Sifting through my mail bag on a warm spring day and what do I find? Questions about Nebraska’s 2016 prospects, Indiana’s spring game, Wisconsin’s quarterback situation and more. Let’s go! Reminder: All available Big Ten spring football games are on BTN2Go, so you can watch games that already happened and get ready for ones coming up. I’ll be at Michigan State’s game on Saturday – it’s one of four games on the final weekend of spring football. All games are listed here with links to watch each live on BTN2Go. More spring football coverage: After watching the spring game, what is
Don’t start shoveling dirt on those satellite camps just yet. Plus, guess who showed up at Michigan State football practice. And one NFL expert believes Penn State's Christian Hackenberg should go in the first round. Catch up on all the news in Thursday's digest.
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.
To put it mildly, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. Nebraska struggled, no doubt about it, but the squad finished 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season that forever will be remembered by myriad tough losses. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] There was plenty to work on this spring, as the Huskers welcomed back lots of talent on both sides of the ball, giving the staff a nice nucleus to work with. The progression of quarterback Tommy Armstrong was key. Did he
Monday is the 20th anniversary of Brook Berringer’s death. [ MORE: Watch ‘Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer’ on BTN2Go ] Berringer, the backup quarterback who filled in for an injured Tommie Frazier and led Nebraska to the 1994 national title, died on this day in 1996 when the plane the 22-year-old was piloting crashed in Raymond, Nebraska. Two years ago, to commemorate the 18th anniversary of No. 18’s death, BTN Originals produced “Unbeaten” The Life of Brook Berringer,” a documentary that profiled the quarterback’s story. Watch a clip of the feature in the video at the top of this
How do star players stay entertained in the final minute of a spring game? [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Nebraska spring game on BTN2Go ] At Nebraska, when you’re quarterback Tommy Armstrong and wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, you play a quick game of Hangman on the whiteboard. The roommates were caught playing the popular game on the team bench with just a little but more than one minute remaining at Memorial Stadium. That being the case, Armstrong’s choice of phrases, “Game over,” was perfect. Watch the scene in the video at the top of this post. *** Here
Saturday featured a handful of Big Ten spring football games. [ MORE: Get all of our spring football game highlights, interviews ] Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue all put a wrap on their spring schedules Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes closed their spring in front of a spring game record 100,189 fans at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State honored late defensive end Will Smith, 34, who died last weekend in after a traffic dispute in New Orleans, prior to kickoff. Check out some of the top plays from all five of Saturday’s spring games below. MARYLAND: Red 51, White
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.
You have questions, and I have answers … some of the time. Here is the latest edition of my Big Ten Mailbag. As usual, the mailbag is 100 percent guaranteed. What team will be the favorite next season in Big Ten hoops? – Matt We still need to find out which players who have declared for the draft will stay in the draft. But knowing what we know, I think next year’s race should come down to three schools: Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana. The Spartans lose Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Deyonta Davis and Bryn Forbes, among others, but Tom