I about fell off my Barco lounger when I heard there will be three new bowls in 2015. That will bring the bowl total to 42. So, if any poor souls out there are keeping track, that means 84 of 128 FCS schools—a whopping 66 percent–will play in a bowl. This entire postseason situation crossed the “ridiculously insane” line years ago. I have an alternative. Let’s just let every FBS school schedule a 13th game—and only keep the College Football Playoff, OK? *** Old-time Iowa fans will like this story from Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette on how
If you wanted to track down hard-to-find audio and film recordings, you might start your search at some venerable Hollywood studio, the Smithsonian or Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., or a storage room in the bowels of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Bloomington, Ind., would probably be pretty far down the list of places you’d look, but perhaps it should be up there with the locations in the preceding paragraph. That’s because Indiana University is home to a collection of more than half a million original audio/visual (A/V) recordings, many of which are very old and rare. This surprisingly
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has been sidelined with an appendectomy. Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Meyer could be held in the hospital overnight Wednesday.
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Teams and individual award winners on Wednesday. Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen captured Player of the Year honors, Michigan’s Megan Betsa was named the Pitcher of the Year and Northwestern’s Sabrina Rabin was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Michigan’s Carol Hutchins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During her sophomore campaign, Groenewegen led the Gophers with a .435 batting average, six home runs and a .524 on-base percentage in Big Ten play, while also recording a 12-2 record with 155 strikeouts and four shutouts. She is the third Gopher to be
The Big Ten is expected to be loaded from top to bottom in basketball next season. ESPN Insider Josh Gasaway recently updated his rankings of the top 25 players in college basketball for 2015-16, and the list features four Big Ten stars.
EVANSTON, IL – He’s been BTN’s lead studio host since the network launched in 2007 and in 2014 became a best-selling author with his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation. For those and other achievements, Dave Revsine has received a Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award. Revsine is one of 10 Northwestern alumni honored April 25 during ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago before approximately 300 members of the university community. For more than eight decades, the Northwestern Alumni Association has honored alumni who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally and who have dedicated
When it comes to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. knows his stuff. [ MORE: See all 20 of the Big Ten’s picks from Rounds 4 through 7 ] The well-known NFL Draft guru recently put together a list of possible early-impact performers from Rounds 4 through 7. Kiper Jr. lists former Big Ten defensive standouts Jake Ryan (Michigan) and Michael Bennett (Ohio State) on the list. Ryan was selected in the fourth round with the No. 129 pick by the Green Bay Packers. “I could see (Jake) Ryan challenging to move into one of the inside linebacker roles
Iowa baseball fans were treated to an eye-popping, diving catch on Tuesday night. [ MORE: Purdue’s Alec Olund lays out for highlight grab ] Unfortunately for the Hawkeyes, this one came at their expense. Holding onto a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Iowa senior Nick Day stepped to the plate with no outs. Day hit a shot to deep left-center, which looked like it was going to land in the gap. However, Western Illinois’ Brent Turner laid out for the ball and made an incredible diving catch. Check it out in the video. This certainly get’s
Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions. First up: The Big Ten West. ILLINOIS 1. Is the d-line better? Tim Beckman brought in Mike Phair from the NFL to coach the line and co-coordinate. He has been in the pros the last 13 years. This D needs help after ranking 94th, 105th and 107th in the nation in scoring in Beckman’s first three seasons. And it starts up front. 2. Can the offensive line get a push? This
Looks like Michigan State is talking to Florida about playing some hoops. This is good news. Mlive.com points out that the two schools have met six times, including in the 2000 national championship game—when MSU won the Big Ten’s last title. Each team has won three times, including the Gators taking the last matchup in 2009. Who will be coaching the Gators? *** OK, Penn State A.D. Sandy Barbour offers her take on satellite camps. And, I like it. She says everyone should be able to do them … or no one should. She also recently went on to say: