The 2016 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was filled with memorable moments, including a touching speech from TNT analyst Craig Sager, who was honored with this year’s Jimmy V award. In honor of the ESPY Awards, I went ahead and made up a Big Ten-themed award list of my own, honoring the top performances of the past academic sports year in Big Ten athletics. Here is what I got. Did I miss one? Tweet me your thoughts, @BTNSean. All opinions welcomed! BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS Best Male Athlete: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Legendary Michigan State hockey coach Ron Mason passed away Monday at the age of 76. Mason was the second-winningest coach in college hockey history, recording 924 career wins and a 635-270-69 mark in 23 seasons at MSU. He led MSU to 17 CCHA regular-season and playoff titles and guided 23 teams to the NCAA Tournament. Mason also served as MSU’s Athletic Director from 2002-07. Following the news of Mason’s death, many former Michigan State athletes took to Twitter to share their condolences. Saddened to hear about the passing of legendary coach Ron Mason. He exemplified what it meant to be
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
The second day of the Big Ten Hockey Tournament is in the books.
On Tuesday, the six Big Ten men’s hockey coaches held a teleconference with reporters from around the country to preview the Big Ten Hockey Tournament. Dive in and hear from each coach. Don’t forget that every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN (and BTN2Go) from Thursday through Saturday’s title game. All games are at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, and so does No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET
Every game of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament will air live on BTN, as well as on BTN2Go. The tournament runs Thursday-Saturday at the the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota, which claimed its third consecutive Big Ten crown in Saturday night’s win vs. Wisconsin, is the No. 1 seed and earns a first-round bye, along with No. 2 seed Michigan. Thursday, March 17 #6 Wisconsin vs. #3 Penn State – 5 p.m. ET on BTN (also available live on BTN2Go) #5 Michigan State vs. #4 Ohio State – 8:30 p.m. ET on BTN (also available
The Big Ten announced on Saturday the bracket for the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, with Big Ten Champion Minnesota collecting the top seed after earning its third consecutive Big Ten title. [ MORE: Here’s how to watch the Big Ten tourney on BTN/BTN2Go ] The Gophers clinched the outright conference crown and the No. 1 seed with a 4-1 win against Wisconsin on Saturday night. Minnesota led the conference with 42 points and a conference record of 14-6-0-0. Michigan enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a first-round bye along with Minnesota. The Wolverines finished
BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016. Coverage begins with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Michigan on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, from Purdue. The opening night relays and preliminary rounds for both women (Feb. 17-20) and men (Feb. 24-27) can be viewed live on BTN
The Big Ten hockey season is underway, which means our BTN Hockey Report is back for the 2015-16 campaign. BTN studio host Rick Pizzo, who played hockey at Hamilton College, will anchor our Big Ten hockey coverage this season. The BTN Hockey Report will include weekend highlights, standouts and analysis surrounding all six Big Ten hockey programs. Check out this year’s first edition of our report in the video on top of this post. Also, follow our Big Ten hockey Twitter account, @HockeyonBTN, for updates throughout the season. Enjoy, Big Ten fans!
On Thursday, the six Big Ten hockey coaches participated in a teleconference to take questions from the media. We post the audio for each coach here. In case you missed it, BTN conducted preseason video intereviews with each Big Ten men’s hockey coach as well as a player from each team. You can watch those interviews right here. Also this week, Michigan was tabbed the favorite in the 2015-16 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. The coaches also selected a 12-member Preseason Players to Watch list, including four unanimous honorees. Michigan completed the 2014-15 campaign with a conference record of