No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten
On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
BABY ANIMAL ALERT! Meet Zeke, a Humboldt #penguin chick. He hatched on 2/20 & now weighs 10 ounces! pic.twitter.com/RpGyDnbLAh — Columbus Zoo (@ColumbusZoo) March 3, 2015 Run for 200-plus yards in three straight postseason games on the way to the national championship, and people will find no shortage of ways to honor you. [ MORE: Sporting News ranks Ohio State nation’s No. 1 program ] Take the Columbus Zoo for example. It announced on Twitter (@ColumbusZoo) Tuesday that it named a baby Humboldt penguin, born on Feb. 20, “Zeke.” If there was any doubt about where the name came from,
Which college football program is the best top to bottom? It’s reigning national champ Ohio State, according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Ohio State spring preview ] Hayes put the Buckeyes atop his top 10 program rankings, ahead of national powers Texas and USC. The list is a who’s who of college football, as one might expect, and it also includes another Big Ten team: Michigan, at No. 6. With two schools, the Big Ten is tied with the Pac-12 (USC and Oregon) for second-most teams on the list, behind the SEC’s three (LSU, Florida
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”
If every college football head coaching job became available tomorrow, which would be the most desirable? ESPN.com’s Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) recently headed a project, which ranked each of the 65 college football jobs at the Power 5 level. He released them in three categories: Bottom of the barrel jobs, middle of the road jobs, and top 24 jobs. According to the article, the list includes factors such as location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc. Our friends over
Urban Meyer and roughly 2,500 passengers aboard The Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas remained stuck at sea Tuesday due to dense fog.
Big Ten faculty, administrators and student-athlete representatives met this week to further discuss the importance of keeping education central to the mission of intercollegiate athletics.
Fresh off an unforgettable national championship run, Ohio State has some work to do this spring. Tom Dienhart spotlights the three biggest areas inside.
There is a growing buzz around the idea to make freshmen students ineligible to play football and men's basketball, and that buzz stems from recent reports that several conferences - including the Big Ten - want to discuss the idea.