Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 14 draft choices in that span. But that could change in coming years, beginning with this year’s draft. The Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the 8th round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, highlighted by defensive backs Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell also has a
Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.
The 2016 WNBA Draft took place Thursday night. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called, highlighted by three selections in the first round. Former Minnesota star Rachel Banham was the first Big Ten player to come off the board, going No. 4 overall to the Connecticut Sun. Aerial Powers of Michigan State went fifth overall to the Dallas Wings, while former Rutgers standout Kahleah Copper was selected No. 7 overall to the Washington Mystics. Here is a look at every Big Ten player selected and where they were drafted. FIRST ROUND 4. Rachel Banham (Minnesota), Connecticut Sun
BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event where two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24. “The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said Michael Calderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media
On Wednesday, the West Division football head coaches and one player from each team joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each school on the call here: On Thursday, we will have audio from coaches and players from the East Division.
With the Big Ten Baseball Tournament set to return to Omaha, Nebraska, this season and 2018, the conference announced an extension for TD Ameritrade Park to serve as the host venue from 2019 through 2022, it was announced Tuesday.
This just in from the “What On God’s Green Earth Took So Long” department: According to an ESPN report, the NCAA has approved a ban on the creation of new bowls until 2019—at the earliest. Can I get an “amen”? This is about 10 years too late. But, at least this day has arrived, as the bowl excess has ended … for now. You see, it isn’t true: If a little is good, more is better. Look, I love blocking, tackling, eye black, neck rolls, chicken wings and marching bands as much as the next cargo-shorts-wearing American. But, the bowl
Tracy Claeys has put the wraps on his first spring practice as Minnesota coach. He’s looking to amp up a program that took a step back last year by going 6-7, the Gophers’ first losing mark since 2012. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Minnesota spring game on BTN2Go ] It was a difficult season filled with challenges, as Jerry Kill stepped down after seven games to tend to health issues and Claeys eventually was made full-time coach after running things on an interim basis. He wasted little time putting his stamp on things by shaking up the staff,
The Minnesota football team held its first spring game under Tracy Claeys on Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Minnesota spring game on BTN2Go ] Leading up to it all, BTN cameras followed Claeys, the longtime Jerry Kill assistant, around for an all-access look at a day with the Gophers. Claeys became the interim coach following Kill’s retirement midway through last season, and he earned the full-time position in November. Watch our feature on Claeys in the video above. And, check out some of the top Minnesota spring game highlights below.
With the college basketball season now in the books, fans' focus shifts to recruiting and the new faces that will be on campus next year.