Just what Michigan State needed: a bigger chip on its shoulder. ESPN sent out a push notification Monday erroneously referring to newly selected basketball hall of famer Tom Izzo as “Tim” Izzo, riling many in the Michigan State fan base. You think ESPN would make this mistake for, say, Michigan’s “Joe” Harbaugh? I doubt it. This blunder comes on the heels of what seems like an uncharacteristically high rate of mispronunciations and misspellings related to Michigan State’s veteran football coach, Mark Dantonio. Mistakes happen, and all media organizations make them from time to time. But it sure seems like Michigan
Six Big Ten men's basketball teams finished the 2015-16 season ranked in the final Coaches Poll, released Tuesday.
After 14 seasons spent as the Nebraska women’s head basketball coach, Connie Yori stepped down Tuesday. Yori posted a record of 279-161 during her time at Nebraska, including a 52-28 mark in Big Ten play. “As some of you may know, this has been a very challenging time for my family and in the best interest of all of us, this is the right decision,” Yori said in an official statement. “I want to thank the student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff and administrators, especially Shawn Eichorst, for his leadership and support during this difficult time in my life. Finally, thank you
On Monday, I predicted who would be the starting quarterback for each Big Ten East team. So, in an attempt to be fair, it’s time to share my Big Ten West predictions–even if most of the starting situations are settled. Here goes. ILLINOIS Wes Lunt. Tumult has been the order of the day in Champaign, where there have been three head coaches since August. But the arrival of Lovie Smith brings the prospect of better days. Smith had to be pleased to find Wes Lunt, a veteran hand who looks like an NFL quarterback. But Lunt needs to improve as
The 2015-16 men’s college basketball season came to a thrilling close Monday night, which means it’s time to scour the web for the inevitable way-too-early 2016-17 top 25 polls. We took a look a seven insanely early rankings below, and the Big Ten fares quite well. Take all of this for what it’s worth – not a lot – because there are so many unknowns, starting with several to-be-determined NBA draft decisions. BleacherReport.com 5. Michigan State 11. Indiana 12. Wisconsin 20. Purdue CBSSports.com 6. Michigan State 12. Indiana 13. Maryland 15. Wisconsin ESPN.com 8. Indiana 9. Wisconsin 13. Michigan State
Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin announced Tuesday that he has hired Andy Buh as the team’s defensive coordinator. Buh, who has previously served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and Cal, comes to Maryland from the University of Kentucky, where he’s been the outside linebackers coach since 2015 and was recently promoted to also serve as special teams coordinator. Durkin and Buh were on the same staff at Stanford in 2007. “I’m excited that we were able to get a quality coach like Andy to join our staff,” said Durkin. “I’ve known Andy since our time at Stanford
From the never-thought-we'd-write-this file: Sparty's golf cart has gone missing. That's right, somebody stole the sculpted Michigan State mascot's ride from the MSU Union on Sunday, according to the Michigan State University Police Department.
Things have to improve at Purdue. Darrell Hazell knows this, which is why his staff has been radically altered. In all, there are five new assistants—and a holdover in a new role. Perhaps no new assistant is more vital than defensive coordinator Ross Els. He was coaching high school ball in Nebraska last year—now, he has one of the biggest rehab projects in the Big Ten. The defense Els inherits in West Lafayette is a mess. Where to begin? How about learning how to stop the run? Last year, the Boilermaker defense was shredded for a league-high 214.9 rushing yards
Few schools are better at producing star offensive linemen than Iowa. Could Sean Welsh be the next great one? Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com explains why. The junior-to-be might be the most vital lineman in the eventual five-man puzzle for the defending Big Ten West champions. That’s because he brings high blocking grades and position flexibility, not to mention quite the endorsement from his head coach. “We think he’s a pretty good player,” Kirk Ferentz told HawkCentral.com. “I hate to throw this out, because I don’t want to start this train going, but Marshal (Yanda) comes to mind.” *** Ohio State
Few people know clutch shots better than Michael Jordan. He’s the greatest player in the history of basketball, after all, plus he hit countless gigantic buckets during his NBA career that included six championships. The former University North Carolina and Chicago Bulls star had a pretty good seat for the game’s latest clutch shot, this one coming in Monday night’s NCAA national final. Unfortunately, for Jordan, the Kris Jenkins shot came vs. his old team, denying the Tar Heels their sixth NCAA crown. No matter, Jordan, one of the most competitive athletes ever, was a good sport about the dagger.