A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. The story about the great scientist Isaac Newton discovering gravity when an apple fell from a tree and hit him in the head is almost certainly not true, or at least heavily embroidered. But it’s become so popular in part because it gets at another truth: Incredible scientific breakthroughs can happen at seemingly random and odd times and places. Kechun Zhang, chemical engineering and materials science professor at the University of
Michigan shut out in-state rival Michigan State 10-0 in a Big Ten softball game on Wednesday at Ole College Field. However, this wasn’t any ordinary college softball game. Michigan sophomore pitcher Megan Betsa struck out six MSU batters on her way to pitching a no-hitter against the Spartans. Betsa (18-4) allowed one walk on her way to completing her second collegiate no-hitter. The Wolverines return home for their next five games, kicking off the homestand with a three-game weekend set against Indiana, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Big Ten baseball fans were treated to an incredible play on Tuesday when Ohio State third baseman Nick Sergakis made an outstanding stop down the line and threw out a runner from one knee. [ MORE: Ohio State’s Nick Sergakis makes phenomenal throw on one knee ] Well, fans got to see another eye-popping play on Wednesday, but this one came against a Big Ten team. Indiana and Evansville were tied at 1-1 in the fifth inning when IU sophomore Craig Dedelow crushed a ball to deep left on the first pitch of the at-bat. As the ball cleared the
Illinois head basketball coach John Groce announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Austin Colbert (Chesapeake, Va.) is no longer with the program. Colbert will transfer at the conclusion of UI spring semester classes. “After meeting with Austin, he and I agree that it is in his best interest to pursue a fresh start and continue his education and basketball career at another institution,” Groce said. “We are appreciative of the effort Austin gave during his time at Illinois, and we will fully support him and his family throughout the transfer process.” Colbert appeared in 25 games this past season, averaging 1.7
This week, the 14 Big Ten football coaches and a player from each team are fielding questions from reporters around the country. On Wednesday, reporters spoke with West Division coaches and players. Check back on Thursday to hear from players and coaches from the East Division. Illinois: Tim Beckman and Wes Lunt Indiana: Kevin Wilson and Jason Spriggs Iowa: Kirk Ferentz and Drew Ott Maryland: Randy Edsall and Andrew Zeller Michigan: Jim Harbaugh and Joe Bolden Michigan State: Mark Dantonio and Shilique Calhoun Minnesota: Jerry Kill and Briean Boddy-Calhoun Nebraska: Mike Riley and Jordan Westerkamp Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald and
Fran and Margaret McCaffery presented a check for $34,044 to representatives from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Wednesday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa defensive end Drew Ott was asked about former teammate Jake Rudock’s transfer to Michigan on the Big Ten’s spring teleconference Wednesday, and he didn’t mince words. [ MORE: Listen to the full Big Ten West spring teleconference ] “Yeah (I was surprised),” Ott said. “I thought he had a little more fight in him. But, I guess maybe an opportunity (appeared) over there at Michigan. I don’t know too much about it.” Listen to Ott’s full response in the video player above. And read the mgolive.com story. Rudock, Iowa’s starting quarterback the last two seasons, fell behind C.J. Beathard
One of the top names in NASCAR will be racing in the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 with a car that features a Big Ten theme to it. [ MORE: Former Penn State forward Ross Travis enters name in NFL Draft ] Jeff Gordon spent Tuesday afternoon on Penn State’s campus and revealed his new Penn State-branded Axalta Chevy that he will be racing in this June. The race will take place on June 7 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, which is located approximately 140 miles from Penn State’s campus. The car is painted in Penn State blue,
In J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller, Ohio State has a trio of quarterbacks that is second to none. [ MORE: Watch Ohio State spring game at 1:30 ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] Let’s see, for starters, all three won a national championship ring last year. That’s impressive. There’s so much more. The trio has combined to go 36-3 (.923) the last three seasons, not including Kenny Guiton’s two starts in 2013, all while tossing 80 touchdowns, compared to 25 interceptions, and running for 38 scores. Want more? They’ve combined for three top 10 Heisman Trophy finishes (Miller No.
Prolific. There is no other way to describe Ohio State’s performance in the last 10 NFL drafts. It’s a proverbial football factory in Columbus. But, I think we already had an inkling of that.