It’s a nearly universal experience for new college students — the “sticker shock” from buying textbooks for their upcoming semester. (“I have to pay $75 for a used geology textbook? Are you kidding me!?!?”) But that reaction may be less prevalent in the future, thanks to the Open Textbook Library and a growing national network of institutions to support it. Spearheaded by David Ernst, chief information officer at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and director of the school’s Center for Open Education, the Open Textbook Library marries two phenomena of modern technology. The first is
CHICAGO – BTN kicks off its 2015 football coverage with the season debut of BTN Live on Monday, as the ninth annual football bus tour departs for all 14 Big Ten campuses. BTN Live, airing at 6 PM ET Monday through Friday and simulcast on select Fox Sports Radio affiliates, will include analysis and interviews from the various campuses over the duration of the bus tour. Complete tour details can be found on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. BTN Live throughout the month of August is presented by Culligan. Also included in BTN’s studio coverage this season is B1G Football and
The University of Minnesota announced Friday morning that it has accepted the resignation of athletics director Norwood Teague. Teague, 48, was hired in April 2012, replacing Joel Maturi; he hired men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino and women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings, among other hires. Teague came to Minnesota from VCU, where he spent six seasons and hired Shaka Smart, now the head coach at Texas. Minnesota president Eric W. Kaler held a press conference Friday afternoon to address the resignation. Watch his opening remarks in the video above. Friday morning, Teague filmed this statement. Here’s a quick look at Minnesota’s
Where’s Jim Harbaugh? Did you see him? Did you hear what he said? And so it went at Big Ten media days last week. Everyone with a pen and notebook was on the lookout for the new Michigan coach. Heck, we tracked the guy’s day! Harbaugh didn’t disappoint in Chicago. He charmed. He transfixed. He mesmerized. The kooky Harbaugh had them eating out of his hand—just as he had since being hired in late December. Harbaugh’s arrival offers hope for a Wolverines program looking to regain its national rep. How bad has it been? Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten
Ryan Santoso has a big foot, arguably the biggest in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Minnesota kicker made a 52-yarder vs. Purdue last season, and booted a 56-yarder in the spring game in April. So, really, the 60-yarder he made – with no pass rush, snap or hold – during the team’s video shoot Monday should surprise nobody. Still, it’s impressive and pretty cool.
Late last week, I asked seven Big Ten players to give me a true freshman who has stood out to them thus far, and who could potentially make an impact in the upcoming 2015 season. Here is part two of the piece, featuring the picks for Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers. Jehu Chesson, Michigan: Alex Malzone, QB. He’s a cool kid. When he first came on campus, he already possessed a lot of things I personally look for in a freshman, especially when it’s a guy who’s going to be throwing me the ball. I look
Digging around my email on a hot summer night, enjoying some of the correspondence from devoted visitors to BTN.com. I have gotten a lot of negative responses for a recent story I penned about Connor Cook being the best player in the Big Ten. Cook isn’t even the best player on his own team. Other than your obvious disdain for Ohio State, how can you be thinking this? – Nathan Point taken. The Big Ten has several good candidates for “best player.” Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, any Buckeye quarterback, OSU defensive end Joey Bosa. Maybe Wisconsin running back Corey
Who is gonna win the Big Ten West? It’s a question that popped up in conversations among media members in the hallways of McCormick Place, home of the recent Big Ten media days.
Big Ten TeamTix is back, and if you’re a Big Ten football fan, you must check it out. Team Tix is a way to reserve a ticket for the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis for as little as $10 today. If your team makes it, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved right here right now using the ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered
Current Big Ten players got the chance to assemble their all-time Big Ten team. Who did they select? Find out inside this fun post!