Northwestern is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after going to five bowls in a row. It’s time for the Wildcats to get back on track. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Pat Fitzgerald—who is entering his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater–will have one of his most talented teams yet in his efforts to restore NU into a contender, but questions loom on offense at quarterback, wideout and along the line. Plus, the schedule is filled with hurdles. Here is a detailed look at Northwestern’s to-do list, which features eight bowl
Matt Painter has announced that Caleb Swanigan (“Biggie”) has signed his Big Ten tender and joins the Purdue recruiting class of 2015.
NFL.com has a couple of nice lists. One is of the Top 15 Heisman contenders for 2016. Hello, Ohio State quarterbacks. The other is of the Top 15 defensive players. Hello, Joey Bosa. *** Dan Duggan of NJ.com posed five questions for Rutgers football prior to spring ball. Now, he answers them. Question No. 1 was if a quarterback would emerge. And, of course, none did. *** The great Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette took a look at trophy runs, in which teams rush to an opponent’s sideline to seize a trophy after winning a game. I hope
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work. A conventional — if also comfortable — career seemed to be in the cards for Milosz “Milo” Pierwola. The Rutgers alum had put in three years as an attorney, spending most of his time at a desk, and everyone around him believed he was doing quite well for himself. There was just one problem: He was completely miserable at work. So, he quit in
What an opening day of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. We had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in the first four games, highlighted by Nick Day's walk-off home run.
Big Ten baseball players enjoy videobombing coaches during dugout interviews. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] We learned this during last year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and now, it looks like the trend has continued. BTN’s Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes caught up with Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. in the bottom of the fourth inning during MSU’s game against Maryland on Wednesday night. During the interview, you can see Spartan players eating bananas and making some comical facial expressions with reference to the mustaches the team is sporting. Boss Jr.’s reaction to learning his
Illinois’ 2015 season has been filled with records and historic marks. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The Fighting Illini added a new mark to the record books on Wednesday, and it was a big mark. A 3-2 victory over Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament gave the Illini their 27th straight win this season, which marks the longest winning streak by a Big Ten baseball team in conference history. The record was previously held by Nebraska in 1983. Of course, the Huskers played in the Big Eight conference during that time.
Nick Day and No. 2 Iowa were down to their final strike. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] That’s how close the Hawkeyes were to losing their Big Ten tournament opener to No. 7 Ohio State and facing the prospect of having to win five consecutive games to take the tourney crown. Day had other ideas, blasting the two-strike pitch over the left field wall for a dramatic two-run, walk-off home run to stun the Buckeyes, 3-2. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Look at how excited the
ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,
Every season, the Big Ten baseball tourney provides its share of laughs, from players showing their personality while announcing the lineup card to them videobombing in-game dugout interviews. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The fun in front of the camera came a day early this year. Tuesday, on the eve of the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, 24 Nebraska players got stuck in an elevator. Yes, they packed a couple dozen people in an elevator. Lucky for us, catcher Tanner Lubach filmed video proof of the mishap, to give everyone an idea of just what the scene