Illinois is turning the page … again. [ MORE: Miss Josh Whitman’s press conference? Watch it on BTN2Go ] New A.D. Josh Whitman isn’t wasting any time in putting his stamp on the program, dropping a bomb by firing Bill Cubit on Saturday, his first official day on the job. What’s next for Illinois, a school that since 2011 will have had four football coaches, three athletic directors and two hoops coaches? Illinois’ football program remains mired in tumult. Just last August, then A.D. Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman a week before the season started amid allegations he had mistreated
Michigan State’s 2016 senior class is a decorated bunch, one that could become even more decorated this March. The second-ranked Spartans honored seniors Matt Costello, Bryn Forbes, Denzel Valentine and Colby Wallenman following their 91-76 victory over Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Before the official postgame senior day festivities, the quartet of seniors had its chance to kiss the midcourt logo, as so many other Michigan State greats have done before them, in the closing seconds of the runaway victory. One by one, starting with Costello and finishing with Valentine, the seniors got down in the push-up position, kissed the
Michigan's spring break at IMG Academy, a one of a kind trip in college football that might never be allowed again, came to an end Friday night with an open-to-the-public practice that about drew about 5,000 members of Harbaugh Nation to the boarding school's campus.
New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has fired first-year football coach Bill Cubit, saying the program needs a new coach to work toward long-term success.
It’s the final day of the regular season, and the Big Ten tournament picture becomes clearer and clearer after every game. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] With two games left, we know the No. 1 (Indiana), No. 2 (Michigan State), No. 7 (Ohio State), No. 8 (Michigan), No. 9 (Northwestern), No. 10 (Penn State), No. 11 (Nebraska), No. 12 (Illinois), No. 13 (Minnesota) and No. 14 (Rutgers) seeds. We’ll figure out seeds Nos. 3-6 tonight. Here’s the latest look at each team’s tourney scenarios, via @BTNStatsGuys. 1. Indiana (14-3) Clinched #1 seed and double-bye. 2. Michigan
As a captain and guard on the Wolverines basketball team, David Merritt was the kind of selfless team player who helped others look good. And today, this 26-year-old University of Michigan alumnus is still helping others look good — and positively impacting young people’s lives in the process. Merritt is the founder of a new clothing line called Merit, which produces apparel with an understated tone. Many of Merit’s offerings have themes relating to his home city of Detroit — appropriate given that the company’s sales go toward helping underprivileged students in that city. Twenty percent of Merit’s proceeds go
Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell could not miss on Friday night. Mitchell scored a Big Ten Tournament record 43 points to lead Ohio State to a 73-58 win over Rutgers on Friday night in a conference tournament quarterfinal matchup. “I was just trying to win,” Mitchell said following her record-setting performance. “I know how important it is to our team and to me, and even to the Ohio State family to make things happen for this program.” The Buckeyes will play Michigan State in Saturday’s semifinals. Check out the game wrap at the top of this post. Congrats, Kelsey. You have
This week on the annual Senior Night episode of "The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016" we see how Iowa’s senior class of Jarrod Uthoff, Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury put together a memorable final season. Plus, learn about Minnesota senior Joey King’s special friendship and watch Nebraska's Shavon Shields make it back from injury for one more game.
Change is the operative word at Rutgers, as Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the program after taking over for Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Ash has work to do after arriving from a gig as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Good thing his area of specialty is defense, as the Scarlet Knights need a lot of help on that side of the ball. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven
If the Boilermakers make a march to big things in coming weeks, Rapheal Davis will have played a big role.