CHICAGO — College sports have been awash in change in recent years. And change isn’t always easy or welcome. But, it’s inevitable for progress to be achieved. It’s an exciting time. And it’s also a time of challenge, as the collegiate model is on the precipice of forever being altered through remarkable NCAA reform—the biggest change of all in these turbulent times of lawsuits, union talk and expansion as leagues position themselves for the 21st Century. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has been a central figure in this coming new-world of collegiate athletics, helping shape tomorrow with other college leaders.
Big Ten media days kicked off Monday in Chicago, and every Big Ten school covered the day on Twitter, among other social media sites. See a couple tweets from each school in this post. ILLINOIS Triple view of #Illini TE Jon Davis (@JD3_ILLI) with @BigTenNetwork at #B1GMediaDay pic.twitter.com/0nmfR056P2 — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) July 28, 2014 The #B1GMediaDay grind continues for @coachbeckman. #illini #B1G pic.twitter.com/dYnNapNolX — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) July 28, 2014 INDIANA #B1GMediaDay Press Conference time for @IUCoachWilson #IUFBinCHI #GoIU pic.twitter.com/b055Dw1b6T — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) July 28, 2014 Deep dish pizza in Chicago? Check. #IUFBinCHI pic.twitter.com/VaAhcywpG7 — Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball)
No sugarcoating it: This is a big season for Michigan and Brady Hoke, who has seen his win total drop each of his three seasons in Ann Arbor. Last year ended in a heap, as the Wolverines saw a 5-0 start melt into a 7-5 finish. The offense was an abomination, as Michigan struggled to get a push up front and run. As a consequence, coordinator Al Borges lost his job and Doug Nussmeier was hired from Alabama. Will it help? Stay tuned. Is there pressure on Hoke, who is 1-2 vs. Ohio State and 1-2 Michigan State? “Why do
Quick! Who is the Big Ten’s returning passing yards leader? Chances are, you’re thinking it’s Christian Hackenberg or Nate Sudfeld, right? Nope, it’s Devin Gardner (2,960 yards). Who will find his name on top of the passing yards list at season’s end? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post. PASSING YARDS 2013 leader: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois – 3,272 2014 returning leader: Devin Gardner, Michigan – 2,960 Tom Dienhart: Nate Sudfeld, Indiana. He wasn’t the full-time starter last season but still threw for 2,523 yards. Look for the big Californian to push well past 4,000 yards
Thousands of Big Ten fans and runners came out for the third annual BTN Big 10K in Chicago on Saturday and ran along the city’s lakefront with a variety of Big Ten celebrities, mascots and cheerleaders. Have a look at a few videos from the event and come back Monday for more photos. If you have our free BTN2Go app, you can go back watch the finish line all over again right here. And don’t forget to bookmark BTNBig10k.com for next year’s event.
With Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday in Chicago, BTN.com asked one writer from every school to help compose our 2014 preseason All-Big Ten Team. Each writer picked a first-team offense and defense, plus superlative winners, and the players who amassed the most overall votes, by position, made the team. See the team and how each writer voted in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s media day questions | Which players are attending media days? ] 2014 BIG TEN WRITERS’ PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM Editor’s note: First-team honorees are listed in bold, with their total votes, and unanimous selections
Every college, it seems, has at least one well-known celebrity backer, whether it be on the gridiron, the hardwood, the diamond or the mat. But who are those figures in the Big Ten? I asked our Twitter followers that very question, and then came up with this list of the top celebrity fans for all 14 Big Ten schools. Here we go. Illinois: Bill Murray Born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, Murray is a huge Fighting Illini fan. In fact, Murray followed the 2005 Illini hoops team from the Chicago Regional to the national title
The Big Ten no longer releases a preseason football poll, but the team at cleveland.com polled 29 Big Ten writers to compile their own poll. The voters picked Ohio State and Wisconsin to win the East and West, respectively, with the Buckeyes garnering 23-first place votes and the Badgers 15 first-place nods. Nineteen of the voters picked Ohio State to win the Big Ten title, while Michigan State (9) and Nebraska (1) also received votes. [ MORE: Voters pick Calhoun to win DPOY | Miller OPOY ] Here are the full results. EAST 1. Ohio State, 195 points (23 first-place
Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleagues Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman to see their answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and you can see the second installment here. [ MORE: 101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part I ] 51. Will Braxton Miller win a third
On Saturday, you’ll be able to watch the live camera feed for the finish line of the BTN Big 10K race in Chicago. The finish is inside Fan Fest where music, mascots, medals and more meet the runners! If you’re viewing this page on your mobile device, please use our free TV everywhere app BTN2Go and see the same live feed. This live event will be on from 7 a.m. ET to 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. Missed the event or want to watch it again? All three hours will be posted on BTN2Go. Learn more about our annual race