Tonight on our special “The Big Ten Football Report: Year in Review” at 10 p.m. ET, our BTN football crew looks at the following how the conference’s quarterbacks defined the destiny of many of the Big Ten’s top teams in 2011. Also, we’ll put in perspective the events at Penn State this season and how the program looks to move forward. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball joins us to talk about his Silver Football award-winning season and we present “Twelve for 2012,” our choice for one breakthrough player from each Big Ten team next season.
In today’s Big Ten Blast, we touch on Illinois advancing to the National Semifinal round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the third time in school history and the first time in 23 years. The Illini reached back-to-back Final Fours in 1987 and 1988. In Thursday’s NCAA Semifinal Match Illinois (31-4) faces USC (29-4) at 9 p.m. ET. Read more at FightingIllini.com and track the entie tournament at NCAA.com. In other news, Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing. Find the latest headlines on the Penn State scandal on the team report page.
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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order.
(BigTen.org) Entering its first season as a member of the Big Ten, Nebraska has been selected by the conference’s coaches as the preseason favorite in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Huskers won the Big 12 Championship a season ago and finished fourth at the NCAA Championships. Defending Big Ten Champion Michigan follows Nebraska in second, while Penn State, Ohio State and Illinois round out the top five. Iowa stands in sixth in the poll, followed by Minnesota in seventh and Michigan State in eighth.
The Big Ten went 3-0 a light day Tuesday night, with Michigan dropping Arkansas-Pine Bluff (recap), Wisconsin holding off Milwaukee (recap) and Minnesota pulling away from Central Michigan (recap). Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get halftime and recap stories in this post.
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Reports indicate that Illinois defensive coordinator and interim head coach for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Vic Koenning is likely to leave.
There’s been no shortage of Indiana reaction since its upset of then-No. 1 Kentucky at the last second Saturday at Assembly Hall, and for good reason. It was an unreal game between two of the nation’s most prestigious programs, and it came down to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that resulted in a crazy scene in Bloomington, Ind. Now, there’s a video that matches the memorable final 5.6 seconds and ensuing madness to the soundtrack of “Hoosiers.” Watch the video in this post.
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