Six Big Ten teams in the preseason AVCA poll was great. Seven teams in the first regular-season poll is even greater. Yes, half of the Big Ten teams are represented in the latest AVCA poll, highlighted by No. 1 Penn State, released Monday. The reigning national champion Nittany Lions went 3-0 last week to remain atop the poll. The other Big Ten teams ranked include: No. 4 Nebraska, which received one first-place vote, No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 22 Ohio State and No. 24 Purdue, which debuts in the poll after winning its first
What a week! The Red Land Little League World Series team won the U.S. title and visited the Penn State football team and Beaver Stadium. See what happened during its visit to practice inside.
We all scream for ice cream, the saying goes. The Rutgers football team dances for ice cream, too. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] The Scarlet Knights held a dance-off at the end of a recent practice, with the winning team earning the right to eat ice cream first. It was a heated competition – even though everyone was guaranteed to get ice cream. The star of the dance-off? That had to be when redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins and his 6-foot-3, 295-pound body were called to the inside of the circle.
The Virginia Tech football team will wear a helmet decal to honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the two WDBJ7 employees killed in last week’s on-air shootings, vs. No. 1 Ohio State on Labor Day. The decal features maroon and turquoise ribbons, with Ward’s initials “AW” and Parker’s initials “AP” under each, respectively, placed on each side of a number 7, which represents the station’s channel. The maroon ribbon is for Adam, a Virginia Tech graduate and Hokies fan, and the turquoise signifies Alison’s favorite color. “It’s extremely important that the families and loved ones of Allison Parker, Adam Ward,
Fun story from Bob Flounders of Pennlive.com on Penn State DT Anthony Zettel. Is there anything he won’t try? He can whip Christian Hackenberg in golf. What else? “I am a better golfer,” Zettel told Flounders.”I beat [Hackenberg] by two strokes. We both didn’t play that great. He’s very competitive. He’s got a big ego and he loves golf, he enjoys it. We both do. But it’s just how it is.” *** Hey, looky here: Ex-Michigan Heisman winner Desmond Howard has picked Michigan State to win the Big Ten. *** How about this: Illinois football games now will be broadcast
When Dumayi Gutierrez thinks back to her arrival at the University of Iowa prior to her freshman year, she smiles and recalls an extremely hot and humid day. Participating in the Iowa Edge program, Gutierrez and other new students were taking part in various team-building exercises and a tour on and around campus as the temperature approached triple digits. “At the end of the day, we were all stinky and sweaty, but we had bonded so much,” Gutierrez said. “We held on to each other, and we connected on a deeper level. I’ll always remember that.” Gutierrez had been apprehensive
If movies like “Revenge of the Nerds” are to be believed, one of the things that has long separated the brainy from the brawny is the latter’s participation in sports and other regular physical activity. While there may be some truth to that stereotype, professors at the University of Illinois recently found that 9- and 10-year-olds who have good cardiorespiratory health — usually the product of regular exercise — tend to have “thinner” grey matter in their brains than their less-fit counterparts. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells and blood vessels in the cerebrum is associated with better
When Max Lynch and Ben Sperry met in Kindergarten more than two decades ago, the Internet was still largely a novelty, and mobile phones were only used to make calls. Lynch and Sperry formed a friendship there that has lasted to this day. Both of them went to the University of Wisconsin and, after graduating, they started a company in Madison that helped facilitate a technology revolution that few would have foreseen when they were learning their ABCs and 123s. Now 27 years old, Lynch and Sperry founded Ionic (then called Drifty) in 2012 with the aim of making development
Read into it what you will: J.T. Barrett is one of Ohio State’s six captains, a group that does not include Cardale Jones, the team announced Friday. Barrett and Jones are battling for the much-talked-about starting quarterback position of the defending national champs. Both are fantastic talents, and both have well-known stories. Barrett, who filled in for an injured Braxton Miller last season, put up a record-setting season last year on his way to claiming Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, while Jones, following Barrett’s injury in the season finale vs. Michigan, led the Buckeyes to three memorable postseason victories
Another starting quarterback was named Friday, leaving just Michigan and Ohio State left to announce their starters. One day after Northwestern and two days after Rutgers picked starters, Maryland announced junior Perry Hills won its quarterback battle. Hills beat out Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman. Rowe will be the backup, while Garman, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, will serve as the third-straight quarterback. The 6-2, 210-pound Hills started the first seven games of the 2012 season, before suffering a torn ACL and missing the final five games. He redshirted in 2013 and appeared in three games as a redshirt