It's Sunday, and that means it's time for Gerry DiNardo's weekly Sunday Ruminations. Check out the BTN analyst's 140-character Week 9 takes inside.
Week 9 was a light one, with just five games on the slate, but it was a productive one. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes? | View your team’s homepage ] Iowa dropped Maryland to move to 8-0 and keep itself
The Michigan men’s cross country team won its 10th Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championship, and first since 1998, on Sunday with a total of 63 points and three runners among the top nine at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago. [ MORE: Penn State wins 2015 Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Championships ] Purdue senior Matt McClintock finished first individually, crossing the 8K finish line in a time of 23:12.1, breaking the Big Ten Championships record of 23:18 set by Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed in 2011. McClintock is the first Boilermaker to earn medalist honors since Eddie Ericsson
The Penn State women’s cross country program won its second Big Ten Championship on Sunday with 53 points, placing three runners in the top nine at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course. [ MORE: Michigan wins 2015 Big Ten Cross Country Championships ] The Nittany Lions, who won their first crown since 2009, were led by senior Tori Gerlach with a time of 20:04.9 (4th place), followed by Elizabeth Chikotas (6th place) and Jillian Hunsberger (9th place). Michigan junior Erin Finn won her second career Big Ten Championships title with a 6K time of 19:44.9, helping the Wolverines to second
One thing that characterizes great journalists is the ability to get to the bottom of a problem. And for two former Northwestern University journalism students, their ability to do that led to more than just a great story. It prompted them to create a philanthropic organization that’s changing lives in one of the poorest countries on Earth. With a shared interest in international reporting, Lauren Bohn and Zoe Fox turned their passion toward an investigation into why the African nation of Malawi was mired in poverty. In their inquiries, they arrived at an interesting conclusion: that bikes could give a
With top dogs Ohio State and Michigan State off, the weekend lacked big stakes. But Iowa stayed perfect, and Michigan won a game it should have probably lost after losing a game it probably should have won the last time out.
Week 9 of the Big Ten football season had a little bit of everything. We saw Christian Hackenberg have a monster day through the air, and Corey Clement have an outstanding game running the ball. [ MORE: Best of Week 9 | Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Week 9 picks revisited | Week 9 top performers | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Like Halloween costumes?
The 2015 college football season has been filled with plenty of wild and crazy finishes. [ MORE: Week 9 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Dienhart: Hackenberg has Penn State on a roll | Watch Minnesota honor Jerry Kill ] There was another one on Saturday, and this one came in a primetime matchup between Michigan and Minnesota. Trailing 29-26 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a perfect fade pass to Drew Wolitarsky, which was inititally ruled a touchdown. However, the replay showed his knee was down at the 1-yard
Before we turn our attention to Week 10, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Penn State beat writer Audrey Snyder and Big Ten fans did with their Week 9 Big Ten game predictions. See the latest standings inside!
Minnesota honored recently retired football coach Jerry Kill during Saturday night’s rivalry game vs. No. 15 Michigan. [ MORE: Dienhart: Kill was one of the game’s best coaches, people | Remember these Kill moments? ] During a timeout midway through the first quarter, the school aired a video tribute on the big board to the coach who retired Wednesday due to health concerns. The fans loved it, giving Kill, who was not in attendance, a standing ovation and chanting “Jerry! Jerry!” The video included highlights and behind-the-scenes moments from Kill’s Minnesota tenure, which lasted four-plus seasons and included a 29-29