Big Ten baseball players enjoy videobombing coaches during dugout interviews. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] We learned this during last year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and now, it looks like the trend has continued. BTN’s Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes caught up with Michigan State head coach Jake Boss Jr. in the bottom of the fourth inning during MSU’s game against Maryland on Wednesday night. During the interview, you can see Spartan players eating bananas and making some comical facial expressions with reference to the mustaches the team is sporting. Boss Jr.’s reaction to learning his
Illinois’ 2015 season has been filled with records and historic marks. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The Fighting Illini added a new mark to the record books on Wednesday, and it was a big mark. A 3-2 victory over Nebraska in the opening round of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament gave the Illini their 27th straight win this season, which marks the longest winning streak by a Big Ten baseball team in conference history. The record was previously held by Nebraska in 1983. Of course, the Huskers played in the Big Eight conference during that time.
Nick Day and No. 2 Iowa were down to their final strike. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] That’s how close the Hawkeyes were to losing their Big Ten tournament opener to No. 7 Ohio State and facing the prospect of having to win five consecutive games to take the tourney crown. Day had other ideas, blasting the two-strike pitch over the left field wall for a dramatic two-run, walk-off home run to stun the Buckeyes, 3-2. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Look at how excited the
ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,
Every season, the Big Ten baseball tourney provides its share of laughs, from players showing their personality while announcing the lineup card to them videobombing in-game dugout interviews. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney homepage ] The fun in front of the camera came a day early this year. Tuesday, on the eve of the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, 24 Nebraska players got stuck in an elevator. Yes, they packed a couple dozen people in an elevator. Lucky for us, catcher Tanner Lubach filmed video proof of the mishap, to give everyone an idea of just what the scene
The opening day of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament featured four outstanding games. Catch up on all of the action inside.
ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be
If the opening game of the 2015 Big Ten Baseball Tournament is any indication, we should expect to see a lot of center fielders laying out for highlight-reel grabs. [ MORE: View our Big Ten tourney page | Watch #BTNStandout plays ] We saw it twice in Michigan’s 4-1 tourney-opening victory over two-time defending champion Indiana on Wednesday morning, and each center fielder got in on the act. Indiana’s Craig Dedelow matched counterpart’s Jackson Glines’ first-inning highlight with a near-identical grab. Should be fun to see what No. 2 Iowa and No. 7 Ohio State’s center fielders can do in
The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ and the nation’s No. 1 coach, the latter according to SportingNews.com’s annual coach rankings. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of three national crowns, knocked Alabama’s Nick Saban from the top perch in the publication’s latest list, which ranks college football’s top 50 coaches. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio isn’t too far behind, grabbing the No. 3 spot, just behind Saban. New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh comes in at No. 6, giving the Big Ten half of the nation’s top six coaches. Not bad, huh? After Harbaugh, however, there is a long
The NBA held its annual draft lottery Tuesday night, and now that we know which teams are picking where, the basketball experts are releasing their latest mock drafts. Most every mock draft I checked has Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker in the top 20. Russell is a unanimous top 4 pick, with a majority of the mocks having the one-and-done Ohio State star going No. 3 to Philadelphia. Kaminsky goes as high as No. 6 (SI.com) and as low as No. 17 (NBADraft.net), while Dekker’s high-low marks are No. 12 (FOXSports.com & NBADraft.net) and