No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
RT @CoachJim4UM: Big Congrats to Judge Judy on signing her contract extension thru 2020 from a Devout Fan! pic.twitter.com/sFJL6f6FDm — Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 3, 2015 One doesn’t rack up nearly 200,000 Twitter followers in a little more than two months without providing unique takes. Jim Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) has done just that since rejoining Twitter upon his hire late last year at Michigan. And it’s a big reason why he immediately became the Big Ten’s second-most followed coach, behind rival Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer). On Tuesday afternoon, he delighted social media again with this tweet congratulating Judge Judy on her contract
Which college football program is the best top to bottom? It’s reigning national champ Ohio State, according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Ohio State spring preview ] Hayes put the Buckeyes atop his top 10 program rankings, ahead of national powers Texas and USC. The list is a who’s who of college football, as one might expect, and it also includes another Big Ten team: Michigan, at No. 6. With two schools, the Big Ten is tied with the Pac-12 (USC and Oregon) for second-most teams on the list, behind the SEC’s three (LSU, Florida
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”
In case you didn’t know it already, Jim Harbaugh is kind of a big deal in Ann Arbor. How big?
If every college football head coaching job became available tomorrow, which would be the most desirable? ESPN.com’s Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) recently headed a project, which ranked each of the 65 college football jobs at the Power 5 level. He released them in three categories: Bottom of the barrel jobs, middle of the road jobs, and top 24 jobs. According to the article, the list includes factors such as location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc. Our friends over
Big Ten faculty, administrators and student-athlete representatives met this week to further discuss the importance of keeping education central to the mission of intercollegiate athletics.
Big Ten spring football officially kicks off today. Yep. It’s true. The calendar still says “February,” but they have the neck rolls and J-pads out in Ann Arbor for Jim Harbaugh’s first spring practice. The Detroit Free Press will be at every practice, Tweeting about each broken shoe lace, Harbaugh whistle blow and bobbled snap—in addition to these five things to watch. At the top of the list? Do you really have to ask? *** This is amazing: The draft stock of Michigan State’s Connor Cook continues to soar—and he’s not even in the draft. Funny how this works, isn’t
There is a growing buzz around the idea to make freshmen students ineligible to play football and men's basketball, and that buzz stems from recent reports that several conferences - including the Big Ten - want to discuss the idea.