The 2014 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night, so the BTN.com team decided to host its own Big Ten football mock draft. The rules: Only Big Ten NFL draft prospects are eligible, and every manager must draft one of the following positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, ILB, OLB, CB, S. [ MORE: Get all of our 2014 NFL Draft coverage ] Here are the teams. TOM DIENHART QB: Andrew Maxwell, Michigan State RB: Fitz Toussaint, Michigan WR: Allen Robinson, Penn State TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa OL: Taylor Lewan, Michigan DL: DaQuan Jones, Penn State ILB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
The NCAA released the Academic Progress Report (APR) scores for schools that finished in the top 10 percent across all sports Wednesday. See the Big Ten teams that earned recognition in this post. [ MORE: NCAA.org: View results for every Big Ten school ] ILLINOIS Baseball Men’s Golf Women’s Golf Women’s Soccer Women’s Tennis INDIANA Men’s Basketball Men’s Cross Country Men’s Golf Men’s Soccer Men’s Outdoor Track Women’s Tennis IOWA Baseball Men’s Golf MICHIGAN Men’s Basketball Men’s Cross Country Women’s Basketball Women’s Gymnastics Women’s Volleyball Water Polo MICHIGAN STATE Men’s Tennis Women’s Gymnastics MINNESOTA Baseball Men’s Gymnastics Men’s Tennis Men’s
NEW YORK — Jim Delany is a man on the move. Catch him if you can. The Big Ten commissioner is tugging a big black bag behind him as he walks toward a waiting Amtrak train that’s headed from New York’s Penn Station to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Train 2109 departs at 8 a.m. And Delany is ahead of schedule. He has a big announcement to make. There is no time to be tired. Only time to think about what’s next. The Big Ten is changing before our eyes. Oh, we all knew this was coming. We have known
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Would you like to see an East Coast B1G Football Championship Game? The choices: #BTNyes or #BTNno. How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. There’s another very easy way to vote via Twitter or Facebook – just use click on the poll below.
Le’Veon Bell, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt. All three are former Big Ten standouts, and all three are current stars in the NFL. With the 2014 NFL Draft starting Thursday night, I was wondering if there any future NFL stars in this year’s Big Ten draft class? If so, how does this year’s class compare to recent Big Ten classes? Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft and a look at how they stack up to the past three Big Ten NFL Draft classes. [ MORE: Dienhart: My Top 10Big Ten NFL Draft
With the 2014 NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, let’s look back at how some of the players we have featured this year continue to represent their alma maters well on – and off – the football field. Tom Brady (Michigan) continues to be active with Best Buddies in Hyannis Port. Their annual Best Buddies Challenge is coming up at the end of this month! Since we featured Matt Light (Purdue), his foundation added a new event – Fool’s Night Out. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (Penn State) continues to make an impact on communities in Illinois with his Goulden
The Big Ten is set to make a splash in this week’s NFL Draft, which will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has six Big Ten prospects being selected in his most recent mock draft. Here is a photo gallery of the Big Ten’s top 25 prospects in the 2014 draft class.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many schools should qualify for the college football playoff? On tonight’s show, our experts talk about how the new college football playoff committee set parameters for its inaugural season. We’ll debate what makes sense and what needs some tweaking. How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. There’s
Recruiting is the lifeblood of a good football program. Ask any coach. The team with the best players typically wins the game. Well, when it comes to an investment in talent procurement, the Big Ten is upping its ante. According to a story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Big Ten public schools have increased their football recruiting expenses by 57 percent in a two-year period. The Big Ten’s current 11 public schools combined to spend nearly $6.47 million in football recruiting in fiscal year 2013. That’s up from $4.1 million in 2011. Big Ten Recruiting Costs School 2011 2012 2013
The Big Ten spring football season is officially in the books, which means it’s time to point out those who stood out and made an impact for their respective teams. I reached out to writers from every Big Ten school and asked them who they were most impressed with in their team’s spring football game and why. [ MORE: Dienhart: My 2014 All-Spring Football Team ] Illinois: Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), News Gazette – WR Justin Hardee Based strictly on the spring game, which the Blue easily won 38-7 with Reilly O’Toole and Wes Lunt receiving roughly the same snaps at