On Monday, I predicted who would be the starting quarterback for each Big Ten East team. So, in an attempt to be fair, it’s time to share my Big Ten West predictions–even if most of the starting situations are settled. Here goes. ILLINOIS Wes Lunt. Tumult has been the order of the day in Champaign, where there have been three head coaches since August. But the arrival of Lovie Smith brings the prospect of better days. Smith had to be pleased to find Wes Lunt, a veteran hand who looks like an NFL quarterback. But Lunt needs to improve as
There are plenty of great stories about students, faculty and alums of the universities in the Big Ten Conference. Too many, in fact, for us to cover here on BTN.com. But many of the ones we don’t get to tell in this space still get some love through our Twitter handle, @BTNLiveBIG. We’re retweeting, responding and engaging with all of the Big Ten universities — and you, dear readers — on that site. Here’s a look at some of the stories we shared recently, and exclusively, on Twitter. Via @UMengineering: Via @PurdueUnivNews: Via Nebraska’s @SheldonMuseum: Via Wisconsin’s @UWCarbone Cancer Center: Via @EngineeringAtIL:
Ohio State won three event titles at the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships.
The third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team captured the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championship Friday in front of a hometown crowd of 1,579 at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes secured their 13th Big Ten title overall and first since 2007. Ohio State totaled 434.450 team points and set the high team score of the night on three events: rings (75.250), vault (73.900) and floor exercise (73.550). Illinois was runner-up with 429.700 points, followed by third-place Minnesota (429.100). Redshirt sophomore and U.S. Senior National Team Member Sean Melton won his first career Big Ten all-around title – the first for
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart offers his Big Ten links.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart offers his daily Big Ten links.
The Final Four will take place on Saturday, and unfortunately for Big Ten fans, there isn’t a team from that conference left in the NCAA Tournament. Because of that, we are already looking ahead to next season. BTN Basketball Analyst Jon Crispin was put on the hot seat today and asked to pick out his top three Big Ten players heading into next season. It should be noted that this list could change as players are still able to declare for this year’s NBA Draft. With that said, here is a look at Crispin’s top three picks, and what he
BTN.com's Sean Merriman takes a look at the top moments from the Big Ten basketball season.
New Illinois A.D. Josh Whitman is a lot of things. He’s smart, engaging and hard-working. He also is a man of action. To wit: On his first day on the job, he fired Bill Cubit and within a few days, he was introducing Lovie Smith as his new coach.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Lovie Smith speaks in calm, even tones. Each word seemingly measured and given thought before being uttered. Tuesday was a big day for the freshly minted Illinois coach as he introduced his new staff, a collection of football minds that is tasked with trying to make the Illini relevant. Smith knows what’s on the line. He knows why he’s here: Illinois football is broken. And, Smith needs to fix it. “Are the players excited?” Smith asked. “Absolutely. “They want show what they can do for their new coaches. New eyes have no bias.” The work begins April