On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB
In Thursday's collection of links from around the Big Ten, we spotlight an interesting look at the expected breakout players in spring football. Also, what does Iowa's hoops win over Indiana mean (video highlights included)? And here's an odd tale about an accidental text message sent to a football recruit. Dive in for more.
RT @CoachJim4UM: Big Congrats to Judge Judy on signing her contract extension thru 2020 from a Devout Fan! pic.twitter.com/sFJL6f6FDm — Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 3, 2015 One doesn’t rack up nearly 200,000 Twitter followers in a little more than two months without providing unique takes. Jim Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) has done just that since rejoining Twitter upon his hire late last year at Michigan. And it’s a big reason why he immediately became the Big Ten’s second-most followed coach, behind rival Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer). On Tuesday afternoon, he delighted social media again with this tweet congratulating Judge Judy on her contract
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