With that loss to Nebraska, Michigan State has dropped three straight. One writer is comparing Iowa's basketball team to another pretty good recent Big Ten squad. Meanwhile in football, Nebraska added a familiar foe to the schedule. And contract details are out for Michigan's new defensive coordinator. Catch up on Thursday's headlines in this post.
Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season. Yes, he will have some building blocks for his fifth squad, including the likes of LB Raekwon McMillan, Gs Billy Price and Pat Elflein, DE Tyquan Lewis, CB Gareon
A handful of former Big Ten stars were named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team, released Tuesday. See the five players below: Stefon Diggs (Maryland), WR, Minnesota Vikings – 52 rec., 720 yards, 4 TD Brandon Scherff (Iowa), G, Washington Redskins – No stats Rob Havenstein (Wisconsin), T, St. Louis Rams – No stats Donovan Smith (Penn State), T, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – No stats Adrian Amos (Penn State), S, Chicago Bears – 67 tackles One-time Michigan RB Thomas Rawls, who transferred to Central Michigan, also made the team.
The deadline for players to enter the NFL draft early was Monday, Jan. 18. And, no Big Ten team—or any squad in the nation, for that matter–had more defections than Ohio State. The Buckeyes saw nine players bolt, highlighted by the early departure of defensive end Joe Bosa, who some feel will be the first pick in the 2016 draft. In all, 20 Big Ten players turned pro. No other Big Ten team had more than two players leave. Eight schools had at least one player bolt. Here is a look at the Big Ten players who are leaving early:
If you are like me, you can’t wait to see what Jim Harbaugh can do with Houston transfer QB John O’Korn, who sat out last season. The kid was pretty good at Houston. And I bet Harbaugh’s shapes him into a good signal-caller. But he’ll have challengers. Is Shane Morris gonna step up? Finally? *** It looks like Wisconsin may have its new DC in line: Tim Tibesar, the team’s outside linebackers coach in 2015. Tibesar’s last stint as a defensive coordinator came in 2012 at Purdue. Before that he was the defensive coordinator for Montreal of the Canadian Football
Northwestern had a big bounce-back season in 2015, posting 10 victories after consecutive 5-7 campaigns. A 10-win season preceded that 2013-14 slump. Pat Fitzgerald looks to keep the mojo going in Evanston and avoid a repeat of a backslide after a big season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The Wildcats will have plenty of building blocks in 2016. The offense will have players like QB Clayton Thorson, RB Justin Jackson, Ts Eric Olson and Black Hance, WR Austin Carr, SB Garrett Dickerson and WR/RB Solomon Vault, among others. The defense has back CB
Iowa's basketball team is ascending rising, and so is Peter Jok. Northwestern has hit some bump times. Get a few updates from the football programs at Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Indiana. Plus, did you look at Michigan State's football schedule next season? It is not easy. Those are the headlines in Tuesday's Big Ten links.
Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. It seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a confounding way to lose a game. At least the Huskers finished on an up note, going 3-1 in their last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] But prospects look good in 2016. The Huskers welcome back lots of talent, including QB Tommy Armstrong, RB Terrell Newby, WR Jordan Westerkamp and WR De’Mornay Pierson-El on offense and CB Josh Kalu, LB Dedrick Young, LB Michael Rose-Ivey and
There are four open seats on the College Football Playoff committee. And former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is up for one of them. *** Kevin Wilson has done a lot of good things at Indiana. But, he has been unable to fix the defense. But, he’s trying. The latest move has him bidding “bye-bye” to coordinator Brian Knorr after two years and bringing in Tom Allen from South Florida to run the defense. The challenges facing Rutgers athletic department are many for new A.D. Patrick Hobbs. Just when does he think the department will turn a profit? NJ.com says the
The AFC and NFC championship games are set, and it will be New England at Denver and Arizona at Carolina, respectively. Check out how former Big Ten names performed in NFL divisional playoff action Saturday and Sunday below. Editor’s note: Stats are from foxsports.com box scores. ILLINOIS Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs – No stats Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots – No stats INDIANA Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos – 2 rec., 18 yards IOWA Bryan Bulaga, T, Green Bay Packers – No stats Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots – No stats Mike Daniels, DT, Green Bay