Yes, football ticket sales are down at Iowa. But A.D. Gary Barta stands by Kirk Ferentz, the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coach. “My response to you is, Kirk Ferentz is a proven and terrific leader, and he’s won at Iowa,” Barta said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I’ve made it clear that I’m 100 percent behind him and I’m 100 percent behind his staff.“ *** Count Lloyd Carr among the growing legion of Jim Harbaugh fans. Mlive.com notes that schools like OSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame continue to establish strong recruiting roots in the Midwest, but Carr
BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Iowa football’s 2007 double-overtime victory over Michigan State. This game went down as one of the most entertaining contests of the Big Ten season. Trailing 17-3 at halftime, Iowa came storming back behind a dominant running game and defeated Michigan State, 34-31, in a double-overtime thriller. Albert Young led the Hawkeyes’ rushing attack with 179 yards and two touchdowns, while backup RB Jevon Pugh punched in a one-yard TD
Just a few years ago, Wes Major didn’t know he could fly. The Wilmington, Del., native lost the use of his legs in a motorcycle accident at the age of 20, and his dream of learning how to pilot an aircraft seemed like something that would be forever out of reach. But after hearing about the Able Flight program at Purdue University, which helps people with physical disabilities learn how to fly, Major drove his adapted car more than 700 miles from his home to the school’s campus in West Lafayette, Ind., in the summer of 2012. “I didn’t fly
It’s NBA draft day! Before things get underway at 7 p.m. ET, it’s time to take one last look at the experts’ updated mock drafts. Actually, before we do that, don’t forget that former Purdue standout and current Minnesota F Robbie Hummel will take over @BigTenNetwork during the draft. Have a question for Hummel? Use #AskRobbie! The mocks, as has been the case for the last few months, have three ex-Big Ten stars going in the first round. D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) is a consensus top 5 pick, with a majority of the mocks predicting him to go No. 3
Which Big Ten team has the best fight song? It’s Michigan’s “The Victors,” according to a recent NFL.com ranking, part of its daily 15 for ’15 series. “The Victors” took the publication’s No. 2 spot, behind only Notre Dame’s “Victory March.” Two other Big Ten fight songs made the cut, with “On Wisconsin!” and “Buckeye Battle Cry” opening the ranking at No. 15 and No. 14, respectively. See what NFL.com said about the Big Ten’s fight songs below: No. 15: “On Wisconsin!” A mighty interesting back story, as it was written in 1909 as “Minnesota, Minnesota” because that school was
Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered a bold take on former Ohio State guard and NBA prospect D’Angelo Russell, a Louisville native, in a recent ESPN interview. [ VIDEO: Watch Rick Pitino talk D’Angelo Russell in ESPN interview ] “In the last 30 some odd years, outside of Magic Johnson, he’s the best passer I’ve seen come along in a long time,” Pitino said. “He’s a great basketball player, has great instincts, really understands the game very well. I love his game.” Click the link above to watch Pitino’s full take on Russell. Russell, a first-team AP All-American and the 2015
There’s offense, defense … and special teams, the often overlooked aspect of football. But, special teams can be the narrow difference between winning and losing. Here's a look at the Big Ten East units.
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