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A look back at last three Big Ten expansions

With Rutgers and Maryland primed officially to join the Big Ten on Tuesday to make it a 14-team conference, I thought it would be interesting to look back on the last three times the Big Ten expanded. There was Michigan State, in 1949, Penn State, in 1990, and Nebraska, in 2010. [ MORE: Mascots on the loose in D.C. | Delany dons first Maryland B1G apparel ] 1949: Michigan State. The school—known then as Michigan State College–was looking for an upgrade when it began a push for membership in the 1940s. Credit school president John Hannah for being a guiding

Taylor Martinez tweets about emergency landing

A United flight, from Chicago to Orange County, California, made an emergency landing in Kansas on Sunday night after a slide deployed mid-air. This is newsworthy for obvious reasons, but it’s also relevant because former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and his girlfriend, ex-Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson, were on the flight. Both tweeted about the scare, and Martinez tweeted a photo of the slide, with the text: “Scariest flight of all time #EmergencyLanding.” [ MORE: suntimes.com: United plane makes emergency landing ] The plane, a Boeing 737-700, had 96 passengers and five crew members onboard. It goes without saying, we’re

Penn State tops offensive backfield rankings

The dog days of summer are settling in. That means two things: The Cubs’ season is officially over, and it’s time to look at the Big Ten units. I’ll begin with a look at the offensive backfields. And, as you’ll see, there is a lot of talent at running back—as well as some top-flight quarterbacks. 1. Penn State. The Nittany Lions have an impressive array of talent led by QB Christian Hackenberg, who has few peers as a passer and is a sure-fire future first-round selection. There also is a collection of nice running backs, including the likes of Zach

Photos: Big Ten mascots tour Washington D.C.

Big Ten mascots, including newbies Testudo and the Scarlet Knight, are on the loose in the nation’s capitol to celebrate Maryland and Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten, which become official Tuesday. See some of our favorite pictures from the mascots’ visits to the White House, Washington Monument and so much more in this post. [ MORE: Gallery: Big Ten, BTN celebrate additions at New York party ] .@UWBuckyBadger shows @Testudo_UMD how it's done after a #Badgers TD. #ThinkB1G #B1GWelcome pic.twitter.com/BKH4BlabyW — Big Ten Conference (@bigtenconf) June 30, 2014 We're all just one #B1G family. #selfie #B1GWelcome pic.twitter.com/LLBerGvewI — Big

BTN, Big Ten celebrate at NYC party

BTN threw an exclusive party at Cipriani in New York Thursday for 1,000 alumni and friends of the Big Ten that featured some of the conference’s best-known celebrities along with mascots and cheerleaders. We were there to celebrate the Big Ten’s expansion to the East Coast as well as increased distribution for BTN. On Wednesday, BTN President Mark Silverman told reporters that Comcast will carry BTN on a broader level of service in New Jersey and Maryland, joining Time Warner and Cablevision in expanding the network’s availability. BTN is expected to have more than 60 million subscribers nationwide by kickoff

School-by-school: Big Ten's top BCS-era players

Goodbye, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. With the new playoff system set to debut this fall, I hit the rewind button and asked one beat writer from all 14 schools for his team’s top player of the BCS era. Here is what I got. * Responses are based on these writers’ personal opinions, and they are not speaking on behalf of the publication for which they write for. [ MORE: BCS Flashbacks: Our top BCS-Era teams by school ] ILLINOIS Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), News-Gazette: Juice Williams (2006-2009) – The BCS era didn’t exactly treat the Illini well. The program only

BTN.com's All-Legends Defensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next: BTN.com’s All-Legends Defensive Team. As a refresher, the Legends featured Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. [ MORE: All-Leaders Offense | All-Leaders Defense | All-Legends Offense ] BTN.com’s All-Legends Defensive Team DL: Shilique Calhoun,

Video: Watch full Jim Delany O'Bannon trial interview

Jim Delany sat down with Dave Revsine to talk about the commissioner testifying in the O’Bannon trial last Friday in California. The interview aired Tuesday night on BTN. Watch the interview here and read the full transcript in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten presidents, chancellors respond to O’Bannon trial ] Revsine: There has been so much attention on the O’Bannon trial going on out in California, you testified in that trial on Friday, give us a sense of what the biggest points you were trying to convey during that trial were. Delany: Well basically I was trying to be

B1G presidents, chancellors on O'Bannon trial

ROSEMONT, Ill. — While testifying last week in the O’Bannon trial in Oakland, Calif., Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany spoke to the importance of the inextricable link between academics and athletics as part of the collegiate model, and to the value of establishing a 21st century system to meet the educational needs of current and future student-athletes. [ MORE: Watch our Delany interview and see the full transcript ] During his testimony, Delany conveyed sentiments long supported by the conference and its member institutions. Today, the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten schools issue the following statement signed

BTN.com's All-Legends Offensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next: BTN.com’s All-Legends Offensive Team. As a refresher, the Legends featured Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. [ MORE: All-Leaders Offense | All-Leaders Defense | All-Legends Defense ] BTN.com’s All-Legends Offensive Team