Melvin Gordon and Trae Waynes have been best friends, high school teammates, college rivals and Big Ten stars. In a few days, they'll add NFL draft picks to the list.
Paul Chryst’s first spring back in Madison, Wisconsin, is now complete. The Badgers held their annual spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Wisconsin spring game on BTN2Go ] In search of how the former Badger player and assistant is adjusting to life as the Wisconsin football coach, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo recently sat down with Chryst. Among several topics discussed, DiNardo asked Chryst about Wisconsin’s academic standards, his offensive approach and working for a legend who just so happens to have a statue outside of Camp Randall Stadium. Watch the interview in the video above. Also,
Paul Chryst knows the culture of this school and state. He knows, loves it, sells it and embraces it ... and most importantly, he understands it. That’s what makes Chryst so perfect for this job. He’s a natural in Wisconsin red. And, it showed today in Wisconsin's spring game.
And, that's a wrap. Saturday featured the Big Ten's last three spring football games of the year. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin were in action on the final Saturday of the Big Ten spring season.
Fresh off a second straight Final Four run, former Wisconsin hoops stars Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan got the chance to serve as honorary coaches at the Wisconsin spring football game Saturday afternoon. [ Watch the replay of Wisconsin’s spring game on BTN2Go ] Gasser was in charge of the White team, while Dukan coached the Red team. In doing so, Gasser made the choice to dress up like New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. He is sporting the classic cut-off hooded sweat shirt look, with the long sleeve undershirt and khakis. Dukan is imitating Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry
Coming off a season that saw Ohio State take home the national championship, the highlight of a successful 2014 bowl season, the Big Ten is not slowing down this spring season.
When it comes to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are the two biggest names in the game. So, what better than a head-to-head mock draft with the two ESPN NFL gurus? [ MORE: Where could Big Ten’s top prospects call home? ] That’s exactly what happened as McShay and Kiper recently got together and took part in a mock draft where they alternated picks, with no trades allowed. A total of 15 Big Ten players were selected in this three-round mock draft, highlighted by five selections in the first round. Iowa’s Brandon Scherff was the
The Big Ten has had its share of quality tight ends in recent years. And the NFL has taken notice.
Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces
The trend in recent years has been for NFL teams to avoid drafting running backs in the first round. The first back didn’t come off the board in 2014 until the 54th pick. The Big Ten hasn’t been immune to that trend. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] In the last 10 drafts, since 2005, the Big Ten has had just three running backs taken in the first round: Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (2006), Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall (2008) and Ohio State’s Beanie Wells (2009). And five drafts have passed since Wells was the last Big Ten back