Monday marked the first stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: Instagram photos/videos | Get all of our football tour coverage ] Stop No. 1 of 14 had us visiting Rantoul, Illinois, to watch Tim Beckman’s fourth Illini team. Throughout Monday’s practice, BTN.com senior editor Tom Dienhart, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo tweeted their thoughts. See our team’s tweets below: @BTNTOMDIENHART *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO
If you’re active on Twitter, you know about Twitter’s Mirror. It’s a fun experience that shows up at big events across the entertainment and sports industry. Photo subjects can even autograph their own pictures before they tweet them. We rolled the Twitter Mirror out on the first day of Big Ten Football Media Days, and we got some great shots. Find some of them them in this post and then follow @BigTenNetwork and see them all on Twitter today for more pictures of Big Ten football players and coaches. Have a look at a few of Thursday’s top shots.
Twitter fan or not, it’s hard not to be impressed with Jim Harbaugh’s incredible success on the social media platform. The new Michigan coach, hired on Dec. 30, 2014, recently became the owner of the most followed account among Big Ten football coaches, a title previously held by rival Urban Meyer (283,246). Think about that for a second: In six-plus months, Harbaugh has garnered 286,512 followers, an average of 1,476 followers per day since his first tweet Jan. 2. That, in a word, is impressive. With a new name in the No. 1 spot, I thought it would be fun
Draymond Green is an NBA champion. The former Michigan State standout helped the Golden State Warriors close out the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 on Tuesday night.
Penn State redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Connor Darcey, 21, died in a car accident early Friday morning in Boston. Darcey, a Wellesley, Massachusetts, native, compiled a .553 save percentage and a 5-9 record in 2015, his first season as the starter. He was named to the inaugural Big Ten All-Tournament Team in May and claimed the conference’s first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor, following a 15-save performance in his first start Feb. 7 vs. Vermont. Penn State released the following statement Friday afternoon: Our hearts go out to Connor Darcey’s family, teammates, friends and everyone who knew him.
Steve Snapp, a member of the Ohio State Department of Athletics from July of 1973 through July of 2011 died Thursday. He was 69. During his career, Snapp worked more than 30 bowl games, traveled to two men’s Final Fours with the Buckeyes and helped promote countless individual award candidates, including four Heisman Trophy winners. Additionally, he initiated the jersey retirement system to recognize former Ohio State athletes. Snapp won several national awards for his media guides and feature writing efforts. Snapp graduated from The Ohio State University in 1973 with a B.A. in journalism. As a senior, he worked
Illinois football players, past and present, took to Twitter on Thursday to show their support for the program and head coach Tim Beckman. Last Sunday, former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic sent out a flurry of critical tweets that accused Beckman of running a culture of player mistreatment. Cvijanovic, who tore his meniscus vs. Ohio State on Nov. 1 and missed the rest of the 2014 season, stopped playing football because, “I was asked to push myself past pain until I didn’t want to play anymore.” The offensive lineman started 29 games at Illinois during his final three seasons. He was
Minnesota punter Peter Mortell is one of the best in the business. [ MORE: Like this post? Visit our Gone Viral section ] The unanimous 2014 All-Big Ten first teamer needs no introduction when it comes to Minnesota and Big Ten fans, and that was evident during his Twitter Q&A on Wednesday afternoon. Mortell took over the @GopherFootball account for an hour, answering fans’ – and a former teammate’s – questions with plenty of humor and wit. See our favorite questions and answers from Mortell’s Twitter Q&A below. Again, Mortell’s responses are from the @GopherFootball account. *** *** *** ***
Thirty-five Big Ten players achieved their dream of being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, and a majority of them reacted to hearing their names called on Twitter.
Randy Gregory was one of the top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was invited to Chicago to attend the event in the Green Room, after all. [ MORE: Get our NFL draft coverage | View Round 2 & 3 Big Ten picks ] However, due to off-field issues, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound pass-rusher had a longer-than-expected wait to hear his name called. Thursday’s first round came and went without Gregory making the walk across the stage. On Friday, with the second round winding down, the Dallas Cowboys ended Gregory’s wait, taking the ex-Nebraska star with the 60th pick. Gregory,