The Indiana baseball team has made a habit of standing behind Tracy Smith during each and every one of his recent BTN in-game interviews. The videobombing has been silly and serious, you name it. Well, for Thursday night’s scheduled fifth-inning interview vs. Michigan, Smith decided to take a page out of Blake Griffin’s book.
Minnesota was eliminated from the Big Ten baseball tourney Thursday afternoon, and that’s bad news for fans of entertaining dugout fun. In case you missed it late Wednesday night, Minnesota freshman pitcher Cody Campbell hijacked coach John Anderson’s BTN dugout interview by getting a fake tattoo drawn on his right arm in the background of the shot. In Thursday’s loss to Iowa, Campbell and his wild beard stole the show.
Minnesota freshman Cody Campbell has rightfully earned the reputation of being the “team jokester.” And make no mistake, it’s not just his shaggy black beard or pair of thick black glasses with a gold plate on the top that’s grabbing all the attention.
Indiana enjoys videobombing head coach Tracy Smith’s BTN dugout interviews. They did it during the season-ending series vs. Minnesota, and they did it in their Big Ten tourney opener Wednesday vs. Iowa, Smith’s first in-game interview since being named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Watch the Hoosiers look very serious behind Smith in this post.
Austin Darby is no stranger to the highlight-reel grab. After all, the Nebraska right fielder pulled off this ridiculous catch earlier this month. Darby, once again, flashed the leather in the Huskers’ Big Ten tourney opener vs. Ohio State on Wednesday afternoon. Watch Darby’s run-saving catch vs. the Buckeyes in this post.
One of the biggest questions facing Nebraska’s football team this season is who will replace Taylor Martinez? It looks like the leading candidate right now is sophomore Tommy Armstrong Jr., who played in nine games last season as a redshirt freshman following an early-season injury to Martinez.
Union talks have put Northwestern in the news the last few months. The school didn’t expect it and it didn’t want it. In an effort to show its student-athletes are just that – student-athletes – the school posted an Instagram video that features WR Tony Jones spinning a football and then a book while wearing team gear. Jones then tosses the book in the air, spins and catches a work bag while donning a suit.
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Wisconsin held its commencement Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Even cooler: Wisconsin has posted a time-lapse video of the preparations, event and clean up. See the video in this post.
Northwestern’s Chris Collins proved he can coach against the nation’s elite in his first season as a head coach. That’s great and all, but what kind of singer is he? It’s a random question, yes, but Collins had the honor of singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Sunday at Wrigley Field. So many Chicago personalities have butchered the song and embarrassed themselves. Not Collins. The second-year coach nailed his rendition.
It is no secret that turning a triple play is extremely rare. Turning two triple plays in a single game is pretty much unheard of. However, Penn State’s baseball team did just that in a 4-2 loss to Michigan State on Friday, becoming just the second team to accomplish the feat in NCAA Division I history.
Big Ten fans all have their own favorite traditions and rituals during college football games. However, there is one particular tradition at Wisconsin football games that really seems to stick out more than the others: Jump Around.
Ohio State outfielder Tim Wetzel closed out the final home game of his career on quite a high note. The Buckeyes’ senior left fielder went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run at the plate, and also made two incredible catches in Ohio State’s 5-2 win over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.
Noah Vonleh’s hands are huge. Put it this way: Only one player (Greg Smith, 2011) has had wider hands than Vonleh (11 3/4″) since hand width was first recorded at the NBA draft combine in 2010. That being the case, it’s easy to see why the Big Ten Freshman of the Year received so much attention Friday in Chicago. See pictures of Vonleh’s hands in this post.
Tom Crean threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Minnesota-Indiana baseball game Thursday night. The Hoosiers, who were looking to clinch their second consecutive outright Big Ten title, lost a 2-1 decision in extra innings. Indiana can wrap up the outright crown with a win Friday or Saturday. It could also do it with a Nebraska loss in one of its final two games. Watch Indiana host Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go.
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What’s the strangest, most ridiculous question you’ve been asked on a job interview? Former Michigan star and 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas was asked a laughable one while meeting with a future employer at the NBA draft combine. Let’s just say, the Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in Stauskas’ rudimentary math skills. See the question in this post.
Here’s a safe prediction: Penn State football fans will be eying the Beaver Stadium scoreboard far more often this fall. That’s because the team is adding a new LED scoreboard, part of a $10 million project, that is expected to be ready for the season opener. The video board also includes a ridiculously large Nittany Lion logo that includes LED lights. See a picture of it in this post.
Sometimes, rivalries take a backseat to reality. That was evident at the Cincinnati-Ohio State baseball game Tuesday, as the Bearcats added No. 11 patches to the right sleeve of their jersey. The patch honors Ohio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer, who was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia late last month and will miss the rest of the season. See a picture of the patch in this post.
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College football fans need not be reminded of Jadeveon Clowney’s helmet-dislodging hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl. People still talk about the hit – even Michigan fullback Joe Kerridge’s mother. You see, after Taylor Lewan was drafted No. 11 in the NFL draft on Thursday night, Kerridge’s mom texted Joe.
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You just know football players across the country are attempting to catch their own Hail Mary passes after Georgia prep cornerback Gary Haynes wowed us all in this video. Well, Michigan backup quarterback Shane Morris posted one to his Vine account. Watch the video in this post.
Give Ohio State fans a rental car with Michigan license plates in Ohio, and they will not feel good about it. Aside from it not feeling right, they’re certain to receive dirty looks and get honked at, among other things. Well, to avoid such treatment in said scenario, an Ohio State fan found a creative way to prove allegiances Monday. See a picture of it in this post.
Not only is Tim Miles a great basketball mind, he’s a man of the people. Whether he’s making beat writers’ lives easier with a must-hear soundbite, tweeting at halftime or helping a fan propose to his girlfriend, Miles is easy to respect. Then there’s this: Miles, on Monday, made two Nebraska fans’ day by meeting them for lunch.
It’s no secret former Indiana student-athletes Victor Oladipo and Kofi Hughes are very good at their respective sports. But, can they hit a baseball? Oladipo, the All-American basketball star, and Hughes, the receiver who hauled in 13 TD receptions, recently swung for the fences at Bart Kaufman Field. Check out their hacks in the rather entertaining the IU Athletics YouTube video in this post.