The Big Ten office announced the dates and opponents for the 2015-16 hockey season Wednesday, featuring 20-game schedules for each of the six conference programs. The schedule concludes with the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, to be held March 17-19 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn. [ View the 2015-16 Big Ten Hockey Schedule ] All six conference teams will open Big Ten play Dec. 4-5. The opening weekend will feature Michigan hosting Wisconsin, Minnesota welcoming Ohio State and Penn State entertaining Michigan State. The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Gophers will make their road debut
Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] Pitt’s trip to Iowa will
In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a story on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, another story on why one former football coach doesn't have a stake in his old team roster's academic success, and a handful of other headlines from around the Big Ten. Dive in.
On this Wednesday, June 3, it's National Running Day. So we reached back into our archives to find one of the most memorable runs in BTN history. Watch this remarkable race video from 2008 and then read our recent Q&A with the Minnesota runner who pulled it off. "After I fell, it was as if a vacuum had sucked all the energy out of the place," the runner remembers. "Then, as I started to gain momentum, it was like a crescendo of noise and excitement, all the way to the finish line."
The 2015 Michigan softball team will have the chance to "sprinkle the cheese" one last time this season.
After an exciting comeback victory over UCLA to advance to the Final Four, Fighting Illini Men’s Golf fell to USC in the Semifinal round of Match Play at the 2015 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships. The Trojans took the match 3-1-1 to advance to the Final round. The Illini have qualified for NCAAs in each of the past eight seasons, and conclude this year with eight tournament victories, the most for any Illini team in program history. “We had probably the greatest season in Illinois Golf history this year,” head coach Mike Small said. “We finished second here two years ago,
Former Maryland football standout Shawne Merriman saw the smiles and heard the “Lights Out” cheers as he walked by the field, on his way to deliver a pregame speech to the Terrapins’ baseball team. [ MORE: Big Ten more than held its own in NCAA regional play ] Merriman had a front row seat to see Maryland capture the Los Angeles Regional title with a 2-1 win over No. 1 overall seed UCLA on Monday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The former Terp was asked by his agent Ryan Hayden, a Maryland grad himself, if he wanted to attend the
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the names on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In the final of a three-part series, Tom Dienhart takes a look at his five most underrated Big Ten non-conference games. Check out the full list inside.
The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be