The 2016 ESPY Awards took place Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The annual awards ceremony was filled with memorable moments, including a touching speech from TNT analyst Craig Sager, who was honored with this year’s Jimmy V award. In honor of the ESPY Awards, I went ahead and made up a Big Ten-themed award list of my own, honoring the top performances of the past academic sports year in Big Ten athletics. Here is what I got. Did I miss one? Tweet me your thoughts, @BTNSean. All opinions welcomed! BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS Best Male Athlete: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women’s game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most. “Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest
Earlier this year we profiled Minnesota women’s basketball player Rachel Banham as she approached breaking the Big Ten’ women’s basketball all-time scoring record. Since this feature originally aired on TV and online, Banham was selected No. 4 overall by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Draft. She is averaging five points and 14 minutes a game so far in her rookie season. The daughter of two police officers and granddaughter of the first African-American policeman at Minnesota, Banham overcame an ACL injury at Minnesota to return to her prolific scoring ways. As a 5-foot-9 senior guard in 2015-2016, she scored 60
If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
The Rutgers University Department of Athletics, in partnership with Nike, unveiled an updated brand and identity system at the annual R Awards.
The 2016 WNBA Draft took place Thursday night. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called, highlighted by three selections in the first round. Former Minnesota star Rachel Banham was the first Big Ten player to come off the board, going No. 4 overall to the Connecticut Sun. Aerial Powers of Michigan State went fifth overall to the Dallas Wings, while former Rutgers standout Kahleah Copper was selected No. 7 overall to the Washington Mystics. Here is a look at every Big Ten player selected and where they were drafted. FIRST ROUND 4. Rachel Banham (Minnesota), Connecticut Sun
Nebraska has hired Amy Williams as its new women’s basketball coach, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced Monday. Williams will be formally introduced at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday in a press conference at the Hendricks Training Complex. “Amy is a very skilled and experienced basketball coach who has a track record of success both on and off the court and is an ideal fit for Nebraska,” Eichorst said in a school release. Williams, who replaces Connie Yori, played at Nebraska from 1994-1998 and graduated in 1998 with a degree in biology and mathematics. The former Husker comes to Nebraska with
After 14 seasons spent as the Nebraska women’s head basketball coach, Connie Yori stepped down Tuesday. Yori posted a record of 279-161 during her time at Nebraska, including a 52-28 mark in Big Ten play. “As some of you may know, this has been a very challenging time for my family and in the best interest of all of us, this is the right decision,” Yori said in an official statement. “I want to thank the student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff and administrators, especially Shawn Eichorst, for his leadership and support during this difficult time in my life. Finally, thank you
Michigan senior Madison Ristovski scored a team-high 19 points, but the Wolverines fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 71-62, in a WNIT semifinal matchup on Thursday night.
Michigan rallied from a 15-point deficit and Hallie Thome scored the go-ahead basket with eight seconds remaining to defeat Temple, 77-76, in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at Crisler Center. [ MORE: Read MGoBlue.com’s full game recap ] Michigan was down by one point, 76-75, following a Temple basket with 51 seconds remaining. U-M got six looks at the basket on its ensuing possession, capped by Thome grabbing her own miss and converting to nudge the Wolverines in front by one. Junior Danielle Williams stood in and took a charge on Temple’s next possession, giving the ball