CHICAGO – BTN today announced it has hired Tom Dienhart as its senior writer for BTN.com, covering football and men’s basketball. Dienhart comes to the network after serving as the senior national college football writer at Rivals.com/Yahoo! Sports since 2008.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and the week before that it was Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. And remember that if you get BTN2Go.com, you can watch all of the episodes right here. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Purdue head coach Danny Hope. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to West Lafayette. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Hope, whose Boilermakers host Illinois at noon ET Saturday on ESPN2. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.
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Wednesday was a busy night for Big Ten volleyball. Several of the conference’s top teams were in action including top-ranked Illinois who faced Northwestern. The Illini’s perfect season is still in tact following a straight set win over the Wildcats (25-19, 25-23, 25-19). Watch a Student U wrap-up of the action now and jump inside for more coverage of No. 4 Nebraska facing Iowa, Indiana’s visit to Purdue and much more.
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Each week on “Tailgate 48,” the men and women of our armed forces send in support for their favorite Big Ten teams in a segment we like to call “Troop Salute.” This week, Specialist Jason Fuller sends a shout out to his Michigan State Spartans as they took on Michigan. Also, be sure to tune in at 7 ET tonight to catch all of the action from the past weekend in East Lansing on “Tailgate 48.”
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In a special Thursday installment of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan talks about some of the major women’s soccer storylines as conference play continues to heat up and highlights the latest Big Ten Players of the Week. Are you on Twitter? The @BTNSoccerReport is so give the show a follow!
Only a few weeks remain in the Big Ten men’s soccer season before the Big Ten Championship kicks off. In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan highlights the big Akron-Michigan game, reports on the Players of the Week and catches up with Soccer By Ives college soccer writer John Boschini to talk about the conference as a whole. You can follow Kevin and the @BTNSoccerReport on Twitter, where he welcomes feedback and questions.
It’s a dream battle. Wisconsin’s prolific offense, ranked No. 1 in points per game and touchdowns, versus Michigan State’s defense, ranked No. 1 in total yards and passing yards. Something’s got to give when the sixth-ranked Badgers travel to the 16th-ranked Spartans on Saturday night. Which dominant unit has the edge? How can Michigan State stop Wisconsin’s white-hot offensive attack? And how will Wisconsin account for Michigan State’s physical and aggressive defense? Watch as our Big Ten Football & Beyond analysts, Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martin, break down the week’s, and possibly the season’s, most intriguing Big Ten matchup now.