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Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program.
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Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. Still, Kirk Ferentz has a lot to build on moving into his 18th year on the job.
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Former Ohio State standout Taylor Decker had his dream come true when he was selected in the first round of this past week’s NFL Draft.
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I dig into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions about the Big Ten’s looming nine-game league schedule, Michigan State concerns and Iowa’s prospects in 2016, among other topics. Let’s go!
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Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players.
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