This week, in my “Three Takes,” I take a trip back to the 1991-92 season, consider the Big Ten’s top big men and look at Illinois’ recurring issue inside. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Get my latest thoughts below: So much to like about this year’s group of true freshmen bigs This is the best group of big men the Big Ten has witnessed since the decorated 1991-92 class. That was the season McDonald’s All-Americans
Two of college football’s top brands square off led by two of the nation’s most successful first-year coaches. Jim Harbaugh was a revelation at his alma mater, engineering a nine-win season for a program that missed the postseason last year. He had the Wolverines in contention for the East title deep into November. Jim McElwain arrived from Colorado State and has breathed life into a Florida program that stumbled badly under Will Muschamp. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines
The 2015 season was further validation of the elite program Mark Dantonio has constructed since arriving in 2007. The 12 wins this season mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that Michigan State has won at least 11 games. The Spartans also took home their third Big Ten title under Dantonio, while earning the program’s first playoff bid. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] But, 2015 often was not
Former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo graduated with a degree in Film and Video, and one could say the ex-power forward, from 2005-08, is putting his degree to work. [ MORE: Suotamo represents Penn State in galaxy far, far away ] Suotamo is the double for Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Friday. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, is back to play the role, but at 71 and with knee problems, a double was needed for the action scenes. Enter the 6-foot-10 Suotamo, who played professional basketball in his native Finland after graduating from Penn State.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. For most people, having airplanes constantly taking off and landing close by wouldn’t make for ideal learning conditions. But for Purdue University grad student Amadou Anne, it’s heaven. “It’s just great to just be in this environment, especially if you like planes, like I do,” said Anne, who’s studying aerospace and aviation management at Purdue’s Hangar of the Future. “I mean, not
Michigan football’s 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board. According to CBSSports.com, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014. Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an
When this matchup was announced, many folks who have been around awhile flashed back to 1983. That’s when these programs met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season for the national title. Penn State beat Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the championship. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Neither team is championship-caliber this season. The Bulldogs had high hopes in August, and the defense did its part. But
The hype around the Jim Harbaugh era reached epic proportions in the buildup toward the 2015 season.
Our interview with new Rutgers football coach Chris Ash tops off Friday's Big Ten headlines roundup. Also, read how Kirk Ferentz's long-term contract wound up being great for Iowa, see a video that shows off one Big Ten receiver's amazing hands, and catch up on a report about a possible Big Ten basketball doubleheader in Chicago. Dive in and read all of the links.
It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses. In an intensive-care hospital room on a different floor, the prescription is Sophie, a 12-year-old Pomeranian who is used to making “bed” calls. Sophie’s handler, Jean Reed, picks her up and gently places her next to one of the patients, who bursts into a thousand-megawatt grin. “We walk in the room,