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
The official list of players invited to the NFL Combine is out. And the Big Ten is well represented with 32 invitees. Ohio State leads the way with seven players invited. Illinois (4): DE Michael Buchanan; CB Terry Hawthorne; DT Akeem Spence; OT Hugh Thornton Iowa (2): CB Micah Hyde; QB James Vandenberg Michigan: WR Denard Robinson Michigan State (4): CB Johnny Adams; RB Le’Veon Bell; DE William Gholston; TE Dion Sims Minnesota: QB MarQueis Gray Nebraska (3): RB Rex Burkhead; P Brett Maher; S Daimion Stafford Ohio State (7): FB Zach Boren; OT Reid Fragel; DT Johnathan Hankins; LB Etienne
The fax machines have stopped spitting out letters-of-intent. In fact, they have been unplugged to prevent from overheating. Now, it’s time to take a look at what happen amid a Signing Day frenzy, with schools stocking their rosters for the future. Here’s a spin around Big Ten Signing Day 2013. [ RELATED: What’s in a name? Big Ten’s top 12 names from signing day ] TOP CLASS: Ohio State The Buckeyes inked a boffo class on the heels of last year’s impressive haul, with defense being an emphasis. In fact, no Big Ten school signed more defensive players than the
Every year on National Signing Day, the college football world is introduced to some spectacular names. The Big Ten is no exception. This year’s group includes a “Taco,” a “Warfield,” a “Spearman” and a “Sprinkle,” among other gems. Check out my top 12 new Big Ten names in this post. 1. Michigan’s Taco Charlton, DE, 6-6, 249, Pickerington, Ohio (Central) 2. Nebraska’s Courtney Love, LB, 6-1, 225, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney) 3. Nebraska’s Chongo Kondolo, OL, 6-4, 290, Weston Fla. (Cypress Bay) 4. Illinois’ Marchie Murdock, WR, 6-1, 180, Arlington, Texas (Legacy) 5. Iowa’s Solomon Warfield, DB, 6-0, 185, Cleveland,
Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell announced the signing of 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play for the Boilermakers. The class features three early enrollees in quarterback Danny Etling, defensive end John Strauser and running back David Yancey. [ RELATED: Dienhart’s National Signing Day Notebook ] The group hails from seven different states, with five each from Georgia, Florida and Ohio, three each from Illinois and Indiana and one each from Kentucky and Texas. Find the official Purdue list and more at PurdueSports.com.
The Feb. 6 National Signing Day for football is a less than a week away, and it’s the first day recruits can ink letters of intent. It’s also the day when every fan dreams big while studying the list of players their school signed and wondering which players will be stars and which ones might be busts. But, honestly, they all look like studs on Signing Day, right? As a primer for the Signing Day frenzy, here’s a look at the top three priorities for each Big Ten team. Be sure to check out my list of football names who have
For some players, it’s all about getting a jump on the college experience in hopes of getting a jump on winning a job. That’s why players enroll in college early. In all, the Big Ten has 42 early arrivals, with 10 coming from the junior-college ranks. Illinois paced all Big Ten schools with 10 early enrollees. That’s almost half of the 24 verbal commitments that the Fighting Illini have received in the 2013 signing class, which begin inking letters of intent on Feb. 6. Michigan has six early enrollees; Penn State and Ohio State have five; Indiana, Nebraska and Purdue
BTN has confirmed that new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell has made the final big hire of his first Boilermakers staff, tabbing John Shoop as offensive coordinator. Shoop has an impressive background, coaching in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98, the Chicago Bears from 1999-2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and the Oakland Raiders from 2005-06. Shoop was offensive coordinator for the Bears, while also coaching quarterbacks in Chicago as well as in Carolina, Tampa Bay and Oakland. Shoop, 43, joined the college ranks in 2007, when he became offensive coordinator for Butch Davis at North Carolina until
Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice is in the books, and BTN host Rick Pizzo and BTN NFL Draft expert Russ Lande have the latest updates from Mobile, Ala. For starters, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year John Simon was a no-show Tuesday, this after practicing with the linebackers Monday. Also, our guys talk about Kawann Short’s prospects and Hugh Thornton’s improving stock.
Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from. Freeman, Heacock and Williams worked for Hazell at Kent State. Bollman comes from Boston College but worked with Hazell at Ohio State as offensive coordinator under Jim Tressel. Sherman was at Virginia Tech. Hudson was at Florida State and has no direct ties to Hazell.