(FightingIllini.com) University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman announced the transfer of sophomore fullback Jay Prosch to Auburn on Wednesday, a move that will allow Prosch to be closer to his family in the Mobile, Ala., area, including his ailing mother. Prosch was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly on Dec. 12 and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree this year. Watch our touching feature on Prosch and his mother now and read the rest of the release in this post.
BTN took you on a tour of the Ohio State football coach’s football office last week, and the tour guide was no other than new Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer himself. Meyer gave BTN’s Gerry DiNardo an up close and personal look during DiNardo’s visit to Columbus (watch that full tour in the video clip in this post). Right now, check out DiNardo’s one-on-one interview with the new Ohio State head coach.
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(UWBadgers.com) – Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema took another step toward completing his coaching staff by naming Matt Canada as the Badgers’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Tuesday. Canada spent last season in the same role at Northern Illinois, helping the Huskies to an 11-3 record, a MAC championship and a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
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University of Iowa football player A.J. Derby has asked for a release from his football scholarship and will transfer from the University of Iowa. The announcement came Monday from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz.
In his first interview since being fired by Penn State two months ago, Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in Division I football, told The Washington Post he’s “shocked and saddened” by the scandal that enveloped the place where he spent more than six decades. Speaking to Washington Post reporter Sally Jenkins, the 85-year-old Paterno refused to bash the school or say a bad word about the man at the center of the turmoil. Paterno said he “didn’t know which way to go” after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy. Read the full story here.
Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was admitted to the hospital Friday for observation due to minor complications from cancer treatments, his family said. In a statement released to The Associated Press, his family said that the 85-year-old Paterno continues to undergo a “regimen of treatments” after being diagnosed two months ago with what they have termed a treatable form of lung cancer. Read the whole story here.
The 2011 season was barely punctuated, and the 2012 football polls were already coming out. LSU looks like a consensus pick for No. 1, but the Big Ten is well represented. In the five polls I found, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all were ranked. And Nebraska appeared in all but one poll. Ohio State, which is ineligible to win the Big Ten title or play in a bowl in 2012 because of probation, is in two polls.