By just about every measuring stick, the 2012 Penn State season was a success—and that’s saying a lot, considering the tumult and unknowns with which the program began the season. But perhaps the scariest moment occurred after the air had been taken out of the football when rumors swirled that Bill O’Brien may bolt to the NFL. It all proved to be unfounded and O’Brien pledged his allegiance to Penn State, and that’s good because the next few seasons could be very challenging for the program as it begins to deal with the throes of severe NCAA sanctions that have trimmed scholarships from 85 to 65.
There’s a trio of Big Ten football spring games Saturday, and all three air live on BTN/BTN2Go. It all starts with Penn State, at noon ET, continues with Michigan State, at 2:30 p.m. ET, and culminates with Wisconsin, at 5 p.m. ET.
The 2013 WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Bristol, Conn., and a pair of Big Ten stars were selected in the first round. Ohio State’s Tayler Hill went No. 4 to Washington, while Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore went No. 12 to Minnesota. Read more about Hill and Moore and see all the Big Ten draftees in this post.
It was a good day for the Penn State men’s lacrosse team. Not only did the Nittany Lions knock off Towson, 10-8, in a matchup of first-place Colonial Athletic Association teams, they received a highlight-reel goal from Jack Forster. Watch the redshirt senior’s circus shot here.
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We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap.
How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on.