With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once
Big changes this week in the bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, as the Big Ten went from eight bowl teams last week to 11 this week. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums
Five Big Ten women’s soccer teams will compete in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced on Monday. Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers all earned berths to the national tournament, which begins on Friday. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Minnesota makes its ninth appearance in the tournament after finishing the season with an 11-6-3 overall record. The Golden Gophers will host South Dakota State in the first round on Friday. Northwestern, which finished the season with a record of 13-5-2, makes its third appearance in the NCAA Championship, and
Iowa shoots up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, to No. 2. In fact, a case could be made for the Hawkeyes being No. 1.
Lots to digest … like this: Is Iowa the best team in the Big Ten? And, the Football gods are indeed just. Ask Nebraska.
The top-seeded Penn State women’s soccer team won its sixth Big Ten Tournament title after defeating No. 3 Rutgers, 2-0, in Sunday’s championship match at Penn State’s Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania. [ MORE: Maryland wins first Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament ] With the victory, the Nittany Lions earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Elizabeth Ball scored the first goal of the game off a header in the ninth minute, followed by an insurance goal from teammate Emily Ogle in the 26th minute. Penn State’s goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom tallied one save in the shutout
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s weekly Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | Watch Christian Hackenberg pass drill ump | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums | View your team’s homepage ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his
Leonardo da Vinci’s wide-ranging work influenced many scientists and artists who came after him. But Penn State art professor B. Stephen Carpenter II is probably one of a few who was especially inspired by the work the great Italian thinker did on the wrong side of the law. “Historically, Leonardo da Vinci went to morgues illegally to draw cadavers and use his art to understand anatomy,” he pointed out. However, Da Vinci ultimately used that access for the good of others. And the way he combined his creative talents and scientific genius in this and other work helped shape Carpenter’s
The Big Ten unbeaten ranks took a hit with Nebraska stunning No. 7 Michigan State. Previously unbeaten LSU (Alabama), TCU (Oklahoma State) and Memphis (Navy) also went down in the wildest weekend of the season.
What a week of Big Ten football! [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Power Rankings | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | Watch Christian Hackenberg pass drill ump | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums | View your team’s homepage ] Fans were treated to crazy finishes, upset victories, and several outstanding individual performances. Who had the most impressive performance? Well, that’s what I’m here to