Penn State's football staff has some turnover. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh gets an invite to President's State of the Union address. What does a "quality control coach" do? Read those Monday headlines and more in today's collection of Big Ten links.
The Maryland program is in transition after Randy Edsall was fired during the season. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over for the last six games but couldn’t right the ship, as the Terrapins lost eight in a row at one point en route to finishing 3-9 a year after going to a bowl. Hey, at least Maryland ended the season with a stunning comeback win at Rutgers. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Maryland hired Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to take over. And, he has work to do, especially on defense. Maryland ranked
With the NFL Wild Card weekend complete, it’s time to take a look at how Big Ten names fared in Saturday and Sunday’s playoff games. Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier highlighted the participants, registering 13 tackles and two forced fumbles, including the one that led to Pittsburgh’s dramatic game-winning drive in the final seconds. Other notable performances: Whitney Mercilus (Illinois) recorded eight tackles and three sacks in Houston’s loss to Kansas City, Fitz Toussaint (Michigan) totaled 118 yards in Pittsburgh’s aforementioned victory, Cliff Avril (Purdue) notched five tackles and three sacks in Seattle’s comeback win at Minnesota, and Trae
It was another highly successful season for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. [ MORE: Big Ten names on NFL playoff teams ] None were more impressive than San Francisco LB NaVorro Bowman (Penn State), Cleveland T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Houston DE J.J Watt (Wisconsin) and Baltimore G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), all of who made the 2015 All-Pro Team, released Friday. Bowman racked up a career-high and NFL-best 154 tackles, Thomas played every snap for the ninth time in as many seasons, Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, registered an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, and Yanda allowed just
No Ohio State fan will soon forget standout and do-it-all running back Ezekiel Elliott. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Elliott helped carry the Buckeyes to the 2015 national title, the first of the new playoff era, and totaled 4,125 yards and 41 touchdowns in his two seasons as the starter, including an eye-popping 12 scores in four career postseason games. For all of his efforts and accolades, Elliott figures to go down as one of Ohio State’s all-time greats. The Ohio State fan pictured in the tweet above knows this, and that’s
Braxton Miller will go down as one of the most liked players in Ohio State history, and that is an impressive list to be on. To thank all of his fans, Miller wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to Buckeye nation on the Players Tribune website. The star quarterback-turned-wide receiver spoke about everything from his upbringing to his favorite players ever to wear an Ohio State uniform. He also talks about his memorable play this season against Virginia Tech. Need a reminder? Here it is! The Braxton Miller spin move, in three beautiful @USATsportsImage shots. pic.twitter.com/7LqKW1KXdx — Big Ten Network
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart attended Purdue at the same time as Rod Woodson, who was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame on Friday. As a student, Dienhart interviewed Woodson, who was a two-sport star in football and track and field. Read how Dienhart remembers it all in this post.
Purdue's Rod Woodson, Wisconsin's Tim Krumrie, and Ohio State's Tom Cousineau were among the 14 players and two coaches announced as members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class on Friday. Come see a few video clips of each Big Ten legend.
Iowa has a tough act to follow. What will the Hawkeyes do for an encore to one of the greatest seasons in school history? Iowa went 12-0 in the regular season, won the Big Ten West and played in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1990 season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Kirk Ferentz will have a lot of talent back for his 18th edition. The offense will have players like QB C.J. Beathard, RBs LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley, WR Matt VandeBerg, TE George Kittle and three linemen. The
The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC's proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday's Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.