The BTN bus just left Minnesota practice, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered while I watched the Golden Gophers practice the last two days. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s Minnesota tweets ] Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys raved to me about CB Eric Murray. Claeys went so far as to say Murray is by far the best player in the secondary and the best he has coached. “The guy has the intangibles that make him special. He’s the total package,” Claeys said. The young talent is impressive on this roster.
The fourth stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten brought us to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where we watched the Golden Gophers practice twice. See what Tom Dienhart learned inside.
The third installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most indispensable player.
Illinois offensive lineman Pat Flavin is used to protecting the passer, not being the passer. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Never was that more evident than following Illinois practice Thursday at Camp Rantoul. The Illini broke out a dunk tank, and for Flavin’s toss he decided to play some quarterback. He barked out a strong cadence, accepted the snap, took a three-stop drop, checked his receivers and let it rip. The toss was off target, however it still managed to dunk the person in the tank. Based on the laughs at the
The Team. The Team. The Team. #GoBlue A post shared by Michigan Athletics (@umichathletics) on Aug 14, 2015 at 8:03am PDT Michigan has released several videos this summer in anticipation of the 2015 season. Earlier this week, it was a “tradition” video. [ MORE: Visit our Big Ten hype video library ] The theme of the latest video: “The Team, The Team, The Team.” The video stems from Bo Schembechler’s famous “the team” speech, which Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh often references when talking about playing under the legendary coach. This video features wide receiver Jehu Chesson, who is expected to
The BTN bus tour is at Minnesota football practice Friday morning, our fourth stop on our annual trek across the Big Ten. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong ] Minnesota defensive end Theiren Cockran is a player Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart will certainly have their eyes on. Cockran registered four sacks last season, and he’s very likely to improve upon that number this fall. Last month at media days in Chicago,
Victor Oladipo sure seems to be enjoying his time working out with the United State’s Basketball Men’s National Team in Las Vegas. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Earlier this week, the former Indiana star and current Orlando guard hit this shot in practice. In an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday night, Oladipo showed off the athleticism that helped make him an All-America in 2013. From the top of the key, the former Hoosier crossed over Michael Carter-Williams, drove the lane and threw down a one-handed posterizing dunk. As good as the ankle-breaking crossover and
Big Ten quarterbacks Connor Cook and J.T Barrett get more than their share of attention. Ditto defensive ends Shilique Calhoun and Joey Bosa. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game ] But how about the talented players who, for whatever reason, don’t seem to garner as many headlines or accolades? Yes, we’re talking about the most underrated players – almost always a popular topic. See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for the Big Ten East’s most underrated player below. Tom Dienhart: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana. This
You say “tomatoes.” I say … “Rutgers”? No, those aren’t the lyrics to the classic Gershwin brothers tune. But Tom Orton, a professor in the university’s Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, thinks the relationship between the school and fruit — both of which are characterized by bright red coloring — should be tied together in the public consciousness. And he’s doing work to both raise awareness of and continue the school’s legacy in tomato development. He makes a good case: Not only was there a “Rutgers tomato” variety, but it was ubiquitous in food production for several years. The
Just last month, the University of Michigan announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Nike to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. Thursday, in the video above, Michael Jordan welcomed Michigan football to the Jordan Brand, making the Wolverines the first college football team outfitted by the Nike brand. “I want to welcome my first football team to the Jordan family,” Jordan said in the @Jumpman23 video. “Go Blue.” Michigan’s basketball programs will also be outfitted by “Jumpman” Jordan Brand gear. According