College football is fast approaching. Can you smell it in the air? To get ready for the season, Sean Merriman took a look at the best Big Ten player born in every state.
As headlines in cities across the United States highlight rising death tolls caused by open gang warfare in the streets, pundits, politicians and community leaders have put forward various legal and law enforcement solutions in order to alleviate this growing problem. But what if this issue can’t be resolved by the cops and the courts? A team at Michigan State recently offered a different perspective when it published findings of a study that showed how gang violence spreads in the same fashion as a contagion. “The idea that some types of homicide can be contagious has been around since the
The Football Writers Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America Team on Thursday, and Big Ten fans will enjoy the results. The Big Ten placed a leading 19 players on the list, four more than ACC, however eight of the conference’s representatives played before their schools (Nebraska, 6; Maryland, 1; Penn State, 1) entered the Big Ten. On the topic of the Cornhuskers, no program had more than their six representatives, four of which garnered first-team honors, also tops on the FWAA list. The team with the second-most players? That would be Ohio State, with five. Michigan (3), Illinois
You have questions, and I have answers in my mailbag. I type this from the BTN bus as we chug toward State College, Pennsylvania, to watch Penn State practice. We have seen lots of interesting things that have stirred Big Ten Nation. Thanks for the cards and letters!! How much of a loss is WR De’Mornay Pierson-El for Nebraska? – Matt P. It is a huge loss for the Cornhuskers. Pierson-El, who is out six to eight weeks with a foot issue, was one of the Big Ten’s most electrifying players, a true go-the-distance guy who can score each time
It’s World Photography Day, so I decided to take a look back at some of my favorite USA TODAY Sports Image shots from the 2014 football season. See a shot for all 14 teams below.
The Big Ten Conference announced its 2015 men’s soccer preseason coaches poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine conference teams.
When it comes to Big Ten football personalities, there aren’t many bigger than Shilique Calhoun. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong | Theiren Cockran | Nick VanHoose ] The Michigan State defensive end is comfortable in so many roles, on and off the field. Calhoun has shown this at Big Ten media days each of the last two seasons, more than happily grabbing the mic and interviewing teammates and rivals (2014 example | 2015 example). He’s
The seventh stop on our annual summer bus tour the Big Ten brought us to East Lansing, Michigan, where I got the chance to see Michigan State practice on Tuesday.
The BTN bus just left Michigan State practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while I watched the Spartans in action Tuesday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s MSU practice tweets ] In his eight seasons, Mark Dantonio has had just two punters: Aaron Bates and Mike Sadler. Now, Jake Hartbarger takes over. He’s a banger. Backup QB Tyler O’Connor also is the team’s backup punter. Michigan State has a tradition during camp under Mark Dantonio of having all personnel wear their names on their shirt written onto white tape. O-line
Halfway home, Tuesday marked the seventh stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun notes from MSU practice ] Stop No. 7 of 14 had us visiting East Lansing, Michigan, to watch the Spartans’ training camp Tuesday morning. Michigan State, the reigning Cotton Bowl champs, return plenty of top-end talent, headlined by quarterback Connor Cook and defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Get BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practice below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE