At 217 years old and still going strong, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is nearly as old as America itself. Its storied history has included countless performances for American leaders and international heads of state, as well as being conducted by the likes of John Philip Sousa. Consequently, leading “The President’s Own” is a career highlight for the select few professional conductors who get the opportunity. But Joshua Kearney had the honor of doing that while he was still pursuing his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State. (At press time, Kearney had not yet completed his doctoral thesis.)
Big Ten marching bands delight thousands of fans every fall Saturday. On Monday, a Big Ten marching band made one fan's day, and it didn't require a lengthy and choreographed performance.
Who is the best coach in college football today? It’s the million dollar question, one that doesn’t necessarily have one correct answer. But while numerous college football minds argue their points, I’m going to settle this the old-fashioned way and let the numbers do the talking. I considered a list of the guys who many believe to be the top coaches in college football and calculated numbers based on five important categories (1. winning percentage; 2. first-place finishes; 3. bowl record; 4. 10-plus win seasons; 5. national championships). I based those categories over the past FIVE seasons (2010-14), for the
When it comes to the Solon hay bale toss, there’s no topping Iowa defensive end Drew Ott. [ WATCH: Click here to see Drew Ott defend hay bale toss ] Ott, the event’s reigning champ, recently cleared 13-feet, six-inches to defend his crown in the annual Solon, Iowa, event. Ott competed against Iowa wrestler Lance Evans and former Iowa and NFL defensive lineman Matt Kroul, among others. See Ott’s winning toss and celebration here.
Sleepers. There is usually one every season in the Big Ten, a team that doesn’t necessarily win a division or league title but plays better than expected.
It was a thankless task, but someone had to do it. Someone had to take a stab at ranking each and every Big Ten league game—all 56--in 2015.
Joe Schobert is one of the Big Ten's top returning linebackers. A season ago, the Wisconsin Badger tallied 69 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He can jump, too, if you were wondering.
Kyle Schwarber is showing the baseball world what the Big Ten knew years ago. The former Indiana star catcher and 2014 Big Ten tourney MVP can swing it, mash, rake, whatever you want to call it. Schwarber hit the game-tying and game-winning home runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4 extra-inning marathon win Tuesday night at Cincinnati. Watch both longballs in the GIF above. He finished the night 4-for-6 – a triple shy of the cycle – with four RBI. Impressive stuff. Even more impressive: Schwarber, in his first 11 games, is hitting .410 with three home runs, 10 RBI, 10
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Penn State’s 13-10 victory over Rutgers in the 2014 Big Ten football season. In a game that was an old-fashion defensive slugfest, from start to finish, it was the Nittany Lions who came through in the clutch and spoiled Rutgers’ Big Ten debut. Bill Belton punched in the game-winning touchdown with 1:13 to play as Penn State erased a 10-point deficit and improved to 3-0 on the season. Christian Hackenberg completed 25-of-44 passes for 309 yards in this game, but it was Penn State’s defense that stole the show, picking
Congrats to Michigan State A.D. Mark Hollis, who was named chair of the NCAA basketball committee for 2016-17. He will ride shotgun to 2015-16 chair/Oklahoma A.D. Joe Castiglione, one of America’s good guys. “I look forward to continuing the great work of those that preceded me as we look to make the future even brighter for student-athletes that have the desire and passion to earn a college degree while competing in sports,” Hollis said in a statement released by the school. *** Speaking of Michigan State, the Spartans have a revised deal with Nike. It doubles the money MSU will