It’s Monday, it’s the height of vacation season, but that doesn’t mean the Big Ten football news is at the beach riding waves.
Former basketball star Shawn Respert and five other Spartan products will be inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 20, it was announced Friday. Respert, the program’s all-time leading scorer, is joined in this year’s class by Carl Banks (football), Emily Bastel (women’s golf), Clinton Jones (football/track), Diane Spoelstra (women’s basketball/softball/volleyball) and George Szypula (men’s gymnastics coach).
Longing for some basketball? The 2012 NBA Summer League tips off July 9-13 in Orlando, with eight teams represented, and continues July 13-22 in Las Vegas, with a record 24 teams in action. They’ll be no shortage of Big Ten products involved, including 2012 first-round picks Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger. See all the Big Ten products who will be in action in this post.
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For the Fourth of July, we were feeling patriotic and decided to post 12 polls, half of which were holiday- or political-centric, with the hope of providing Big Ten fans a little holiday enjoyment. The polls have closed, and now it’s time to see how you voted. Which Big Ten coach do fans wish could get a second term? And which Big Ten player’s game is most fireworks-inducing? See the results for all 12 polls in this post.
Wisconsin is going to its third consecutive Rose Bowl — at least, that’s what Phil Steele foresees. Steele has the Badgers, losers of the past two Rose Bowls, headed to Pasadena, Calif., to play Southern Cal in his updated 2012-13 bowl predictions. In all, Steele predicts nine Big Ten bowl teams. See all of his matchups in this post.
It may only be the beginning of July, but Big Ten fans are craving football. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart answers all of your college football questions — and other sports — in his regular Big Ten reader mailbags. Wondering about 2012 season predictions? Or players to watch? Use the submission form in this post to pepper our expert with your football questions and comments.
We’re feeling a little patriotic here at BTN.com. Not only is Wednesday the Fourth of July, but 2012 is an election year. So as you’re probably decked out in your favorite Red, White and Blue ensemble, we thought it would be a good time to ask you to hit the voting booth early. Dive inside this post and cast your vote in our 12 polls for 2012. All are Big Ten-centric, of course. Vote away, and have a safe and enjoyable Fourth.