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Your 2012 BTN Awards Show Winners

BTN aired its fifth annual BTN Awards Show on Monday night. The biggest winners: Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Christina Manning, the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Jesse Owens and Suzy Favor Awards, respectively. Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo hosted the hour-long special, which also handed out awards for categories such as “Breakout Performer” and “Game of the Year,” to name a couple. See all the award winners and watch video from each category in this post. Suzy Favor Award: Ohio State’s Christina Manning Most Courageous Performance of the Year: Michigan State’s Arthur Ray Best

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

Happy Monday! Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. A quick conclusion: people are longing for football and love to debate their fall obsession. Not a big surprise with it being the middle of June. Only a couple more months, Big Ten fans. 10. Did You See This? Mark Titus’ Groom Cake Former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus loves many things in life. Atop the list are basketball and wrestling, it would seem. The ex-Buckeye nicknamed “The Shark” incorporated those two loves into his groom’s cake, which featured Larry Bird and Shawn Michaels in

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten tackle leader

On Friday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten sack leader, the 10th in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Tackles. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too. TACKLES 2011 leader: Mike Taylor, 150 Returning leaders: Mike Taylor, 150; Chris Borland, 143; James Morris, 110; Christian Kirksey, 110; Jonathan Brown, 108. Brent: More than any other category we’ve addressed in this series, tackles features the most returning talent. Seven of

BTN Awards Show: My award winners

BTN will air its fifth annual BTN Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. You also can watch it live on BTN2Go. On the one-hour special, we’ll announce the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Suzy Favor Award and Jesse Owens Award, in addition to crowning our picks for several different categories, including “Breakout Performer” and “Best Finish,” to name a couple. See BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina’s superlative winners in this post, plus vote for your choices. Breakout Performer: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois – The other three contenders here were known names entering last year — even Cody Zeller, who

Reader Mail: 2012 Big Ten Dark Horse & More

You have questions, and I have answers right here in my latest Big Ten Mailbag. In this installment, a diehard Buckeye fan wonders if the hype surrounding Ohio State may be a little too high and another reader sends me one of the longer questions I’ve ever received. Check out my answers to all of your questions in this post. And don’t be afraid to send me any Big Ten questions you have for future mailbags. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of the post. It’s that easy. How good are the Buckeyes really going to be? I

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten sack leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten interception leader, the ninth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Sacks. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too. SACKS 2011 leader: Whitney Mercilus, 16 Returning leaders: Denicos Allen 10; Michael Buchanan 7.5; John Simon 7; Kawann Short, 6.5; Jonathan Brown, 6. Brent: A season ago, Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus came out of nowhere to lead the nation in sacks (16). While former teammate Michael Buchanan

Fifth Annual BTN Awards Show to Air at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday

CHICAGO – BTN will recognize the best of Big Ten sports in 2011–2012 with the fifth annual BTN Awards show at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo will host the one-hour show. The announcement of two prestigious Big Ten Conference awards, the Suzy Favor Award, for the best female student-athlete, and the Jesse Owens Award, for the best male student-athlete, will highlight the evening’s festivities. The show also will feature interviews with selected award winners, both coaches and players. [BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers his BTN Awards Show winners] Nominees for Men’s Coach of the Year

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten interception leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten reception leader, the eighth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Next up: Interceptions. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too. INTERCEPTIONS 2011 leader: Brian Peters, 5 Returning leaders: Shelton Johnson, 4; Isaiah Lewis, 4; Eight players tied with 3. [2011 Big Ten interception leaders] Brent: Always a challenging category to predict, interceptions, for the most part, depend on how often opposing quarterbacks

Delany to present playoff options to presidents

(AP) — The conference commissioners who have been working on a four-team playoff to determine college football’s national champion plan to present the BCS presidential oversight committee multiple formats from which to choose. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the university presidents will “have options – plural” to consider when they meet in two weeks. Scott spoke before leaving Wednesday’s meeting with conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director. What those options are is not clear. This is. “Status quo is not on the table,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. The commissioners have since January been working on ways to

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten special teams

It’s the third component of every team. It’s also the most overlooked component. It’s special teams. And it’s often the difference between winning and losing. So, pay attention to these rankings, from 1 to 12, of the Big Ten special teams. Oh, and don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings. Don’t agree with the rankings? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet me: @BTNTomDienhart. 1. Ohio State – The Buckeyes are set at kicker with Drew Basil, who was one of the Big Ten’s best in 2011 after hitting