer David Meyer, went viral in late 2013. Interestingly, the product took off when the website Hackaday featured a different tool developed by Northwestern engineering professor Michael Peshkin. A version of the NScope
Rutgers begins its second season in the Big Ten. But, some big issues hang over Kyle Flood’s program. The team is breaking in a new quarterback. How will that go? There also is a new offensive coordinator. And the secondary is being re-worked. Here are three things I will be watching at Rutgers practice. 1. What is the offensive identity? Rutgers is on its sixth offensive coordinator in six years, with Ben McDaniels now pushing the buttons on the offense. Don’t expect a radical difference, as the Scarlet Knights figure to be built around the run to help buffer the
College football is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? To get ready for the season, Sean Merriman took a look at the best Big Ten player born in every state.
Maryland’s debut in the Big Ten was mixed. There were wins vs. Iowa, Penn State and Michigan and a bowl trip but a late-season meltdown marred a 7-6 season. Hope floats in College Park, as Randy Edsall may have his best team yet as he begins his fifth season on campus. Here are three things I will be watching at Terrapins’ practice. 1. How does the o-line look? This unit has been underperforming since Randy Edsall has been in charge. A lack of depth and talent have been issues. But, the unit looks to be well-stocked. And there is some
The BTN bus has left Penn State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered from watching the Nittany Lions on Thursday and Friday.
Friday marked the ninth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun notes from PSU practice ] Stop No. 9 of 14 had us visiting State College, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and Friday to watch James Franklin’s second Nittany Lions team. As expected, the offensive line, which surrendered 44 sacks last season, was the area our analysts monitored the most, evidenced by their practice tweets. Get BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE ***
The ninth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to State College, Pennsylvania, where we watched the Nittany Lions practice Thursday and Friday.
Looking for a reason to give Periscope a try? [ MORE: Visit our summer football tour page ] Our team on board the Big Ten Network summer bus tour is providing a live stream from every training camp stop, save for Michigan. The live streams have included several one-on-one interviews and a couple all-access tours, including the Shilique Calhoun one in the video above. We’ve posted the other seven Periscope streams in the tweets below. Find us on Periscope at bigtennetwork.
Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten West most exciting players. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player ] This is a fun category, to be sure, because the Big Ten is blessed with a bevy of players who can drop jaws and be regulars on the highlight reels. Who is your leading
As headlines in cities across the United States highlight rising death tolls caused by open gang warfare in the streets, pundits, politicians and community leaders have put forward various legal and law enforcement solutions in order to alleviate this growing problem. But what if this issue can’t be resolved by the cops and the courts? A team at Michigan State recently offered a different perspective when it published findings of a study that showed how gang violence spreads in the same fashion as a contagion. “The idea that some types of homicide can be contagious has been around since the