Video boards are the new thing when it comes to updating football stadiums. And the bigger, the better. Illinois is the latest example of this, as it will add a new HD video board above the south end zone in time for the 2013 season.
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It’s Coaches vs. Cancer weekend, and that means coaching staffs around the nation are wearing gym shoes on the sidelines to help raise awareness for the deadly disease. And, in some cases, coaches opt for a more comfortable look, like Tom Crean. Check out photos of all the Big Ten coaches’ footwear from this weekend in this post.
No company outfits more Big Ten schools than Nike. Let’s see, there’s Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue, for a total of seven schools. If you caught the recent Gonzaga-Butler game, you probably have a good idea why this is being mentioned. Nike put Gonzaga in the awful (practice) jerseys that featured the school’s logo above the number.
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The “CMS40” patch and warm up shirts Iowa wore Saturday were a nice touch to honor former Hawkeye Chris Street on the 20th anniversary of his death. The Hawkeyes wanted to do even more to remember Street, however the NCAA nixed the team’s first idea. According to HawkCentral.com, the NCAA wouldn’t grant Iowa permission to wear special jerseys with “STREET” on the nameplate.
Iowa will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chris Street’s death at Saturday night’s game vs. Wisconsin on BTN/BTN2Go. Street, who died in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993, will be honored at halftime, along with Iowa’s Chris Street Award winners, first handed out in 1993. The Hawkeyes also will wear a patch on their jerseys, just above the “B1G” logo, that includes Street’s initials and number (CMS 40).
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team will wear a special throwback uniform for the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic on Feb. 17 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The sweater is a reproduction of what the 1931-32 team wore, and it’s pretty slick. See a photo of the sweater in this post.
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Sunday night’s GoDaddy.com Bowl marked new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s final day on the job at Kent State. Here’s to guessing college football fans won’t soon forget it. Interestingly, it had nothing to do with the close 17-13 decision. No, it had everything to do with Kent State’s head-turning helmets.
Michigan won’t be the only Big Ten team wearing an alternate matte helmet for its New Year’s Day bowl. Northwestern, which debuted a matte black helmet earlier this season, will rock another matte look in Tuesday’s Gator Bowl.
As it did last year, Michigan will wear a special adidas uniform for its bowl game, the 2013 Outback Bowl. Like last year’s look, this one is a white road uniform. It features several new wrinkles, of course, the most obvious being the addition of a matte helmet.
The Ohio State basketball teams will have a late present waiting for them when they return to the hardwood following the winter holiday. According to The Columbus Dispatch’s Bob Baptist, Value City Arena is getting a new floor that will be ready after Christmas. The design rivals that of Illinois’, particularly the school logo at midcourt superimposed over an outline of the state of Ohio.
Three days away, the field at Lucas Oil Stadium is ready to host the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night. The B1G Championship Game logo has been added to midfield, the “B1G” logo to the 25-yard lines, and the school names to the end zones. See a photo, courtesy of @B1GFootball, in this post.
When it was announced last week that Maryland was joining the Big Ten, I predicted Under Armour would come up with some crazy uniforms for future Maryland-Northwestern football games. Turns out, we didn’t have to wait until 2014 for it. Under Armour, which outfits both schools, designed some crazy shoes that select players wore during Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.
There’s no doubt who Penn State’s leader is. And we’ll see proof of it in Saturday afternoon’s season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are wearing No. 42 on the left side of their helmets in honor of injured senior Michael Mauti.
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Maryland it is not, Rutgers is no slouch in the uniform department itself. To be fair, though, no Big Ten school can challenge Maryland when it comes to uniforms and helmets. The Scarlet Knights, outfitted by Nike, mix it up quite a bit – only in a tamer manner than Maryland.
It was rumored to happen, and it will. On Monday night, Ohio State unveiled the Nike Pro Combat Rivalry uniform the Buckeyes will wear against Michigan on Saturday. According to Nike, this is the “most technically advanced integrated uniform system.”
Other than Oregon, few college teams have garnered more attention through uniforms than the Big Ten’s newest member. Maryland, an Under Armour school, isn’t afraid to push the envelope (like this or this), and much like the Ducks, it rarely sports the same look from one week to the next. Hop inside for a breakdown of the school’s many looks.
Prior to last season, Ohio State wore Nike Pro Combat uniforms for the previous two rivalry games against Michigan. Will the Buckeyes make it three out of four years? The internet is abuzz over this picture, which Ohio State beat writer Ben Axelrod tweeted with this text: “The Ohio State team shop/Nike may have accidentally revealed this year’s pro combat 2002 tribute uniform.”
Iowa rolled out the Veterans Day uniforms today for today’s game against Purdue. BTN’s Field Pass was live from the game and we captured this early look at the uniforms during warmups. The look is to honor members of the U.S. military. Earlier this year we got a look at something when a sporting good store unveiled a new look for Iowa. Today’s game is on BTN/BTN2Go today at noon.
Camouflage is in. A day after Michigan State unveiled its camo look for this week’s game in Germany, Ohio State released its uniform for Friday’s Carrier Classic. And much like the Michigan State uniform, it’s hardly lacking in the camo department. You’ll find it on the jersey, shorts, socks and shoes.
The Michigan State men’s basketball team wore much-talked-about camouflage uniforms for last season’s game on an aircraft carrier. It will don even more camo when it takes on Connecticut in the Armed Forces Classic on Friday at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The Michigan men’s basketball team opens up the revamped Crisler Center with an exhibition game Thursday night. If you haven’t seen the place, it looks fantastic. See for yourself in this Michigan Basketball Facebook photo gallery. Not too shabby, huh?
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Two new Big Ten helmets were introduced to the college football world in Week 8 action Saturday. There was Michigan State’s HydroChrome lid and Northwestern’s matte black shell. Here’s a running gallery, in chronological order, of the new helmets we’ve seen so far during the 2012 season.