Tim Beckman enjoyed a breakthrough in his third season, moving the Illini into a bowl for the first time since 2011. Now, he’s looking to push Illinois up the food chain in the Big Ten West. There still is lots of work to do, including finding a tight end and settling the kicking and punting situation, among other things. This spring, the roster will be bolstered by nine early enrollees (six junior-college transfers and three prep players). ILLINOIS SPRING TO-DO LIST 1. Develop QB Wes Lunt. He had a solid debut after transferring from Oklahoma State, hitting 63 percent of
SportingNews.com’s Matt Hayes published his top 50 college football players for 2015 on Wednesday, and 10 Big Ten players made the cut. Most noteworthy: Seven of the 10 are Ohio State Buckeyes, including No. 2 (Cardale Jones), No. 3 (J.T. Barrett), No. 5 (Ezekiel Elliott) and No. 7 (Joey Bosa). The only non-Ohio State players in the top 5 are No. 1 Trevone Boykin (TCU) and No. 4 Nick Chubb (Georgia). Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is the Big Ten’s first non-Buckeyes player on the list, at No. 13. His quarterback, Connor Cook, is next on the list, at
Before Trae Waynes left Michigan State for the NFL, he wanted to say "Thank you" to Spartan Nation. He did so with a letter in The State News on Wednesday.
Ohio State signee Mike Weber, out of Detroit, was spotted working out in a Michigan t-shirt, and it got the attention of people on social media.
The Illinois football team is set to return to historic Soldier Field for a three-game series vs. rival Northwestern beginning in 2015, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Monday. Illinois will play Northwestern at Soldier Field on Nov. 28, 2015, in a game originally scheduled for Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The two teams will also play at Soldier Field in 2017 and 2019. The Illini played Washington at Soldier Field in 2013. “It’s exciting to seize the opportunity to further engage our incredible number of Illinois alumni and fans in the Chicagoland area with these three football games coming to
Who are some of the top true freshmen in the Big Ten we should expect to see on the field in 2015? BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman takes a look at one "instant impact" commit from every Big Ten school.
Thought of the day – What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott — Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 7, 2015 Heralded running back prospect Mike Weber, out of Detroit, was torn between Michigan and Ohio State leading up to National Signing Day last Wednesday. Weber picked reigning national champ Ohio State, partly due to his relationship with Ohio State running back coach Stan Drayton. Well, on Thursday, Drayton took a job with the Chicago Bears. Weber didn’t receive the news very well. Just look at this tweet. [ MORE: Brutus trolls Michigan
If you can believe it, Duke already has started spring football practice in preparation for the 2015 college football season. The Big Ten won’t break out the pads until March. When it does, the work will begin on replacing some star players. Earlier, I looked at the five biggest shoes to fill for each Big Ten club – read them all here. We all know players come and go each year, which means these departures below make way for a new wave of names to step up and make their mark. So ahead of the Big Ten’s spring football season,
Happy Friday! In today's review of Big Ten headlines, we found stories on Ohio State's new offensive coordinator, what it means to flip in recruiting, and an interesting look at Wisconsin eight - yes, eight - quarterbacks. Read all of these stories and more in Friday's Big Ten links.
National signing day for football has become a major happening as Big Ten football programs join the rest of the nation's teams to officially welcome their signed football recruits. But once the dust settled and the lists were set, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart pulled together a few more of the interesting notes from around the Big Ten.