Lovie Smith was announced as the new Illinois football coach early Monday morning, and soon after the head coach was introduced to his new players. [ MORE: Dienhart: Lovie Smith hiring means ‘future is now’ ] Let’s just say, as expected, the players approve of the hiring of a former NFL coach who led the hometown Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI. The Illini gave Smith a standing ovation at his introduction in the team room. Watch the reception in the video above. Also, check out some of the Twitter reaction from the Illinois football family below. *** Speaking of Illinois
New Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman has fired first-year football coach Bill Cubit, saying the program needs a new coach to work toward long-term success.
Former Michigan star Zack Novak visited the BTN studio Wednesday night, and we had him all over social media during the Michigan-Minnesota BTN Super Wednesday doubleheader game. [ MORE: Follow Zack Novak (@novak3159) on Twitter ] Novak sat down with us to watch the Wolverines and take over @MichiganOnBTN during the game. He answered a wide array of questions, ones ranging from his thoughts on whether a hot dog is a sandwich to his favorite/least favorite Big Ten arenas. Check out some of our favorite highlights from Novak’s Twitter takeover below. *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan want to take part of spring practice on the road to talent-laden Florida. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The SEC wants Michigan to have no part in this – even if it is during the University of Michigan’s spring break. The conference made that fact known Tuesday. Early Wednesday afternoon, Harbaugh sent out the tweet embedded above. Think the two are related? For what it’s worth, Harbaugh also tweeted a cryptic message after the San Francisco 49ers fired Jim Tomsula, who replaced Harbaugh.
It’s National Signing Day, and the national letters of intent are still being sent to schools across the country. [ MORE: BTN2Go: Watch our eight-hour #SigningDayOnBTN special ] One of the most popular days of the year for college football fans, we thought we’d take our annual look at how every Big Ten team announced its signings to its loyal fan base on Twitter on Wednesday morning. Every team had a social presence, of course, and several of the teams also included video highlights of their 2016 signees. See how all 14 Big Ten teams announced their signings on Twitter
BTN will cover all 14 Big Ten football programs live, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, on National Football Signing Day. On the go? You can also watch our coverage on BTN2Go. Also, follow the Big Ten Network on Facebook (main page here here and social video page here), Twitter (main account here and 14 school accounts here) and YouTube for exclusive BTN video content, including show clips, interviews and analysis. Hosted by Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), Wednesday’s eight-hour show will feature BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDiNardo) and Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith), as well as Scout.com recruiting analyst Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu), with each providing in-depth
Braxton Miller had his moments in his one and only season as an Ohio State wide receiver. But, for the most part, the two-time Big Ten quarterback of the year’s number wasn’t called all that often. He finished the season with 26 receptions, 341 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 260 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Fast forward to Senior Bowl practice this week in Mobile, Alabama, and Miller is making quite the impression. The quarterback-turned-receiver is showing he can run routes, get separation and make catches. Miller will play in the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl
There was an interesting political/sports tweet Friday that received plenty of attention leading up to the 2016 Rose Bowl Game. [ MORE: Check out the complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] Carly Fiorina, a 1976 Stanford graduate and candidate for the Republican nomination for president, tweeted that she was rooting for Iowa in the Granddaddy of them All. Odd, right? Not when one looks at the calendar and realizes the Iowa caucus, the first official voting in the presidential primary electoral process, will be held Monday, Feb. 1. Surely, there’s no correlation.
Bo Ryan retired following Tuesday night's win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and the news made quite the impact on social media.
It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s latest Sunday Ruminations. [ MORE: Best of Week 13 | Week 13 scores | Big Ten stats | Big Ten standings | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Dienhart: Fun Big Ten title matchup | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 13 picks revisited | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Week 13 top performers | Michigan honors late Chad Carr, 5 | YouTube highlights ] The BTN analyst goes to Twitter every Sunday morning to give his 140-character analysis on each Big Ten team that was in action the previous day.