Purdue announced that coach Danny Hope has been given a two-year contract extension, pushing his deal through Dec. 31, 2016. Hope’s deal had three years remaining on it.
On January 10, BTN will debut a powerful new original series called Impact the World, which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Impact will take viewers on a journey around the world to illustrate how breakthroughs at all 12 Big Ten universities are improving lives. The actor Dennis Haysbert is hosting the series. Watch a promo for the series right here and learn more in this post.
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Penn State released a statement Thursday addressing its head coaching search. See the entire statement in this post.
Wisconsin suffered a big blow with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst taking the Pitt job. In eight seasons at Wisconsin, Chryst built some of the nation’s top offenses while at Wisconsin, helping lead the Badgers to consecutive Rose Bowl appearances the past two seasons.
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High school recruits can’t sign letters of intent until Feb. 1. But junior college recruits who plan to enroll in January so they can take part in spring drills were able to sign Dec. 21. Minnesota and Indiana—the two Big Ten teams not to make a bowl this season–led the way among Big Ten schools with each signing five players this week who will take part in spring drills.
You have questions, I have answers in my weekly mail bag. Among other questions this week, fans wonder if Drew Brees is better than Tom Brady, what’s the best Big Ten bowl no one is talking about and if bowl matchups are really the best way to compare conferences.
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It had been speculated, and now it’s true: Everett Withers has been hired as co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Ohio State. Withers was the interim head coach at North Carolina this season after Butch Davis was fired in July. Withers, who also was UNC’s defensive coordinator, guided the Tar Heels to a 7-5 mark and spot in the Independence Bowl vs. Missouri on December 26.