Our friends at the Chicago Tribune are running a fun poll that is asking fans to vote for the best Big Ten mascot. Vote here. With the recent addition of Maryland (Testudo) and Rutgers (Scarlet Knight), the Big Ten now features 11 mascots. As of Tuesday morning, it’s a two-mascot race, with Herky the Hawk garnering 51 percent of the votes and Brutus Buckeye 43 percent. [ MORE: Big Ten mascots visit D.C. | And Chicago, too! ] Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are the only schools without a mascot.
Day one of Big Ten Media Days was filled with plenty of outstanding quotes, stories, and, of course, fashion. I made it a point to talk to as many coaches and players as possible today, while gathering any and all information I could get my hands on. Here is a breakdown of the best moments from day one of Big Ten media day. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten media day coverage ] Best moment(s): Reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Shilique Calhoun taking the mic and playing reporter. The Michigan State standout was on fire,
CHICAGO — College sports have been awash in change in recent years. And change isn’t always easy or welcome. But, it’s inevitable for progress to be achieved. It’s an exciting time. And it’s also a time of challenge, as the collegiate model is on the precipice of forever being altered through remarkable NCAA reform—the biggest change of all in these turbulent times of lawsuits, union talk and expansion as leagues position themselves for the 21st Century. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has been a central figure in this coming new-world of collegiate athletics, helping shape tomorrow with other college leaders.
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook knows how to have fun, both on and off the football field. The reigning Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl Game MVP, Cook was in his element at his first Big Ten media days Monday in Chicago. So much so, he showed off his NaeNae dance moves during an interview with teammate Shilique Calhoun. See it in this post. [ MORE: Video: Shilique Calhoun interviews Kurtis Drummond about media day suit ] This is fantastic! Michigan State fan, Big Ten fan, whatever you are, this is entertaining.
Big Ten media days kicked off Monday in Chicago, and every Big Ten school covered the day on Twitter, among other social media sites. See a couple tweets from each school in this post. ILLINOIS Triple view of #Illini TE Jon Davis (@JD3_ILLI) with @BigTenNetwork at #B1GMediaDay pic.twitter.com/0nmfR056P2 — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) July 28, 2014 The #B1GMediaDay grind continues for @coachbeckman. #illini #B1G pic.twitter.com/dYnNapNolX — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) July 28, 2014 INDIANA #B1GMediaDay Press Conference time for @IUCoachWilson #IUFBinCHI #GoIU pic.twitter.com/b055Dw1b6T — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) July 28, 2014 Deep dish pizza in Chicago? Check. #IUFBinCHI pic.twitter.com/VaAhcywpG7 — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball)
Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond knew he had to make a statement Monday at Big Ten media days. Meeting the media in Chicago with the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (Shilique Calhoun) and Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl Game MVP (Connor Cook), Drummond didn’t want to go unnoticed. So, he rocked a suit – and shoes – that made people take notice. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten media day coverage ] Even better, the aforementioned Calhoun interviewed Drummond about his attire. Watch the video above. “I just didn’t want to blend in
What will Michigan State do for an encore? Last season was one for the ages, as the Spartans went 13-1, won the Big Ten and captured the Rose Bowl. The challenge is to stay hungry. Will MSU still have that chip on the shoulder? That spark? That desire to win big now that the Spartans have scaled the summit? Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has a lot to work with, especially on offense. There’s QB Connor Cook, RB Jeremy Langford and WRs like Tony Lippett, Macgarrett Kings, Jr., and Aaron Burbridge. The defense? It has become the identity of the
Thousands of Big Ten fans and runners came out for the third annual BTN Big 10K in Chicago on Saturday and ran along the city’s lakefront with a variety of Big Ten celebrities, mascots and cheerleaders. Have a look at a few videos from the event and come back Monday for more photos. If you have our free BTN2Go app, you can go back watch the finish line all over again right here. And don’t forget to bookmark BTNBig10k.com for next year’s event.
With Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday in Chicago, BTN.com asked one writer from every school to help compose our 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team. Each writer picked a first-team offense and defense, plus superlative winners, and the players who amassed the most overall votes, by position, made the team. See the team and how each writer voted in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s media day questions | Which players are attending media days? ] 2014 BIG TEN WRITERS’ PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM Editor’s note: First-team honorees are listed in bold, with their total votes, and unanimous selections
Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season. Will Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lead the Big Ten again? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 2013 leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 2014 returning leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 Tom Dienhart: Wes Lunt, Illinois. I know, the guy never has thrown a pass in Champaign. But I think the Illini attack will be built around Lunt and his ability to