This is a great time of year, with March Madness in full swing and spring football rolling. So, it’s a good time to reach into my mail bag. Here we go! Do you think Michigan State can win the national title? – Richard Cobb You have to like the Spartans’ chances to at least reach the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Tom Izzo’s team is playing well, winning six of its last seven games. And the lone loss was an overtime defeat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship tilt. Michigan State is deep and motivated. If
We have another “man bites dog story” with news of Michigan center Jack Miller giving up football because of his long-term health concerns. Good for Miller for considering his future. Wonder how many more stories like this we’ll hear the next 2-4 years? *** This was something Ohio State fans didn’t want to hear: Braxton Miller may have committed an NCAA violation with a potential endorsement photo he posted on his Instagram account. Miller posted a photo of himself with a local trainer he has been working with next to nutritional products. Miller also had links on his Instagram page
Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock won’t be back with the Hawkeyes. The 6-3, 208-pound senior will be immediately eligible wherever he lands after he graduates in the spring. Speculation surrounding Rudock transferring had been growing since Kirk Ferentz announced that C.J. Beathard would be the No. 1 quarterback when spring drills opened. Rudock will have one season of eligibility left, and there are rumors that he has already visited Michigan. With Rudock gone, the backup quarterback spot will become a situation to watch. Redshirt freshman Tyler Wiegers is slated to be the No. 2 man. Behind him would be incoming freshmen
It is no secret that Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is quite a rock star on social media. In fact, the Wolverines’ head coach recently took to Twitter and threw out a complimentary tweet to Madonna, who is a Michigan native. [ MORE: Tune into Michigan’s Spring Football Game at noon ET on April 4 ] Harbaugh’s tweet is referring to Madonna falling down a small flight of stairs at the 2015 Brit Awards, which took place back on Feb. 25 at the O2 in London. BTN College Football Analyst Gerry DiNardo recently caught up with Harbaugh and asked him
Ohio State’s spring football practice is underway as the Buckeyes prepare to build on their incredible 2014 national championship season. [MORE: Big Ten spring football dates ] Urban Meyer’s team posted a 14-1 record last season, including victories over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship game. As 2015 spring practice gets underway, several media members were on hand today at the Buckeyes’ practice facility, including ESPN.com’s Austin Ward. There, Ward tweeted out a photo of Ohio State’s 2015 schedule, which includes next year’s national championship game on the schedule. It also
So, it sounds like Michigan's Legends Jerseys, a staple under Brady Hoke, are no more. pic.twitter.com/FZ5eNryUzJ — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 23, 2015 Pretty much any time a new coach is hired, fans should expect some kind of cosmetic changes, big or small. For example, Michigan introduced the Legends Jerseys, which honored Michigan legends, during the Brady Hoke tenure in Ann Arbor. There was Devin Gardner, who went from No. 12 to No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon, and there was Devin Funchess, who went from No. 19 to No. 87 – before becoming No. 1 in his last season
How Sick Would This Be A post shared by Cardale Jones (@cardale7_) on Mar 20, 2015 at 1:16pm PDT Concept uniforms have become a huge craze throughout the college football world. So, we ask, what are the chances we could see the defending national champions wearing some fancy concept uniforms this season? Cardale Jones recently posted a photo of himself in a neat-looking black and red Ohio State uniform. Check it out in the photo above. What do you think Buckeye fans: Would you want to see Ohio State wear these concept uniforms?
On our daily show “BTN Live” BTN host Mike Hall talked with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez about a variety of topics including the recent retirement of NFL and former Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Watch it all here. BTN.com will also posting segments of tonight’s episode on Twitter via @bigtennetwork and @BTNLive. “BTN Live” airs every weekday. If you don’t know by now, “BTN Live” is on Twitter and Facebook, too. Connect with our show’s producers, send questions and vote in polls. Plus, connect with BTN social media report Taylor Rooks on Twitter.
Who is the Big Ten’s best football player as we prepare for next month’s spring games? It’s Ohio State stud defensive end Joey Bosa, according to Athlon’s pre-spring player rankings. Bosa, the 2014 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, beat out Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook for the top spot. The publication ranked Bosa No. 1 because “he should be one of college football’s top defenders in 2015.” Indeed. Bosa was dominant in 2014, recording 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, a Big Ten-leading 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, and he should only get better in 2015. Ohio
Former Wisconsin linebacker and 2013 Big Ten DPOY Chris Borland announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL over concerns about head trauma. See tweets about his decision inside.