University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Wednesday that former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown will join his staff for the summer as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics. “Dee brings an enthusiasm for the Fighting Illini that is second to none,” Thomas said in a school release. “His experiences as a student-athlete on campus and in the community, his successful pro career, and now his returning to campus to give back to the Fighitng Illini speaks volumes about the positive time that he had here. Brown, the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year and
Ohio State wrestler Logan Stieber was named the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Maryland lacrosse standout Taylor Cummings was tabbed the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday.
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re showing Purdue’s 72-67 win at No. 8 Wisconsin from Feb. 9, 2008. This was a breakout game for heralded freshman Robbie Hummel, who poured in what was a career-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. More impressive, the victory marked Purdue’s first road win over a top 10 team since March 1, 1998, and it snapped the Badgers’ 16-game home winning streak vs. Big Ten foes, dating to the 2005-06 season. Here is a
The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take
It should be another strong season for the Big Ten. Fresh off the conference's first national title since 2002, the Big Ten boasts a bevy of top-end talent. One look at Athlon Sports' All-America Team proves that.
Tuesday brought the second and final day of Fox Sports’ draft of the best players in college football. If you missed it Monday, Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman decided to draft mythical teams, consisting of 25 players (11 offensive starters, 11 defensive starters, backup quarterback, kicker & punter), and put the final rosters to a vote. Michigan State center Jack Allen and Ohio State safety Vonn Bell and guard Pat Elflein were taken on Day 2, after seven Big Ten players were selected on Day 1. This draft, from a Big Ten perspective, was all about Big Ten East powers
It’s long been expected that three Big Ten players will be selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, and that’s still the case two days before things become official Thursday night. Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky all are sure-fire first-rounders, according to several of the experts’ latest mock drafts. In fact, Russell seems to be the unanimous No. 3 pick, while the Wisconsin duo is less certain. Don’t miss the draft at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. Also, former Purdue standout and current Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbi Hummel will take over
One doesn’t need to be a big college football fan to know that the Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s top stadiums. NFL.com’s recent ranking of college football’s best stadiums is more proof. Five Big Ten stadiums make the list, accounting for 33 percent of the countdown. Ohio Stadium leads the way at No. 5, while Michigan Stadium, Memorial Stadium (Nebraska), Beaver Stadium and Camp Randall Stadium also made the cut. The No. 1 stadium, according to NFL.com? That is the Rose Bowl, home of The Grandaddy of Them All. See what NFL.com has to say about
The Big Ten West is home to some fine secondaries. And it all begins with a loaded Minnesota defensive backfield that teems with talent and experience.
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Illinois’ 79-74 win vs. No. 5 Ohio State from Jan. 10, 2012. Brandon Paul erupted for a career-high 43 points in the win, and he’ll be live tweeting (@BP3) during the hour-long replay. Paul shot 11-of-15 from the field (73 percent), including an incredible 3-point shot with 43 seconds left to seal the victory. Here is a breakdown of this exciting 2012 Big Ten matchup: Top moment: With Aaron Craft all of him, Brandon Paul hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to give Illinois a 74-70 lead, ultimately securing