Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker declared for the NBA draft last week. Is Michigan’s Caris LeVert next? For now, he’s still in fact-finding mode. He’s also in a walking boot until May. Is he REALLY ready for the NBA? I guess I don’t think so. The underclassman entry deadline is April 26. LeVert said after the season that he’ll weigh his decision right up until that date. The NBA Draft Combine will be held until May 12-17 and is followed by draft entrants being invited for individual workouts with NBA teams. *** On this same subject … this just in: Yogi Ferrell
The stars come out on MLB Opening Day, and they don't shine much brighter than Tom Brady, who threw out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox home opener. Watch it inside.
Urban Meyer will make $5.8 million in total compensation for 2015 and, with annual raises, will average at least $6.5 million per year over the next six years.
BTN’s 2015 primetime football schedule will feature the conference’s 2014 West Division Champion Wisconsin Badgers, Cotton Bowl Champion Michigan State and Michigan in its first year under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Athlon Sports recently asked Big Ten personalities, including a quartet of BTN employees, to rank the conference’s best football jobs. [ MORE: athlonsports.com: Ranking Big Ten’s best football jobs ] The top three positions, shall we say, will surprise nobody: 1. Ohio State; 2. Michigan; 3. Penn State. It wasn’t that close, either, as Ohio State, the reigning national champ, received all 11 first-place votes and Michigan garnered nine second-place nods; the other two second-place votes went to Penn State. Wisconsin and Nebraska rounded out the top five, while Michigan State, arguably the Big Ten’s most consistent program over the
There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star
What do Kristen Bell, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler all have in common? They’re all 5-foot-1, the same height as J.J. Watt’s new personal record in the box jump. [ MORE: Check out all of our J.J. Watt coverage ] The former Wisconsin standout and current NFL superstar tweeted the video above Monday morning that captured his incredible 61-inch box jump. Crazy. It’s even wilder to think Watt, all 293 pounds of him, could jump onto the head of any of the three aforementioned stars, from a standing position. Watt, who had cleared 59.5 inches previously, failed to clear the
Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 37 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had four first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with 11 selections. The offensive line and linebacker (each with seven picks) also have been production positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees April 30-May 2, with end Randy Gregory projecting as a high first-round pick. Other Cornhuskers who should be selected are wideout Kenny Bell,
It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for me to share what you need to know about Big Ten lacrosse from the week that was. Before I get to my latest three points, don’t forget to check out the BTN TV schedule for lacrosse, as well as the BTN Plus live streaming schedule. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten men’s lacrosse standings ] Maryland wins a pair of one-goal games The Terrapins entered the week on an eight-game winning streak but had a couple things working against them. One, faceoff ace Charlie Raffa was still smarting from an injury
Four Big Ten teams held closed out their spring on Saturday, and five more do the same this weekend. As a result, there's a lot of football news in Tom Dienhart's Monday Big Ten links.