Every member of the U.S. women’s national team will get a Sports Illustrated cover, the publication announced Monday. [ SEE COVERS: Ali Krieger | Alyssa Naeher | Carli Lloyd | Jill Ellis ] That means ex-Penn State standouts Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher and former Illinois coach Jill Ellis will grace a cover of the most prestigious sports magazine. So will ex-Rutgers star Carli Lloyd, the Golden Ball winner, who played for the Scarlet Knights before they entered the Big Ten. There are 25 covers in all, which will hit newsstands later this week, and SI says they will vary
Several former Big Ten basketball players are set to take place in the second annual “The Basketball Tournament,” which kicks off today with the South and West Regional rounds. A total of 97 teams will play in the tournament, with the winning team taking home a $1,000,000 grand prize. What a fun event, right? That got me wondering what a team for every Big Ten school would look like? In order to do this, I chose a group of five players from every Big Ten school who I think would make the best 5-on-5 team today. The conditions are that
The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 players scheduled to attend the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, held Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Here is a list of players attending the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days. EAST DIVISION INDIANA Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB MARYLAND Brad Craddock, Sr., PK William Likely, Jr., DB Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL MICHIGAN Joe Bolden, Sr., LB Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR James Ross III, Sr., LB MICHIGAN STATE
Know your team’s left tackle. Just like the quarterback, he’s a glamour boy. Really. Jake Long, Orlando Pace and Eric Fisher are left tackles who recently were picked No. 1 in the NFL draft. You won’t see a guard or center earn that honor. And probably not even a wideout or running back. The left offensive tackle is a key cog to the production of the offense who often protects the backside of the quarterback. Without a good left OT, your school’s attack figures to be bogged down. Here’s my ranking of the projected Big Ten left offensive tackles from
The 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days are set to take place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency McCormickPlace in Chicago. This year, the format will be different from previous years, as seven teams will be featured on Thursday, and the other seven on Friday. Here’s how the days will be broken up: Thursday, July 30: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin Friday, July 31: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers Today, the Big Ten will release the list of players at this year’s media day event. However, before
Take the interim tag off Michigan A.D. Jim Hackett. Hey, why would he want to leave just when things appear ready to get really good with Jim Harbaugh on board? Exactly. “I’ve got to get my arms around it, but I’m not there yet,” he said. “It’s working so why mess with it?” See? To help Hackett, the Wolverines added a former longtime major college athletic director in former Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis, who will be a senior advisor. Smart move. *** Speaking of Michigan … its recent deal with Nike will be the largest … in …
Football season is drawing nearer, and that means it's time for BTN.com's annual Big Ten football uniform poll. This year's No. 1? It's Michigan, one year after rival Ohio State staked claim to the top spot.
Yesterday, we looked at Big Ten East breakout players, guys who never have started before and range from redshirt freshmen to seniors. Here’s a look at breakout players from the Big Ten West.
We recently looked at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Big Ten East. Here’s a look at the Big Ten West. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] ILLINOIS Best case: The arrival of co-defensive coordinator/d-line coach Mike Phair has the desired impact for a moribund defense that too often under Tim Beckman is equal parts punching bag/piñata. This defense finally has honest-to-goodness teeth. QB Wes Lunt stays healthy and puts it all together for an offense with underrated wideouts and the best line yet under Beckman. Say “hello” to the Pinstripe Bowl. Worst
The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that 781 students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from every institution and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. [ MORE: View the full list of distinguished scholars (PDF) ] The 2014-15 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 119 students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term. This group of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include