You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mailbag. It seems many of you are obsessing about new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. I answer questions about the new Buckeye boss and others, including a look into Iowa’s prospects of someday getting back to the Rose Bowl.
Gopher fans and Big Ten watchers will remember Jon Hoese, the fullback who went through quite an emotional time during the 2010 Big Ten football season. Hoese’s dad slipped into a coma on a Friday, the son missed practice most of that week and then returned to play in a stirring game that following weekend for the opener. Watch the video in this post for the complete story. Hoese signed with the defending Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers as a free agent today. He had spent some time with the team this summer before being cut. Here’s the news release at Packers.com and here’s his NFL player page.
Basketball analyst and writer Patricia Babcock McGraw’s latest Gimme 5 audio segment is a chat with Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper. Each week this season we will post an audio interview with a Big Ten Conference women’s basketball player to hear their story. Jump down in this post to read and hear more.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and he’s wrtitten up team-by-team season recaps for all 12 Big Ten teams. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up first: Michigan. Watch our video from the Wolverines’ much-awaited victory over heated rival Ohio State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. Did you miss the others? They’re all right here.
Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft has plenty of brains to go along with his skills on the hardwood. As it’s been reported recently, the sophomore sensation received the first “B” of his academic career last year. And it was a B-plus in chemistry, so it’s not like he should feel bad. On Tuesday, Craft was caught doing a Rubik’s Cube with one hand while conducting a phone interview with CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman. So, naturally, BTN asked Craft to give the Rubik’s Cube a try in front of one of our cameras Wednesday. He succeeded. In just more than a minute, too. Watch the video now.
Any way you define it, Ohio State’s Sam Thompson is an athlete. In fact, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has been quoted as saying the freshman is the most athletic player he’s ever coached. Thompson hasn’t had many opportunities to showcase his talents in the Buckeyes’ first nine games, but he more than made up for it Wednesday night. In an easy win over South Carolina-Upstate, Thompson started things off by coming from behind and swatting a would-be breakaway layup. After that, he put on a dunk contest, prompting Jim Jackson to say: “He’s a highlight package waiting to happen.” Watch the block now and see his dunking ability inside.
Jared Sullinger returned from back spasms Wednesday night, but it was freshman Sam Thompson and other role players who propelled No. 2 Ohio State to a comfortable victory over South Carolina-Upstate (recap) at Value City Arena. Find halftime and final recap stories from the victory in this post. Oh, and watch the highlights from Ohio State’s win now.