The Big Ten held spring football teleconferences this week, featuring the head coach and a player from all 12 teams. Listen to all the teleconferences in this post and don’t forget that all of our audio can be found in the BTN.com audio archive.
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The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post.
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Ask sports fans the first thing that comes to mind when they hear the nickname “Wildcats,” and they immediately think Kentucky or Arizona. Or, at least, that’s what ThePostGame.com writes in a recent story that suggests Northwestern change its nickname. Should Northwestern, a school with no bowl wins since 1949 and zero NCAA tourney appearances, consider such a thing? Cast your vote in this post.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Title IX legislation, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) is sponsoring a contest to celebrate a trailblazer who has made significant contributions to gender equity. How can you cast your vote for Northwestern’s six-time NCAA championship-winning women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller? Just watch Amonte Hiller’s YouTube video in this post.
Here’s another batch of Big Ten pets for our Big Ten Pets Hall of Fame. Do you have a picture of your adorable pet in Big Ten gear that we can add to our Big Ten Pets section? Submit your photo to us. Find out how right here. It’s easy, free and fun.
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The Boilermaker bats were hot on Sunday as Purdue down Indiana softball 11-2 in the final game of the series. Purdue posted 17 hits in the game, including multi-hit efforts by six players. Molly Garst, Lindsey Rains and Tori Chiodo tallied three hits apiece, while Ashley Courtney, Maia Monchek and Ashley Burkhardt each chipped in two. Lexy Moore (16-4) allowed just two runs on six hits. Lora Olson was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs in three innings of work. Meaghan Murphy threw four innings of relief. Read full recap at PurdueSports.com and see all of Sunday’s results in this post.
It was another busy Sunday of action on Big Ten baseball diamonds. Perhaps the most exciting of the six games, Michigan State outlasted archrival Michigan, 10-8, in a 13-inning marathon. Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue also were victorious, as was Penn State, which went out of conference and nipped Canisius. Purdue’s win over Northwestern gave it a two-game cushion atop the Big Ten standings.