The University of Illinois announced Monday that an outside investigation into the women’s basketball program has concluded and found that allegations of racism are unsupported. [ MORE: Read the full Illinois.edu report (PDF) ] The investigation, conducted by the law firm of Pugh, Jones & Johnson, included a review of more than 18,000 documents, 33 interviews, the statements of eight former players, and review of game and practice video footage. Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise said she supports the investigation’s findings based on the information that was available. She said the campus will implement its recommendations as quickly as possible. “We
One of the ways great stories come to life is through interesting photos. And we regularly come across some captivating shots in our search for remarkable stories about students, faculty and alumni throughout the Big Ten. We include many of these pictures with the articles we publish, and we also curate some of the best ones on the BTN LiveBIG Instagram profile. Here are a few of our recent favorites: Walkin’ It Out in Iowa Thanh Tien Nguyen (Class of 2018) models an ensemble representing East Asian fashion at the University of Iowa’s annual Walk It Out fashion show, held
That concussion incident involving Michigan QB Shane Morris last season vs. Minnesota has resulted in the Big Ten implementing a new protocol in handling injuries. “This has been a work in progress for a couple years,” Big Ten coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo said Friday at the conference’s football media day. “Maybe the situation at Michigan accelerated it, but player safety is paramount as far as we’re concerned. I think this is a step in the right direction.” The step will allow a certified athletic trainer — positioned in the replay booth with personal replay equipment — to have
A.J. Taylor, a four-star 2016 athlete out of Kansas City, Missouri, announced his verbal commitment to Wisconsin on Saturday in a creative way. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Using a large Monopoly game board, appropriately called “Collegeopoly: A.J. Taylor Edition,” Taylor, in front of family and friends, announced his choice. Taylor verbally committed to the Badgers over several other schools, including Big Ten foes Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern. Randy Withers, publisher of KansasGridiron.com, shared Taylor’s announcement via Twitter (@RandyWithersKC). Follow him to see how it all went down. Taylor can’t
IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal donned an Ohio State-themed helmet to victory lane in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon.
The Big Ten welcomes back five of its six top passing yards leaders, including last year's winner (Michigan State's Connor Cook). Will a new name finish atop the leaderboard. See our panel's picks.
Tyron Cooper wears several hats at Indiana University. As an assistant professor in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies, Cooper is tasked with academic responsibilities in the classroom. But on top of that, he connects the school’s — and the state’s — rich musical heritage with African-American styles as director of the IU Soul Revue. A collegiate ensemble steeped in the traditions of Black musical performance, Soul Revue is a throwback to classic R&B, soul and funk genres. The group has opened for a number of top headliners, including James Brown, The Temptations, The Emotions, Con Funk Shun
Big Ten TeamTix is back, and if you’re a Big Ten football fan, you must check it out. Team Tix is a way to reserve a ticket for the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis for as little as $10 today. If your team makes it, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved right here right now using the ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered
Three of the Big Ten's talented running backs finished atop the Big Ten scoring list last fall. Who will take the scoring title in 2015? See our panel's picks inside.
The setup is like something from a James Bond movie: A mysterious visitor arrives in an African nation to conduct a major arms deal. But little do the local warlords know that he’s planning to thwart their violent ways with a clever scheme. Just call him Thum. Peter Thum. This graduate of Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School is no secret agent, though. Thum is a social entrepreneur who owns and operates a company called Fonderie 47, which takes illegally purchased firearms, melts them down, and transforms the raw materials into high-end jewelry. The idea came to Thum during a 2008 trip