Every Big Ten school has produced leaders who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, whether business, government, science and technology, medicine or education. High Profile takes a look at how these alums rose to the top of their field. It’s a pretty big deal when The New York Times singles you out as “not only our most relevant writer, but maybe our best.” Still, Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is modest about the acclaim. A seasoned writer in multiple mediums, Dybek has been described a “virtuoso” of the short
This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015” we show you what life is like for a young assistant coach when we go behind the scenes with Ohio State’s Greg Paulus. The name is familiar, isn’t it? Hint: He played at Duke. Plus, meet Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni and see his unique path from England to Iowa City. See portions of their stories in the videos in this post. Also this week, learn about the special relationship between Nebraska’s Shavon Shields and his father Will Shields, a former Nebraska football star and newly-minted Pro Football Hall of Famer. We also
Last weekend had m ore heated rivalries as Wisconsin faced Minnesota and Michigan State took on Michigan at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. Michigan State managed to snap Michigan’s seven-game win streak last Friday night, and the teams meet again Saturday in the Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field. FRIDAY, JAN. 23 MICHIGAN STATE 2, No. 13 MICHIGAN 1 MINNESOTA 7, WISCONSIN 5 SATURDAY, JAN. 24 PENN STATE 4, No. 14 Vermont, 2 WISCONSIN 4, MINNESOTA, 4 (Badgers won in SO, 3-2) All six Big Ten teams play this weekend: No. 14 MICHIGAN VS MICHIGAN STATE When: Saturday, Feb. 7 at
Who is the Big Ten coach of the year up to this point? There are some good candidates. You can make a case for Purdue’s Matt Painter, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others. I asked five leading Big Ten writers for their choices. Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World Herald: Bo Ryan. Who else loses his three-year starting point guard and keeps winning? Get off my lawn, Bo says. Mike Miller, Bloomington Herald-Times: Everyone else has been a flavor of the week. The Badgers have more talent than before, but they’re still a reflection of Ryan’s consistency. Matt Charboneau, Detroit News: Bo
This week, Jess Settles takes a look at Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koening, Illinois' trio of sophomores and the Big Ten's top second-year players.
If you can believe it, Duke already has started spring football practice in preparation for the 2015 college football season. The Big Ten won’t break out the pads until March. When it does, the work will begin on replacing some star players. Earlier, I looked at the five biggest shoes to fill for each Big Ten club – read them all here. We all know players come and go each year, which means these departures below make way for a new wave of names to step up and make their mark. So ahead of the Big Ten’s spring football season,
BTN continues its coverage of Big Ten men’s and women’s gymnastics at noon Saturday with the telecast of the men’s dual between Ohio State and Penn State. In all BTN is televising 11 gymnastics events in 2015. In addition, the network returns four-time Olympic and six-time National Champion Shawn Johnson for her second year as a BTN analyst. Johnson took the nation by storm during the 2008 Summer Olympics, when she captured four medals, including gold on the balance beam and three silver medals in the team, all-around and floor exercise events. She is the 2007 Individual World Champion in
Fans of “BTN Live” know the show airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET and that you can follow the show on Facebook and Twitter. On Thursday’s show, BTN aired a portion of Dave Revsine’s interview with Wisconsin’s men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and we’ve posted the full interview here today. It’s an insightful chat with the coach of the No. 4 men’s basketball team in the country. Ryan touches on a variety of topics, quoting Frank Sinatra and touching on the impact of AAU basketball on young players. The Badgers next play Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. ET on BTN – watch
Happy Friday! In today's review of Big Ten headlines, we found stories on Ohio State's new offensive coordinator, what it means to flip in recruiting, and an interesting look at Wisconsin eight - yes, eight - quarterbacks. Read all of these stories and more in Friday's Big Ten links.
The University of Minnesota is known for producing innovative, essential work in agriculture — a bit odd for a school that has a gopher, a notorious farm pest, as a mascot. Today, alumni, professors and students are contributing immensely to this field and, in the process, helping keep the world fed even as new problems continually emerge. “The challenges are pretty clear,” said James Bradeen, head of UMN’s department of plant pathology. “We have a growing world population, a changing climate. With that comes changes in [food] production patterns.” Fortunately, he added, Minnesota is “a place filled with people who