Good stuff here from old pal Jeff D’Alessio of the Champaign News-Gazette, who asked 10 folks from Lovie Smith’s past to tell us their best story about the new Illini boss.
One writer says Jim Harbaugh calling Nick Saban a hypocrite is something the Big Ten should embrace. Speaking of Harbaugh, he met with baseball legend Hank Aaron recently. In other news, one publication says the nation's top linebacker is ... well, come read it for yourself. Another publication says Nebraska's has the best set of wide receivers in the Big Ten, and the use data to explain why. Friday's news digest is now available.
Little bit of football news, little bit of men's basketball news, and a few slideshows looking at incoming players and upcoming games. Run through these headlines for Thursday's Big Ten news digest.
This week's Jim Harbaugh-Nick Saban flareup leads our writer to ask one of his favorite questions: What about a college football commissioner? Also in today's news digest: An assessment of the Iowa QB situation, an update from Michigan State's Mark Dantonio on his junior class, and Nebraska's Mike Riley make a fascinating move to educate his players on sexual assault.
Minnesota new athletic director has plenty on his plate while Iowa's athletic director discussed his overall vision at Iowa. NFL rookie Ezekiel Elliott bought his mom a nice gift. One Big Ten football locker room got flooded. Let's get caught up on the headlines after a long Memorial Day weekend.
The NBA Draft deadline came and went, so we know who's staying and who's gone. Also, Big Ten athletic directors talk early signing period. And what hat did one rock star wear at Penn State that drew some attention from his home state of New Jersey? Thursday's news digest is good to go.
Another outlet has ranked the toughest Big Ten football environments. Can you guess who is No. 1? And do you agree with the list? Swing through Wednesday's Big Ten news digest.
Oakland coach Jack Del Rio thinks Connor Cook has a perfect situation with the Raiders. He just may be right, as Cook can develop behind Derek Carr. “It’s a perfect situation, he does not have to come in here and be the face of our franchise right away,” Del Rio told SiriusXM. “He has a chance to come in here and learn the playbook and become a good teammate and join this organization and do everything he can to help us be a better team by being at his best every day. That’s what we’re expecting from him.” Could Carr
Lots of holes to fill on Michigan State’s defense, especially upfront with guys like Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath gone. A key guy who needs to step up: redshirt freshman DT Raequan Williams. “Raequan Williams has serious athleticism for his size, and he has been getting better and better with his consistency and technique,” MSU co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel said toward the end of spring drills. “When we got him he was, quite honestly, a little bit raw,” Tressel said of the Chicago product. “Any high school interior defensive lineman is not used to going against the guys
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talks (a little) about the ongoing TV negotiations saying, "We're interested in having great partners with great platforms who are interested in marketing and promotion." Also, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes is stilling mulling over his NBA decision. And Jerry Kill has a new job at Kansas State. More in this post.