Congrats to Michigan State A.D. Mark Hollis, who was named chair of the NCAA basketball committee for 2016-17. He will ride shotgun to 2015-16 chair/Oklahoma A.D. Joe Castiglione, one of America’s good guys. “I look forward to continuing the great work of those that preceded me as we look to make the future even brighter for student-athletes that have the desire and passion to earn a college degree while competing in sports,” Hollis said in a statement released by the school. *** Speaking of Michigan State, the Spartans have a revised deal with Nike. It doubles the money MSU will
The countdown to the start of the 2015 Big Ten football season is on. In 44 days, Minnesota will kick off the college football season with a primetime matchup against TCU. Big Ten fans can expect to see plenty of new faces on the gridiron this season. Last year, we saw the likes of Justin Jackson and DaeSean Hamilton have huge seasons as true freshman. But, did you know neither Jackson or Hamilton were ranked in the top 100 players in 2014 recruiting rankings? This got me thinking about how highly-ranked freshmen have performed since arriving in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten saw three potentially impactful coaching changes after 2014, with Michigan (Jim Harbaugh for Brady Hoke), Nebraska (Mike Riley for Bo Pelini) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst for Gary Andersen) altering leadership. But other schools made more subtle changes to their staffs that could have big impacts on their fortunes this fall. Here are the five biggest additions–listed alphabetically–to existing Big Ten staffs. Tim Beck, Ohio State. He pushed the buttons on some good offenses at Nebraska before landing in Columbus as co-offensive coordinator. Beck will work with Ed Warinner, who assumes coordinator chores after Tom Herman left to become
Want more proof that time flies? The 1995 Northwestern football team gathered this past weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its memorable Rose Bowl season.
Surely you saw Plaxico Burress blast Nick Saban last week. Quickie recap: Burress, the former Spartans All-Big Ten receiver, tweeted that Saban advised him to stay in school following his junior year because he was not projected to be a first-round draft pick. Plax didn’t stop there. He also tweeted that in his departure for LSU, Saban “committed to the program” in a meeting with players and then reversed course and “was gone the next day” It was delicious stuff. Well, Saban has responded in typical Saban fashion. *** Surely you noticed the barrage (avalanche?) of watch lists recently unfurled
At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Maryland’s 23-16 victory over Michigan in the 2014 Big Ten season. Maryland scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and locked up a spot in a bowl game with the win. C.J. Brown passed for 165 yards and added a team-high 87 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but the biggest score of the game came from running back Wes Brown, who plunged into the end zone for a go-ahead score with 5:59 left. Maryland kicker Brad Craddock was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, all coming in the
We all have dream vacations. Some of us would like to go to Aruba. Others to Spain, Australia or perhaps Japan. All good choices. But no trip could possibly top this dream junket through the 2015 Big Ten schedule.
The 2015 college football awards watch lists are in - all 16 of them - and the Big Ten is well represented. All 14 Big Ten teams had at least one player on one of the lists, and 13 had multiple representatives.
The Big Ten doesn't just boast some of the top fan bases, stadiums and campuses in the nation. It's also home to some of the best college eateries. See our survey's pick for every school's top establishment.
ESPN is asking fans to rank their top games of the 2014 college football season. Two of the games involve Big Ten teams, and both happened during the conference’s successful bowl season. There is Ohio State’s victory over No. 1 seed Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, part of the inaugural College Football Playoff, and there is Michigan State’s thrilling comeback win over Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Both games are extremely worthy of inclusion in this countdown. Go here to vote for Michigan State and Ohio State’s games.