What a week in the Big Ten! Purdue hires a coach. Wisconsin sees a coach bolt. The Silver Football is handed out. At least the Big Ten didn’t expand this week. But that didn’t stop the discussion about future growth.
Here’s the full video of the Thursday’s press conference at Wisconsin where the school’s athletic director Barry Alvarez announced he would coach the team in the Rose Bowl. Alvarez spoke at length about the departure of Bret Bielema, among other topics , too.
Wiscosnin senior Montee Ball was named the best running back in college football Thursday when he was presented with the Doak Walker Award during The Home Depot College Football Awards at Walt Disney World. He also was named to the Walter Camp All-America team for the second-consecutive season.
Doug McDermott scored 27 points, Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 13 Creighton pulled away in the second half for a 64-42 victory over Nebraska in the annual meeting of the state rivals Thursday night. Creighton (8-1) won in Lincoln for the first time since 2004.
Several women’s basketball teams were in action on Thursday night including Iowa. The Hawkeyes held off a late rally by Iowa State to win 50-42. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for an interview with Iowa coach Lisa Bluder, plus a roundup from around the conference.
At the start of each week we post a compilation of the week’s top dunks in Big Ten basketball. But since we launched our latest batch (see the video at the top of this post), we’ve seen more slams, too. We’ve added them below in this post below.
I remember watching Brian Butch score, rebound, and defend in the 2003 McDonald’s All-American Game and he looked exactly like a kid that would thrive in Bo Ryan’s offensive system at Wisconsin. This was a high school all-star game that featured LeBron James, Chris Paul, Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva. And Butch, a 6-foot-11 standout from Appleton, Wisconsin, held his own.