BTN’s Jim Jackson caught up with six Big Ten names working out at the NBA’s pre-draft combine in Chicago. Jackson talked to Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Draymond Green, Jordan Taylor, Meyers Leonard, and Robbie Hummel. If you’re running games down at the gym, that’s a pretty good first six right there.
You have questions? Yes, you do. And, of course, I have my answers. It’s time for my latest Big Ten Mailbag and my readers brought some great heat this week. What’s burning your brain? My myriad player and unit rankings, which seem to have rankled some of you who think I have gone cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Not true. I’m sane … and I’m a Quisp man.
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Here’s a question to ponder before logging off today and heading to Joe’s American Bar and Grill for some margherita flatbread, ahi tuna salad and karaoke: Can Ohio State go unbeaten this season? I’m serious. The guys at ESPN.com are asking. Also in today’s Big Ten headlines, I can’t think of a better way to end your work week than by reading this fantastic story on Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and the son who helps him keep life in perspective. A moving piece by the great Matt Hayes.
Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader, the fourth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up now: Rushing TDs. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too.
You may want to call in sick on Friday, or at the very least set your DVR to “record series” as BTN airs a marathon of “Big Ten Icons” shows. Those will also air on BTN2Go, as well, where they are also archived for viewing on demand.
CHICAGO – Coming off its most successful season, with record ratings and 16 games featuring a top 25-ranked team, BTN will air 15 Big Ten games during the first three weekends of the 2012 college football season. Now in 51 million homes, the five-year-old network will air the debut of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and the return of defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first week of the season.
Linebacker play in the Big Ten should be strong this season, led by players like Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor, Penn State’s Gerald Hodges, Illinois’ Jonathan Brown and Michigan’s Kenny Demens, among many others. But which Big Ten schools have the best linebacking corps? Find out in my Big Ten unit rankings in this post. Don’t agree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings.