Sammy Brooks made headlines with his 184-pound Big Ten championship Sunday. But, it was his post-match interview with BTN’s Shane Sparks that made the biggest headlines. Brooks, who has a personality to match his fantastic hairdo, delivered a one-of-a-kind mullet-inspired interview after defeating Nebraska’s TJ Dudley. Watch the interview in the video above and get his best soundbites below. On how loud Carver-Hawkeye Arena was during his victory: “I think these fans just respond really well to a good haircut. That’s what I was working on coming in here, making sure I had it fluffed and feathered the right way,
It’s official: Future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has retired. The former Indianapolis and Denver signal-caller made the announcement Sunday, nearly one month after leading the Broncos to Super Bowl 50. Manning finishes his career with a laundry list of NFL records, including all-time touchdown passes (539). For a little fun, and to put a Big Ten perspective on Manning’s retirement, let’s take a look at the Big Ten names who caught at least one of the quarterback’s 539 career scoring strikes. Dallas Clark (Iowa): 44 Eric Decker (Minnesota): 24 Ken Dilger (Illinois): 7 Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio State):
No. 1 Penn State holds a huge lead after day one of the 2016 Big Ten Championships on Saturday. [ MORE: View HawkeyeSports.com’s Championship Central ] The perfect Nittany Lions dominated the action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena en route to jumping out to a 27-point lead over second-place Iowa. With a sizzling quarterfinal round in which it went 6-1, Penn State leads the team race with 133.0 points while Iowa is second with 106.0 and Ohio State is third with 100. The Nittany Lions will have six wrestlers in Sunday’s championship finals, which air live on the Big Ten Network and
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. In just a few weeks, Indiana University will be caught up in an intense athletic competition that has a long and storied history in the Hoosier State. But we’re not talking about basketball. It’s a bicycle race — the Little 500. Yet to say that the “Little 5,” as it’s affectionately known, is just a bike race would be a bit like
What a day of Big Ten men’s basketball. We had three conference games on Saturday, highlighted by Michigan State’s commanding 91-76 win over Ohio State on Senior Day. In other Big Ten action: Rutgers earned its first Big Ten win of the season with a 75-52 blowout victory over Minnesota and Iowa notched an impressive 71-61 victory over Michigan to close out the action. With three games on the slate, we were able to grab the top moments and post them here. Check out the best highlights from Saturday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action! We love this play by Matt
The championship game of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament is set. Maryland kicked off Saturday’s semifinal action with a commanding 83-62 win over Northwestern in the first game of the day. Michigan State followed that with a dominant performance, beating Ohio State 82-63 to close out the action. The Spartans and Terrapins will face off in the final at 7 p.m. ET Sunday. Miss any of the action leading up to Saturday’s action? Here is a day-by-day look at the tourney scoreboard: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also, follow updates from the teams on Twitter with this Big
Illinois is turning the page … again. [ MORE: Miss Josh Whitman’s press conference? Watch it on BTN2Go ] New A.D. Josh Whitman isn’t wasting any time in putting his stamp on the program, dropping a bomb by firing Bill Cubit on Saturday, his first official day on the job. What’s next for Illinois, a school that since 2011 will have had four football coaches, three athletic directors and two hoops coaches? Illinois’ football program remains mired in tumult. Just last August, then A.D. Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman a week before the season started amid allegations he had mistreated
Michigan State’s 2016 senior class is a decorated bunch, one that could become even more decorated this March. The second-ranked Spartans honored seniors Matt Costello, Bryn Forbes, Denzel Valentine and Colby Wallenman following their 91-76 victory over Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. Before the official postgame senior day festivities, the quartet of seniors had its chance to kiss the midcourt logo, as so many other Michigan State greats have done before them, in the closing seconds of the runaway victory. One by one, starting with Costello and finishing with Valentine, the seniors got down in the push-up position, kissed the
Michigan's spring break at IMG Academy, a one of a kind trip in college football that might never be allowed again, came to an end Friday night with an open-to-the-public practice that about drew about 5,000 members of Harbaugh Nation to the boarding school's campus.
New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has fired first-year football coach Bill Cubit, saying the program needs a new coach to work toward long-term success.