Good stuff here from old pal Jeff D’Alessio of the Champaign News-Gazette, who asked 10 folks from Lovie Smith’s past to tell us their best story about the new Illini boss.
A trailblazing African-American basketball player who grew up in the segregated South. A virtuoso musician who contributed several tunes to the Great American Songbook. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who changed the way war correspondents work, and died on the frontlines doing it. An author who wrote one of the most popular series of novels for young people in history. Walt Bellamy, Hoagy Carmichael, Ernie Pyle and Suzanne Collins might have led substantially different lives, but they’ve got two things in common: They made a huge mark on their respective fields, and they graduated from Indiana University. Hoosiers continue to make
Alexis Crockett is a born Buckeye, in every sense. A native of Macedonia, Ohio, Crockett’s parents met at Ohio State, two of her aunts attended the university, and the family loved taking in college football Saturdays in Columbus. So when it came time for Crockett to select a university, the decision couldn’t have been easier. “I actually only applied to Ohio State,” she explained. “Even going into high school, that was the only school on my radar. I just grew up in a Buckeye family. We watched football on Saturday and basketball in the spring. It was always my plan
The 2016 NCAA baseball tournament rolled on Saturday afternoon. Big Ten regular season champ Minnesota knocked off Binghamton, 8-5, to stave off elimination and live to play again at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. Nebraska and Big Ten tourney champ Ohio State weren’t as fortunate, though. The Cornhuskers fell to Western Carolina, 4-1, in an elimination game, and the Buckeyes lost to Louisville, 15-3, in the Louisville Regional winner’s bracket. Ohio State plays Wright State, which it beat Friday afternoon in walk-off fashion, in an elimination game at noon ET Sunday. Catch up on all of the Big Ten’s Saturday NCAA
Every fall, hundreds of elementary and middle school students flock to West Lafayette, Ind., for a fun-filled day of launching water rockets, experimenting with mini Mars rovers and learning about what lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Purdue Space Day (PSD) originated in November 1996. At that event, Boilermaker alumnus astronauts Greg Harbaugh and Don Williams spoke to the approximately 150 students in attendance in an effort to spread their love for space exploration to the next generation. Twenty years later, the goal is the same, but the event has lifted off to another level. Last year more than 250 student volunteers
WALK OFF! Jalen Washington delivers the W for Ohio State. #RoadToOmaha https://t.co/FdYXXwgBR6 — NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 3, 2016 Ohio State’s magical postseason run continued in its NCAA tournament opener Friday afternoon. [ MORE: View the complete Louisville Regional bracket ] The Big Ten tourney champs scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally and walk-off vs. Wright State in the opening round of the Louisville Regional. Jalen Washington sent a two-out line drive to deep center, just past the centerfielder, to break the tie score and lead the Buckeyes to their fifth consecutive postseason win.
Three Big Ten teams were in action on Friday in the NCAA baseball regionals.
In his latest look at the 2016 Big Ten football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart dials in on Week 7. There are six league games highlighted by the Big Ten East's Ohio State hitting the road to play the Big Ten West's Wisconsin.
One writer says Jim Harbaugh calling Nick Saban a hypocrite is something the Big Ten should embrace. Speaking of Harbaugh, he met with baseball legend Hank Aaron recently. In other news, one publication says the nation's top linebacker is ... well, come read it for yourself. Another publication says Nebraska's has the best set of wide receivers in the Big Ten, and the use data to explain why. Friday's news digest is now available.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The phrase, first ascribed to British writer William Edward Hickson in the 19th century, is one we’re all familiar with. But few of us truly live and breathe it the way Letitia Jones has. After graduating from Rahway High School in New Jersey, Jones wanted to attend college. However, she didn’t have the financial means to pursue higher education at the time. Instead, she moved out of her house and worked three different jobs, splitting time at a daycare center, a beauty-supply store and a tollbooth on the Garden State Parkway.