The Big Ten beckons. And Maryland coach Randy Edsall can’t wait to help usher in the new era for the Terrapins. Edsall knows the challenges that loom, beginning with playing in a Big Ten East division that also will include Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State. But Edsall also knows the possibilities. Besides, Edsall isn’t afraid of a challenge as Maryland moves from the ACC.
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BTN/BTN2Go will air Northwestern’s spring practice at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, with re-airs at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.. The Wildcats, fresh off a disappointing 5-7 season that saw them miss a bowl game for the first time in six years, welcome back plenty of talent from a team that started 4-0 in 2013.
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BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo had a sit-down with new Penn State football coach James Franklin on Tuesday night’s #BTNLive. Franklin, the former Vanderbilt coach, replaces Bill O’Brien, who left after last season to coach the NFL’s Houston Texans. Learn more about Penn State’s new head coach and find out how his fist spring in Happy Valley is going in this post.
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There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that.
Rutgers is taking its first steps toward its maiden Big Ten voyage this spring, as Kyle Flood works with his third team since taking over for Greg Schiano. Flood, who is 15-11 at Rutgers with two bowl bids, has talent to work with coming off a 6-7 season and a loss to Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. But he also has areas of concern. Among them:
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It was a bit surprising to see that the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players who receive scholarships are employees. NLRB directed that a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the football players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association for purposes of collective bargaining with Northwestern.