Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo didn’t hesitate when I asked him what the point of emphasis was going to be for officials this fall: blows targeted above the shoulders at defenseless players.
The Big Ten is as steep in tradition as any of the nation’s conferences. Considering that, it’s a dubious task to try to rank the top traditions. Athlon Sports was bold enough to give it a stab, and like many people, it thinks Ohio State’s dotting the “I” is the cream of the crop. See the publication’s list in this post.
Back in April, the Big Ten announced it was going to implement a nine-game conference schedule, starting in 2016. Thursday, it unveiled the first such schedule—along with the 2017 Big Ten league slate.
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With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game less than a week away, I recently got to thinking about a Big Ten football all-star game. You know, a game that pits the Leaders Division’s best vs. the Legends Division’s best. Who would be on the teams, and who would win? See both teams, which were constructed using Phil Steele’s 2013 preseason teams, in this post.
The Big Ten announced the 36 players who will attend the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 24-25 at the Hilton Chicago. The 42nd annual luncheon features 19 returning All-Big Ten selections and all 12 head coaches. Penn State’s John Urschel will speak on behalf of the players in attendance.
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Members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) have finished unveiling their preseason watch lists, a process that last two weeks. In all, 15 of the nation’s top 21 awards released a watch list. See the official lists in this post.