The Big Ten has had its share of quality tight ends in recent years. And the NFL has taken notice.
Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces
The BIG EAST and Big Ten announced the matchups for the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, with eight men’s basketball games set to air on BTN, an ESPN network or Fox Sports 1 from Nov. 17-20, 2015.
As they say, Jake Schleppenbach had himself a day Tuesday night. [ MORE: Watch more #BTNStandout plays ] The Nebraska second baseman hit a two-run double in a 10-4 win over Kansas State, which is nice, but it was his highlight play in the field that turned the most heads. It all happened with two outs in the fourth inning, and with a runner on first, when Schleppenbach ranged to his right and dove to stop a would-be hit that looked ticketed for right-center after taking a high hop. Schleppenbach stretched out to corral the ball, quickly got to his
The 2015 NFL Draft is fast approaching, which means teams are finalizing their boards as the big day nears. Every NFL organization has a need somewhere, and that is what makes the draft such a fun event.
The 2015 NBA Draft is more than two months away, but it’s never too early to speculate. Chris Mannix of SI.com recently released his 2015 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, which features four Big Ten names. [ MORE: Terran Petteway to enter the 2015 NBA Draft ] Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is the first name to appear on the list, going No. 6 overall to the Sacramento Kings. “Questions about Russell’s athleticism are drowned out by praise for his playmaking and brilliance in the pick-and-roll,” Mannix says. “Russell is an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.” Russell has not formally declared for
The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
It wasn’t a big shock to hear that Nebraska’s Terran Petteway is declaring for the draft. “I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years,” Petteway said in a statement. “This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.” It’s a tough blow for a Cornhusker program that’s coming off a
This week, the 14 Big Ten football coaches and a player from each team are fielding questions from reporters around the country. On Wednesday, reporters spoke with West Division coaches and players. Check back on Thursday to hear from players and coaches from the East Division. Illinois: Tim Beckman and Wes Lunt Indiana: Kevin Wilson and Jason Spriggs Iowa: Kirk Ferentz and Drew Ott Maryland: Randy Edsall and Andrew Zeller Michigan: Jim Harbaugh and Joe Bolden Michigan State: Mark Dantonio and Shilique Calhoun Minnesota: Jerry Kill and Briean Boddy-Calhoun Nebraska: Mike Riley and Jordan Westerkamp Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald and
There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star