Seven Big Ten teams, headlined by four-time reigning national champ Penn State, are ranked in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Preseason Poll. The Nittany Lions top the poll, while newcomer Nebraska (No. 5) and Illinois (8) also land in the top 10. Minnesota (12), Purdue (13), Ohio State (21) and Michigan (T-24) round out the Big Ten contingent.
This is certain to interest Big Ten football fans. The Omaha World-Herald did a fascinating study that displays the hometown of every Big Ten football player, from 2002-2011. Each player is listed on a map with a school-specific dot that represents his Big Ten team. For the heavy concentrated areas, the recruits are shown in clusters. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed. Hardcore Big Ten fans can also test their knowledge with the Omaha World-Herald’s Big Ten recruiting quiz.
Another season, another Penn State women’s volleyball national championship. Legendary coach Russ Rose guided Penn State to its fourth straight national crown in 2010. Yes, that’s four national titles in four seasons, meaning last year’s seniors won the national crown every year of their careers. That’s a lot of hardware and a lot of great memories. The top-ranked Nittany Lions open their quest for an unprecedented fifth straight title vs. Oregon on August 28 at the AVCA Showcase. View the AVCA preseason poll.
Casual Nebraska fans know the school’s steep football tradition, but they don’t know much about the volleyball program. Well, John Cook’s team has been the school’s most successful program in the new millennium, winning nine Big 12 championships and the 2000 and 2006 national titles. Cook, a two-time national coach of the year, says Nebraska has a big challenge ahead of itself in the loaded Big Ten: “I think this is going to be the premier volleyball conference in the country.”
The Big Ten announced its 2011 men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending champion Indiana earning top honors among the seven conference teams. The Hoosiers enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 12th Big Ten title in 2010.
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