Rebel. Prisoner. Leader. Nelson Mandela was all of these things and more. He led the fight against the injustice of the South African apartheid state and was jailed for nearly three decades because of it. Then, shortly after he was freed, he became the father of the “new” South Africa when he was democratically elected as president of the “rainbow nation.” Though he passed on in 2013, Mandela’s name and legacy endure both in his home country and around the world, thanks in part to programs like the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Several Big Ten universities are
It is not secret that Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will be a Heisman Trophy contender heading into the 2016 college football season.
Is Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh getting too much attention? Who will win the Big Ten East? And what’s up with that perceived chip on the shoulder at Michigan State? I get into all of that—and more–in this super terrific mailbag. Why do you continue to be a publicist for Jim Harbaugh? Is he paying you to keep his name alive in your columns? The last time I looked, there were 13 other coaches in this league. Do they do nothing? – David Walimaki OK. I have received several emails along these lines. Seems some in Big Ten Nation are suffering from
It’s the final week of the season. And, even better, it’s rivalry week! Division titles may be on the line, in addition to cool trophies. Front and center on this Saturday: “The Game,” between Ohio State and Michigan. Could the Big Ten East crown be on the line? The Buckeyes have dominated this series of late, going 12-2 since 2001 and winning the last four meetings with a 42-13 triumph last season. The last time Michigan won in Columbus? In 2000, when the Wolverines took a 38-26 decision. This is the best of Week 13. Best game: The Buckeyes need
This is the penultimate week of the Big Ten schedule. And the action figures to be at a peak, as all 14 schools will be in action headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Michigan State in what could be a de facto Big Ten East championship game.
Another week of full action, with seven games involving all 14 schools. There are six division games. The only one that isn’t—Michigan at Iowa—is the sexiest matchup of them all. Iowa has won four of the last five from Michigan, including the last three in Kinnick Stadium. (Iowa is 6-4 in its last 10 vs. U-M.) The last time the Wolverines won along Melrose Ave. was 2005, a 23-20 decision. These schools haven’t met since 2013. Here is a look at the Best of Week 11. Game of the week: Michigan at Iowa. This game for the Hawkeyes comes on
BTN will televise 17 games the first three weeks, beginning with seven the opening week and starting with the first game of the season: Oregon State at Minnesota on Thursday, Nov. 1 in a Pac-12-Big Ten clash.
BTN announced its first 17 games of the 2016 football season.
The 2016 MLB draft came to a close Saturday night. [ MORE: Relive every pick of the 2016 draft at MLB.com ] The three-day event started Thursday night, and Illinois starting pitcher Cody Sedlock was the first Big Ten player off the board, going No. 27 to the Baltimore Orioles. Nebraska outfielder Ryan Boldt (Tampa Bay) and Ohio State outfielder Ronnie Dawson (Houston) each went in the second round, No. 53 and No. 61, respectively. Twelve of the 13 Big Ten teams had at least one player selected, with Ohio State’s six selections leading the way. Catch up on all
BTN is looking for the most die-hard Big Ten fans at the BTN Big 10K in Chicago on Aug. 6! Post your most spirited photos on race day using the #BTNBig10K hashtag for your chance to win! Haven’t registered to run yet? Check it out. It’s a great race in Chicago for Big Ten fans and anyone else looking for a great run. Winners will be announced during the week following the race. The prizes are: Football Grand Prize : Two (2) Tickets to the 2016 Big Ten Football Championship Game Basketball Grand Prize : Two (2) All-Session Passes to