It seems some in the SEC and ACC are still in a bunch over Penn State having these satellite camps across the nation. My advice: Get over it. What are they afraid of? I think I know. The central issue in play is the viewpoint of the SEC and ACC that satellite camps are a “loophole” in an NCAA rule that says camps must be hosted within a 50-mile radius of the university’s campus. The rule doesn’t cover a coaching staff guest-coaching at camps hosted by other institutions. The SEC and ACC are free to hold similar camps, if they
Seeing which school can have the biggest spring game attendance sometimes is more fun than the actual “games” themselves. So far, the Big Ten has the top three attendances in the nation. So, take that. Ohio State is No. 1 with 99,391; Nebraska No. 2 at 76,881 and Penn State No. 3 with 68,000. Michigan is No. 6 at 60,000. *** Ohio State was feted at the White House for winning the 2014 national title. Pretty sweet. Here is the complete transcript of what President Obama said to the team. And, of course, here is Twitter reaction and photos from
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has laid out his plan for freshman ineligibility. In a 12-page letter titled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us” and sent to media members Friday, Delany reiterated why he believes a so-called year of readiness would be beneficial at this “critical moment in the evolution of intercollegiate athletics.” The letter is not a proposal, he wrote. He did, however, lay out a plan to raise scholarship limits in FBS football and Division I men’s basketball and add scholarships in women’s sports to stay compliant with Title IX. Under
Urban Meyer wants to name a starting quarterback by the middle of Ohio State's training camp (pssst, Ohio State's spring game is on BTN/BTN2Go Saturday). And there's a QB battle at Rutgers, too. And where dopes Jake Rudock fit in at Michigan? We take a spin around Friday's Big Ten headlines.
Update on Penn State's and Ohio State's offensive line. A look at football helmet safety ideas. Where will star running back Tevin Coleman land? And a crazy mascot story involving a horse. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart scooped up the top Thursday headlines and offers them up ... right here.
OK, we have another opinion in the endless debate on if players should be paid. This time, it’s ex-Michigan LB Jake Ryan weighing in. And he doesn’t think players should get any loot. “If (someone is) a winning coach, so be it, pay them what you think,” Ryan said to Matt Shepard of WDFN. With the whole paying student-athletes thing, you’re getting an education. You’re getting a Michigan degree, that’s what I got. You get that throughout your four or five years and I think that’s perfect. You work hard towards that, that’s what I worked hard towards. “That, and
Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker declared for the NBA draft last week. Is Michigan’s Caris LeVert next? For now, he’s still in fact-finding mode. He’s also in a walking boot until May. Is he REALLY ready for the NBA? I guess I don’t think so. The underclassman entry deadline is April 26. LeVert said after the season that he’ll weigh his decision right up until that date. The NBA Draft Combine will be held until May 12-17 and is followed by draft entrants being invited for individual workouts with NBA teams. *** On this same subject … this just in: Yogi Ferrell
Four Big Ten teams held closed out their spring on Saturday, and five more do the same this weekend. As a result, there's a lot of football news in Tom Dienhart's Monday Big Ten links.
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links, Mark Dantonio feels his football team is ready to play now. Plus, we found five great questions about Michigan's basketball team. Braxton Miller won't get in trouble for that Instagram photo. And a few other football teams are focused on improving specific team units. Let's get to the links.
Did you know the Big Ten has more recent Final Four appearances and a more diverse collection of teams in the Final Four over the last two decades than anyone else? We talk about that story and catch up on some football headlines in Thursday's Big Ten links.