Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.
Could former Wisconsin OT Chris McIntosh be the successor to Barry Alvarez as Badger A.D.? McIntosh is an associate A.D. now in Madison, and he’s a rising star in the athletic department. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that sources say they won’t be surprised to see McIntosh eventually succeed Alvarez. Alvarez, who turns 70 in December, is in his 12th year as athletic director and is under contract through the 2019-20 academic year. He has not talked publicly about retirement, but clearly he believes McIntosh has a bright future. *** Tough blow for Purdue during its spring game
USAToday is out with the Top 20 largest athletic programs in the nation. And the Big Ten is well represented with seven entries. The SEC? It has 10. Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State are the lone non-Big Ten and SEC schools in the Top 20. Here’s a look at the Big Ten teams: No. 3 Ohio State No. 4 Michigan No. 10 Penn State No. 12 Wisconsin No. 18 Minnesota No. 19 Michigan State No. 20 Iowa *** Could Mark Dantonio have his best defense yet since arriving at Michigan State? That’s a mouthful. Dantonio said recently that time will
True freshmen who could start for Ohio State football this fall. Tom Izzo on the topic of player transfers. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh goes dancing. How did satellite camps help Penn State? Catch up on Friday's Big Ten headlines in our last news digest of the week.
In Thursday's football news digest, coaches continue to chime in on the rule preventing satellite training camps while one TV and radio commentator is getting increasingly annoyed with Michigan's Jim Harbaugh. Also, Is Michigan State’s Malik McDowell the best defensive lineman in nation? And what is Ohio State working on improving now?
What a mega deal the NCAA has inked with TBS and CBS for its basketball tourney, extending it for another eight years. The extension to the current deal — for a combined total rights fee of $8.8 billion — will keep the big game at Turner and CBS until 2032. Where does all that loot go? *** If you missed Jim Harbaugh’s rant about the banning of satellite camps, then you missed something. Per usual, he holds nothing back. And, he has many good points. *** A bummer to see Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis leave for the NBA after just
What are the biggest questions about Penn State before its Blue and White game? For me, quarterback, d-line and o-line are big questions. *** If you listen to Rutgers DE Quanzell Lambert, the Scarlet Knights will be more aggressive on defense. “The defensive scheme is definitely a lot more aggressive up front,” redshirt senior defensive end Quanzell Lambert said. “It’s more of a north game for the D-line instead of east-west and stunting and everything.” *** It seems the rule that has deregulated texting has caused some concern, as now schools can text a prospect as often as they want.
Iowa CB Desmond King won the Jim Thorpe Award last year and could have entered the NFL. But, the Hawkeyes’ star opted to return for his senior season. In his first interview with Iowa media since the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl, King said “it was the bond I have with my teammates here” that ultimately brought him back. Some NFL Draft projections had him going as a late first-round choice. King didn’t expand on the evaluation he received in late December, but said it was favorable. Great to see this guy back in Iowa City. *** Speaking of Iowa, here
In Thursday's Big Ten headlines, we catch you up on a number of spring football stories, including nes out of Nebraska's defensive backfield, upgrades on Michigan's offensive line, and why one team's coaching staff keeps injuries under wraps.
Just what Michigan State needed: a bigger chip on its shoulder. ESPN sent out a push notification Monday erroneously referring to newly selected basketball hall of famer Tom Izzo as “Tim” Izzo, riling many in the Michigan State fan base. You think ESPN would make this mistake for, say, Michigan’s “Joe” Harbaugh? I doubt it. This blunder comes on the heels of what seems like an uncharacteristically high rate of mispronunciations and misspellings related to Michigan State’s veteran football coach, Mark Dantonio. Mistakes happen, and all media organizations make them from time to time. But it sure seems like Michigan