The Associated Press reports that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, according to his son. Scott Paterno said in a statement provided to The Associated Press by a family representative on Friday that the 84-year-old Joe Paterno is undergoing treatment and that “his doctors are optimistic he will make a full recovery.” Read the full story here.
As Northwestern safety Brian Peters’ college football career comes to a close, the senior shares his unlikely connection to seven-year-old Wildcat fan Jack Marshall, and the role Brian has played in helping Jack overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The full video of this feature story will air on Saturday morning during our Big Ten Football Pregame show at 10:30 a.m. ET. But watch a snippet of it right here. Also, if you enjoy our BTN TV feature profiles, check out previous ones in our BTN features archive.
The Woody Hayes episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, debuts at 11 p.m. ET Friday after the Ohio State-Jackson State basketball game. The series is hosted by Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. The show includes new one-on-one interviews with Archie Griffin, Lou Holtz, Tim May, Jack Park, Jeff Logan, John Bacon, Dave Foley, Gary Moeller, Dave Adolph, Harold “Champ” Henson, Bill Myles, Jim Stillwagon and others.
As the Big Ten basketball season gets under way, BTN has added five new men’s basketball analysts, including former Ohio State and Maryland coach Gary Williams, former Illinois star Eddie Johnson, former Providence coach Keno Davis, veteran broadcaster Dan Bonner and long-time college basketball coach Dave Miller. Primarily, Williams will be a studio analyst while Johnson, Davis, Bonner and Miller will work games. In addition, Gus Johnson is on board for 30 BTN games this year.
With the potential for each division to be wrapped up this Saturday, there will be plenty to keep an eye on. Can Michigan State continue to run well? Is Penn State dialed it despite all of the off-field turmoil? Wisconsin must guard against a letdown when it plays at Illinois. Will the Badgers remain focused? Here’s what you should watch for each team this Saturday.