Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products made quite the impact. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. Watch our interview with Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard now and see Brent’s Week 11 winners in this post.
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It was only a matter of time before former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez received another opportunity. On Monday, Arizona AD Greg Byrne tweeted this picture, announcing Rodriguez as the new Wildcats head coach. And on Tuesday, the coach was officially introduced. Rodriguez went 15-22 in three seasons at Michigan, but he experienced a lot of success at West Virginia, where he went 60-26 in seven seasons. The coach spent this season as an analyst at CBS Sports. Read the AP story on Rodriguez’s hiring and its story on his introductory press conference.
(Huskers.com) The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team (24-3, 17-2) clinched the first Big Ten Conference title in school history Tuesday night with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-19) sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Nebraska has now captured 32 conference titles overall. Before the Huskers made history on Tuesday night, Penn State had previously won the conference crown for eight-straight seasons. Minnesota claimed the title in 2002.
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The finalists for college football’s prestigious end-of-the-year honors continue to be announced, and on Tuesday Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David was named a Butkus Award finalist. David, a senior, leads the Huskers with 114 tackles, including 52 solo stops, 10 tackles for loss and two interceptions. The linebacker posted a season-high 17 tackles against Michigan last week, one of five double-digit tackle performances in 2011. See all the Butkus Award finalists in this post.
The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Wrestler of the Week honor Tuesday. The third honor of the season went to Minnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus, who helped the Gophers upset reigning national champ Penn State. See what else he did to earn the award in this post.
Our penultimate preview is for the Wisconsin Badgers, a team that’s been a lot more dominant over the Big Ten of late than most people realize.
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