Forty-seven former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, held Thursday-Saturday in Chicago. What about the familiar names who went undrafted? [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Well, many of them spent Saturday night and Sunday morning finalizing rookie free-agent deals. See the reported deals thus far below. ILLINOIS WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers DB V’Angelo Bentley, New England Patriots RB Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis Colts Thank you God.! 🙏🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/tvKOaSOB5R — V'Angelo Bentley (@VBentley_2) May 1, 2016 *** INDIANA TE Michael Cooper, Washington Redskins DL Darius Latham, Oakland
Cardale Jones was one of an eye-popping 12 Ohio State players drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Jones heard his name called Saturday when the Buffalo Bills tabbed the 2014 national championship quarterback with the final pick in the fourth round. One could say Jones was excited to see his dream realized. I mean, he does rip his shirt in half. Watch Jones’ full reaction to being selected in the video at the top of this post. *** @BTNBrentYarina @CJ12_ @buffalobills @11W Brent, here is a
No player suffered a bigger slide in the 2016 NFL Draft than Connor Cook. The Michigan State record-holding quarterback had dreams of being a late first-round or second-r
Every year, it seems, there are several made-for-TV moments during the NFL draft. The 2016 event is no different, and there was a very cool Big Ten, in particular Ohio State, moment Saturday. San Diego had first-round pick Joey Bosa, the No. 3 selection Friday night, to be exact, announce the team’s fourth-round selection from team headquarters. That was cool in its own right, but the fact the pick was former Ohio State defensive player Joshua Perry made it even more special. Watch Bosa announce the Perry pick in the video above. If you’re counting at home, Perry was Ohio
After another strong all-around performance vs. Houston in the NBA playoffs Sunday, former Michigan State star Draymond Green faced an odd question in the postgame press conference. It was an awkward and insensitive query, something trying to relate Golden State’s success from the 3-point line (it made a single-game playoff record 21 treys) to the tragic flooding that has hit Houston. Green, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, nailed his response. See part of it below, and watch the full question and answer in the video above. “People are losing their homes, losing their cars, losing their lives,
This is cool: Jamal Crawford has done something no player in NBA history has done. [ MORE: Eighteen Big Ten names on 2016 NBA Playoff rosters ] The one-and-done Michigan star and current Los Angeles Clippers guard claimed the 2016 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the award’s first three-time winner. Crawford also earned the honor in 2010, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and in 2014, also with the Clippers. Something else cool: At 36, Crawford is the oldest player to win the award, which was created before the 1982-83 season. Crawford averaged 14.2 points,
The 2016 NBA Playoffs tipped off Saturday, and there are plenty of Big Ten names still playing. Eighteen of them, to be exact, according to NBA.com’s team roster pages. Golden State do-it-all star Draymond Green (Michigan State) headlines the list, and is one of three former Big Ten player of year award winners in the postseason, joining Boston’s Evan Turner (Ohio State) and Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin). If you’re wondering, Michigan’s four playoff players pace the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which have three apiece. Here’s the full list. ATLANTA HAWKS Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Ohio State honored former defensive end Will Smith before its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes held a moment of silence for Smith, 34, who was shot and killed following a minor car accident last Saturday night in New Orleans, and also wore a “WS” helmet decal that featured a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials. It was a powerful moment at Ohio Stadium, in front of a spring game record 100,000-plus fans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and
Former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber had so much to look forward to heading into the 2016 MLB season. Not only was it going to be his first full season in the bigs, but he was expected to be one of the key cogs in helping the Chicago Cubs end their much-talked-about and historic run of futility. Sadly, in just the third game of the season last week, the slugger tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a scary outfield collision at Arizona. Schwarber won’t play again this season, instead spending the summer and fall rehabbing the knee.
Former Ohio State and NFL standout Will Smith was murdered following a traffic accident late Saturday night in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Smith, a father of three, was 34. [ MORE: Read OhioStateBuckeyes.com’s full release ] According to New Orleans Police, Smith’s car was struck from behind by an orange Hummer H2, and his vehicle then struck the car in front of his as well. Police say Smith and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words,” before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the leg.