Talking 2012-13 Big Ten Basketball Breakout Players

ESPN.com’s Eamonn Brennan posted a story Thursday offering his 10 potential breakout players for 2012-13, and the list features one Big Ten player: Michigan State’s Keith Appling. Here’s a sampling of Brennan’s thoughts on Appling: “With the team’s do-everything leader Draymond Green gone, and a batch of younger, less experienced players rounding out the rotation, Appling has a chance to evolve from a nice complementary piece into one of the Big Ten’s bonafide stars.”

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BTN Names Jim Reeder Vice President, Ad Sales

CHICAGO – BTN has named Jim Reeder as its Vice President, Ad Sales. In his new role, Reeder is responsible for providing oversight and strategic direction for the entire BTN sales team. Reeder comes to the network after serving as a Sales Account Executive for Fox Networks, where he sold Fox Sports Net, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer, FUEL TV, and SPEED.

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BTN School Days: Purdue Boilermakers

When a team gives itself the nickname “Dream Team,” it better deliver on the hype. The Purdue baseball team did just that in 2012. The Boilermakers (45-14, 17-7) won their first Big Ten crown since 1909, claimed the their first Big Ten tournament and advanced to their second NCAA tourney, their first as a regional host. That’s a lot of firsts, and it’s the reason the baseball team’s memorable season highlights Purdue’s 2011-12 athletic year. Want more? The program had a record seven players selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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Commissioners reach consensus on playoff plan

(AP) The BCS commissioners reached a consensus Wednesday on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents next week for approval.

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Enough is Enough: Ex-Illini out to stop head trauma

Ice baths are as much a part of high-level football as in-depth scouting reports. Former Illinois running back Kevin Jackson (1991-94) routinely took said cold dips, and on more than one occasion, he probably did so with his nose buried in one of those scouting reports.

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