Attention Boilermakers! BTN Field Pass on BTN2Go is coming to Purdue on Saturday. Field Pass is when BTN turns on a BTN TV camera one hour before kickoff at a selected Big Ten football game, and it let’s you see the home team’s football stadium and all that goes on before the game starts live on the Internet. This week, log on and see Ross-Ade Stadium at 3 p.m. ET, one hour before the Boilermakers and Wolverines kick it off on BTN/BTN2Go .
I remember when Antwaan Randle El first hit the college football scene back in 1998 as an undersized quarterback at Indiana, a school known more for basketball than football. Randle El wasn’t a traditional college pocket quarterback, but instead he could throw, run and catch. I talked to Randle El about his Indiana days in my latest installment of “Big Ten Tales.”
Michigan is coming to Purdue to play a big football game (4 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go). Saturdays like this aren’t commonplace in West Lafayette, Ind. Big basketball games? They happen almost every winter in this hamlet tucked just off I-65 an hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. But big football games? They have been sparse in the last, oh, generation. So, pardon the natives if they aren’t accustomed to the fuss of a big football Saturday.
On Friday’s “Big Ten Women’s Sports report,” Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose joined our crew to talk about the season to date. Watch an extended online-only version of the chat further down in this post, and tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET for rest of this week’s TV show. Rose talks about scheduling strong non-conference teams and why Penn State is off to a strong start. Dara McIntosh, Michelle McMahon,and Kara Lentz take a closer look at Nebraska volleyball team this season. In addition to soccer and field hockey highlights, we unveil the first part of a two-part feature story on the impact of Title IX with a closer look at Iowa’s women’s athletics and how it changed the landscape of Women’s Sports.
Nebraska has hired Shawn Eichorst as the school’s new athletics director to replace the retiring Tom Osborne, who will step aside on Jan. 1, 2013. Eichorst has been the athletics director the University of Miami since April 2011. Read the full release at Huskers.com and watch the video of Thursday’s announcement in this post. You can also look back at stories and videos on Osborne’s announcement, too.
Vanessa Dibernardo’s second career hat trick proved to be enough as the Fighting Illini earned their seventh victory of the season by defeating the Spartans 3-2.
There are plenty of storylines for this weekend’s batch of games, including a very intriguing game for Nebraska in Columbus. Does Ohio State stay perfect? Is this the weekend when Northwestern and Purdue win over a doubting sports press corps? What’s in store for Illinois when they kick off in Madison? I preview all five Big Ten games in this post.