It’s official: That college hockey doubleheader called the Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field, featuring a game between Wisconsin and Minnesota, is set for February 17, 2013. Watch our interview with Minnesota’s Zach Budish now and check out the event’s website, Twitter account (@HkyCityClassic), and Facebook page for more updates and information. Also, check out our interview with Wisconsin’s Frankie Simonelli in this post.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference released the list of student-athletes who will attend the 2012 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Three players from every team will be in attendance, as well as all 12 head coaches. See the complete list of players in this post.
Every season, there are fresh faces that make impacts–true freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers from four-year schools, junior-college transfers. And often times, the newcomers seemingly come out of nowhere to make big impacts. Perfect example: Lavonte David two seasons ago. Following is a look at one newcomer from each Big Ten team who has a good chance to make a significant impact this season. Consider this your chance to learn about these guys now.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are expected to wear a patch on their jerseys this season honoring the late Gary Tinsley. They’ll also have an impressive mural in the team locker room dedicated to their former teammate. @GopherGridiron tweeted a picture of the mural Wednesday, saying: “Gary Tinsley is going to be with us in ’12.”
The countdown of my top 2012 Big Ten football games continues with games 40-59. That’s right, I’m ranking all the Big Ten games for this upcoming season. Yesterday, I did games 60-79, and the day before it was 80-96. I’ll continue to work my way to the top games each of the next two days. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: the college basketball season officially tips off in 99 days. Credit the guys at SBNation.com for alerting us. As a way to celebrate, the site published a fun post Tuesday that offers 99 college hoops thoughts, facts and predictions for the 2012-13 season. And, of course, the Big Ten is represented. See a sampling of some of the best ones in this post.