New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman showed the league he means business about exacting change—now—by firing Bill Cubit on his first day on the job and hiring Lovie Smith two days later. [ MORE: Twitter: Illinois football family reacts to Love Smith hiring ] The future is now. No sense in waiting to turn the page. It’s all about authoring a better tomorrow in Champaign for a consistently underachieving program. So, Whitman felt Cubit wasn’t the future. And, he acted. With lightning speed and authority by inking Smith to a six-year deal that will pay him $2 million annually for
In the span of three days, Illinois fired and hired a coach. Lovie Smith brings instant credibility. Bob Asmussen has pros and cons to Smith’s hiring. There is great opportunity in Champaign. It will be key how Smith shapes his staff. Who will be his coordinators? And key recruiters are ultra-vital. And, the guy who got fired, Bill Cubit, was shocked—to say the least—about getting canned after making over his staff in the offseason. “Just shock, it really is,” Cubit told IlliniInquirer.com on Saturday afternoon. “My biggest thing really is No. 1 the players and then No. 2, it’s the
Little is known about the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, the reach of the disease in both geographic and population terms was barely noticeable for decades. However, new cases have rapidly increased since May 2015, starting in Brazil and spreading as far as Mexico, Puerto Rico and even the continental United States. It’s an unexpected and unfortunate turn of events, said Matt Aliota, a research scientist at Wisconsin’s School of Veterinary Medicine. “Until a few months ago, basically no one was working on the virus in the lab because it wasn’t considered a major threat to human health,” said Aliota,
The Big Ten regular season is complete, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Big Ten tourney. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket (PDF) ] Outright Big Ten champion Indiana is the No. 1 seed in the event that tips at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, and runs through Sunday afternoon, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, along with No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Purdue, receive double-byes and open the tourney Friday. Here is the official bracket: WEDNESDAY Game 1, 4:30 pm. ET ESPN2: No. 13 Minnesota vs.
The regular season is over. Now, it’s off to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tourney, where top seeds Indiana and Michigan State look like the teams to beat. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] Before we turn all of our focus to the tourney at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, let’s take a look at the best of the last week of the regular season. Best win: Rutgers vs. Minnesota. There were several big wins by the contenders, but it has to be the previously winless Scarlet Knights’ 75-52 win vs. Minnesota on Saturday. The blowout victory snapped
It’s always good to register a win on senior night, and No. 15 Purdue did just that Sunday. [ MORE: View the official Big Ten tourney bracket ] The Boilermakers topped Wisconsin, 91-80, in their season finale at Mackey Arena, and they honored seniors Rapheal Davis, A.J. Hammons, Johnny Hill and Stephen Toyra in a postgame ceremony. All four players received an introduction, which included videoboard highlights, followed by head coach Matt Painter speaking about the seniors. After that, it was time for the seniors to take the mic. Watch the entire ceremony above or check out the individual player
No. 1 Penn State claimed its fifth Big Ten wrestling championships in the last six seasons Sunday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The Nittany Lions racked up 150.5 points at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, finishing 24.5 points ahead of host and runner-up Iowa (127). Ohio State, last season’s winner and NCAA champ, finished third with 126 points. View the full final standings here. Three wrestlers claimed individual Big Ten championships, as Zain Retherford (149 pounds), Bo Nickal (174) and Morgan McIntosh (197) won their respective weight classes. Watch every champion and his BTN interview below. *** 125 pounds: Nathan Tomasello,
It was another banner day for No. 12 Indiana on Sunday. [ MORE: View Sunday’s full Big Ten scoreboard ] Five days after clinching the outright Big Ten title, the Hoosiers notched a strong 80-62 season-ending victory over No. 14 Maryland on senior day at Assembly Hall. Following the team’s fifth consecutive victory, Indiana honored its decorated seniors, including start point guard Yogi Ferrell, and cut down the nets to celebrate the program’s second outright crown in the last four seasons. Here’s a look at the scene postgame at Assembly Hall: *** Watch Ferrell’s speech in the video above, plus
Nick Zeisloft will remember the final week of his last regular season quite fondly. The Indiana senior helped the Hoosiers clinch the outright Big Ten title last Tuesday, and he played a big role in the team’s 80-62 season-ending victory over No. 14 Maryland on senior day Sunday night. Zeisloft averaged 10 points in his last two regular season games. Pretty solid for a guy who averages 6.7 points on the season. But he also provided the best highlight of his two-year Indiana career. It came in Sunday’s win vs. Maryland, and it happened when Zeisloft tipped a Maryland pass,
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 19 points and No. 5 Maryland beat No. 19 Michigan State 60-44 on Sunday night for its second consecutive Big Ten tournament title.