When Big Ten Football and Beyond airs every Wednesday at 7 PM ET, viewers may not realize that creating Beyond, as it is known in-house, is a 36-hour process to produce slightly less than one hour of actual show content. Show producer Paul Cordell oversees the entire process from start to finish in coordination with host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo, Chris Martin, the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein, and Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples, as well more than a dozen of other production staffers.
At the annual Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon this year, BTN.com went around to several of the interview tables in search of the players’ earliest or favorite sports memories. Watch now as several of this season’s biggest stars share their first or greatest memories with you. Now, it’s time for Big Ten fans’ earliest Big Ten memories. Take a walk down memory lane, and check out our Twitter followers’ earliest conference memories in this post. There are plenty of good ones.
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In the Wednesday installment of “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan and Aron Hyde recap the busy weekend of women’s Big Ten soccer action, including the Illinois-Michigan State thriller in East Lansing. BTN soccer analyst Kyndra de St Aubin calls in to join Aron for a midseason report. They discuss who has been the biggest surprise so far, what’s been most impressive, plus much more. Watch now, and while you’re here, catch Kevin’s latest Men’s Soccer Report, too.
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On the next episode of Big Ten & Beyond at 7 p.m. Wednesday, BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein debate who is the second-best team behind Wisconsin. Do you have any thoughts on the matter? Leave your comments (and your supporting arguments) in the comments at the end of this post. What else will the show focus on? Jump down this post for more.
Saturday night’s Northwestern-Iowa game on BTN will be a special one at Kinnick Stadium. As part of the America Needs Farmers partnership between the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Athletics Department, the game has been designated “ANF Day at Kinnick.” What does that mean? Basically, there will be a host of activities around the stadium. Read about the events in this HawkeyeSports.com story. Among the day’s features, the school is asking fans to stripe Kinnick gold and black, which will only enhance BTN’s telecast. See images from the last gold and black stripe game.
At 6-0 and off to the team’s best start since its 1951 national championship season, the Illinois football program is looking to take advantage of its hot start. To that end, the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is asking fans to “Stripe the Stadium” orange and blue for Illinois’ nationally televised game against Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. If you remember, Iowa did something similar to this last season. See the pictures here. The idea worked perfectly at Kinnick Stadium, and orange and blue should look equally cool at Memorial Stadium.