Illinois coach Tim Beckman discussed taking over a veteran Illinois team as well as the topic of recruiting players from Penn State during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Illini basketball team has the state of Illinois outlined at midcourt at Assembly Hall. Many other college arenas do the same with the outlines of their states. The practice, for whatever reason, isn’t as popular in football stadiums across the nation – Indiana does it. Make it two Big Ten teams now. @IlliniAthletics tweeted a picture of the team’s new field design, and it includes the outline of the state of Illinois at midfield. Just like the basketball team. See the photo in this post.
Big Ten media days kick off Thursday in Chicago, so I thought I’d release my preseason Big Ten player rankings. I’m going to do these a little different this year. In previous years, I’d rank the top 10 players, which often became a tough task with all the talent on both sides of the ball. To account for both sides, I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.