Spring football is in full bloom in the Big Ten, from Lincoln to State College. Many issues must be decided between the conclusion of spring drills and the start of the season. But, most won’t be resolved until fall camp. Until then, here are the 18—yes, 18–biggest Big Ten spring questions. 1. How will the Michigan offense look with Denard Robinson gone? We got an extended peak last season, when Robinson dealt with injury that forced Devin Gardner to take the controls. And, the results were promising. Coordinator Al Borges will implement more of his pro- and West Coast-style, taking
On Monday night’s “Football Report,” BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo sat down with new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell. Among the topics discussed, Hazell shared why he chose to return to Kent State to coach the team’s bowl game despite being named Purdue coach one month earlier. Watch the full interview here and see our other videos with Hazell in this post. All-access with Purdue on National Signing Day: Black History Month feature on Darrell Hazell: One-on-one with Darrell Hazell: Here’s an early look ahead to Purdue’s 2013 schedule: Day Date Opponent Time TV Result Sat. Aug. 31 at Cincinnati TBA Sat.
Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing. Many questions loom across the Big Ten landscape, as the other 11 schools will begin practice in March. Here is a look at three things that schools in the Leaders Division must work on this spring. On Friday, I will look at the Legends Division. [RELATED: Get the
BTN’s Rosevelt Colvin and Russ Lande were in Indianapolis tracking the Big Ten players who participated in the 2013 NFL Combine leading up to the NFL Draft in April. See a full gallery of Big Ten players in action and watch our collection of interviews with a handful of the Big Ten players. Watch all of the available interviews below. Purdue’s Josh Johnson talks with Colvin. *** Iowa’s Micah Hyde talks with Lande. *** Colvin talks with Illinois’ Michael Buchanan. *** Lande talks with Illinois’ Akeem Spence. *** Colvin talks with Penn State’s Michael Mauti. *** Colvin talks with Minnesota’s
Fun item from esteemed ex-colleague David Fox of Athlon Sports on the top football/basketball coaching tandems in the nation. Topping the list: Ohio State’s duo of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer. Michigan’s duo of Brady Hoke and John Beilein is No. 2 in the nation, according to Athlon. Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems. Hard to argue with Fox putting Matta and Meyer on top. Matta has taken Ohio State to two Final Fours, three Big Ten tourney titles and a share of five regular-season crowns. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and debuted with a
BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. Check our online TV schedule for future re-airing of this show, too. And remember that you can also watch if via BTN2Go. Be sure to visit the Big Ten Conference’s special Black History Month section
Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages. This is the latest item revealed concerning Big Ten schedules, as Commissioner Jim Delany recently said the Big Ten will study a move from an eight- to a nine- or 10-game league schedule. Several FCS schools are on the schedule of Big Ten teams in
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement to the Big Ten Network on Tuesday saying the league will look into a nine- and 10-game league schedule in the future. Here’s the release: “After meeting with coaches and athletic directors, the Big Ten will look at nine- and 10-game options for future conference football schedules. As a conference we want to play each other more, not less, and an increase in the number of games will help accomplish that goal. The Big Ten will continue meeting with school representatives in the coming months to present a proposal to the Council
On Monday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” we went all-access with Purdue and new head coach Darrell Hazell on National Signing Day. Plus, host Mike Hall interviewed Penn State recruiting coordinator Charles London, who helped the Nittany Lions ink this class. Watch our Purdue signing day feature now and catch Hall’s interview with London in this post. Here’s our interview with Penn State’s Charles London. Also, our guys discussed the media attention today’s recruits receive.
Are you ready for some spring football? Hey, it’s not the real thing with packed stadiums, marching bands, tailgaters and cheerleaders all pouring their hearts into a regular season game. But, it’s the next best thing to cure your football fix. Northwestern is the first to start, opening spring drills on Feb. 27. Minnesota is the last to open, starting on March 26. Following is the spring start date for each school and the date for the spring game. Mark your calendars accordingly. And stayed tuned to BTN.com for coming updates on how to watch these events. SCHOOL PRACTICE STARTS