In his first NFL season, former Michigan QB Jim Harbaugh turned the San Francisco 49ers from a 6-10 team into a unit that was one game away from the Super Bowl. The success shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering what he accomplished at his previous stop: Stanford. So what does the reigning NFL coach of the year do when he finally has free time? Well, when your brother-in-law is Tom Crean and you’re visiting Assembly Hall — which he was Wednesday — you sit in on huddles and run the players’ stools on and off the floor during timeouts. Watch Harbaugh work as a team manager now.
Brandon Richardson isn’t the first player to go into the expensive seats at Mackey Arena this season, and he might not be the last. In the first half of Nebraska’s game at Purdue on Wednesday night, Richardson went to save a ball near the sideline and had to jump the Huskers bench in the process. Once in the air, Richardson realized he had nowhere to land and finally came down on a railing. It looked painful, but luckily he was OK. Watch Richardson’s hard landing now. Earlier in the season, Terone Johnson went into the seats, as did Dru Antrhop.
Bo Spencer has been a revelation for Nebraska in what is his one and only season in Lincoln. He transferred from LSU where he was a two-year starter, sat out 2010-11 and has proceeded to be the top player on a Cornhusker squad that recently ended a four-game losing skein with an impressive 80-57 demolition of Illinois
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The Internet’s hockey fans are abuzz today because it’s the 32nd anniversary of the day the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviet Union on the way to winning the gold medal (USA Hockey is doing a number of things on their Facebook page). The observation of the anniversary reminded us of two things related to the Big Ten. First, we recently profiled the late Herb Brooks on “Big Ten Icons” and you can watch the clip in this post.
The Indiana men’s basketball team is playing a rare nonconference game at 7 p.m. ET tonight, against North Carolina Central, and you can watch it live on the Big Ten Digital Network. Rates apply, but BTN also will televise the game on delay at 10:30 p.m. ET tonight, immediately following the Michigan State-Minnesota game.
Both all-session and single-session tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 27. You can buy them through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com /800-745-3000) and through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office. The tourney runs March 8 -11 and all of the games are at the Fieldhouse.
It was looking like it would be an historic night in Evanston. In front of a sold-out Welsh-Ryan Arena, the Northwestern Wildcats were locked in a tight battle with the visiting Michigan Wolverines. With a win, Northwestern would move one step closer to the 9-9 conference record that would almost certainly earn the program its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. As a cherry on top, the Wildcats’ signature nonconference win was looking even better as Seton Hall had just finished off an impressive win over Georgetown. If Bill Carmody’s team could just pull out this victory, it could be argued that it would be the most important night in Northwestern basketball history.