In Wednesday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a story on the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot, another story on why one former football coach doesn't have a stake in his old team roster's academic success, and a handful of other headlines from around the Big Ten. Dive in.
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the names on the 2016 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In the final of a three-part series, Tom Dienhart takes a look at his five most underrated Big Ten non-conference games. Check out the full list inside.
The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] The visit to Ames, Iowa, to play Iowa State never is easy for the Hawkeyes. In fact, the Cyclones have been a burr under Kirk Ferentz’s saddle since he got the job in 1999. How bad has it been? Ferentz is just 7-9 vs. Iowa State. Maryland needs to be
Roll this around your noggin: Is the Indiana job still “elite”? Colin Cowherd and Dan Dakich debated. My take: Yes, the job not only is elite—but it’s one of the top jobs across sports, along with gigs like coaching the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, among other sweet jobs. *** More hoops: Brendan F. Quinn of Mlive.com has an offseason evaluation of Michigan wing Caris LeVert. Quinn says LeVert’s lost junior season sets up a crucial senior season. Thanks in part to LeVert missing the final 14 games and leaving his NBA draft stock up to assumptions
College football fans will like this: Phil Steele released his 2015 Preseason All-American Team on Monday. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] As expected, Steele likes the Big Ten, in particular the talent at reigning national champ Ohio State and fellow Big Ten East power Michigan State. The Buckeyes (8) and the Spartans (5) combine for 13 of the 20 Big Ten players on Steele’s four teams, and the former also accounts for half of the conference’s four first-teamers (Ezekiel Elliott and Joey Bosa). In all, eight Big Ten teams (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska,
The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin's neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
It's been an emotional last few days for former Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still. On Monday, he learned he and his daughter will win a prestigious award.
Paul Chryst takes over a Wisconsin program that is on its third head coach since 2012 after Bret Bielema (Arkansas) and Gary Andersen (Oregon State) abruptly bolted Madison in recent years. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Chryst seemingly offers stability, as he’s a native son who played and has coached for the Badgers. He’s home; why leave? And he inherits one of the league’s top programs that has been a Big Ten standard, as the Badgers have played in three of the four conference title games. Wisconsin figures to have a good shot
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has some good leftover notes for the recent Big Ten AD meetings. Among the topics: future site of the Big Ten football title game. Despite the league’s weather-tested image, don’t expect administrators to consider an outdoor facility. Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said a cold-weather game has too many disadvantages for both the teams and the league. “I’d have a hard time voting for a game outside. I really would,” Alvarez said. “I know purists say, ‘Hey football is supposed to be played outside.’ But one reason, I don’t want the elements to