Of course it wasn’t the first time an athlete lost a shoe during a game. And it certainly won’t be the last time. But when Purdue’s A.J. Hammons lost is shoe on the offensive end of the court, then pulled down a defensive rebound while hold that same shoe in his hands … well, that’s a moment. “I was glad I got the rebound. My foot was slipping,” Hammons told the Lafayette Courier-Journal after the game. He thought about throwing it to the side but told reporters he wanted to get back. What did Coach Matt Painter say to him
In today's Big Ten headline roundup, we have one look at a critical stretch in Northwestern basketball's schedule. Are they tourney worthy? Meanwhile, Wisconsin needs to enhance their tourney credentials, too. Rutgers football got some good news. Minnesota basketball has some, too. Read these stories and others in today's digest.
Braxton Miller had his moments in his one and only season as an Ohio State wide receiver. But, for the most part, the two-time Big Ten quarterback of the year’s number wasn’t called all that often. He finished the season with 26 receptions, 341 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 260 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Fast forward to Senior Bowl practice this week in Mobile, Alabama, and Miller is making quite the impression. The quarterback-turned-receiver is showing he can run routes, get separation and make catches. Miller will play in the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl
Donald Trump held a rally Tuesday night at the University of Iowa, and several Iowa football players and wrestlers joined the Republican front-runner on stage. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The football team, a month removed from completing one of the best seasons in program history, joined Trump on stage first. Trump raved about the players’ size, joked about the team’s disappointing Rose Bowl defeat, and said this about popular quarterback C.J. Beathard: “We’ve got the next Tom Brady right over here. The quarterback, he’s gonna be the next Tom Brady.” As
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of The Journey – this season and past – is available
Rutgers will begin its third Big Ten season under transition. Kyle Flood is out. Chris Ash is in, hired away from his job as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ash has work to do, especially on a defense that ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten overall (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, making this a critical spring on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest position battles will come at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. Other talent back on offense is RBs Josh Hicks and
A raft of players is exiting Illinois. The loss of some is no biggie. But to see LB T.J. Neal bolt hurts. With Neal leaving, the Illini will be without six of their top seven tacklers from 2015. Safety Taylor Barton is the lone returnee. *** Iowa QB C.J. Beathard has had a sports hernia operation. The guy was nagged almost all season but still battled on. Tough guy. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said that coach Kirk Ferentz would be able to address health-related matters at the Feb. 3 National Signing Day news conference. C.J.’s father, Casey, told HawkeyeNation.com that
The 2016 Pro Bowl selections are changing by the minute, it seems, but there will be plenty of Big Ten representation at the annual event Sunday at Aloha Stadium. [ MORE: View the complete Pro Bowl roster at NFL.com ] As of Tuesday afternoon, 13 former Big Ten stars will suit up in Honolulu, Hawaii. That figure doesn’t include Tom Brady (Michigan), who was named to the team but withdrew, Kawann Short (Purdue), who will miss the game due to playing in Super Bowl 50, or a trio Nebraska players who all played before their schools entered the Big Ten.
Last offseason, former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel tackled a tree. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] This offseason, Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel, in true Wisconsin fashion, is tackling snowmen. “Hey, in Wisconsin, we practice football 12 months a year,” Biegel says to open the video he tweeted Monday night. Biegel proceeds to destroy the snowman, leaving nothing but its base still intact. Watch the video in the tweet above.
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. We’re posting Part One here and Part Two is here. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of “The Journey” – this season and past – is available on BTN2Go,