On Tuesday’s Big Ten Football Report with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith, we aired the second part of DiNardo’s two-part interview with new Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. Also on tonight’s show, our crew gave an update on Big Ten players at the Senior Bowl. The folks over at SeniorBowl.com have complete rosters – one for the North team and one for the South team. There are Big Ten players on both squads. Watch our Meyer interview now and also check out great bonus content in this post.
Decked out in Penn State hats and jackets, students and townspeople stood in a line more than a quarter-mile long Tuesday to pay their respects to Joe Paterno, the coach who for nearly a half century was the face of their university. Mourners stood in a line along a main campus artery for the chance to file past Paterno’s closed casket at the campus spiritual center during a 10-hour public viewing session.
The great debate of 2011-12 has only heated up: Who is the best men’s basketball player in the Big Ten? It looks like a case can be made by and for several players. Is it Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger? Michigan State’s Draymond Green? Penn State’s Tim Frazier? Here’s a look at my latest weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s top 20 players. It’s my way of gauging the talent (see my previous rankings), and there’s a poll at the bottom of this post with my top 10 and an open invitation for you to vote your No. 1 guy.
On Tuesday, Michigan State released artist renderings of what Spartan Stadium would look like in 2012 if the proposed scoreboard (south end zone) and video screens and video fascia (north end zone) are constructed. According to John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s Associate Athletics Director/Communications, the Michigan State Board of Trustees are expected to vote Friday on the proposal. See pictures of the possible renovations in this post.
Thursday’s public memorial service for Joe Paterno will air live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. “A Memorial For Joe” begins at 2 p.m. ET at the Bryce Jordan Center on campus. Also, BTN will re-air the service at 10 p.m. ET Thursday after the Ohio State-Indiana women’s basketball game. Find BTN on your TV system with our easy and free BTN ChannelFinder and learn more about BTN2Go as well as the accompanying iPhone/iPad app. Also, the event will be streamed free on this page. Simply go there Thursday afternoon and click on “Live Events.” For more information on this Penn State event, check out this informational page at GoPSUsports.com and at Penn State Live.
I caught up with Jerry Palm today to discuss the Big Ten and the NCAA field. Palm thinks the Big Ten still is in line to get nine bids to the Big Dance—with Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State left out. But he thinks Purdue is in peril of falling from the field. And, yes, Northwestern fans: Palm still has the Wildcats in the NCAA tourney despite their recent struggles.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of programs, which is why schools spend thousands of dollars in the pursuit of talent. The BusinessofCollegeSports.com recently listed total recruiting expenses for men’s and women’s sports from 2010-11.