As with my Daily Big Ten Links, here are some of the bigger items buzzing in Big Ten territory with spring exhibitions looming this Saturday at Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.
At Indiana, former Hoosier players will hold a kids clinic on the field before the current Hoosiers scrimmage. At Northwestern, current players will pose for photos and sign autographs after their game. Former Michigan players will be playing flag football in Ann Arbor while Illinois will honor the 1951 undefeated Rose Bowl team. It’s official: Spring football has become a festival for Big Ten fans.
As a handful of Big Ten Spring Football games approach, I found out what’s making news on Big Ten gridirons. Which team does Montee Ball see as the favorite in the Leaders Division? Who can help Rex Burkhead carry the load at Nebraska? How has Iowa freshened up the offense? Plus, get my takes on a few Big Ten-related tweets.
Michigan State center Derrick Nix announced he will stay with the team during an emotional news conference on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, Nix pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of impaired driving. Nix had been suspended after his arrest but on Thursday Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reinstated him to the team with certain conditions.
This Saturday the Big Ten Network offers up an unprecedented amount of Spring Football coverage on TV and online as fans can watch all six Saturday events live. In action on Saturday: Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Find out how to watch each event in this post and listen to your Big Ten coach speak on this week’s Big Ten teleconference.
Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond on Wednesday, including the Ohio State softball team, which snapped a three-game skid with a narrow 3-2 victory over instate foe Dayton. Watch our Student U team wrap up the Buckeyes’ win now and jump inside for a wrap-up of the Michigan State baseball team’s 13-5 defeat against Eastern Michigan. It was all about the third inning for the Spartans, as they allowed 12 runs in the frame en route to the lopsided loss.