Don’t envy everything about Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner. Yes, the left tackle is one of the Badgers’ perennial can’t-miss Big Uglies, but he and the rest of the Big Ten offensive linemen have their work cut out for them in 2012. They have the conference’s talented crop of defensive linemen to thank for that. Despite losing names such as Whitney Mercilus, Devon Still and Jerel Worthy to the NFL, the Big Ten’s defensive fronts are heavy on starpower. Seriously, check out some of the names that were at the annual Big Ten Media Days: Illinois’ Michael Buchanan (13.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks),
We posted all available video from Thursday press conferences and now present the entire collection to in this post. It includes all 12 football coaches talking about their football teams and taking questions from reporters. Don’t forget: BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.
BTN/BTN2Go aired five hours of live televised coverage of the 2012 Big Ten Media Day, including press conferences of all 12 head football coaches. Watch those conversations now and track all of the news in BTN.com’s special Big Ten Media Day section. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina filed reports all day, and we posted photos and more video, too. Dienhart and Yarina will report again from Friday’s media events. Follow them on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart & @BTNBrentYarina. Also Friday, BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by
We’re clipping video from all four hours of our BTN coverage of the Big Ten Media Day and posting it below, as well as in other posts. We posted all available video throughout Thursday and now present the entire collection to in this post. Don’t forget: Also Friday, BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.
The first session of the 2012 Big Ten Football Media Days is in the books. Catch up on all the happenings from Thursday’s festivities at the Hyatt McCormick Place with my media day notebook in this post. Also, check out my interview with former Michigan walk-on and current standout Jordan Kovacs. And don’t forget that we’re back at it again Friday morning. Have a question you want me to ask you favorite Big Ten player or coach? Tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). BLEEDING BLUE AND WHITE: Penn State senior Michael Mauti loves Penn State. He, along with fellow senior Michael Zordich,
With Illinois sending coaches to State College, Pa., to be available to talk to Penn State players interested in transferring out of the Nittany Lions program, there could be a growing rivalry between the schools. Does Beckman think things will be more intense than usual when Penn State plays at Illinois on Sept. 29? “No different than competing against them before when I was in the Big Ten,” said the first-year Illini coach. “And even at Bowling Green when we played them there at Bowling Green, it’s Big Ten football. I believe the competition, week in and week out, if
CHICAGO – BTN today revealed its game broadcast teams and studio talent for the 2012 football season. The network’s football schedule will feature more than 40 games, extensive pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage on Saturdays and football-themed studio shows every weeknight. For the sixth straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will anchor the network’s game-day studio coverage on Big Ten Football Saturday, and will contribute to additional studio shows during the week. [BTN.com: Track Big Ten media days with BTN’s coverage] BTN’s broadcast teams for football telecasts include Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Derek Rackley (analyst); Kevin Kugler
During my time at BTN.com, I’ve done countless football and men’s basketball power rankings. But I’ve never combined the two as a way to rank the Big Ten’s football-basketball programs. Until now, that is. What criteria did I consider while ranking the Big Ten schools, you ask? I took into account how the schools fared in football and basketball during the 2011-12 season, how they will fare in 2012-13, all while putting an equal value on football and basketball success or failure. So, for example, Nebraska and Indiana figure to be solid in football and basketball, respectively, but their expected
Big Ten media days kick off on Thursday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by the Fourth Estate, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2012 season. See all 101 of my questions in this post. Have any other ones you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post or tweet it to @BTNTomDienhart. 1. Is Andrew Maxwell the answer at quarterback for Michigan
We inch closer to another season of Big Ten football every day, and with 2012 conference games comes a fresh season of “The Journey.” If you love watching our award-winning show for moments like the videos in this post, then you’ll love “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012.” It debuts Oct. 3, but you can follow our Journey crew every step of the way on Twitter and our recently launched Facebook and Instagram (BTNJourney) pages. On Twitter, we’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #BTNJourney both during the shows and all the days in between. In previous seasons this show documented the