The NCAA released a statement Friday afternoon announcing that four Ohio State student-athletes must sit out games and repay benefits. “Ohio State University football student-athlete Devier Posey must sit five games and repay benefits after receiving approximately $720 from a booster for work not performed, according to a decision today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.” Additionally, “Three additional Ohio State football student-athletes – Marcus Hall, Melvin Fellows and Daniel Herron – will miss one game and must repay benefits after receiving pay for work not performed from the booster.” Read the full release at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
On Friday’s Big Ten Football Report, our Tom Hart caught up with Pat Fizgerald the day before his Wildcats welcome the Wolverines to Ryan Field. Watch the video here, dive in for more football video, and get ready for another big day of Big Ten football.
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In our “Countdown to Kickoff” show live from Northwestern before the game, we aired a feature on Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa. Watch the feature here and find bonus video clips from the feature lower down in this post.
Questions, questions, questions. Who needs the win more this weekend – Ohio State or Nebraska? How good is Michigan’s running game? Who’s the best Big Ten QB-WR combo? Who will win this weekend? What are Wisconsin’s title chances looking like? Join Rick Pizzo, Tim Doyle and Brandon Williams tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET, and follow them on Twitter @BTNThePulse. They love to spotlight you’re best tweets on the air.
Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin, and Tony Banks are getting ready for tonight’s Big Ten Football Report at 7 p.m. ET, which will set you up for Saturday morning. Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald joins us for an interview while we also take reports from Bloomington setting up Saturday’s Illinois-Indiana game. Banks rates Illinois’s A.J. Jenkins and Colvin talks about Illinois’ defense making the Illini real contenders in the Leaders Division.
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On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” our experts covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, talked to Wisconsin star wide receiver Nick Toon and produced a bonus Web-only video clip we call The Fifth Quarter. It’s been a newsy week leading up to some very important games on Saturday, including Northwestern entertaining perfect Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. Track all of Saturday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Get ready for the games with Dave Revsine’s Numbers and Brent Yarina’s Week 6 Preview. Watch The Fifth Quarter now and check out our Toon interview and your best Rejoice Mail at the bottom of this post.