The building continues in Minnesota for second-year coach Jerry Kill, who is coming off a 3-9 season and last-place finish in the Legends Division. Hope floats in Minneapolis, but Kill has a long to-do list if he wants to get the Golden Gophers back to the postseason since Tim Brewster took them to consecutive bowls in 2008-09. The top priority? Improving a porous defense that finished 11th in the Big Ten vs. the run (186.4 ypg), ninth against the pass (216.7 ypg) and 10th overall in the Big Ten (403.1 ypg).
The Big Ten Network will stream Purdue’s spring football game live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Purdue game will air on BTN at 7 p.m. ET Monday, April 16.
Several Big Ten teams were in action on Thursday night. The Michigan State baseball team lost 7-0 to the Lansing Lugnuts in the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown at Cooley Law School Stadium in Downtown Lansing. Watch a recap of the game now and dive inside this post for Student U highlights of the Ohio State men’s volleyball team beating Grand Canyon.
Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger announced he going to turn pro with two years of eligibility left. It was big news. But the fact the Buckeye offense still is trying to find its way under a new scheme is noteworthy, as well. Here are other key spring grid happenings today as well as my reaction to a handful of Big Ten tweets.
Change is the operative word in Iowa City this spring. There three new assistants, including offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Phil Parker. And each is tweaking the schemes they inherited from the departed Ken O’Keefe (offense) and Norm Parker (defense). Also, Brian Ferentz (Kirk Ferentz’s son) was tabbed to coach the offensive line and LeVar Woods was promoted to linebackers coach, while Reese Morgan was moved from offensive to defensive line coach.
Iowa hosts the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships Friday and Saturday with Friday’s session featuring the team and all-around competitions and Saturday featuring the individual event finals. Both sessions start at 8 p.m. ET and will air live on BTN. Track the event online at the championship central page at Hawkeyesports.com and watch it live on BTN2Go.com.
The Big Ten Network will stream Wisconsin’s spring football game live at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 28, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games on at 8 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Wisconsin game will be televised at 8pm ET on Sunday, April 29.