Less than an hour after his season ended with a 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt in a Super Regional matchup, Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay was selected No. 6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. [ MORE: Take a closer look at Illini relief pitcher Tyler Jay ] Jay becomes the highest draft pick in Fighting Illini history. The lefty was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year after finishing the year with 14 saves and a sub-1.00 ERA. With Jay landing in the first round, the Big Ten has now had
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Monday approved a package of proposals and areas of focus for officials in men’s basketball to improve the pace of play, better balance offense with defense and reduce the physicality in the sport. Here are some of the biggest changes, according to NCAA.com: Shot clock reduced to 30 seconds. Teams will have one fewer team timeout (only three can carry over instead of four) in the second half. Timeouts called within 30 seconds of a break (at the 16:30 mark) or at any time after the scheduled media timeout becomes the media timeout.
The Sirius XM 2015 Tradition Tournament bracket was released Monday afternoon, and a pair of Big Ten traditions claimed No. 1 seeds. [ MORE: Vote for your winners on Sirius XM’s Facebook page ] They should come as no surprise, too, as Wisconsin’s Jump Around and Ohio State’s Script Ohio are the field’s reigning champ and reigning runner-up, respectively. Nebraska’s sellout streak (No. 4 seed), Michigan’s Touch the Banner (No. 6), Michigan State’s The Izzone (No. 6) and Indiana’s candy stripe pants (No. 8) round out the Big Ten representatives. The bracket, now in its third year, includes 32 traditions
Over the next month, BTN will profile 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014. The first game is the 2010 Rose Bowl, which featured No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Oregon, and it will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday on BTN/BTN2Go. Buckeyes sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor was outstanding in this game, passing for a career-high 266 yards and ending the Buckeyes’ three-game BCS losing streak with an impressive 26-17 victory over Oregon. Here is a breakdown of the 2010 Rose Bowl game, highlighting the top moment, stat line and individual player. Top Moment: Terrelle Pryor hits DeVier Posey
It all begins up front. Any coach will tell you that. If your school doesn’t have a good offensive line, it has little chance for consistent success—no matter how good the skill-position talent is.
CHICAGO – BTN is bringing Eddie George, Heisman Trophy winner and former Ohio State Buckeye and Tennessee Titans running back, to the 2015 BTN Big 10K, a 10K and 5K race set in Chicago July 25. George will be the Grand Marshal of the event. George will give a pep talk to runners before both the 10K and 5K races and also will present awards to the top finishers. At the post-race Big Ten tailgate party, George will be available for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities with fans. “Last year, the Big Ten showed we are the best in college football
Just hours before the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the experts’ final mock drafts are out. To no surprise, the experts still like Illinois closer Tyler Jay. BaseballAmerica.com and MLB.com each has Jay going No. 6, while ESPN.com pegs the left-hander to go No. 9. The Big Ten has had a first-round pick in two of the last three drafts, in Purdue’s Kevin Plawecki (2012) and Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber (2014) The first round is at 7 p.m. ET Monday night. Click the links below to view the publications’ full mock drafts. BaseballAmerica.com No. 6 to Minnesota ESPN.com No. 9 to
Tyler Jay has had no trouble racking up the saves in a standout season. Now, the closer will look to save Illinois' historic season.
Week 5 features just one non-conference game, with Penn State hosting Army, and the Big Ten's first bye of the season (Rutgers).
It’s only June, but the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State is in midseason form. To wit: Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith fired back at Michigan via Twitter over a recruiting graphic. See the tweet above. [ MORE: Ohio State vet school adds Michigan fire hydrant ] Cleveland.com says the point made by the graphic, aimed at recruits, was that Michigan receivers coach and passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch has more coaching experience, previously coached in the NFL for more than a decade, has been an offensive coordinator while Smith has not, and has coached more players who have