BABY ANIMAL ALERT! Meet Zeke, a Humboldt #penguin chick. He hatched on 2/20 & now weighs 10 ounces! pic.twitter.com/RpGyDnbLAh — Columbus Zoo (@ColumbusZoo) March 3, 2015 Run for 200-plus yards in three straight postseason games on the way to the national championship, and people will find no shortage of ways to honor you. [ MORE: Sporting News ranks Ohio State nation’s No. 1 program ] Take the Columbus Zoo for example. It announced on Twitter (@ColumbusZoo) Tuesday that it named a baby Humboldt penguin, born on Feb. 20, “Zeke.” If there was any doubt about where the name came from,
Which college football program is the best top to bottom? It’s reigning national champ Ohio State, according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Ohio State spring preview ] Hayes put the Buckeyes atop his top 10 program rankings, ahead of national powers Texas and USC. The list is a who’s who of college football, as one might expect, and it also includes another Big Ten team: Michigan, at No. 6. With two schools, the Big Ten is tied with the Pac-12 (USC and Oregon) for second-most teams on the list, behind the SEC’s three (LSU, Florida
Suzy Merchant and Jerry Kill both got their head coaching starts at Saginaw Valley State University, a Division II school located in Saginaw, Michigan.
Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”
In case you didn’t know it already, Jim Harbaugh is kind of a big deal in Ann Arbor. How big?
With spring practice set to begin on March 7, and the Huskers' spring game scheduled for April 11, Nebraska released a new football hype video, which is narrated by new head coach Mike Riley.
For the second time since 2012, Wisconsin was rocked by an unexpected coaching defection. First, it was Bret Bielema bolting for Arkansas after the 2012 season. Next, Gary Andersen took off for Oregon State after last season. But Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez turned to a native son this time, tabbing Madison denizen, former Badger player and assistant and Wisconsin grad Paul Chryst for the post. And Chryst—who coached Pitt prior to coming home–will walk into a good situation. In fact, Chryst’s team should be tabbed the favorite to win the Big Ten West. But for that to happen, work must
The Big Ten debut for Rutgers was a success, as Kyle Flood led the Scarlet Knights to a bowl and a fourth-place finish in the rugged Big Ten East. It was RU’s fourth postseason appearance in succession, as the Scarlet Knights finished with three wins in their last four games. Now, Flood will try to move Rutgers up the food chain in the East. And he’ll have lots of key players back to help that cause. But work must be done. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s other Big Ten spring previews ] Here are three key areas Rutgers must focus
We have the guest list for tonight’s two-hour special “BTN Live” airing from Michigan State’s Breslin Center at 5 p.m. ET before the Spartans men’s basketball game against Minnesota on BTN/BTN2Go at 7 p.m. ET. Click this link to watch “BTN Live” live at 5 p.m. ET via BTN2Go, and then use this link to watch the basketball game live on BTN2Go, too. BTN.com will also posting segments of tonight’s episode on Twitter @BTN_Michigan_St, @bigtennetwork, and @BTNLive. Among the scheduled guests: 5:10 p.m. ET: Michigan State’s men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo 5:25 p.m. ET: Michigan State Radio Commentator and former basketball
If every college football head coaching job became available tomorrow, which would be the most desirable? ESPN.com’s Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) recently headed a project, which ranked each of the 65 college football jobs at the Power 5 level. He released them in three categories: Bottom of the barrel jobs, middle of the road jobs, and top 24 jobs. According to the article, the list includes factors such as location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc. Our friends over