Nine stops down, and three to go. Friday afternoon, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart took in Minnesota practice. The guys live tweeted during the practice, and we posted some of their best thoughts right here. Reminder: Watch the Minnesota Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 23 on BTN/BTN2Go.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from social media? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten-related social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including an awesome photo posted by Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio.
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The topic of breakout players can be an ambiguous one. For example, some people view Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah as a 2013 breakout player. Others, meanwhile, feel that with 1,315 total yards and 10 scores a season ago, he’s well past “breakout” territory. I tend to side with the latter. Either way, I went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans for their 2013 breakout candidates.
The BTN Football Tour stopped at three-time reigning Big Ten champ Wisconsin on Thursday morning. Our guys live tweeted from the practice, and w posted some of their best thoughts in this post. Reminder: Watch the Wisconsin Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 22 on BTN/BTN2Go.
The BTN Football Tour has arrived at Camp Rantoul to take in Wednesday morning’s Illinois practice. Our guys are live tweeting from the practice, and we’re posting some of their best thoughts in this post. Reminder: Watch the Illinois Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 21 on BTN/BTN2Go.
The BTN Football Tour stopped in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, which allowed us the opportunity to visit Pat Fitzgerald and his talented Northwestern football team. Our guys live tweeted from the practice, and we posted some of the best tweets in this blog. Reminder: Watch the Northwestern Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 20 on BTN/BTN2Go.
Monday brought the BTN Football Tour to West Lafayette, Ind., which gave us the opportunity to visit with new head coach Darrell Hazell and take in Purdue camp. Our guys live tweeted from the practice, and we posted some of the best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Purdue Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 19 on BTN/BTN2Go.
The BTN Football Tour is in East Lansing, Mich., today to check out Mark Datonio’s Michigan State Spartans. Our guys are taking in practice right now, and we’re posting their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Michigan State Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 17 on BTN/BTN2Go.
Stop No. 4 on the BTN Football Tour took us to Ann Arbor, Mich., to see Brady Hoke’s Michigan Wolverines. Our guys watched practice Saturday afternoon, and we’ve compiled some of their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Michigan Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 16 on BTN/BTN2Go.
We sent BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart on the BTN Football Tour to provide analysis from every Big Ten camp. He’s done so through the first three stops. With a day of travel planned Friday, well, he couldn’t stop the analysis. This time, Dienhart provided witty and entertaining play-by-play of the tour bus’ mechanical troubles, right outside State College, Pa.
The BTN Football Tour has reached Penn State, stop No. 3 of 12 across Big Ten country. Our guys, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart, took in Thursday’s practice, and they tweeted their thoughts throughout the session. Get the best tweets in this post.
That was quick. Two days after Jay Bilas took to Twitter to call out the NCAA as hypocritical, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Thursday afternoon that the NCAA will stop selling the individual jerseys of players on its website.
Stop No. 2 on the BTN fall tour took us to Columbus, Ohio, to check out Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State, which has national title aspirations following last year’s 12-0 first season under Urban Meyer. Our guys watched practice Wednesday morning, and we’re posted their best tweets in this post.
The BTN tour bus rolled into Bloomington, Ind., today to kick off the 2013 football tour and catch the Hoosiers in action. What did our guys see at the practice? Who stood out? Check out their tweets in this post.
It’s always fun to offer bold predictions before football season kicks off. In the end, more times than not, the practice makes you look silly. Like, two years ago when I pegged Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase to be in the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year race. Whatever, it’s still entertaining. That being the case, I asked my Twitter followers for their 2013 bold predictions, and there were some bold ones.
Penn State basketball is back at Rec Hall–for one game, at least. Wednesday, Penn State announced it will host Princeton on Saturday, Dec. 14 in its old gym.
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The turf at Memorial Stadium isn’t the only new surface Nebraska players will have under their feet for the 2013 season. There’s also new carpet in the team’s upgraded locker room. And, in the middle of the room, the carpet has an outline of a football that includes Nebraska’s “N” logo. It’s a cool touch to a first-class locker room.
Fresh off an appearance at the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Big Ten mascots are on the loose in Chicago. Our furry friends are still in town, because they’ll be all over Saturday’s Big Ten B1G 10K, which begins at 8 a.m. ET in front of the Adler Planetarium. The 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. ET.
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Before Big Ten media days kick off in a couple of hours in Chicago, the conference released its official Big Ten Players to Watch early Wednesday morning. The list includes 10 players – five from both divisions – and Michigan (Devin Gardner & Taylor Lewan) and Ohio State (Braxton Miller, Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier) account for half of the representatives. See the full list in this post.
Every summer, the biggest sports stars come together to celebrate the best of the best from the year that was at the ESPY Awards. This year’s show had as much star power as any of the previous installments, however few personalities were more popular than Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old Nebraska fan and brain cancer patient.
The Big Ten and Detroit Lions reached a six-year agreement Wednesday for a bowl game at Ford Field, starting next season. The bowl, which will debut Dec. 30, 2014, has yet to be named. Naturally, I went to Twitter to ask fans for their ideas. They didn’t disappoint. For what it’s worth, the previous bowls at Ford Field were the Motor City Bowl and Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl.
Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel has the honor – not to mention stress – of speaking on behalf of the players at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on July 25 in Chicago. Urschel tweeted that he’s “honored” to represent the 36 Big Ten players who will be in attendance at the Hilton Chicago.
It was a big day Tuesday for Wisconsin product Devin Harris. The point guard officially rejoined the Dallas Mavericks, agreeing to a three-year, $9 million deal, and consequently was the subject of one of the day’s top sports tweets.
Actor Mark Wahlberg is in Michigan shooting “Transformers 4,” so what does a big-time sports fan do when he has free time in such a situation? He visits the Michigan football team, of course. Wahlberg hung out with the Wolverines on Wednesday at Schembechler Hall. See tweets and a video from Wahlberg’s visit in this post.
While five Big Ten products were selected in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night, several of the conference’s eligible players did not hear their names called. As is the case every year after the draft, it’s time to monitor the NBA Summer League invites. Check out all the Big Ten products who have signed in this post.