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
The 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days are set to take place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency McCormickPlace in Chicago. This year, the format will be different from previous years, as seven teams will be featured on Thursday, and the other seven on Friday. Here’s how the days will be broken up: Thursday, July 30: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin Friday, July 31: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers Today, the Big Ten will release the list of players at this year’s media day event. However, before
Take the interim tag off Michigan A.D. Jim Hackett. Hey, why would he want to leave just when things appear ready to get really good with Jim Harbaugh on board? Exactly. “I’ve got to get my arms around it, but I’m not there yet,” he said. “It’s working so why mess with it?” See? To help Hackett, the Wolverines added a former longtime major college athletic director in former Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis, who will be a senior advisor. Smart move. *** Speaking of Michigan … its recent deal with Nike will be the largest … in …
The long, steady economic decline throughout the city of Detroit created vast swaths of blight and desertion in what were once thriving neighborhoods. It’s gotten so bad that documenting the urban decay there has almost become an artistic subgenre unto itself. But there’s no shortage of efforts to bring one of America’s great cities back to its former glory, and these range from urban farming to music education. One of the most recent examples is a real estate course designed to give local residents the tools to both take advantage of Detroit’s depressed housing market and revitalize their communities. Peter Allen, an
Football season is drawing nearer, and that means it's time for BTN.com's annual Big Ten football uniform poll. This year's No. 1? It's Michigan, one year after rival Ohio State staked claim to the top spot.
The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that 781 students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from every institution and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. [ MORE: View the full list of distinguished scholars (PDF) ] The 2014-15 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 119 students who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term. This group of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Michigan’s unforgettable 87-85 victory over Kansas in the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This game will be remembered for Trey Burke’s incredible game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, which allowed Michigan to best top-seeded Kansas in overtime. Burke scored all of his 23 points after the first half, while Mitch McGary added a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. The win marked the first time Michigan had advanced past the Sweet 16 since the Fab Five era. Here is a breakdown of the game.
Here is Sean Merriman's ideal shoe for every Big Ten basketball team. Did he miss a pair? Tweet him your ideal shoe picks, @BTNSean. He will add some of the top tweets to the list.
Every school needs them. They are breakout players. They may come out of nowhere to become key contributors this fall. Or, expectations may be big for these “breakout” players.
It’s July, and hopes run high across the fruited plain of the Big Ten. The possibilities seem endless from Lincoln to Piscataway. Now is the time to dream big.