Talk about night football games continues to churn to the point where Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is soliciting input about playing Friday night games. Hey, it’s all about the almighty TV dollar, in case you didn’t know. We have seen some schools in recent years play season-opening games on Friday nights, including Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan State. ESPN currently airs games on Friday nights, but they typically are unappealing contests from lesser leagues. San Jose State vs. Utah State doesn’t really move the needle, if you know what I mean. The Big Ten could step in and own Friday
The NFL Scouting Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium, which means former Big Ten players are busy trying to improve their pro stocks before the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10. BTN analysts Howard Griffith and Russ Lande are in Indianapolis to report on all of the familiar names. Watch our interviews with Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman and Michigan State’s Max Bullough in this post. Max Bullough interview: Here are some tweets about the two players: Ra'shede Hageman puts up 32 reps on bench. #NFLCombine https://t.co/cWEo64wYgF — CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 23, 2014 Ra'shede Hageman's 35.5" vertical jump led all D-tackles.
There is a movement afoot to unionize Northwestern football players, with on-going hearings taking place on the subject in Chicago. The NU players are being supported by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). And former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter is spearheading the cause, having already testified before the National Labor Relations Board. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified today. I talked to BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo—a former head coach at Vanderbilt, LSU and Indiana–about the unionization effort. [ MORE: Dienhart: Football player union case worth watching ] Here is DiNardo in his own words (read more on his Twitter timeline, @gerrydinardo):
We have a number of special guests in the studio for tonight’s “#BTNLive” and Big Ten football fans will want to get to know them. On tonight’s show hosted by Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, we talk to nine Chicago area high school football players who have committed to play for Big Ten football teams next fall. Here’s the list of players on tonight’s show at 6 p.m. ET: TE Ian Bunting – Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, IL) Michigan RB Matt Domer – Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL) Illinois OL Jamarco Jones – De La Salle (Chicago, IL) Ohio State
The college football world is abuzz with the recent NCAA Football Rules Committee proposal to recommend a change that will allow defensive units to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, with the exception of the final two minutes of each half, starting with the 2014 season. Some think the rule is horrible, that it is intended to slow down these exciting spread/no-huddle offenses that work at a fast pace. Schools like Oregon and Texas A&M are among the best at running such offenses. In the Big Ten, Kevin Wilson has made Indiana competitive with a
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s show, our experts kick around an NFL Draft question: Who should be the first Big Ten football player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft? Our choices: Ra’Shede Hageman #BTNHageman Darqueze Dennard #BTNDennard Allen Robinson #BTNRobinson Taylor Lewan #BTNLewan Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout
Because everyone gobbles up those way-too-early top 25 polls the day after the college football season ends, there’s such a thing as post-Signing Day top 25s. There can never be enough college football coverage, right? ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach recently released his post-Signing Day Top 25, and it includes five Big Ten teams. [ MORE: ESPN.com’s post-Signing Day Top 25 ] Schlabach’s top two Big Ten teams are no surprise. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Game champ Michigan State leads the way at No. 4, while Ohio State comes in at No. 7. The other three teams: No. 14 Wisconsin,
President Barack Obama was on the campus of Michigan State University today to sign into law an agriculture spending bill at MSU’s Equine Performance Center. Midway through his speech, Obama took some time to talk about the Spartans’ recent success on both the football field and the basketball court. “I’m also here to do some scouting on my brackets,” Obama joked. “I just talked to coach Izzo. Spartans are looking pretty good.” Obama also spoke about meeting with MSU football coach Mark Dantonio “You already got a Rose Bowl victory,” Obama said to the Michigan State students. “You guys are….
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including an awesome dunk by former MSU star Draymond Green Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Our take: NBA highlights dunk of the day. Rightfully so! "You're greedy. You wanna win everything." President Obama, at MSU, after meeting Izzo and Dantonio. — David Harns (@isportsDave) February 7, 2014 Our take: President Obama visiting East Lansing today.
If it’s Friday, that means it’s time for my weekly survey. This week, I asked seven Big Ten writers the following question: If you had the first overall pick in a Big Ten draft, who would you select? And, it looks like Michigan State’s Gary Harris is the runaway winner, taking five of seven votes. Surprised? Ben Jones, StateCollege.com: Gary Harris. Key player on a good team. Scoring and playing in an offense for a demanding coach. Being mentally capable is key for No. 1 pick. Mike Pegram, Peegs.com: Gary Harris. Impacts games at both ends. Easy choice. Jeff Svoboda,