(AP) Bill O’Brien took the podium, looked straight ahead and uttered the kind of words you’d expect from someone who had just been introduced as Penn State’s new head football coach. “This is unbelievable.” Pronouncing himself as the new leader of Penn Stateon Saturday, O’Brien read a statement, then took questions from the media before posing for pictures. He reiterated his intention to remain offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots for the duration of their playoff run. Read the full AP recap and check out GoPSUSports.com’s story. Also, watch our one-on-one interview with O’Brien now.
There were a couple of Big Ten women’s hoops games Saturday and both resulted in rather surprising upsets, including Michigan handing bitter rival and No. 11 Ohio State its first loss in a 73-62 decision. In the other game, Michigan State upset No. 19 Penn State, 75-65, on the road. Taylor Alton scored a career-high 20 points to help the Spartans card the upset. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps and stats in this post. Also, watch highlights from Michigan’s victory over Ohio State now.
Several Big Ten teams around the conference were in action on Friday night, including the Michigan-Northwestern wrestling match. In the season opening Big Ten dual, the Wolverines came out on top 28-9 over Northwestern. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for a wrap-up from a wrestling showdown between Ohio State and Nebraska and an interview from the women’s hockey match-up between Wisconsin and Minnesota game.
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Edwin Baker says he’s skipping his senior season at Michigan State to enter the NFL draft. Baker tells The Associated Press he told Spartans coach Mark Dantonio of his decision Friday, a day after defensive tackle Jerel Worthy declared himself eligible for the draft. Baker ran for 665 yards and five touchdowns last season, sharing carries with Le’Veon Bell. Read more here and look at Baker’s season’s stats here. On the same day the school announced defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi would be staying at the school.
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For now, football is in my rear view window and the road for me ahead has plenty of Big Ten hoops. In my first installment of my Big Ten Three-Pointers, my aim is to fire up 3-pointers from around the Big Ten as I look back at the previous week’s news and then ahead to what’s coming. Ready, set, shoot …
BTN will provide live television coverage of two men’s ice hockey games this weekend, beginning at 8 PM ET Friday when Wisconsin opens a two-game homestand against Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). On Saturday, Notre Dame will visit Mariucci Arena for the first time when it faces Minnesota for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game. The puck drops at 8 PM ET. Gopher right wing Zach Bulish checked in to preview the game.
As part of our continuing series of video gems from around the Big Ten Conference, here’s another from Minnesota. During Wednesday’s home loss against Iowa, Minnesota junior Julian Welch took the ball down the floor and drew a foul on his shot attempt. What happens next in this short clip illustrates just how tough camera operators have to be when they take a position under the hoop. Want to see and share more clips like this? Of course you do.