BTN.com's Tom Dienhart writes, "Greg Schiano did a pretty good job pumping in the talent during his run at Rutgers from 2001-11, and that turned into some productive NFL drafts in recent years." let's take a closer look.
There are five schools to have a football player drafted every year since 1967, and three of them are in the Big Ten. Also, Ohio State is primed for a big NFL Draft night, too. Also, today's headlines digest has the final ranking of attendance at Big Ten spring football games. Dive on in.
One is known for Neil Armstrong and global engineers. The other is known for powering the world’s aircraft and producing exclusive luxury automobiles. Together, they’re planning to create the jet aircraft of the future. Purdue University’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind., is about 4,000 miles from Rolls-Royce’s global headquarters in London, but the company also maintains major engineering, design and manufacturing operations in Indiana and Virginia. While the geographic and cultural complexities among the two organizations might make a research and development partnership seem problematic, there’s actually a strong foundation for that kind of relationship. For one thing, more than
In his fifth season in Bloomington, Indiana, Kevin Wilson enjoyed a breakthrough by leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007. Now, he wants to take the program another step foward: winning a bowl. Wilson and Co., are on track. But work needs to be done to move up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Indiana spring game on BTN2Go ] The offense loses some key players but should be OK with Wilson’s steady hand guiding things. The defense? It remains an albatross around the neck of the program, ranking
BTN.com writer Sean Merriman offers his list of 10 superlatives to get you prepared for this year's NFL Draft.
Another great weekend of Big Ten Lacrosse is now in the books. The race to Baltimore and a spot in the Big Ten Tournament saw three teams punch their tickets to the party that starts May 5. Maryland, Rutgers and Johns Hopkins have all clinched a spot in the battle for the conference championship, but the fourth and final spot is up for grabs. There is plenty to play for as we enter the final week of regular season conference play. But let’s recap the week that was. No. 3 Maryland Terrapins (11-2, 4-0 Big Ten) The Terps took on Ohio
The 2016 NFL Draft starts Thursday night in Chicago. With only hours remaining before Roger Goodell takes the stage, the always-present anonymous sources are spewing the usual negative comments, many of which are laughable. The latest: One anonymous scout questioning Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple’s life skills, going as far as to say that he “can’t cook.” Read more about Apple’s scouting report here. If true, what exactly does it have to do with Apple’s ability to cover a receiver, make an open-field tackle or be a good teammate? Nothing at all. And, based on the Twitter reaction to
Purdue has had some surprising success in the last 10 NFL drafts, with 19 overall selections and three first-round picks. Not bad for a program that has been to just four bowls in the last 10 years and none since 2012. Linemen have been the most common picks, with seven coming on defense and five on offense. The Boilermakers’ ability to produce defensive ends/outside linebackers has been remarkable, with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Ray Edwards, Rob Ninkovich and Ryan Russell coming off the board in recent years. Purdue is billed as the “cradle of quarterbacks”
Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Wisconsin spring game on BTN2Go ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for the same post at LSU. Chryst tabbed Justin Wilcox from USC to take over. How will that impact the defense, which was excellent under Aranda? Having a healthy Corey Clement
The NFL draft starts on Thursday. And, know this: Michigan State’s Connor Cook won’t be intimidated, according to Mark Dantonio. “Connor will not be intimidated in the NFL — he won’t,” Dantonio said following the team’s banquet. “When you play on the big stages we’ve played on, the next stage is just another stage. “Connor makes plays, he’s got great touch on the ball, he throws guys open, he has good arm strength and he studies. No one is perfect, but I think he’s resilient.” How high will Cook be picked? Second round? Third round? Later? *** More draft: The