Another August, another Big Ten Network tour in the books. I have been on five now. And for a guy who loves football, food and fun, I feel lucky. Here is a fun look at the Best of the 2016 BTN Bus Tour. [ MORE: Relive all of Tom Dienhart’s football tour coverage ] FAVORITE CAMPUSES Penn State. The place belongs on a postcard, nestled in the hills of central Pennsylvania. Go ahead and put on your letterman’s jacket and stroll across campus for a dip of Alumni Swirl ice cream at the Berkley Creamery. Michigan. No Big Ten campus
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No coach shook up his staff more than Darrell Hazell. Gone are offensive coordinator John Shoop and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson, along with defensive line coach Rubin Carter. [ MORE: Dienhart: Here’s what I learned at Purdue practice ] Hazell promoted tight ends coach Terry Malone to run the offense, a role he had with Michigan under Lloyd Carr from 2002-05. Ross Els was tabbed to be defensive coordinator. Former Purdue assistant Randy Melvin is back to coach the d-line; DeAndre Smith was hired from Syracuse to coach RBs; Tim Lester was tabbed from Syracuse to
The final stop of the 2016 BTN bus tour took us to West Lafayette, Indiana, to watch Darrell Hazell's Purdue team practice. Jump inside to see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned.
Thirteen stops down, and one to go. The second-to-last stop on the annual BTN bus tour had the BTN crew watching Illinois practice Wednesday. Read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's fun takes inside.
The penultimate stop on the 2016 BTN bus tour took us to Champaign, Illinois, to watch Lovie Smith's first Illinois squad practice. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's takeaways from Wednesday's practice inside.
Darrell Hazell needs a big year. It’s no secret. He has yet to get this program off the ground in his first three seasons. The struggles can’t be sugarcoated or minimized, as Hazell has gone 6-30 overall and 2-22 in the Big Ten. Three of the victories have been vs. FCS foes; another was vs. a MAC team. Will 2016 be the year the script is flipped? Hazell will move forward with a veteran roster that has potential and a staff that has two new coordinators. Here is what I’ll be watching at Purdue practice. 1. Quarterback. The quarterback situation
We're headed your way, Purdue fans. That's right, the annual BTN summer football tour is destined for West Lafayette, Indiana, to check out Darrell Hazell's fourth team.
Northwestern's top specimen? Its nagging question. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers several fun takes from Northwestern's practice Tuesday inside.
The BTN bus tour was in Evanston, Illinois, on Tuesday, to check out Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Wildcats, Click inside to see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from the practice.
Hopes are high in Champaign, as Illinois takes the wraps off the Lovie Smith era. Will he be the coach to deliver a consistent winner to the Illini Nation? Smith arrives from the NFL with a big reputation, but he will be Illinois’ fifth coach since 1997 following Ron Turner, Ron Zook, Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit. The defensive line looks strong, and Dave Revsine believes running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn is going to be one of the top breakthrough players in the conference this season. Here is what I’ll be looking for at Illinois practice. 1. How is offensive line