It’s National Signing Day! And, it looks like it’s gonna be a big day for Ohio State and Michigan. That’s bad news for the rest of the Big Ten—especially East Division rivals of the Buckeyes and Wolverines. “If you’re Indiana, Maryland or Rutgers, you have to convince yourself to have hope,” said Mike Farrell, the national recruiting director for Rivals.com. “Penn State is fourth in the division, and the gap between Penn State and the rest is massive.” *** Here is why the 2016 Class is so important to Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh didn’t get a full recruiting cycle to ink
It’s the first Wednesday of February, and that means one thing: It’s National Signing Day. We’re airing eight straight hours of #SigningDayOnBTN coverage, until 5 p.m. ET, and you can watch it all live on BTN TV and via BTN2Go. Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) is anchoring the festivities along with BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) and Scout.com’s Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu). We have reporters across many Big Ten campuses, too. Use this link to get all of their updates. Are you on Twitter? Use the Twitter hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to submit your questions to our on-air panel, and they’ll
BTN will cover all 14 Big Ten football programs live, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, on National Football Signing Day. On the go? You can also watch our coverage on BTN2Go. Also, follow the Big Ten Network on Facebook (main page here here and social video page here), Twitter (main account here and 14 school accounts here) and YouTube for exclusive BTN video content, including show clips, interviews and analysis. Hosted by Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), Wednesday’s eight-hour show will feature BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDiNardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith), as well as Scout.com recruiting analyst Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu), with each providing in-depth
During BTN's eight hours of live Signing Day coverage on TV and BTN2Go, our on-air guests will deliver video answers to viewer-submitted Big Ten football recruiting questions on Twitter. Just use the hashtag #SigningDayOnBTN to get your question in front of our panel as the roll through an entire day of live television starting at 9 a.m. ET and up through 5 p.m. ET..
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