Felix Aronovich is a Penn State gymnast competing for Israel in the upcoming Summer Olympics. His journey to make the Olympic team is a long and winding one, and Aronovich explains in his first Big Ten Olympic journal for BTN.com. Read his first entry in this post and find more journals here.
The 2012-13 college bowl schedule was released Tuesday afternoon. There’s a total of 35 bowl games this upcoming season, including eight with Big Ten tie-ins.
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Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery has signed a seven-year contract, Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced Tuesday morning. McCaffery, who is 29-37 in two seasons at Iowa, will make a minimum average of $1.66 million annually over the length of the contract, beginning with a base salary of $1.3 million in 2012-13.
It’s been talked about and reported on for months but now it’s official: Two Big Ten men’s hockey teams will play a game at Chicago’s Soldier Field next winter as part of the inaugural Hockey City Classic. The doubleheader will feature Notre Dame vs. Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota vs. Wisconsin.
No one crunches numbers better than the great Phil Steele. Anyone who has bought one of his preseason magazines knows this. Well, the man of Steele is at it again.
Team USA finalized its 2012 men’s basketball roster Sunday, and the Big Ten will be represented in Illinois’ Deron Williams. Williams, who helped the “Redeem Team” win gold during the 2008 games, will team with 11 other NBA superstars in search of another gold medal, starting July 29. Fifteen Big Ten players have suited up for USA and won a gold medal, not counting coaches, but Williams could become the first to win two. Check out the Big Ten’s history in the Olympics in this post.