Prior to Tuesday night’s Big Ten opener at Assembly Hall, Illinois coach Bruce Weber allowed BTN cameras inside the Illini locker room for his pregame speech. The behind-the-scenes access resulted in some terrific footage. Watch Weber’s motivational words moments before Illinois took the court against Minnesota in the first Big Ten game of the season. As for the game, the Illini topped the Gophers in double overtime.
Oregon is notorious for pushing the envelope when it comes to uniforms, thanks in large part to Phil Knight’s involvement with the school, so it’s no surprise the Ducks will be sporting a head-turning look when they take on Big Ten champ Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. Nike recently released Oregon’s latest duds, and they are conversation starters, to say the least. There is a Darth Vader-like shiny black helmet, there are black wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and so much more you must see. See a photo gallery of the uniforms, courtesy of LostLettermen.com.
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Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled impressive numbers. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 16 winners in this post.
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Purdue is headed to a bowl for the first time since the 2007 season, and just like that year it will be playing in Detroit. Danny Hope and the Boilermakers take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl at 4:30 p.m. ET Dec. 27.
Illinois announced Friday that senior running back Jason Ford and redshirt freshman wide receiver Jake Kumerow are academically ineligible under NCAA rules and will not participate in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Purdue announced that coach Danny Hope has been given a two-year contract extension, pushing his deal through Dec. 31, 2016. Hope’s deal had three years remaining on it.
On January 10, BTN will debut a powerful new original series called Impact the World, which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten professors and students are making their presence known. Impact will take viewers on a journey around the world to illustrate how breakthroughs at all 12 Big Ten universities are improving lives. The actor Dennis Haysbert is hosting the series. Watch a promo for the series right here and learn more in this post.
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