Throughout the Big Ten Conference’s illustrious history, many coaches have defined excellence, both on and off the field. Banners, busts and statues commemorate their achievements, and pay tribute to their lasting impact. They are the coaches by which all others are measured.
Just about every Wisconsin Badgers fan knows how Russell Wilson wound up leaving North Carolina State for the Big Ten school in Madison, but here’s a pretty good story from USA TODAY’s Kelly Whiteside on the background. It gets into how Russell Wilson had to make a choice but also how N.C. State had to make a choice, too.
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With the Big Ten and conference football fans abuzz over Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin this weekend, we went back into our archives and dug up this classic night game in Madison from 1998. Remember Drew Brees and his incredible 83 passes, 55 completions and 494 yards with two touchdowns? Recall the Badgers forcing five turnovers, including four interceptions? Can the Huskers and the Badgers match this thriller?
Votes poured in to answer our various poll questions for BTN Live this week. Was your voice heard? Watch the BTN Live Web-only clip called The Fifth Quarter with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, also known as @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, @BTNGlenMason and @HowardGriffith on Twitter.
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The Purdue volleyball team fought off Northwestern squad in a 3-1 win on Wednesday night to remain undefeated at 14-0 on the year. The 12th-ranked Boilermakers won the match 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20 on their way to posting their best record since going 33-0 in 1982. Junior Ariel Turner led the way for Purdue with a 20-kill, 14-dig double double. Senior Tiffany Fisher added nine kills, while redshirt sophomore Katie Griffin tacked on seven putaways.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and the week before that it was Illinois coach Ron Zook. At 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to Ann Arbor. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Hoke, whose perfect Wolverines host Minnesota at noon ET Saturday on BTN. Watch the clip here and see his comments in this post.
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Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill, who was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic on Sunday after suffering a seizure earlier in the day, returned to practice Wednesday and called the team together for an on-field meeting, according to the Star Tribune. Kill’s status for Minnesota’s Big Ten opener at Michigan (noon ET, BTN) remains unknown, although defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys told reporters Tuesday that he expects Kill to return for the game.
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