By most measures, James Franklin’s debut at Penn State was a success. He guided the Nittany Lions to a 7-6 mark, capped by a win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Big Ten had spring meetings last week, where a number of topics were discussed. One looked at more balance in future football schedules. Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says the athletics directors’ discussion highlighted the Big Ten’s challenges of scheduling with a larger conference and an odd number of games. “Just make sure we’re applying a common set of standards and maintain things like home-and-away balance and east-west balance and marquee matchups and that sort of thing,” Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass said. “I think the scheduling guys do a great job. We have to help give
Good news, Big Ten football fans! Tuesday marked 100 days until the college football season officially kicks off. The day is Thursday, Sept. 3, and a pair of Big Ten teams will be in action.
Mike Thomas continues to emphasize that the health and well-being of Fighting Illini student-athletes is the number one priority for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA).
Several months back, a photo went viral of of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh sporting a Michigan State Izzone shirt. Now, a new photo has surfaced of the Wolverines’ coach wearing some more Michigan State apparel. This time, it comes in the form of a Spartan hat. This photo was likely taken in the mid-’90s, when Harbaugh’s brother in law, current Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, served as an assistant coach for the Spartans. My guess is that Harbaugh has since gotten rid of his Spartan gear. Either way, this is a fun photo to look back at that both
It's Urban Meyer's world. And everyone else is just living in it. The defending national champions are riding a national-best 13-game winning streak as 2015 dawns.
Three-time national champion and photobombing pro Urban Meyer was up to his old tricks on Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Like this post? View our Gone Viral section ] The Ohio State football coach did his share of photobombing at the wedding of former Ohio State tight end Rory Nicol to Amy Halpin, the football team’s program coordinator, camps and administration. See Meyer photoboming a picture of Halpin and Ohio State strength coach Mickey Marotti in the tweet above and check out the coach doing the same to a selfie below. Nicol played at Ohio State from 2004-08, hauling in 38
No one can accuse Big Ten football teams of scheduling cupcake after cupcake this September. The Big Ten will be involved in several important early season matchups. In fact, Athlon Sports put six games involving Big Ten teams on its list of the 10 most intriguing September non-conference matchups. Yes, that’s six of the 10 games on the list. Here are the ones that made the cut: Sept. 3 Michigan at Utah TCU at Minnesota Sept. 5 BYU at Nebraska Wisconsin vs. Alabama (Arlington) Sept. 7 Ohio State at Virginia Tech Sept. 12 Oregon at Michigan State See the full
I usually agree with Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com. But I don’t on this: He thinks the College Football Playoff should stay at four teams. I think it should expand to at least six—with the champ of each Power Five league getting a bid and the final bid going to a “wild card.” I laugh when folks argue that expanding the playoff would be too much wear and tear on the players. My retort: They have had multiple-round and multiple-team playoffs in Divisions II and III and FCS for years. How have those players managed to survive? To wit: North Dakota
Steve Snapp, a member of the Ohio State Department of Athletics from July of 1973 through July of 2011 died Thursday. He was 69. During his career, Snapp worked more than 30 bowl games, traveled to two men’s Final Fours with the Buckeyes and helped promote countless individual award candidates, including four Heisman Trophy winners. Additionally, he initiated the jersey retirement system to recognize former Ohio State athletes. Snapp won several national awards for his media guides and feature writing efforts. Snapp graduated from The Ohio State University in 1973 with a B.A. in journalism. As a senior, he worked