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What’s one of the reasons Illinois players had such an impact in the NFL lately? Tonight’s edition of The Next Level profiles Lou Hernandez, Illinois’ strength and conditioning coach who has helped several Illini become professionals. Also tonight: The crew interviews Penn State’s Devon Still and we look at how one-time Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh is faring in his first year as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Join Rick Pizzo, Jon Jansen, Russ Lande, and Brandon Williams tonight at 7 p.m ET & again at 8:30 p.m.
Iowa’s Dan Gable led the Iowa wrestling program from 1977-1997 and to 17 NCAA titles, including nine consecutive championships from 1978 to 1986. He also guided the Hawkeyes to 21 straight Big Ten titles as head coach and posted an amazing 355-21-5 career dual meet record. At 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Gable becomes the latest Big Ten coach to be celebrated in the series Big Ten Icons, hosted by college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. In this video clip, listen to Gable describe how his one loss as a wrestler fueled his coaching career.
Week 5 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled a number of solid performances. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars performed each week. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday morning, Brent Yarina will single out the Big Ten’s best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus link to their NFL.com highlights. See his Week 5 winners in this post.
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Monday night on “Big Ten Breakdown,” Mike Hall interviewed Nebraska star Lavonte David. The senior linebacker forced the fumble that led to 28 unanswered points and helped Nebraska card its biggest comeback in program history Saturday night against Ohio State. Trailing 27-6 midway through the third quarter, David stripped the ball from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, and Taylor Martinez scored two plays later to make it 27-13. From there, it was all Huskers. Watch now as David breaks down the game-changing play in Monday’s BTN interview.
According to an Indiana press release, junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered away from the basketball court in his left leg. His status for the upcoming season has not been determined.
Six games in, six games to go. We officially reached the midway point of the 2011 college football season following the completion of Saturday’s slate of games. It’s been an eventful first half, for sure, as Illinois and Michigan are off to surprising 6-0 starts and perennial power Ohio State is 3-3, including 0-2 in Big Ten play. And we can’t forget to mention Wisconsin, the Big Ten’s clear favorite after humiliating its first five foes by a combined score of 242-51. Seeing as how we’re halfway home, I wanted to rank the conference’s top 10 players thus far. See the list in this post.
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