Our Student U initiative opens the door for young Big Ten broadcasters to report from their campuses and call games live for the Big Ten Digital Network. You can learn more about it here. In this video Big Ten Student U Reporter Sophia Perri introduces the new faces of the Penn State 2011 Men’s Soccer Team.
In the second webisode of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan is joined by Chicago Fire Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde. The two break down the Women’s Preseason Coaches Poll, which predicts Penn State to win the trophy, and Aron gives his Big Ten predictions and offers up his player to watch. Watch the webisode right now. Also, don’t forget to check out our Olympic Sports TV schedule, which includes three Big Ten women’s soccer games Sunday afternoon.
Ohio State is getting stronger and deeper just in time for its battle at Miami (FL) on Saturday night. On Tuesday, the NCAA reinstated three Buckeyes players who were suspended for taking envelopes with $200 cash from a university booster at a charity event earlier this year. So for the first time this season, Luke Fickell and the Buckeyes will have tailback Jordan Hall, cornerback Travis Howard and safety Corey Brown in uniform. Read the full AP story.
Tuesday night on “The Next Level,” Rick Pizzo, Jon Jansen and Brandon Williams interviewed Nebraska standout linebacker Lavonte David. A junior college transfer a year ago, David tallied a Nebraska-record 152 tackles last season to put himself on the NFL radar. But what about his size? At 6-1 and 225 pounds, NFL scouts reportedly question whether he can be an NFL linebacker. What does Davis think about that? “Personally, I think my size can perform at the next level,” he told our crew. Watch the entire interview now.
On Tuesday night, “The Big Ten’s Best: Quarterbacks of the 2000s” debuted on BTN. The Big Ten, the conference that created the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust philosophy, isn’t best known for its quarterbacks. Still, the Big Ten has had more than its share of impressive quarterbacks, and the 2000s was no exception. During the most recent decade, the Big Ten produced a pair of Heisman winners (Troy Smith and the “adopted” Eric Crouch), a national champion (Craig Krenzel) and a trio of national runners-up (Smith, Crouch, Todd Boeckman).
So our new show “BTN Live” airs at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN, and as you can tell from the name, it’s a live show from our BTN studios. All season long, they’ll be spotlighting tweets (follow @BTNLive now if you don’t already), Facebook comments, call-in messages, and poll results. That’s where you come in right here and right now. Answer the poll questions below, and we’ll use the results on Thursday’s show. Also, make sure to watch the show to see if your tweet, comment or message makes the show.
Week 2 of the Big Ten football season is in the books. Hear from each coach as they reflect back and look ahead to Week 3.