Change is the theme as James Franklin begins this third season at the helm of Penn State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The staff has been altered radically. Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row. Is this a cause for alarm? No matter your spin, there is no denying that 2016 is a big
In the opening games of the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, No. 12 Northwestern edged No. 13 Wisconsin, 76-72, in overtime, and No. 11 Penn State held off No. 14 Illinois, 75-66. Northwestern faces No. 5 Minnesota on Thursday, while Penn State moves on to play No. 6 Purdue. Get set for four more games on Thursday, and all games are available on BTN2Go. Tourney scoreboard: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday THURSDAY’S GAMES (all times ET) Game 3: No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 8 Michigan – noon. BTN2Go Game 4: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 5 Minnesota – 2:30 p.m.
The basketball season is winding down. Who is the league coach of the year? And all hail Indiana! Spring football also is on the minds of readers. Could Nebraska win the West? I look at those questions and others in my mail bag. The conference schedule just isn’t fair with how it is unbalanced. It can be the luck of the draw on who you play once and who you play twice. – Brad I agree. I long for the old days when the league played almost exclusively on just Thursdays and Saturdays and there was a round-robin schedule to crown
Saquon Barkley is a beast, on and off the field. The Penn State running back dropped plenty of jaws during his true freshman season, racking up 1,237 total yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. On Tuesday, Barkley wowed football fans, and people all over social media, with a weight room video of him power-cleaning 390 pounds (!). Keep in mind, Barkley weighs 222 pounds. With strength like this, coupled with his elite speed, agility and athleticism, it’s no wonder Barkley is such a dangerous weapon every time he touches the ball. Enjoy the video above. Whatever you do, though,
We’re collecting the moments when Big Ten basketball teams honor their senior players this week. Reminder: The remaining events honoring school seniors will be streamed live on BTN2Go. Use the links in this post to watch upcoming senior ceremonies live, and look back at events that have already occurred. Wednesday Watch Minnesota’s senior ceremonies live Thursday Watch Maryland’s senior ceremonies live Watch Penn State’s senior ceremonies live Saturday Watch Michigan State’s senior ceremonies live Watch Rutgers’ senior ceremonies live Watch Michigan’s senior ceremonies live Sunday Watch Northwestern’s senior ceremonies live Watch Indiana’s senior ceremonies live Watch Purdue’s senior ceremonies live Here
This much we know: Indiana, the outright Big Ten champion, is the No. 1 seed in the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. The 12th-ranked Hoosiers clinched the top seed with an 81-78 victory Tuesday night at No. 16 Iowa. After that, as far as the seeds go, everything still is up in the air. Get the @BTNStatsGuys‘ latest look at the Big Ten tourney scenarios entering tonight’s Super Wednesday doubleheader. 1. Indiana (14-3 – vs. Maryland) Clinched #1 seed and double-bye 2. Michigan State (11-5 – at Rutgers; vs. Ohio State) Clinches #2 seed with wins in its final
When he isn’t climbing trees on the recruiting trail, sitting ringside at WWE Monday Night Raw or holding spring practice in Florida, Jim Harbaugh is coaching in MLB spring training games. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Big Ten’s unofficial busiest coach served as the first base coach for the Detroit Tigers in their game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. Harbaugh, of course, donned No. 4, the same number he wore at Michigan and in the NFL. This isn’t completely new for Harbaugh, who did the same for the Oakland
Indiana clinching the men's basketball title means Tom Crean should be Coach of the Year. Iowa's lost four in a row, so what is going on? Michigan's Caris LeVert is shut down for the season, and Nebraska agreed to a home-and-home with a Big 12 powerhouse. Those are a few of the basketball and football headlines in today's news digest.
For the second time in the last four seasons, Indiana is the outright Big Ten champion. [ MORE: Get Tuesday’s Big Ten basketball scores ] The Hoosiers, who already owned a share of the conference crown, their 22nd in program history, outlasted No. 16 Iowa, 81-78, on Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Indiana also took the outright title in 2013, when Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo led the team to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The outright-clincher was in doubt down to the finals seconds, but Peter Jok’s potential game-tying 3-pointer was off the mark, yielding an
Iowa’s 2016 senior class will be remembered for quite some time. The five players, featuring Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell, Okey Ukah, Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woobury, have helped the Hawkeyes reach the postseason every year en route to compiling 87 career victories. The class was part of Iowa’s NIT runner-up team as freshmen, and in a little more than a week it will add a third consecutive NCAA tourney berth to its impressive list of career accomplishments. Watch Fran McCaffery and Iowa honor the five players in the video above.