Twitter fan or not, it’s hard not to be impressed with Jim Harbaugh’s incredible success on the social media platform. The new Michigan coach, hired on Dec. 30, 2014, recently became the owner of the most followed account among Big Ten football coaches, a title previously held by rival Urban Meyer (283,246). Think about that for a second: In six-plus months, Harbaugh has garnered 286,512 followers, an average of 1,476 followers per day since his first tweet Jan. 2. That, in a word, is impressive. With a new name in the No. 1 spot, I thought it would be fun
Fantasy football leagues are open – yes, already – with kickoff just about two months away. So, you have plenty of time to sign up, not to mention to come up with a creative name that gets the attention of your friends/league members. We did this before basketball season last year, and now it’s time to do it for football. Here are two fantasy team names for every Big Ten team: ILLINOIS Dudek, Where’s My Car? Lunt Trauma INDIANA Dominique Booth Ferry Simmie’s Corn on the Cobbs IOWA Three & Ott Ferentzic Science (h/t @chfortfun) MARYLAND Skid Rowe Un-Likely Explanation
Last week, I posted an article on the top 5 defensive trios in the Big Ten. The list consisted of the top DL-LB-DB trio in the conference, and was highlighted by Ohio State.
Recently, when the United States fields a women’s team in the World University Games, it brings home the gold. [ MORE: Read usab.com’s full championship game release ] It did so for the sixth consecutive time Monday, as the U.S. topped Canada, 82-63, in the Gold Medal Game in Gwangju, South Korea. The U.S., which also won gold in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, was led by Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown. “It’s a great honor to represent the USA and to be able to coach this group,” McKeown said to usab.com. “To see them gel together in a
Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has seen more than his share of clutch performances and high-pressure situations. But even in his biggest games, there have been breaks in the action. In real emergencies, there are no timeouts, no commercials. That lesson — along with several others — was driven home for Izzo and other MSU coaches during a rather unusual team-building exercise at an annual Athletics Department retreat in early June. The coaches went through a simulation at MSU’s College of Human Medicine involving an emergency procedure with a critically ill “patient.” Izzo, Mark Dantonio (football), Tom Minkel
Former Michigan State star Draymond Green answered questions from the media on Thursday during a press conference to address his newly signed five-year, $82 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] During the press conference, Green was asked about the impact Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has had on him, both as a player and as a man. “That’s the thing I love about Coach Izzo is, him raising you into a man when you get to his program is 10 times more important than what type of basketball player
Several former Big Ten basketball players are set to take place in the second annual “The Basketball Tournament,” which kicks off today with the South and West Regional rounds. A total of 97 teams will play in the tournament, with the winning team taking home a $1,000,000 grand prize. What a fun event, right? That got me wondering what a team for every Big Ten school would look like? In order to do this, I chose a group of five players from every Big Ten school who I think would make the best 5-on-5 team today. The conditions are that
Late last month, I posted an article on the top 5 offensive triplets in the Big Ten. The list consisted of the top QB-RB-WR trios in the conference, and was highlighted by Ohio State.
The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 players scheduled to attend the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, held Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Here is a list of players attending the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days. EAST DIVISION INDIANA Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB MARYLAND Brad Craddock, Sr., PK William Likely, Jr., DB Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL MICHIGAN Joe Bolden, Sr., LB Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR James Ross III, Sr., LB MICHIGAN STATE
Know your team’s left tackle. Just like the quarterback, he’s a glamour boy. Really. Jake Long, Orlando Pace and Eric Fisher are left tackles who recently were picked No. 1 in the NFL draft. You won’t see a guard or center earn that honor. And probably not even a wideout or running back. The left offensive tackle is a key cog to the production of the offense who often protects the backside of the quarterback. Without a good left OT, your school’s attack figures to be bogged down. Here’s my ranking of the projected Big Ten left offensive tackles from