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Crispin: Time to value process of building true winning culture

In the Twitter and message board era, there's even more pressure on big-time coaches. BTN analyst Jon Crispin hopes fans and administrators take notice and place more value on the process of building a true winning culture that these coaches are responsible for developing and maintaining.

Big Ten Q&A: Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald

It’s difficult to believe, but Pat Fitzgerald is entering his 12th season as head coach at Northwestern. The all-time great Wildcat linebacker already is the all-time wins leader in Evanston with 77 with two 10-win seasons (2015 and 2012 and a nine-win effort in 2008).

Dienhart: Big Ten Friday Night Lights dim

When the Big Ten announced last fall that it would play some Friday night football games in 2017, it raised the eyebrows of some who didn’t think it was right to encroach on the traditional turf of high school football.

Where are Big Ten teams in way-too-early 2017-18 top 25 polls?

The 2017 NCAA tournament champion was crowned Monday night. Congrats to North Carolina on claiming its sixth title. With the season officially over, it's time to surf the web for the way-too-early 2017-18 top 25 polls.

Keep an eye on these eight Big Ten quarterback spots

Several Big Ten teams are set at quarterback. But there are as many as eight quarterback spots that warrant your attention, writes BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.

Dienhart: Big Ten watches and waits for next national title

The Big Ten watches and waits for its next basketball national championship. The league has come close to winning it all since Michigan State did it in 2000 in the now-demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis vs. Billy Donovan and Florida; in fact, it’s played in six title games since (Indiana, 2002), (Illinois, 2005), (Ohio State, 2007), (Michigan State, 2009), (Michigan, 2013) & (Wisconsin, 2015). But on each occasion, the Big Ten team came up short. Since MSU’s Tom Izzo won his only national title in 2000, Duke and UConn have won three apiece, Florida and North Carolina have both won

Dienhart: Four observations from Northwestern spring practice

Northwestern has more talent than ever on both sides of the ball entering 2017. In fact, the Wildcats could be the favorite in the Big Ten West this fall. The team concluded spring drills on Saturday with a practice, and here are four observations.