Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas hired two football coaches when he ran Cincinnati’s athletic department, looking to the MAC ranks on each occasion in first tabbing Brian Kelly from Central Michigan and then Butch Jones from the same school. But he’ll surely have an open mind in replacing Ron Zook.
The shadow of Joe Paterno will forever engulf the Penn State head coaching job as the man spent the past 46 years roaming the sidelines in State College, Pa., as head coach. One thing is for sure about the next coach, at least in my mind: I don’t think there can be any ties to Penn State or Paterno. Sorry, Tom Bradley. It also would shut the door on Al Golden, a former Penn State tight end and assistant coach who recently signed an extension at the University of Miami.
There were seven Big Ten women’s basketball games on Wednesday night including Penn State’s 103-84 win over North Carolina on the Big Ten Network. Iowa topped Virginia Tech in the second of our women’s doubleheader on TV. Get the latest on our full scoreboard page with box scores here and click inside for more video.
With the Big Ten Football Championship just days away, we’re dialing up our coverage on TV and online. Have a look at what we have planned for TV here, including details on our Saturday shows when we air a special BTN LIve (@BTNLive on Twitter) at 11 a.m. ET and full pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET. And yes, we will re-air the title game on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. But before all of that, catch Big Ten Football & Beyond tonight at 10:30 p.m..
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Intriguing matchups abound in the Big Ten title game. How will Michigan State’s stellar defense deal with Wisconsin’s super-charged ground game? Can the Badgers slow down the hot hand of Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins? Will Michigan State be able to run against an underrated Wisconsin defense? I talked to some Big Ten coaches to get their frank, off-the-record comments about how they attacked and defended the two Big Ten teams that will meet on Saturday night in Indianapolis in the inaugural Big Ten title game.
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The Big Ten/ACC Challenge tipped off last night, and it was (as expected) a good night for the midwesterners. The Big Ten now leads the Challenge four games to two heading into tonight’s action. Let’s run down how the good guys got there.
The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday the winners of the top five individual awards for the 2011 football season. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, Penn State’s Devon Still was named the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was named the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.
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