This just in from the “What On God’s Green Earth Took So Long” department: According to an ESPN report, the NCAA has approved a ban on the creation of new bowls until 2019—at the earliest. Can I get an “amen”? This is about 10 years too late. But, at least this day has arrived, as the bowl excess has ended … for now. You see, it isn’t true: If a little is good, more is better. Look, I love blocking, tackling, eye black, neck rolls, chicken wings and marching bands as much as the next cargo-shorts-wearing American. But, the bowl
The NCAA passed an unlimited texting rule Friday, which allows college football coaches to send as many electronic messages as they wish to high school recruits. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t a fan, and he let his opinion be known in his weekly press conference Monday morning. “That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said. The coach worries about the recruits, about how they will be receiving texts from no shortage of coaches every day, with no ability to control who they hear from and no option to block the communication as they would on Facebook and
Tracy Claeys has put the wraps on his first spring practice as Minnesota coach. He’s looking to amp up a program that took a step back last year by going 6-7, the Gophers’ first losing mark since 2012. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Minnesota spring game on BTN2Go ] It was a difficult season filled with challenges, as Jerry Kill stepped down after seven games to tend to health issues and Claeys eventually was made full-time coach after running things on an interim basis. He wasted little time putting his stamp on things by shaking up the staff,
Iowa CB Desmond King won the Jim Thorpe Award last year and could have entered the NFL. But, the Hawkeyes’ star opted to return for his senior season. In his first interview with Iowa media since the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl, King said “it was the bond I have with my teammates here” that ultimately brought him back. Some NFL Draft projections had him going as a late first-round choice. King didn’t expand on the evaluation he received in late December, but said it was favorable. Great to see this guy back in Iowa City. *** Speaking of Iowa, here
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. Giving a voice to the voiceless: For Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, that formidable mission began in 2010 while she was an exchange student in Cuenca, Ecuador. McCulloch’s Spanish was admittedly poor, and she thought that volunteering with children might help her practice the language. That’s how the high schooler found herself working at the Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) Orphanage. What
No. 1 Michigan lost its series opener in heartbreaking fashion Friday night at Nebraska. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Michigan-Nebraska game on BTN2Go ] The Wolverines, however, bounced back to claim the final two games of the series, including an exciting 8-6 victory in the rubber game Sunday. Sierra Lawrence’s two-run home run to left field in the top of the seventh inning allowed Michigan to claim the series and improve to 7-2 in Big Ten play. Lawrence finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Watch the game-winning blast in the video above. View the
Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on satellite camps. [ MORE: Dienhart: NCAA bans satellite camps, and it isn’t right ] Whatever one thinks about them, it doesn’t matter, this after the NCAA recently banned the practice that allowed teams to recruit away from campus. The decision isn’t a good one for the Big Ten, but, more importantly, high school kids across the country. These camps allowed athletes to get coached up, get noticed, and to maybe earn a scholarship. They exposed players to more coaches, which is never a bad thing. That opportunity is gone, a fact several current
The Minnesota football team held its first spring game under Tracy Claeys on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Minnesota spring game on BTN2Go ] Leading up to it all, BTN cameras followed Claeys, the longtime Jerry Kill assistant, around for an all-access look at a day with the Gophers. Claeys became the interim coach following Kill’s retirement midway through last season, and he earned the full-time position in November. Watch our feature on Claeys in the video above. And, check out some of the top Minnesota spring game highlights below.
Former Ohio State and NFL standout Will Smith was murdered following a traffic accident late Saturday night in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Smith, a father of three, was 34. [ MORE: Read OhioStateBuckeyes.com’s full release ] According to New Orleans Police, Smith’s car was struck from behind by an orange Hummer H2, and his vehicle then struck the car in front of his as well. Police say Smith and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words,” before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the leg.
Due to the weather, Northwestern went with a controlled practice indoors instead of a spring game Saturday morning. No matter, BTN was there to capture some of the highlights, and to talk to a couple of the key participants.