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.
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.