SI.com released its 2012 Preseason All-America Team on Thursday, and a half-dozen Big Ten players made the original cut (Update: Michigan State CB Johnny Adams was added due to the dismissal of LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu). Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Wisconsin left tackle Ricky Wagner and Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short earned first-team honors to headline the Big Ten representatives. The second team includes Adams, Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick and Michigan State defensive end William Gholston. [SI.com: 2012 Preseason All-America Team] About what you’d expect. Some Michigan fans might ask where Denard Robinson is,
CHICAGO and SAN DIEGO – Cox Communications and Big Ten Network announced Thursday that it will add BTN to Cox’s lineup in Orange County, Palos Verdes, San Diego and Santa Barbara on Aug. 15, 2012. BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premiere collegiate conferences in the country. The announcement was made today by Cox Senior Vice President Dave Bialis and BTN President Mark Silverman. Cox will carry BTN on its Sports & Information pak. BTN is already available to Cox customers in Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Las Vegas, Nebraska, Ohio and Virginia. Cox customers
We’re in Lincoln, one day after watching Iowa practice on the first stop of our summer bus tour. Don’t forget you can watch Iowa’s preview show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday. Until then, here are Thursday’s best Big Ten web links. MORE ON MEYER: ESPN has a monster story on Ohio State coach Urban Meyer that is fascinating in its gritty and detail—detail that often times makes you wince. Example: When Meyer’s daughter Gigi was making comments at a ceremony at her high school while announcing the college she was attending to play volleyball, she looked at her dad and
When Tom Dienhart wrote that Penn State should put blue ribbon stickers on both sides of its helmet, it got my attention. No helmet, it seems, is as sacred as Penn State’s – not even Michigan’s. After all, the Wolverines are coming off a season in which they added numbers to their lids and put gray facemasks in the rotation, both nods to the past. It’s back to the usual look in 2012. The last time Penn State made a significant change to its helmet: 1987, when it went from gray to blue facemasks. That’s a commitment to one look.
I’m in Iowa City today to take in Iowa’s practice. It’s the first stop on our annual summer bus tour, and I’m excited to watch the team’s running backs, among other things. Enough about me, it’s time to bring you all of Wednesday’s top Big Ten web links. VETERAN HUSKERS: If experience matters, Nebraska is in good shape for the 2012 season. According to Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star, the Cornhuskers have 29 seniors and 26 juniors on the roster. And among that massive senior class are 22 fifth-year seniors. No doubt, that veteran leadership will go a
With the first Big Ten football game still three-plus weeks away, I’m looking for any excuse to talk football. Uniform updates help me pass the time. Today is no different, especially with the release of Wisconsin’s new adidas alternate uniform. On a smaller note, the conference has a new rule that requires every team to wear a “B1G” patch on its jerseys. It’s been reported quite a bit and it’s something I tried to spotlight in my media days Clothes Call recap, but here is photo evidence. Not a big thing at all. It’s something the conference is implementing this
Purdue is coming off a 7-6, the program’s first winning mark since 2007. That has some people in West Lafayette thinking big, as the program aims for back-to-back bowls for the first time since 2006-07 when Joe Tiller still was the coach. Danny Hope’s fourth Purdue team is loaded with veteran talent, including a defense that could end up being one of the better units in the Big Ten. And an offense that is endowed with an abundance of options at quarterback could make strides after ranking seventh in the Big Ten in scoring with a 26.9-yard average in 2011.
Another week is in the books, and that means we’re that much closer to the kickoff of the 2012 college football season. Catch up on all of BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the past week in this post. 10. Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan State OC Dan Roushar After Don Treadwell left to be head coach of Miami (Ohio) after the 2010 season, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio turned to offensive line coach Dan Roushar to be offensive coordinator. And that has proven to be a good move. Last season, the Spartan attack ranked fourth in the Big Ten, averaging
ESPN announced its 2012 college football commentator assignments Monday morning, and the list is littered with Big Ten products, including the addition of former Ohio State standout wide receiver Joey Galloway as an analyst. See all the pairings here and find out what roles Big Ten products will have this fall in this post. Northwestern grad Brent Musburger and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit will return for their seventh season together calling Saturday night games. Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman will be an analyst on the Saturday noon telecasts. Penn State product Matt Millen will serve as the
College football is coming to FOX on Saturday, Sept. 1, and you know what that means: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Erin Andrews are ready to bring you all the action. The network debuted a new commercial Saturday night that plays on Johnson’s knack for calling great games and for making games better. The promo features two friends on a couch flipping the channel back and forth between a boring football game and an exciting Johnson-called game, and when it goes to Johnson’s, one of the friends explains: “It’s the Gus Effect, it makes everything more exciting.” Watch the full