Michigan is coming to Purdue to play a big football game (4 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Saturdays like this aren’t commonplace in West Lafayette, Ind. Big basketball games? They happen almost every winter in this hamlet tucked just off I-65 an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. But big football games? They have been sparse in the last, oh, generation. So, pardon the natives if they aren’t accustomed to the fuss of a big football Saturday.
On Friday’s “Big Ten Women’s Sports report,” Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose joined our crew to talk about the season to date. Watch an extended online-only version of the chat further down in this post, and tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET for rest of this week’s TV show. Rose talks about scheduling strong non-conference teams and why Penn State is off to a strong start. Dara McIntosh, Michelle McMahon,and Kara Lentz take a closer look at Nebraska volleyball team this season. In addition to soccer and field hockey highlights, we unveil the first part of a two-part feature story on the impact of Title IX with a closer look at Iowa’s women’s athletics and how it changed the landscape of Women’s Sports.
Nebraska has hired Shawn Eichorst as the school’s new athletics director to replace the retiring Tom Osborne, who will step aside on Jan. 1, 2013. Eichorst has been the athletics director the University of Miami since April 2011. Read the full release at Huskers.com and watch the video of Thursday’s announcement in this post. You can also look back at stories and videos on Osborne’s announcement, too.
Vanessa Dibernardo’s second career hat trick proved to be enough as the Fighting Illini earned their seventh victory of the season by defeating the Spartans 3-2.
There are plenty of storylines for this weekend’s batch of games, including a very intriguing game for Nebraska in Columbus. Does Ohio State stay perfect? Is this the weekend when Northwestern and Purdue win over a doubting sports press corps? What’s in store for Illinois when they kick off in Madison? I preview all five Big Ten games in this post.
Michigan State visits Indiana this Saturday for a noon ET kickoff on BTN/BTN2Go, and that reminded us of a 2006 classic game between these two programs. On Oct. 28 of that season Indiana’s James Hardy caught four of Kellen Lewis’ five touchdown passes as Indiana won 41-26 in front of their home fans. In what will be an occasional series of Big Ten Classics on BTN.com & BTN2Go, we’ve gone into the archives to recover the full telecast of the 2006 game. The full game is posted on BTN2Go, but we’ve clipped a portion of it here for you to enjoy.
When talking best running back in the Big Ten, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina agree it’s Le’Veon Bell. Through five games, Bell leads Big Ten backs in yards (655 – yes, he also has most carries) and ranks in the top two in receptions (20) and receiving yards (125). He’s also a terrific blocker.