College football fans will like this: Phil Steele released his 2015 Preseason All-American Team on Monday. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] As expected, Steele likes the Big Ten, in particular the talent at reigning national champ Ohio State and fellow Big Ten East power Michigan State. The Buckeyes (8) and the Spartans (5) combine for 13 of the 20 Big Ten players on Steele’s four teams, and the former also accounts for half of the conference’s four first-teamers (Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa). In all, eight Big Ten teams (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska,
As Michigan prepares to open the 2015 Women's College World Series final vs. top seed Florida on Monday night, it's time to relive how the Wolverines got to this point.
The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin's neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
It's been an emotional last few days for former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still. On Monday, he learned he and his daughter will win a prestigious award.
Former Virginia Tech forward Joey van Zegeren has signed with Northwestern and will be eligible for the 2015-16 season, his final year of eligibility. [ MORE: Read NUSports.com’s full release ] The 6-foot-10 native of The Netherlands appeared in 79 career games over the last four seasons at Virginia Tech. In 2014-15, he saw action in each of the team’s first 13 games — making three starts — while averaging 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and a team-high 1.4 blocks. “We’re really excited to add someone of Joey’s caliber to our program,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said in a team
With Michigan’s softball team rolling through the College Softball World Series, we take a look back at our feature story on the Wolverines’ pizza tradition. What’s “sprinkling the cheese” mean? How about this “rolling of the dough” and “spreading the sauce,” too? Find out in this video.
Paul Chryst takes over a Wisconsin program that is on its third head coach since 2012 after Bret Bielema (Arkansas) and Gary Andersen (Oregon State) abruptly bolted Madison in recent years. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Chryst seemingly offers stability, as he’s a native son who played and has coached for the Badgers. He’s home; why leave? And he inherits one of the league’s top programs that has been a Big Ten standard, as the Badgers have played in three of the four conference title games. Wisconsin figures to have a good shot
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has some good leftover notes for the recent Big Ten AD meetings. Among the topics: future site of the Big Ten football title game. Despite the league’s weather-tested image, don’t expect administrators to consider an outdoor facility. Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said a cold-weather game has too many disadvantages for both the teams and the league. “I’d have a hard time voting for a game outside. I really would,” Alvarez said. “I know purists say, ‘Hey football is supposed to be played outside.’ But one reason, I don’t want the elements to
On Friday, Tom Dienhart took a look at the Big Ten's top 2015 non-conference games, the first of three-part series. Now, it's time for his bottom 5 non-conference games.
The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is generally taken to mean that complex systems and solutions can’t be developed quickly. But whoever came up with the aphorism clearly wasn’t familiar with Purdue University’s “Install Day.” That event took place on May 8, when a veritable village of Purdue staff and volunteers assembled a research supercomputer named Rice in less than 24 hours and immediately put it to use, a shining demonstration of team-building and resourcefulness. Take that, Romans! “I think it’s novel to see a university do something in this kind of space in an organized way,” said