Here’s what is buzzing in Big Ten football circles on this glorious Wednesday, as we barrel toward the first batch of spring games this weekend.
It was only a matter of time before this happened. On Wednesday, Michigan announced it will paint “#GOBLUE” on its field for Saturday’s spring game, which BTN will air live at noon ET and also stream live on BTN2Go. The Twitter hashtag will straddle the the 25-yard line on the northeast and southwest sides of the field. According to the MGoBlue.com release, this is believed to be the second time a hashtag will be on a college field. The other occurrence: Mississippi State painted #HAILSTATE in an end zone last fall against Mississippi. See a picture of the hashtags in this post.
The top-ranked Northwestern women’s lacrosse team puts its undefeated record up against No. 3 North Carolina on Friday night, and all the action can be seen live BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET. Watch now as Kara Lentz takes a look at the national lacrosse scene and talks with Northwestern attacker Shannon Smith to preview the highly anticipated game. Additional lacrosse events on BTN this weekend include: Ohio State men facing Michigan at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday; and Penn State women versus Ohio State at noon ET Sunday.
The Big Ten held spring football teleconferences this week, featuring the head coach and a player from all 12 teams. Listen to all the teleconferences in this post and don’t forget that all of our audio can be found in the BTN.com audio archive.
In a recent interview, Robbie Hummel discussed he’s chasing his NBA dream. “I’m just trying to be a guy that can fill a role,” Hummel told the AP. “Make a jump shot, rebound, do whatever the team asks.” In the story, Hummel’s old college teammate and current Boston Celtic says he believes Hummel can make it in the league. Where could Hummel wind up? Tell us in the comments and read the full story inside.
Michigan State is coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten crown in 2010 and captured the Legends Division title in 2011 before falling to Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Some heady accomplishments under Mark Dantonio. But something is missing—a trip to a BCS bowl, which is a destination that Michigan State never has enjoyed. In fact, the Spartans haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since after the 1987 season.
Just four years ago, Brady Hoke was coaching in the MAC at Ball State. Now, he’s leading one of college football’s most storied programs. And Hoke has Michigan on the precipice of big things as he enters his second season in Ann Arbor. Hoke is riding the momentum and mojo of a smashing debut at Michigan in 2011, forging an 11-2 record and second-place finish in the Legends Division. The Wolverines capped the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.