Maryland turns the page on a new era with D.J. Durkin taking over in College Park. Durkin replaces Randy Edsall, who had a largely uneventful four-plus year tenure in going to just two bowls after taking over in 2011. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over after Edsall was fired during last season, as Maryland finished 3-9 and lost nine in a row at one time. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The staff must adapt to the personnel, so the spring will be a critical time to develop chemistry for all parties. Durkin,
Earlier this month, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair attended Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” on National Signing Day. [ MORE: Ohio kids learn about courts in Meyer-Harbaugh hypothetical case ] Monday night, Jim Harbaugh and members of his staff attended WWE’s Monday Night Raw in Detroit. Harbaugh sat ringside, and the WWE cameras spotted the second-year Michigan coach getting pumped up during the action. Watch a GIF of Harbaugh in the tweet above. In case one couldn’t tell from Flair’s invitation to “Signing of the Stars” or Harbaugh’s excitement Monday night, he’s a big wrestling fan. More importantly, this
Northwestern is coming off a special season in which it won 10 games. And it was a much-needed elixir for a program that was coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons. Now, can the Wildcats continue their evolution? [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The offense needs to get better after ranking last in the Big Ten in scoring (19.5 ppg) and last overall (327.1 ypg). The passing attack lacked big-play ability, as NU ranked—what else?—last in the conference (138.5 ypg). No staff changes were made, so any improvement will have to come through maturation.
Good to see former Wisconsin star DB Jim Leonhard return to Madison as DB coach. Leonhard will replace Daronte Jones, who left Wisconsin earlier this month to take an assistant defensive backs coach position with the Miami Dolphins. Leonhard, 33, began his Badgers career as a walk-on in 2001 and went on to play 10 years in the NFL before retiring after the 2014 season. He is a classic Badger. *** Michigan’s offensive line should be pretty good next season. But there’s a big hole at center with Graham Glasgow gone. A possible solution: moving left tackle Mason Cole to
Penn State sports teams flashed their dance moves on the stage Saturday at THON 2016, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. [ MORE: Follow @THON on Twitter! ] Needless to say, the student-athletes were a hit, entertaining the dancers and volunteers roughly halfway through their annual 46-hour fundraiser at the Bryce Jordan Center. THON, which started in 1977 and raises benefits for pediatric cancer patients, features more than 700 students dancing from late Friday afternoon to late Sunday afternoon. The final 2016 total raised for Four Diamonds Fund out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center? A cool $9,770,332.32, bringing the all-time total to more than
The world’s largest student-run philanthropy is back at it, as Penn State’s annual “THON” kicked off late Friday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. [ MORE: Watch the 2016 THON live stream | Follow @THON on Twitter! ] The event, which started in 1977 and raises benefits for pediatric cancer patients, features more than 700 students dancing for 46 consecutive hours, officially ending at 4 p.m. ET Sunday. Throughout the 46-hour marathon, Penn State athletic teams will rotate in to take part in raising money for the Four Diamonds Fund out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center. A year ago,
(AP) Jim Harbaugh has Michigan in the spotlight again. [ MORE: Meet No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary | Tom Brady at Signing of the Stars | Ric Flair at Signing of the Stars ] The Wolverines announced Friday their spring football game will be at night for the first time. The April 1 game will serve as the 15th and final practice for Harbaugh’s second spring with the Wolverines. This month, Harbaugh is taking his players to practice in Florida during spring break, a move NCAA President Mark Emmert does not favor. “They’re having a hard time being students and
What is the most powerful fan base in college football? Collegespun.com recently published an article listing the 16 most powerful fan bases, and four Big Ten schools appear on the list. Factors that were taken into account while creating the list include program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of others. Leading the way is Ohio State, which is listed at No. 1 overall. “Ohio State has always been among the strongest programs and fan bases in college football, but winning the 2014 national championship seems to have woken something up in the Buckeye
Minnesota is still celebrating an incredible upset win. Illinois's new AD has challenges ahead. Which Iowa player has the highest NBA potential? We round up all of Friday's top headlines in this Big Ten news digest.
Welcome to the college football offseason. We are more than a month removed from the National Championship and still two months away from the start of spring football. But don't think for a second that means Jim Harbaugh is out of the news.