Week 15 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled some big days. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 15 winners in this post.
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This week BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart took his live Q&A to the BTN Facebook page. Our resident expert took the best of your questions and we’ve archived the exchange below. Don’t forget: Dienhart takes questions all week long via his mailbag page.
The Minnesota football team will have a different look for the 2012 season. The Gophers unveiled new helmets Monday and also will release new uniforms, designed by Nike, in mid-January, according to GopherSports.com’s story. Minnesota will debut the new digs in its 2012 season opener, Sept. 1 at UNLV. See a picture of the front of the new helmet here, a picture of the back of the new helmet here and a picture of the side of the new helmet here. Or view the complete gallery, courtesy of GopherSports.com.
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(AP) Ohio State head coach Thad Matta says star sophomore Jared Sullinger, who missed most of Saturday’s win at South Carolina with a sore foot, will play when the second-ranked Buckeyes host Lamar on Tuesday night. Matta says Sullinger told him he was feeling better each day since he hurt his foot. Read the full AP story.
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Five Big Ten men’s basketball players have been named candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, handed out annually to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. The list includes Michigan’s Trey Burke, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Penn State’s Tim Frazier, Purdue’s Lewis Jackson and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor. See the complete list of candidates here.
Three Big Ten women’s basketball teams played Monday. No. 11 Ohio State drilled Charlotte, 88-58, behind Tayler Hill’s 25 points. The victory moved the Buckeyes to 11-0 on the season. Illinois beat Montana, 68-56, and Northwestern fell late against Kansas State. Catch up on all the action on our Big Ten scoreboard and get recaps from all the games in this post.
The Gene Keady coaching tree is scratching its head after last weekend. Both Purdue and Illinois lost, and lost in ways that have been all-too-familiar to fans of those teams. The Boilermakers started out well enough, nearly running Butler out of the gym in the first half: But it was a different story in the second frame: