No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”
If every college football head coaching job became available tomorrow, which would be the most desirable? ESPN.com’s Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) recently headed a project, which ranked each of the 65 college football jobs at the Power 5 level. He released them in three categories: Bottom of the barrel jobs, middle of the road jobs, and top 24 jobs. According to the article, the list includes factors such as location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc. Our friends over
Big Ten faculty, administrators and student-athlete representatives met this week to further discuss the importance of keeping education central to the mission of intercollegiate athletics.
There is a growing buzz around the idea to make freshmen students ineligible to play football and men's basketball, and that buzz stems from recent reports that several conferences - including the Big Ten - want to discuss the idea.
It’s already time to begin the build toward 2015 with spring football. And, all of the Big Ten dates are in.
Kirk Ferentz will have plenty of veteran talent to work with as he embarks on his 17th season at Iowa. The defense has remained a steady force in recent years; the offense has been inconsistent. To that end, Ferentz tweaked his staff by naming his son Brian the run-game coordinator in addition. Brian will also remain coach of the offensive line, a mainstay unit on any Iowa team. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other spring previews ] The offense also has both quarterbacks returning, but the Hawkeyes need to establish go-to players at wideout and running back. Here’s a look at
Who are some of the top true freshmen in the Big Ten we should expect to see on the field in 2015? BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman takes a look at one "instant impact" commit from every Big Ten school.
If you can believe it, Duke already has started spring football practice in preparation for the 2015 college football season. The Big Ten won’t break out the pads until March. When it does, the work will begin on replacing some star players. Earlier, I looked at the five biggest shoes to fill for each Big Ten club – read them all here. We all know players come and go each year, which means these departures below make way for a new wave of names to step up and make their mark. So ahead of the Big Ten’s spring football season,