Rutgers will begin its third Big Ten season under transition. Kyle Flood is out. Chris Ash is in, hired away from his job as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ash has work to do, especially on a defense that ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten overall (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The offense will be undergoing a scheme change, making this a critical spring on both sides of the ball. One of the biggest position battles will come at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. Other talent back on offense is RBs Josh Hicks and
A raft of players is exiting Illinois. The loss of some is no biggie. But to see LB T.J. Neal bolt hurts. With Neal leaving, the Illini will be without six of their top seven tacklers from 2015. Safety Taylor Barton is the lone returnee. *** Iowa QB C.J. Beathard has had a sports hernia operation. The guy was nagged almost all season but still battled on. Tough guy. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said that coach Kirk Ferentz would be able to address health-related matters at the Feb. 3 National Signing Day news conference. C.J.’s father, Casey, told HawkeyeNation.com that
The 2016 Pro Bowl selections are changing by the minute, it seems, but there will be plenty of Big Ten representation at the annual event Sunday at Aloha Stadium. [ MORE: View the complete Pro Bowl roster at NFL.com ] As of Tuesday afternoon, 13 former Big Ten stars will suit up in Honolulu, Hawaii. That figure doesn’t include Tom Brady (Michigan), who was named to the team but withdrew, Kawann Short (Purdue), who will miss the game due to playing in Super Bowl 50, or a trio Nebraska players who all played before their schools entered the Big Ten.
Last offseason, former Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel tackled a tree. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] This offseason, Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel, in true Wisconsin fashion, is tackling snowmen. “Hey, in Wisconsin, we practice football 12 months a year,” Biegel says to open the video he tweeted Monday night. Biegel proceeds to destroy the snowman, leaving nothing but its base still intact. Watch the video in the tweet above.
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. We’re posting Part One here and Part Two is here. Remember to find re-air times on our TV schedule page. Also, every episode of “The Journey” – this season and past – is available on BTN2Go,
The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super
On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007. Over the next seven days, BTN will take a trip down memory lane with the best moments and stories from The Journey’s past nine years on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. ‘Journey Week’ will include reliving 12 of the most popular features in Journey history, an updated look at
Darrell Hazell continues to try to get this program on solid footing as he enters his fourth season at the helm. Hazell will move forward with a veteran roster that has potential. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] The quarterback situation has been a sore spot under Hazell, who has switched signal-callers during the season each of the last three years. Austin Appleby began the season No. 1 but lost his job and subsequently transferred to Florida. Who will be the guy this year: David Blough, who replaced Appleby, or Elijah Sindelar, a highly
It was a big Sunday for former Big Ten stars in NFC and AFC title games. Four players scored at least one touchdown, with Owen Daniels (Wisconsin) hauling in a pair of scoring strikes in Denver’s win vs. New England. On defense, Kurt Coleman (Ohio State) picked off a pair of passes in Carolina’s rout of Arizona, and Bradley Roby (Ohio State) sealed Denver’s aforementioned AFC title game victory with an interception on New England’s potential game-tying two-point conversion in the final seconds. Before we consider how every former Big Ten star performed Sunday, let’s look ahead to Super Bowl
Indiana basketball remains hot despite losing one of the Hoosiers' stars. It's an open competition to be the top QB next year at Penn State. One writer takes a look at Jim Tressel's place in Ohio State history while another examines Michigan's strong corps of receivers. An what's all this about a Michigan vs. Michigan State night football game? Read today's headlines now.