Spring football is long over and kickoff is still three-plus months away, so there’s not much to do but talk our way through the lull before the college football season. Below, I looked at all 12 Big Ten teams, listed the most popular topic(s) I’ve heard/read and offered another possible discussion item that each team must address before fall arrives.
One of the closest Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in history resulted in a program breaking a its long run of futility. For the first time since 1967, Iowa won the annual event, with 125.5 points, just enough to nip runner-up Minnesota (123). Ohio State (109) placed third. The Hawkeyes won three Big Ten titles and also recorded five runner-up finishes on their way to hoisting the conference crown for the first time since in more than four decades.
Ohio State is no stranger to Big Ten success, but its athletic program had never won a Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship. That all changed this spring, as the Buckeyes, behind the strength of winning six events, took home their first crown. Ohio State finished with 135 points, topping runner-up Penn State (122) and third-place finisher Indiana (96).
Most people would describe Northwestern designated hitter Michelle Batts as funny and outgoing. But if you think that Michelle has had a big impact on the Northwestern softball team, wait until you meet her sister Michaela. Watch now to learn more about the relationship between the two siblings and how that it has affected the Wildcats.
For a school in a state with two popular NHL teams, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, it was a bit surprising Penn State didn’t have a hockey team. That’s no longer the case, this after the school decided to add hockey as a varsity sport, starting with the 2012-13 season, in March. On April 24, the program hired Guy Gadowsky, the 2008 Inside College Hockey National Coach of the Year, as head coach. Gadowsky, formerly the coach at Princeton, brings 15 years of experience to the Nittany Lions.