It looks like the shot clock in college hoops likely will move from 35 to 30 seconds. The men’s basketball rules committee will meet this week to discuss, among other changes, shortening the shot clock. Committee chairman Rick Byrd, the head coach at Belmont, told ESPN recently that he believes the shorter clock will be approved. “Anything that brings more speed to the game has to be evaluated and given serious consideration,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “This would be a great step in that direction.” *** Many people felt Maryland was the favorite to win the Big Ten next
Tim Beckman enjoyed a breakthrough of sorts in this third season at Illinois in 2014, guiding Illinois to its first bowl since 2011 during a 6-7 campaign.
With former Big Ten standout coordinators Pat Narduzzi and Tom Herman now head coaches, it's time to take a look at the conference's assistants who could be next to become head coaches.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman has responded to former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic flurry of critical tweets from Sunday. See the coach's full response inside.
Nick Baumgarder of Mlive.com has a good mailbag dealing with many Michigan topics, including the Wolverines’ floor and ceiling when it comes to wins—and the always fascinating quarterback situation. For Baumgardner, the floor sits at six wins and the ceiling’s probably at 10. Sounds about right. So, let’s compromise and say the Wolverines will have eight wins. *** Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett says there is no one soft on MSU’s roster. I’d have to agree. Barnett said anyone who thinks Michigan State defensive backs can’t tackle are mistaken. “We say, ‘let’s get it on, it doesn’t matter to
During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Many student-athletes deal with emotional and mental-health problems due to the intense pressure of being top performers. They often remain silent about their struggles for the same reason. That was the case for both Kally Fayhee, former captain of the University of Michigan swim team, and Will Heininger, who played football for the Wolverines. But today, they’re sharing their experiences to support
We are one week removed from the 2015 NFL Draft, which means it’s already time to look ahead to next year. [ MORE: Big Ten stars take top three spots in ESPN’s mock draft ] As 2016 NFL mock drafts begin to emerge, it is clear that the Big Ten should be well-represented in next year’s three-day event. In fact, we have been tracking several big-name publication mock drafts, including ESPN’s, which had a total of nine Big Ten stars going in the first round. I teamed up with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart to craft a list of who
You have questions, and I have answers. That’s right: It’s time for me to reach into my mailbag. Let’s do it, Big Ten fans!
In case you’re wondering, yes, former Nebraska star Randy Gregory is excited about playing for America’s Team. [ MORE: Big Ten draft picks pick NFL numbers ] Gregory, the 60th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, recently tweeted photos of his new Dallas Cowboys-inspired ink. The ex-Nebraska star defensive end was expected to be an early first-round pick, before off-field issues saw him drop to the second round. Gregory tweeted that he will use the drop as motivation, and the Cowboys aren’t shying away from putting big expectations on the pass-rusher, giving him No. 94, the same number Hall of
In case you missed this, Athlon ranked Big Ten coaches. Who is No. 1? Do you have to ask? A hint: His initials are U.M. Mike Riley No. 7? Kirk Ferentz No. 8? *** The preseason honors will be thick for Michigan State QB Connor Cook. Here is a nice one to add to the pile: NFL.com lists him No. 1 in the nation among senior quarterbacks. The NFL.com article referenced Cook throwing for more than 6,000 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the past two seasons. “He has the prerequisite size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence