The popular HBO series “Entourage” featured a couple football legends on its latest episode Sunday night. There was Mike Ditka, the former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Chicago Bears, and then there was an even more familiar face to Big Ten fans: Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez. Alvarez, the three-time Rose Bowl champion coach and now the director of athletics, appeared on the show as himself. He acted as a motivational speaker for the staff of the fictitious talent agency Miller Gold.
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The sports world can’t stop talking about Michigan’s dramatic 35-31 comeback victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night. We’re no different. And at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday on “The Big Ten Pulse,” analysts Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle will look back at the thrilling finish, which featured three touchdowns in the final 1:12. The guys also will have an interview with Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham, the Spartans’ new all-time leading wide receiver. Before the show airs, watch Rackley discuss the craziest finish he ever participated in. You can follow the Pulse on Twitter @BTNThePulse.
Each Monday on Big Ten Breakdown at 7 p.m. ET our football experts Howard Griffith and Chris Martin select their stars from the past weekend of football. Martin’s choice is named “On the Corner” while Griffith’s chooses one “Howard’s Hero.” Now it’s time for you to nominate your own Big Ten player of the week, and be sure to back up your nomination with Big Ten stats.
The Big Ten Conference announced the three players of the week after a wild and exciting weekend of football. Offensive honors went to Michigan’s Denard Robinson, who led the Wolverines to 28 fourth-quarter points, including two touchdowns in the final 1:12, in a 35-31 win over Notre Dame. The star quarterback accounted for 446 of Michigan’s 452 total yards and had a hand in all five of the team’s touchdowns. See all the honorees inside.
The Big Ten Conference released its weekly volleyball honors Monday. Three schools are represented, including Ohio State. Check out all the honorees here.
Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill, who suffered a seizure on the sideline in the final seconds of the team’s 28-21 loss Saturday, continued to show signs of improvement Sunday and is resting comfortably at a hospital, according to StarTribune.com and GopherSports.com. Kill, in his first season with the Gophers, has had similar seizures previously in recent years and has always made a full recovery. School officials said the seizure was the result of his medication related to his kidney cancer, along with dehydration on a warm, sunny day.
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Every week during the college football season, Brent Yarina posts his latest Big Ten Power Rankings. It was a rough Week 2 for the Big Ten, as the conference struggled to a 7-5 record. As for the power rankings, they are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply Brent’s thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands after its latest game and entering its next contest. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina.
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