BTN lead football analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith recently completed their spring trek across Big Ten country, and now it’s time for the impressions from the trip. Lucky for us, DiNardo is a dedicated tweeter. See some of Coach’s thoughts from his travels in this post.
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is a genius–at least when it comes to spicing up spring football games. Let’s face it: These spring “games” often are little more than glorified scrimmages to appease and tease fans. The interest? Minimal—aside from the true cognoscenti. Many coaches don’t like them, preferring to run a scrimmage or just conduct another practice for fear of injury. Lack of depth is another reason many coaches don’t like intrasquad scrimmages, as it often makes it difficult to split teams into even squads.
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Men’s hockey will become an official Big Ten sport in the 2013-14 academic year, so with that in mind, the Big Ten Conference office announced Thursday that its tournaments will be held at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2014 and 2016, and at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., in 2015 and 2017.
Penn State’s defense has some big holes to fill on the defensive line but Iowa’s defensive line is young and inexperienced, too. Could Minnesota true freshman quarterback Philip Nelson unseat MarQueis Gray? And how will the production of departed Nick Toon be replaced at Wisconsin? Here’s my daily spin around the football headlines in the Big Ten.
One of the best things about college football bowl games is the inter-sectional matchups we typically never get to see. Well, it’s only April but the Big Ten features some non-conference games that already have the look and feel of bowl games. So I compiled my top 15 non-conference football games coming our way next fall, the first in a series of occasional off-season “Rank It” posts.
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Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sat down with Dave Revsine on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report” to discuss former teammate Gary Tinsley’s passing (story), the Gophers’ running back position and his improvements as a passer, among other topics. Gray and the Gophers play their spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go. Find out how to watch the game. Gray, entering his second season as the starting QB, completed just 50.7 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions in 2011. Hear why the senior is excited about Minnesota’s 2012 offense now.
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What were you doing around 1 p.m. ET Monday? Chances are, you weren’t having as much fun as Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe. In the wake of announcing he will use his sixth year of eligibility and return to the Gophers for the 2012-13 season, Mbakwe went to Twitter (@TMbakwe 32), started a hashtag, #imgetting2old4college, and got to tweeting. The result: Hilarity. See the 23-year-old star’s entertaining series of self deprecating tweets in this post.