With each passing year, Jerry Kill keeps taking Minnesota to new levels. It has been quite amazing, really. From a 3-9 debut in 2011 to a trip to the program’s first New Year’s Day bowl since the 1961 season, it has been a fun ride in Dinkytown. And Kill looks to keep pushing the Golden Gophers up the hill in the Big Ten coming off an 8-5 mark (5-3 Big Ten). Don’t bet against him or his astute staff. Minnesota finished second in the Big Ten West last season before losing to SEC East champ Missouri in the Citrus Bowl.
Purdue has had some surprising success in the last 10 NFL drafts, with 19 overall selections and three first-round picks. Not bad for a program that has been to just four bowls in the last 10 years. Linemen have been the most common picks, with six coming on defense and five on offense. The Boilermakers’ ability to produce defensive ends/outside linebackers has been remarkable, with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Ray Edwards and Rob Ninkovich coming off the board in recent years. And the “cradle of quarterbacks” has had two picks, with Kyle Orton and Curtis
Urban Meyer wants to name a starting quarterback by the middle of Ohio State's training camp (pssst, Ohio State's spring game is on BTN/BTN2Go Saturday). And there's a QB battle at Rutgers, too. And where dopes Jake Rudock fit in at Michigan? We take a spin around Friday's Big Ten headlines.
Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. In the annals of Big Ten Conference history, the island nation of the Bahamas probably is best known for supplying an export named Mychal Thompson. The former University of Minnesota basketball star wound up winning an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers and fathering budding hoops pro star Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. But the talented Thompsons
Six former Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2015 WNBA Draft on Thursday night. [ MORE: ESPN.com: Relive the entire 2015 WNBA Draft ] Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. went second overall, behind only Notre Dame’s Jewell Lloyd, to the Tulsa Shock to pace the Big Ten. Iowa’s Sam Logic joined Zahui B. in the first round, going No. 10 to the Atlanta Dream. Next off the board for the Big Ten was Rutgers’ Betnijah Laney, who went to the Chicago Sky in Round 2 (17th overall). Maryland’s Laurin Mincy (27th; New York Liberty), Wisconsin’s Michala Johnson (28th; New York
The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
It was just three weeks ago when the Ohio State football team received their first national championship rings. [ MORE: Watch Ohio State’s spring football game Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go ] Well, it looks like the Buckeyes’ newest national title rings have arrived. As expected, their new rings are very impressive, and look even more shiny than the first ones. OSU tight end Jeff Heuerman tweeted a photo of his ring, which can be seen above. Ohio State, which hosts its spring game Saturday, April 18, opens its national title defense on Monday, Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech, the lone team
Catch up on all six Big Ten men’s lacrosse teams in my Thursday notebook as we look ahead to Michigan at Johns Hopkins, No. 3 Maryland at No. 11 Ohio State, and Rutgers at Penn State. Maryland-Ohio State is 11 a..m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go – here’s the link to watch live on BTN2Go. Rutgers-Penn State is 6 p.m. ET on Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go – here’s the live link for that game, too. Here’s what you need to know about Big Ten lacrosse. Johns Hopkins (5-6, 2-1 Big Ten) Hopkins earned a tough 11-10 win over Penn State in two overtimes.
Maryland enjoyed a successful Big Ten debut in 2014, going 7-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play. That allowed the Terps to finish in third place in the uber-tough East Division highlighted by roads victories at Penn State and at Michigan. Now, it’s time to keep developing.
The NFL draft has been good to Penn State the last 10 years, as the Nittany Lions have produced 36 picks. That total is more impressive when you consider Penn State had no picks in 2005. The program has lived up to its billing as “Linebacker U,” producing nine picks at that storied position in State College, Pa. No other position has produced as many NFL picks over the last 10 years for PSU. The Nittany Lions also have been fertile on both lines and in the defensive backfield. The offensive skill spots? Not so productive. There are several Nittany