With 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game participants Michigan State and Wisconsin wrapping up spring football Saturday, every Big Ten team can turn its attention to the summer. Here at BTN.com, we’re not ready to put spring football behind us just yet. That’s why we compiled this post featuring the best from this year’s spring action. And when talking the best of spring, nothing — at least in our minds — comes close to topping Sparty lining up in the backfield and taking the handoff. Watch the entertaining play now.
The 2012 NFL Draft came and went this past weekend, with a grand total of 41 Big Ten products being selected during the three-day event. Iowa’s Riley Reiff was the first player off the board, at No. 23, while Illinois, believe it or not, accounted for four of the Big Ten’s first six draft picks. But what about those players who went undrafted? They began signing contracts immediately following the draft. Here’s a complete list of Big Ten free-agent signees. In this post, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart compiles his All-Big Ten Undrafted Team.
Next up on our Twitter Tips series: Ohio State. Having already featured eight schools (see them all here), now it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Buckeyes in our 12-installment series that spotlights every Big Ten institution, in alphabetical order. The goal is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. With that out of the way, let’s get to the Ohio State handles.
The Spartans had an upbeat weekend scrimmage while the debate over a certain Michigan jersey stays alive. Two writers discuss Ohio State’s football outlook while another writer examines the Wisconsin kicking situation. Here what I think about the football headlines buzzing around Big Ten nation on this Monday.
First-year Nebraska baseball coach Darin Erstad is as polished and decorated as college coaches come. Let’s list a handful of the accolades: No. 1 pick in the 1995 MLB First-Year Player Draft; 2002 MLB champion; two-time MLB All-Star; three-time Gold Glove winner; .339 lifetime hitter in playoffs. And the list goes on. So, why did Erstad, a two-sport star during his time at Nebraska, decide to start coaching college baseball? “It’s in the blood,” Erstad told BTN.Watch our feature with the former Husker now.
Bill O’Brien is trying to put his fingerprint on the Penn State football program. With that in mind, the first-year coach made sure his players received a new weight room. They did, and the place is nice and modern, which hasn’t always been the case at Penn State. Whereas machines littered the weight room during Joe Paterno’s regime, free weights and high tech equipment are the new thing at the Lasch Football Building. Watch a GOPSUTV YouTube tour of the new weight room in this post.
The Big Ten Conference released its Big Ten Baseball Players of the Week for April 23-29 action Monday. See all the winners and check out what they did to earn the distinctions in this post.