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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.
The way Bo Pelini has embraced the whole @FauxPelini thing, there’s a good chance the Nebraska coach will be flattered by the photo @RedditCFB tweeted of Goldy Gopher. Check out the picture in this post.
By now, you’ve surely heard about 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being cited for stealing crab legs from a local Publix. If not, check out the Twitter buzz. Well, the Nebraska women’s basketball team decided to join the fun. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller tweeted a picture of a recent team meal, which included crab legs, with the text: “Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo
It’s no secret that Tom Izzo isn’t a big proponent of Twitter. So, instead of sending Nebraska coach Tim Miles a congratulatory tweet on a great season, Izzo got in front of the camera and delivered a personal, tongue-in-cheek message to Miles that aired at the Huskers team banquet.
The last five minutes of the Rutgers spring game Saturday belonged to Special Olympics New Jersey. The athletes, who play for Team New Jersey Flag Football, put on a show for the Scarlet Knights fans. No one delighted more than Dalton Stilts, though. Stilts caught a short pass over the middle and took it 62 yards for a touchdown. The best part? Stilts’ celebration. Check it out in this post.
The SEC announced its new scheduling policy Sunday, and the conference will continue to play eight league games. The “new” wrinkle: Each team is required to schedule at least one non-conference game vs. an opponent from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12.
The Northwestern women’s lacrosse team defeated USC 12-7 on Saturday night in the first women’s lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. Watch our highlight package here and check out some of the best photos from the game in this post.
It isn’t a Michigan State spring game without a Sparty play. In what has become a tradition under Mark Dantonio, the Michigan State mascot lined up in the backfield and took a handoff in Saturday afternoon’s spring finale. While Sparty scored on the scamper, let’s just say, Pat Narduzzi’s defense didn’t look like a Pat Narduzzi defense on the play. The unit probably felt bad for him after it put a licking on him the last two years. See Sparty’s last three runs in this post.
Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten champ, and football fans will get a friendly reminder of that any time they tune in to a Spartans game this fall. The Spartans added “2013 Champions” under the “B1G” logos on the field and put a “Big Ten Champions” patch on the jersey. See pictures in this post.
The Northwestern women’s lacrosse team hosts Southern Cal on Friday in the first lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. The seven-time NCAA champs take on USC at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. For the special occasion, Northwestern will wear new Under Armour uniforms. See shots of the uniform and Wrigley Field in this post.
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Illinois’ Wes Lunt and Reilly O’Toole are involved in a heated quarterback battle, but one would have never guessed it based on their demeanor prior to the team’s spring game. While warming up, the two signal-callers sang Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” which was playing over the PA system. They took it seriously, too, with O’Toole, at one point, saying, “Dude, I’m killing this song. Hey, I’m killing this song.”
There was another public Big Ten proposal Sunday. One week after former Nebraska OL Jeremiah Sirles popped the question at the team’s spring game and just about two months after Mike Peltz did the same on Nebraska senior night, former Michigan State fullback Todd Anderson asked his girlfriend, Katie Hoff, the two-time Olympic swimmer, to marry him Sunday.
Every Big Ten football fan knows that Michigan-Ohio State is one of the most well-respected rivalries in college sports. Well, in recent years, the in-state Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has been making a move up the ranks.
Wisconsin third baseman Michelle Mueller made a catch worthy of inclusion on all the highlight shows Saturday afternoon at Penn State. In the second inning of a scoreless game, Mueller ended the frame with an impressive catch against the railing of her team’s dugout. Mueller reached her glove over the fence, and her momentum forced her into the railing, causing her to leave her feet. Mueller caught her balance to avoid tumbling into the dugout and calmly flipped the ball back to the pitcher’s circle.
We all have professional athletes who we have looked up to at one point or another. Well, former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt took that to a whole new level by posting the following video to his Instagram account.
TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and is, far and away, the Big Ten’s newest football stadium. That doesn’t mean it can’t undergo some updates. Thanks to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, who will share the stadium for the next two seasons while its new $1 billion home is under construction, the turf is being torn up make way for a hydronic heated field.
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When one thinks Jim Tressel, he or she inevitably thinks national championship, sweater vests and khakis, among other things. The former Ohio State football coach gave us another thing to associate him with Tuesday: Tupac. Yes. Tressel, now the vice president at Akron, tweeted a Tupac quote.
Big Ten football fans will love what Kyle Flood and Rutgers did for two young fans, both confined to wheelchairs due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), at the conclusion of practice Saturday. In a moment that will remind many of Jack Hoffman’s touchdown run, the Scarlet Knights had Danny Garofalo, 11, and Matt DeRiggi, 16, in the team huddle and drew up a trick play for them.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller didn’t compete in the Scarlet and Gray Spring Game on Saturday, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t involved in the action. Miller sent out a tweet Sunday morning of a graphic that compared Ohio State and Michigan’s spring game attendance.
Ohio State’s Josh Dezse hit his first home run of the season in his final at-bat Saturday. On Sunday, he homered his first two times up to make it three straight plate appearances with a home run. According to @OhioStae_BASE, Dezse is the first Ohio State player to homer in consecutive at-bats since 2011. Dezse, who finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI, was intentionally walked his next time up. Watch both of Dezse’s bombs in this post.