The Associated Press reports that “the NCAA accused Ohio State for the first time of a ‘failure to monitor’ for permitting a booster to continue to have contact with players after he was involved in NCAA problems earlier in the year. Ohio State President Gordon Gee expressed disappointment Thursday in athletic director Gene Smith for not properly monitoring the actions of Robert DiGeronimo, who got several Buckeyes football players into trouble with the NCAA.” Read the full AP story here.
The No. 2 Nebraska Volleyball team (21-2, 14-1) swept the Indiana Hoosiers, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) at University Gym Friday night. Watch now as Big Ten Student U talks with Nebraska head coach John Cook after that game. Dive inside for coverage of the Ohio State-Penn State match-up.
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Many eyes will be on Michigan State’s game at Iowa, arguably the biggest tilt this weekend in what will be a matchup that goes a long way toward determining who wins the Legends Division. And what type of scene will unfold at Penn State, where Nebraska is playing? Following lower in this post is a look at what the other Big Ten teams need to do to enjoy success this Saturday. Note: Indiana is off.
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Lots of tough decisions this week, with four conference battles and one non-conference game. Without a doubt, the races in each division will become more defined after this weekend. Who will prevail in key matchups between Michigan State-Iowa and Nebraska-Penn State?
Ohio State University will reduce its football scholarships by five over the next three years as part of the university’s latest self-imposed punishment it hopes will satisfy NCAA investigators weighing how to respond to the school’s football scandals, according to the Associated Press. The university previously announced it will repay the $338,811 it received for playing in the Sugar Bowl, a 31-26 victory over Arkansas, along with vacating the 2010 season including the Sugar Bowl win and going on two years of NCAA probation.
Have a Big Ten football question you want answered? I’m Tom Dienhart and I want you to fire off an email to me. This is a great place for us to interact with each other, sharing our passion for all things Big Ten as the season prepares to hit the home stretch. This week, some questions focus on the chances of schools like Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan State winning a division or league title. See what other queries were posed.
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The Iowa running has surged to the top of my Big Ten player rankings. The star sophomore has rattled off four straight 100-yard, two-touchdown rushing games (121, 2 vs. Northwestern; 138, 2 vs. Indiana; 252, 2 vs. Minnesota; 132, 2 vs. Michigan). He literally carried Iowa to victory on Saturday over Michigan, pushing him to a Big Ten-leading 1,101 yards rushing (122.3 ypg). The 230-pound Marcus Coker just may carry the Hawkeyes all the way to the Legends Division title. See Tom’s full top 25 list in this post.
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