Signing Day is a day when rosters are stocked and every recruit looks like a can’t-miss prospect. I took a look back at the last four years of recruiting in the Big Ten to see which schools have lived up to hype generated on National Signing Day as compared to their record over that same span. Scout.com was the source of the recruiting data. Schools are ranked based on won-loss records. Editor’s note: Figures for Maryland and Rutgers are for just the two seasons they have been in the Big Ten. 1. Ohio State 50-4 overall 31-1 Big Ten Average
Recruiting never ends. Once one class is signed, schools cast their eyes to the next one. Offers are always going out … and being accepted. Schools are putting the finishing touches on their 2016 classes. I talked to Allen Trieu, the Midwest Football Recruiting Manager for Scout.com, to get his insights on all things Big Ten recruiting as we head toward Signing Day on Wednesday. Q: How has the conference been doing heading toward Signing Day? A: I think the conference has done extremely well. You have five teams in the Top 20, and that should true through Signing Day.
It will be a who’s who cast of characters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for National Signing Day on Wednesday. You’ve heard the names, by now, a list headlined by former Michigan quarterback and current NFL star Tom Brady, one-time Michigan baseball signee and former New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard. No doubt, non-Michigan fans are rolling their eyes at what they think is Jim Harbaugh’s latest gimmick (like this, for example) to make headlines in the never-ending recruiting battle. But all of the big-time personalities, also including pro wrestling legend Ric Flair, former
Need another reason to prove the Wisconsin football program is getting it done? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Russell Wilson picked up Offensive MVP honors of the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii, marking the second consecutive season the Badgers have had one of the annual game’s superlative winners. A season ago, all-world defensive end and former Wisconsin walk-on J.J. Watt claimed Defensive MVP honors. On Sunday night, Wilson, the one-year Wisconsin standout, completed 8 of 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Team Irvin to an
Charles Woodson put on the pads one final time at the 2016 Pro Bowl on Sunday. The former Michigan star and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner announced his retirement during the season, the 18th of his no-doubt Hall of Fame career. Woodson, who spent 11 seasons with Oakland, spanning two stops, and seven with Green Bay, finished his career with 65 interceptions, tied for fifth most all-time, twice (2009 & 2011) leading the league in the category. More accolades: Woodson was a member of Green Bay’s Super XLV championship team, he scored 11 career touchdowns, he was a member of the
Former Maryland coach Randy Edsall has been hired as the Detroit Lions’ director of football research and special projects. Edsall, who has more than 30 years of coaching experience, was fired by the Terrapins in October after compiling a 22-34 record in four-plus seasons and overseeing the program’s transition from the ACC to the Big Ten. According to reports, Edsall figures to be an assistant to new Detroit general manager Bob Quinn, who served as a graduate assistant at UConn during Edsall’s first season as the Huskies head coach. The 57-year-old last worked in the NFL from 1994-97 as a
Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. Chryst has talent back to work with. The offense returns the likes of RBs Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale, WRs Robert Wheelwright and Jazz Peavy, TE Troy Fumagalli and offensive linemen like Dan Voltz and Michael Deiter. The defense has back LBs T.J. Edwards, Jack Cichy and Vince Biegel, along with NT Arthur Goldberg, E Chikwe Obasih and CB Sojourn
Michigan's new Athletic Director is Warde Manuel, a former Wolverine defensive tackle and a rising star in college athletics administration. He cut his teeth as an athletic director at the University of Buffalo and UConn. Now, he’s back at Michigan, where it all began as a student-athlete (1986-89) and administrator from 1998-2005.
In the days leading up to the 100th episode of the BTN Originals series "The Journey," we asked members of the show's production team to look back on seasons past. These are the people who travel across the conference each week of the football and basketball seasons to tell the stories around and inside the games. What were their favorite stories? Who were their favorite people? What were the best games? Read what they told us and watch some of their favorite stories. The 100 episode airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m..
Maryland basketball got a signature win, Wisconsin football and Indiana football got new defensive coordinators, there are some Big Ten Senior Bowl standouts, and more in Friday's edition of the Big Ten headlines digest.