It’s a strange situation: Even as football has reached the height of its popularity, there are serious doubts about its future viability. And the main reason for that is the health problems caused over time by concussions, which often go undiagnosed after they occur. This issue grabbed headlines in recent years with the untimely deaths of former professional players who believe they suffered cognitive and emotional problems later in life because of untreated injuries to their brains. (And a big-budget film, “Concussion,” was just released that depicts the medical investigation into the issue.) Beyond the immediate issues that creates for
The Big Ten knows all about Michael Caputo and what he adds to a defense. The former Wisconsin safety put his skills on display in the 91st East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field. Caputo picked off a pair of passes, including one vs. ex-Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave, and tallied three tackles en route to claiming defensive MVP honors in the West team’s 29-9 victory. Caputo’s second interception came vs. a familiar foe, as well, as he picked off former former Iowa and Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock in the fourth quarter. The two interceptions were just one fewer than the
James Franklin met the media Saturday to discuss numerous topics about his program, in particular player and coach turnaround this offseason. Fresh off a 7-6 season that ended with a 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, there’s been no shortage of musical chairs following Franklin’s second campaign. Staff-wise, Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan, replacing him with Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead, while defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and offensive line coach Herb Hand bolted to Tennessee and Auburn, respectively. “We’ve had some turnover in the program with coaches and players,” Franklin said. “I’m very appreciative of what Bob
Iowa? Ohio State? Michigan? Some other team perhaps? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked a handful of football writers to make their incredibly early predictions on a 2016 Big Ten football champion. Here's what they said.
Ohio State rolled out a 2015 football highlight reel. Michigan lands a familiar name on the College Football Playoff committee. There's another reason why Michigan State might not be doing so well on the basketball court. And has there ever been a better time to be an Iowa hoops and football fan? We recap the headlines from around the Big Ten in this collection of Friday links.
James Franklin’s third Penn State team has some challenges with an altered coaching staff and a number of player transfers. Amid the turnover, Franklin will try to take the next step in State College after going 7-6 in each of his first two seasons and 6-10 overall in the Big Ten. This remains a young roster that teems with promising talent.
"How long do you think it will take D.J. Durkin to make a difference at Maryland?" "What is the ceiling for Michigan State football next year?" "What is the one thing that Iowa can get better at in 2016?" "Who replaces Michigan's Jake Rudock?" These are a few of the football questions readers sent in. Tom Dienhart answers them and more.
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.