Defending NCAA Champion Penn State was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2015 volleyball season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, it was announced on Thursday. After claiming their seventh national title last season, the Nittany Lions top the preseason poll for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. NCAA quarterfinalist Nebraska was picked to finish second, while Illinois was tabbed third. Wisconsin, which claimed the Big Ten Championship last season, was voted to finish fourth, while Minnesota rounded out the top five of the preseason poll in fifth place. The preseason poll and All-Big Ten
Wednesday marked the third stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Nebraska ] Stop No. 3 of 14 had us visiting Lincoln, Nebraska, to watch Mike Riley’s first Nebraska team. We actually had the opportunity to catch a pair of practices, both Tuesday and Wednesday night. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practices below. @gerrydinardo *** @BTNDaveRevsine
Carolyn McDonald doesn’t have what you’d call a typical commute. Most days, McDonald wakes up at 6 a.m., hops on a motorcycle and rides it over patchy roads and streets to her office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It isn’t for everyone, but this recent Penn State graduate would tell you she’s living the dream. That dream started before she ever arrived in Happy Valley. McDonald traveled to Haiti (and on an airplane) for the first time in 2008 to do service work. She found her calling there, along with shocking levels of poverty. “I was so impacted by what I had
The BTN bus just left Nebraska practice, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered while I watched the Cornhuskers practice the last two days. [ MORE: 5 things our guy learned at Nebraska | See our Nebraska tweets ] Former Husker offensive line coach Milt Tenopir was on hand on Tuesday in a scooter as he battles cancer. He built some legendary offensive lines in Lincoln from 1974-2002. De’Mornay Pierson-El wears three rubber wristbands for inspiration. Two show support for children he has met. The other—a black one—simply reads: “Prove Them All Wrong.” He is doing
The third stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Lincoln, Nebraska, where we watched the Cornhuskers practice twice. See what Tom Dienhart learned inside.
Michigan State fifth-year senior linebacker Ed Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury midway through Wednesday’s first preseason practice in full pads. A post-practice MRI confirmed the injury will require surgery. “We’re so disappointed for Ed Davis, and his presence in the lineup will be missed,” MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. “Ed is a tremendous playmaker and a solid leader. He will still have an important role on this team, and he might have the opportunity to qualify for a sixth year of eligibility. “Our program has faced adversity before, so now it’s time to adopt the ‘next man up’
Want to pump up a football team? Call the the marching band and have several members enter a team meeting while playing their instruments. That should do the trick.
Two-time defending national champ Penn State paces sits atop the the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, released Wednesday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are one of four top 10 Big Ten teams, as Nebraska and 2014 Big Ten regular-season champ Wisconsin are tied for No. 5 and Illinois comes in at No. 8. Ohio State (No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 19) round out the Big Ten teams in the opening poll. Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue each received votes.
The first installment of our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's potential breakout player. See their picks inside.
Tommy Armstrong is the most experienced and accomplished returning quarterback in the Big Ten West. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement ] A season ago, the Nebraska signal-caller threw for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns, both of which led the West. He also added 705 yards and six scores on the ground. Armstrong’s transition to new coach Mike Riley’s pro-style offense figures to be one of the more interesting storylines of training camp. Before we find out how he