BTN.com's Tom Dienhart caught up with 247Sports national writer Kevin Ryan to really dig into 2016 Big Ten recruiting. Best class? Overrated class? Underrated class? And what does he think of Jim Harbaugh's tactics? That and more are covered in this Q&A.
Michigan and Jim Harbaugh stole the show on Signing Day 2016 with their big "Signing of the Stars" gala. Ohio State flexed its recruiting muscle once again. Penn State got much-needed help on the offensive line and Mark Dantonio just put the finishing touches on his best signing class since 2007. We round up Thursday's Big Ten headlines.
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. For decades, the roundhouse in Chicago’s Washington Park sat underutilized, its grand exterior belied its use as an oversized equipment shed. But in 2004, the former stable and carriage repair facility was given a new lease on life — literally. “It was gifted to the museum with a 99-year lease from the Chicago Park District,” said Clarence Bourne, board chairman of the
There are good shots. There are great shots. And then there is the shot Rutgers freshman Corey Sanders hit on Wednesday night against Illinois. Trailing 87-84 in the final seconds of the first overtime, Sanders missed a game-tying 3-pointer, got his own rebound, dribbled back beyond the 3-point line and hit a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game and send it into a second overtime. The reaction is just as you would expect, as Sanders’ teammates mobbed him in celebration. Check out the shot at the top of the post. Sanders went on to post career highs
There were three Big Ten men’s basketball games on Wednesday night, highlighted by two outstanding contests on BTN. In the first game of the night, Malcolm Hill scored 32 points as Illinois outlasted Rutgers 110-101 in a triple overtime thriller. Iowa followed that with a commanding 73-49 win over Penn State behind 14 points from Jarrod Uthoff. Maryland closed out the evening with a 70-65 road win over Nebraska. We made it a point to capture the top moments from all three games. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. We see
The dust has settled on Signing Day. Here are my eight observations from the big day! Jim Harbaugh makes news just getting out of bed—or it seems that way. There has been tree climbing, Tweeting at rappers, sleepovers, satellite camps. Now, this: The “Signing of the Stars” spectacular which was a pep rally on steroids trumpting the arrival of the 2016 class. There was Derek Jeter, Tom Brady and John Harbaugh pumping up the event that has set a new standard in over-the-top hype in a recruiting system that already is overloaded on hype. How will Harbaugh top this next
National Signing Day was a major success for Wisconsin. According to Scout.com, the Badgers signed 26 players on Wednesday and have the No. 25-ranked class in the nation. “I certainly feel better having been able to recruit this class for a full year, and you truly get to know them and I think one of the common threads amongst the whole group is as varied as their backgrounds and positions are and where they come from is I really am confident that each individual is a great fit for Wisconsin,” Badgers coach Paul Chryst said of Wisconsin’s 2016 class. BTN
It was a great day for Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. MSU put together an outstanding 2016 recruiting class, which currently has 19 commits and ranks No. 18 in the nation, according to scout.com. The Spartans’ class currently features 12 four-star standouts, including four outstanding four-star receivers. “We’re very excited about our class,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “These guys are in the mix for the next four or five years here and it’s going to be very exciting to watch their development.” We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage today. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the
National Football Signing Day is always a big day for the nation’s college-bound high school stars. But as you scroll through the lists and the rankings and the player ratings, keep in mind that every one of these players has their own personal story. [ MORE: All-signee team | All-name team | States that produced most B1G recruits ] Here are several interesting stories from this year’s Big Ten class that I discovered while doing my own research for this year’s #SigningDayOnBTN show. Let’s start with Wisconsin’s Dallas Jeanty, a three-star linebacker who battled homelessness and spent two months one
National Signing Day is in the books. According to Scout.com, Darrell Hazell and the Purdue Boilermakers signed 23 players and feature the No. 82-ranked class in the nation. We had eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage on Wednesday. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) anchored the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). Here is a look at some of the top highlights from Purdue on National Signing Day. Purdue coach Darrell Hazell joins BTN