Mike Bellamy is coming back to Illinois. The former Illini All-American has been hired as Illinois’ assistant director of player personnel and relations, Tim Beckman announced Wednesday afternoon.
Make a note of this day. It’s memorable. It’s historic. It’s the day college football changed forever with the adoption of a four-team playoff. Today in Washington, the BCS presidential oversight committee rubberstamped a four-team playoff that was endorsed by conference commissioners and Notre Dame. The four-team configuration will be in place for 12 years beginning with 2014.
(AP) Playoffs and tournaments long have determined champions of every college sport from baseball to bowling. The exception was major college football. That ended Tuesday. Come 2014, the BCS is dead.
Grass fields are such a thing of the past. The new thing is FieldTurf, both for game and practice fields, and Indiana is in the process of adding the innovative artificial turf to its east practice field, which used to be a grass surface. The turf, according to IUHoosiers.com, will be completed in time for the 2012 season. See pictures of the project in this post.
No assistant coaching hire may have had as much impact as the arrival of Greg Mattison to Michigan as defensive coordinator prior to last season. Brady Hoke plucked Mattison from the Baltimore Ravens, where he served as defensive coordinator. And the results were swift and immediate during an 11-2 season that was capped by a Sugar Bowl triumph over Virginia Tech.
It was known that Iowa would wear throwback uniforms for its annual rivalry game vs. Iowa State this season, but now we know what the duds will look like. Iowa SID Matt Weitzel confirmed Tuesday that the Hawkeyes will wear uniforms to commemorate the 1921-22 back-to-back Big Ten championship teams that went a combined 14-0. See the uniform in this post.
With the 2012 NBA Draft a couple days away, it’s time to get the latest news and analysis on Big Ten draft prospects. See tweets about all seven guys in this post. And don’t forget to catch the draft at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN. Also, looking for the latest mock drafts? We have those right here.