James Franklin’s third Penn State team has some challenges with an altered coaching staff and a number of player transfers. Amid the turnover, Franklin will try to take the next step in State College after going 7-6 in each of his first two seasons and 6-10 overall in the Big Ten. This remains a young roster that teems with promising talent.
"How long do you think it will take D.J. Durkin to make a difference at Maryland?" "What is the ceiling for Michigan State football next year?" "What is the one thing that Iowa can get better at in 2016?" "Who replaces Michigan's Jake Rudock?" These are a few of the football questions readers sent in. Tom Dienhart answers them and more.
With that loss to Nebraska, Michigan State has dropped three straight. One writer is comparing Iowa's basketball team to another pretty good recent Big Ten squad. Meanwhile in football, Nebraska added a familiar foe to the schedule. And contract details are out for Michigan's new defensive coordinator. Catch up on Thursday's headlines in this post.
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Sexual assault and other forms of violence on campus aren’t easy subjects to get into, for obvious reasons. Even though few would say they’re unimportant, their very nature makes people feel ill at ease. That’s why SCREAM Theater, a troupe of student actors at Rutgers University, is so important. Through its realistic portrayals of various scenarios of sexual harassment and sexual assault,
Big Ten fans were treated to a pair of entertaining men’s basketball games on Super Wednesday. Nebraska kicked off the evening with an impressive 72-71 upset win over Michigan State. The Huskers have now won four straight Big Ten games, while the Spartans have lost three straight conference games for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Michigan closed out the evening with a 74-69 victory over Minnesota behind 22 points from junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. With both games being played on BTN, we were able to capture the top moments from Wednesday night’s action. Here is a
Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season. Yes, he will have some building blocks for his fifth squad, including the likes of LB Raekwon McMillan, Gs Billy Price and Pat Elflein, DE Tyquan Lewis, CB Gareon
Who gets your vote for the best player in Nebraska basketball history? We came up with a list of 12 Husker greats, and now it’s your job to rank them! Also, tune into BTN tonight to watch the Huskers take on Michigan State at 6:30 p.m. ET. Watch on BTN2Go. Read each player’s bio below, then scroll down and rank them, 1-12. The results of this fan survey will be announced on TV’s “BTN Live” in February. We’re rolling out a survey per school throughout the coming weeks. Tom Baack 1965-68: Tom Baack, a 1995 Nebraska Hall of Fame inductee, finished
A handful of former Big Ten stars were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, released Tuesday. See the five players below: Stefon Diggs (Maryland), WR, Minnesota Vikings – 52 rec., 720 yards, 4 TD Brandon Scherff (Iowa), G, Washington Redskins – No stats Rob Havenstein (Wisconsin), T, St. Louis Rams – No stats Donovan Smith (Penn State), T, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – No stats Adrian Amos (Penn State), S, Chicago Bears – 67 tackles One-time Michigan RB Thomas Rawls, who transferred to Central Michigan, also made the team.
The deadline for players to enter the NFL draft early was Monday, Jan. 18. And, no Big Ten team—or any squad in the nation, for that matter–had more defections than Ohio State. The Buckeyes saw nine players bolt, highlighted by the early departure of defensive end Joe Bosa, who some feel will be the first pick in the 2016 draft. In all, 20 Big Ten players turned pro. No other Big Ten team had more than two players leave. Eight schools had at least one player bolt. Here is a look at the Big Ten players who are leaving early:
Maryland and Northwestern have faced off twice this season, and the teams have combined for a fun sequence in each meeting. Tuesday night, as was the case the first time around, the back-and-forth action culminated in a Northwestern basket and an eventual Maryland victory, this time a 62-56 overtime defeat. Now, this sequence wasn’t nearly as wild as the January 2 one. But, let’s face it, it will be a long time before we see teams combine on the back-and-forth action that the Terrapins and the Wildcats treated us to earlier this year in Evanston, Illinois. Don’t remember the sequence