Illinois offensive lineman Pat Flavin is used to protecting the passer, not being the passer. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Never was that more evident than following Illinois practice Thursday at Camp Rantoul. The Illini broke out a dunk tank, and for Flavin’s toss he decided to play some quarterback. He barked out a strong cadence, accepted the snap, took a three-stop drop, checked his receivers and let it rip. The toss was off target, however it still managed to dunk the person in the tank. Based on the laughs at the
The Team. The Team. The Team. #GoBlue A video posted by Michigan Athletics (@umichathletics) on Aug 14, 2015 at 8:03am PDT Michigan has released several videos this summer in anticipation of the 2015 season. Earlier this week, it was a “tradition” video. [ MORE: Visit our Big Ten hype video library ] The theme of the latest video: “The Team, The Team, The Team.” The video stems from Bo Schembechler’s famous “the team” speech, which Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh often references when talking about playing under the legendary coach. This video features wide receiver Jehu Chesson, who is expected to
The BTN bus tour is at Minnesota football practice Friday morning, our fourth stop on our annual trek across the Big Ten. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong ] Minnesota defensive end Theiren Cockran is a player Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart will certainly have their eyes on. Cockran registered four sacks last season, and he’s very likely to improve upon that number this fall. Last month at media days in Chicago,
Victor Oladipo sure seems to be enjoying his time working out with the United State’s Basketball Men’s National Team in Las Vegas. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Earlier this week, the former Indiana star and current Orlando guard hit this shot in practice. In an intrasquad scrimmage Thursday night, Oladipo showed off the athleticism that helped make him an All-America in 2013. From the top of the key, the former Hoosier crossed over Michael Carter-Williams, drove the lane and threw down a one-handed posterizing dunk. As good as the ankle-breaking crossover and
Just last month, the University of Michigan announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Nike to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. Thursday, in the video above, Michael Jordan welcomed Michigan football to the Jordan Brand, making the Wolverines the first college football team outfitted by the Nike brand. “I want to welcome my first football team to the Jordan family,” Jordan said in the @Jumpman23 video. “Go Blue.” Michigan’s basketball programs will also be outfitted by “Jumpman” Jordan Brand gear. According
It’s time to celebrate, lefties! Today, Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day. Last year, I put together a list of our favorite Big Ten lefties, which consisted of names like Kirk Gibson, Calbert Cheaney and Morris Peterson. Today, I dug into the archives and put together a great list of my favorite highlights from left-handed Big Ten athletes over the past season. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here we go! Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell drops an incredible pass to Sam Thompson for the
When it comes to college football bowl projections, Jerry Palm is one of the best in the business. Palm recently released his preseason bowl and playoff projections for the upcoming 2015 college football season, and he’s a Big Ten believer. “You can see a scenario where Michigan State goes 11-1, beating Oregon and losing only to 13-0 Ohio State, and both the Buckeyes and Spartans make the playoffs,” Palm writes. “That would mean two leagues getting left out.” Again, that is just a potential scenario. Right now, Palm has defending national champion Ohio State in the playoff (Orange Bowl vs.
This much is certain: The Big Ten West race will be fun to watch. The division, by most accounts, is wide open. Wisconsin seems to be the favorite, however cases can be made for Minnesota and Nebraska.
The second installment in our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's most underrated player.
As I travel on I-35 North toward Minneapolis to visit Golden Gophers’ camp, I decided to reach into my Mailbag as I eat breakfast bars masquerading as candy bars. The cards and letters are coming fast. More Red Bull!! On to the love letters … What does Ed Davis’ injury mean to Michigan State? – Matt This is a big loss for the Spartans, as they already were replacing CB Trae Waynes, FS Kurtis Drummond, LB Taiwan Jones and DE Marcus Rush. Now Davis, who Mark Dantonio said is one of the best linebackers the program has had under his