Illinois football players, past and present, took to Twitter on Thursday to show their support for the program and head coach Tim Beckman. Last Sunday, former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic sent out a flurry of critical tweets that accused Beckman of running a culture of player mistreatment. Cvijanovic, who tore his meniscus vs. Ohio State on Nov. 1 and missed the rest of the 2014 season, stopped playing football because, “I was asked to push myself past pain until I didn’t want to play anymore.” The offensive lineman started 29 games at Illinois during his final three seasons. He was
Paul Chryst is back home. And, that’s a good thing for Wisconsin. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart recently sat down with the new Wisconsin coach for a Q&A.
Three more games. That’s all that remains in Illinois’ historic 2015 regular season. Winners of a program-record 24 consecutive games, including six straight Big Ten series sweeps, the Illini (43-6-1, 19-1) host Nebraska on the season’s final weekend. Illinois’ magic number is two, so it could clinch the Big Ten title as early as Thursday night, with a victory and an Iowa (37-12, 18-3) loss at Rutgers. Before the Illini open up their final series, BTN.com caught up with Illinois beat writer Scott Richey, of The News-Gazette, to get his take on the special season. Follow Richey on Twitter (@srrichey)
This isn’t great news: Michigan CB Blake Countess will transfer and play his fifth season elsewhere. Mlive.com notes that Countess becomes the sixth player to transfer from Michigan’s program since Brady Hoke’s firing. Countess’ departure from the program comes two days after Michigan formally announced the addition of Stanford graduate transfer Wayne Lyons, a 6-foot-1 corner who is expected to compete for a starting job opposite presumed starter Jourdan Lewis this fall. *** Speaking of departures, Michigan State recently saw WR Andre Sims, Jr. bolt. Mlive.com says Sims was a projected reserve and an experienced option in the return game.
The 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships take place Saturday-Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, the fifth consecutive season that the course has hosted the event. The 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships are a prelims and finals event. Ohio State enters the event after winning its second consecutive Big Ten Championship and NCAA title last season. The Buckeyes recorded 164 points at last year’s event on the strength of five first-place finishes. Michigan posted a second-place effort (140 points), while Wisconsin finished third (109 points). Wisconsin boasts four top-seeded boats entering the championships, while Ohio State claims three top seeds.
Michigan State will host the 2015 Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday-Sunday. Get BigTen.org’s previews for the men’s and women’s events below. Men’s Preview Michigan State University and Ralph Young Track and Field will host the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled to begin Friday and run through Sunday. Wisconsin looks to repeat as the conference champion after totaling 121 points at last year’s championships to earn its 19th Big Ten title. The Badgers were followed by Illinois in second-place, third-place Nebraska, Ohio State in fourth-place and fifth-place Purdue. In the
Coming out of the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution of the 18th century, scholars understood two things their predecessors hadn’t known about the universe: It’s incredibly vast, and the Earth isn’t at the center of it. Together, these realizations started a new vein of inquiry in the sciences and beyond, one that boiled down to a single question — is there life out there? Finding the answer to that question has captured the human imagination ever since. Encounters with extraterrestrials have been featured in works from artists ranging from H.G. Wells to Steven Spielberg. And scientific programs to find life of any
The much-anticipated matchups for the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge were released to the public on Wednesday afternoon.
Anytime Gene Smith wants to relive Ohio State’s memorable 2014 national championship run, he has the doll for it. The Ohio State athletic director tweeted a picture Wednesday afternoon of a 16-piece matryoshka laid out on a desk. The biggest doll is in an Ohio State uniform and holding the inaugural College Football Playoff trophy, followed by Oregon, Ohio State’s national title game opponent. The dolls continue to get smaller in the opposite order of the 2014 schedule, all the way down to Navy, the Buckeyes’ 2014 season-opening foe. All of the dolls, decked out in the uniform/helmet combination the
Purdue senior associate director of sports performance Doug Davis, 33, has died following an illness. Davis joined the Purdue staff in 2013 after spending the previous two seasons with head coach Darrell Hazell at Kent State. Davis also served as an assistant strength coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Ohio State, starting in 2007, where he trained seven Buckeyes selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, including first-round picks Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Wells. “My heart and the heart of the Purdue family is saddened by the loss of Doug Davis,” Hazell said in a team release. “He will surely