A new NCAA proposal could mean saying “good-bye” to satellite camps and “hello” to text messaging. But I am most bummed to hear there is no early-signing period on the horizon for football. I just don’t get it. Basketball has an early-signing period, but football doesn’t? I think we all know why there isn’t one in football: The big, elite schools don’t want it. *** On the subject of pushing the envelope with rules … if it is Wednesday, Jim Harbaugh must be making headlines. The latest: He plans to spend the night at the home of the nation’s top
Here’s some excellent news: Leah Still, the young daughter of former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still, has beaten cancer. The 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year announced the news on social media Monday night, soon after Leah finished her last treatment. “Words can’t describe how proud I am of this girl,” Still wrote in an Instagram post, which is embedded below. “No matter how hard it got or how painful the treatments were (and it was pretty bad a lot of the times) she never gave up! I want to thank everyone who followed us as I
The 2015 college football season just ended, you say? Give us at least a day to digest it all before looking ahead to the 2016 season, you say? [ MORE: Six Big Ten teams land on final AP & Coaches polls ] Not a chance. Not in today’s world, one in which the annual way-too-early polls start being released pretty much as soon as the the national championship game ends. Well, the second annual College Football Playoff National Championship Game was Monday night (it was a great one, too), so the way-too-early polls are out in full force. Check out
By most accounts, Jim Harbaugh’s debut at Michigan was a rousing success. He inherited a 5-7 team and turned it into a 10-3 squad with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl to end the season. The losses all were “quality,” as the Wolverines fell at Utah, vs. Michigan State and vs. Ohio State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] No doubt, this is a program with as much promise as any in the Big Ten, as Harbaugh continues to fold in talent that he has recruited. Most of last year’s key contributors
The second annual College Football Playoff title game was Monday night, with No. 2 Alabama holding off No. 1 Clemson in an absolute thriller. [ MORE: Relive all of the bowl action on our 2015-16 bowl schedule ] With the 2015 season now completely in the rearview mirror, the AP and Coaches polls released their final rankings Tuesday. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in each poll, paced by Ohio State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 Coaches), last season’s national champ. The Buckeyes took care of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1, the lone loss coming on the
So, Jim Harbaugh would like to hold part of spring practice in Florida? Why is this not a shock? This from the guy who conducted satellite camps last summer that caused an uproar. How do you think SEC schools will feel about this? Exactly. *** Good news from Indiana, as Kevin Wilson has inked a six-year deal that will keep him in Bloomington until 2021. Wilson has the program on the rise, taking it to its first bowl since 2007. The next step: winning the school’s first bowl since 1991. *** Michigan State didn’t have Denzel Valentine for four games
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced Monday that head football coach Kevin Wilson has signed a new six-year contract. The agreement runs through the 2021 season and Wilson will earn an average annual compensation of $2.55 million or $15.3 million over six years.
Big Ten football fans saw Indiana wide receiver Simmie Cobbs make plenty of impressive catches in the 2015 season. None of his 60 receptions came shirtless in freezing temperatures and on a snow-filled Memorial Stadium, though. As odd as it sounds, Cobbs did just that Monday afternoon, part of an impromptu practice with Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont and fellow receiver J-Shun Harris. He tweeted video proof, too, which you can watch in the tweet above. If you’re wondering, Diamont tweeted that it was 12 degrees in Bloomington, Indiana. Here’s another video from the practice:
They’re the reigning national champs – at least for a few more hours – and they’re college football’s most valuable program for the second consecutive season, according to a recent wsj.com study. The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the country with a value of $946.61 million, nearly $62 million more than second-place Texas, which has the nation’s largest revenue at $128 million. Rival Michigan places third ($811.30), while Penn State rounds out the top 10 ($481.39). Just missing the top 10 are No. 11 Nebraska ($443.13) and No. 12 Iowa ($439.57). The annual study was conducted by Ryan Brewer, an assistant
Penn State's football staff has some turnover. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh gets an invite to President's State of the Union address. What does a "quality control coach" do? Read those Monday headlines and more in today's collection of Big Ten links.