Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links we look at one athletic director's stance on the idea of freshman ineligibility, a few notes on basketball and football team schedules, and a story on how loaded Big Ten men's basketball could be next season.
Claims regarding the impending demise of newspapers aren’t taken lightly at Northwestern University, a school known for having one of the country’s top journalism programs. Students and faculty at NU are developing creative solutions that will revolutionize the ways we consume the news. One of the best examples of their commitment to journalism’s future is Northwestern’s Knight Lab. A joint venture between the Medill School of Journalism and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science that started in 2010, the Lab develops user-friendly software programs that enable journalists to tell their stories with more precision, depth and clarity. According
Illinois’ magic number was two heading into Thursday. Following an Iowa loss at Rutgers and a 6-3 win over Nebraska on Thursday evening, the Fighting Illini have reached that magic number.
Purdue’s Kyle Johnson had himself a day on Thursday. The Boilermakers’ junior center fielder had two hits, one of which was a two-run single in a 8-2 win over Penn State. However, it was his highlight-reel catch in the top of the fourth inning that really caught everyone’s attention. With Purdue holding onto a 3-0 lead, Johnson made an incredible diving catch, ranging to his right and robbing Penn State’s Tyler Kendall of an extra-base hit. Check out the video of Johnson’s great catch. This is what we call a true #BTNStandout!
Indiana Men’s Basketball announced today that sophomore Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program. Indiana released a statement on Tuesday stating they had been made aware that Davis was cited by IUPD for possession of marijuana in an Indiana dormitory room on Monday evening. Davis was immediately suspended from all team activities. The program also said that Mosquera-Perea was present at the time of the incident but was not charged by IUPD. Mosquera-Perea was arrested in Bloomington in February on preliminary drunk driving
Big Ten football teams announced 2015 homecoming opponents, dates and kickoff times Thursday afternoon. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] If you’re counting at home – we know many of you are – there’s 111 days until Thursday, Sept. 3, when Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kick off the Big Ten football season. See homecoming opponents, dates and kickoff times below. We will add remaining teams’ dates when they are released. ILLINOIS vs. Wisconsin – Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET *** INDIANA vs. Rutgers – Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET *** IOWA vs. Illinois
They start them young in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. Most of us knew this, but there was yet another example Thursday afternoon, in the form of a kindergartner's geography homework.
ESPN's Darren Rovell recently released a list of college football's biggest home attendance increases in 2014, and Maryland experienced the Big Ten's biggest boost in 2014.
Maryland’s Big Ten debut was a success by most measures, as Randy Edsall navigated the Terrapins to a third-place finish in the Big Ten East that saw them go 7-6 overall and reach a bowl. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Highlights included wins on the road at Michigan and at Penn State. The Terps have a good chance to build on that 2014 mojo, but the 2015 schedule is filled with challenges. Here is a detailed look at Maryland’s to-do list for the fall. Toughest non-conference game: at West Virginia, Sept. 26. These
Illinois football players, past and present, took to Twitter on Thursday to show their support for the program and head coach Tim Beckman. Last Sunday, former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic sent out a flurry of critical tweets that accused Beckman of running a culture of player mistreatment. Cvijanovic, who tore his meniscus vs. Ohio State on Nov. 1 and missed the rest of the 2014 season, stopped playing football because, “I was asked to push myself past pain until I didn’t want to play anymore.” The offensive lineman started 29 games at Illinois during his final three seasons. He was