The season is about a month away. That’s music to my ears. And from the volume of my mail, I can tell you all are getting excited, too. Let me reach into my mailbag and answer some of your questions. Keep the cards and letters coming. I love hearing from you all.
The BTN Big 10K and 5K run/walk was held this past Saturday in Chicago with a post-race FanFest & Tailgate party taking place in front of the Adler Planetarium. Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and Lisa Byington hosted a one-hour special full of interviews, fun with former Big Ten athletes and more. Watch an interview with the women’s 10K winner now and dive inside for much more video.
Expectations are big in Lincoln for a program looking for a big breakthrough under Bo Pelini, who is in his sixth season. Led by QB Taylor Martinez, the offense should be among the best in the Big Ten. The defense? It will determine the season after looking awful in three big games last year: at UCLA; at Ohio State; vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Is the rebuilt front seven up to the task?
The 2013 BTN B1G 10K was held Saturday morning in Chicago. It was the second annual running, and a record 11,415 runners finished. See some of the best photos from the event in this post. There were a couple surprise visitors at the event, too, as Testudo, Maryland’s mascot, and Scarlet Knight, Rutgers’ mascot, were in town for the fun. Both schools join the Big Ten in 2014.
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The turf at Memorial Stadium isn’t the only new surface Nebraska players will have under their feet for the 2013 season. There’s also new carpet in the team’s upgraded locker room. And, in the middle of the room, the carpet has an outline of a football that includes Nebraska’s “N” logo. It’s a cool touch to a first-class locker room.
The Big Ten held the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Chicago. BTN’s Dave Revsine served as the event’s emcee, interviewing all the conference’s coaches, and Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel delivered a speech on behalf of the 36 players in attendance. Watch Urschel’s speech here and see all of our Kickoff Luncheon videos in this post.