Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced Sunday that Spencer Allen will take the reigns as the 26th head coach of the Wildcats baseball program. “To be named the head baseball coach and join the Northwestern University family is a tremendous honor and opportunity,” said Allen. “The combination of a highly regarded athletic department and a prestigious academic institution was very appealing to me. My family and I are extremely excited for this new opportunity at Northwestern. “Jim Phillips and the Northwestern staff devoted a great deal of his time to this search,” said Allen. “Their passion
Who will be the Michigan quarterback? It’s one of the Big Ten’s most vexing questions. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at that and more in today's Big Ten links.
“We say that we’re running a brain gym.” That’s Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, professor emeritus of psychiatry at Ohio State University, describing a large-scale study on treatment for young children and adolescents with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) being conducted at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. It’s a significant undertaking for Arnold, who has been on the Ohio State faculty for most of the past 35 years. The research he and his colleagues are performing is unique in that it employs sports-oriented techniques to counteract the condition’s effects in their young patients. “We are training them to use their
A new program at the University of Iowa has put out a statewide call for thinkers, creatives, inventors and entrepreneurs who want to see their fields of dreams become realities. And backed by a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the school appears poised to unveil a fresh crop of innovative technologies for the consumer marketplace. According David Hensley, the grant’s co-investigator, the I-Corps program will capitalize on Iowa’s strong track record for turning ideas on blackboards and in labs into successful commercial ventures. “In looking at a college campus and looking at the research that happens, it’s
The Illinois and Penn State men’s track and field teams paced the Big Ten at the NCAA Championships in Eugen, Oregon. The two teams tied for 10th place, registering 17 points, marking the former’s best finish since 1988 and the latter’s top since 1966. “We use a lot of words like great and tremendous and I think those all become understatements in a time like this,” Illinois coach Mike Turk said. “This is just a really special group of guys.” Read IlliniSports.com’s full recap. “To be able to finish in the top-10 is great for Penn State,” Penn State coach
A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. The causes of childhood obesity in America are numerous. As most parents are aware, steering kids toward healthy food options is a never-ending battle. Michigan State professor Lorraine Weatherspoon looked at the problem and helped shed light on something many parents may have missed: how unhealthy foods are being marketed to kids through online computer games. This isn’t about changing the symbols in “Candy Crush” to carrots and broccoli and calling
Penn State redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Connor Darcey, 21, died in a car accident early Friday morning in Boston. Darcey, a Wellesley, Massachusetts, native, compiled a .553 save percentage and a 5-9 record in 2015, his first season as the starter. He was named to the inaugural Big Ten All-Tournament Team in May and claimed the conference’s first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor, following a 15-save performance in his first start Feb. 7 vs. Vermont. Penn State released the following statement Friday afternoon: Our hearts go out to Connor Darcey’s family, teammates, friends and everyone who knew him.
How often are you going to see Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer in the same room together, at the same time?
The Big Ten East is home to two of the conference’s top backfields at Ohio State and Michigan State. In fact, the Buckeye backfield may be the best in the nation. Quarterback issues loom at Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland, while Penn State, Indiana, Michigan and MSU need to solidify their running back spots. [ MORE: East OL | West OL | East WR/TE | West WR/TE ] Here is a ranking of the Big Ten East backfields. 1. Ohio State. Loaded. In fact, this may be the best backfield in the nation. It begins with running back Ezekiel Elliott, a
Trick or treat! This is an abbreviated schedule with just five games on the slate. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 ] Minnesota beat Michigan for the Little Brown Jug last season for the first time since 2005 and just the fourth time since 1967. The last time the Gophers won two in a row vs. the Wolverines? It was when Minnesota won four meetings in succession from 1960-63. Penn State is 14-4 vs. Illinois since joining the Big