Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, 72, died in January, and the Hawkeyes will honor the longtime defensive coordinator in 2014 with a “Norm” decal on the back right of their helmet. Parker, who joined the Hawkeyes in 1999, retired after the 2011 season.
The latest batch of Nissan Heisman House commercials are out just in time for the 2014 season. And a couple of them feature Michigan’s Charles Woodson, the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner.
You know Robbie Hummel as a basketball player who battled injury throughout his Purdue career. Did you know he’s also a great jokester?
Want to visit Dublin? We can’t send you there, but we do have some postcard-worthy photos of the Penn State football team enjoying its time in Ireland.
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Four former Big Ten standouts have one of the top 25 best-selling NFL jerseys. Who leads the way? Find out inside.
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The Marching Illini recently visited Illinois football practice. It resulted in some entertaining dancing and a good time had by all. View a trio of videos in this post.
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Vanderbilt gave James Franklin his first head coaching gig. The new Penn State coach is forever grateful for the opportunity, and he proved it with a tweet to his old team Monday afternoon.
There’s no better and more fun way to cool off after a warm practice than by breaking out the Slip ‘N Slide, right? The Indiana football team recently proved this.
Surrounded by a group of young campers at halfcourt, Nik Stauskas made the shot you just knew he would make. Even better than the shot? That would be the reaction of the campers.
Former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees loves his Boilermakers. He showed it again following Saturday’s exhibition game at Indianapolis, running over to the expensive seats to sign some Purdue memorabilia.
Big Ten football kicks off Thursday night. Before then, classes will start at several schools across the Big Ten. That means it’s time for the annual freshman class photo shoot at the football field. Check out several really great Class of 2018 photos in this post. Have one from another Big Ten school? Tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina).
Before your Big Ten team kicks off, you need to see the fantastic throwback footage Wisconsin has of head coach Gary Andersen. In the team’s latest “The Camp 2014” video feature, the Badgers put video of Andersen, with a mullet and skin tight clothes, on the big screen during a team meeting. The team loved it, and so will you. Fast forward to the 3:45 mark to see a younger Andersen working out and trying to make a name for himself.
One doesn’t have to like Penn State to enjoy James Franklin’s video of his seven-year-old daughter hitting the sleds and yelling, “We are … Penn State!” The proof is in the video in this post.
BTN Live released the new format for the Big Ten men’s and women’s tourneys on Thursday night. Now that the conference boasts 14 teams with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, the events will start a day earlier and run Wednesday-Sunday. This year’s women’s tourney will be March 4-8, and the men’s March 11-15. See the brackets in this post.
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What do NFL Football players do during the offseason? It looks like former Maryland standout Vernon Davis spent some time working at the local Jamba Juice store.
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Outside of the classroom, Mike Sadler is a punter first and an entertainer second. A 2014 Ray Guy Award watch list honoree, Sadler garners as much attention for what he does off the field as he does on it. That says a lot, and it’s the direct result of his hilarious personality. Need proof? Check out his pose in Michigan State’s 2014 team photo.
Here’s one of the most touching ALS Ice Bucket Challenges Big Ten fans will see. Former Penn State and NFL linebacker Tim Shaw, 30, revealed he has ALS in his Ice Bucket Challenge video, posted to titansonline.com. Watch the video in this post.
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Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury hit Ohio State fans and the Columbus community hard Tuesday. Miller, the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, reinjured his right shoulder in practice Monday and an MRI on Tuesday revealed structural damage. To no surprise, Miller is on Ohio State fans’ minds, to the point there’s a billboard for him.
Nebraska football fan Jack Hoffman starts another round of chemotherapy Thursday, and the Nebraska football team has a message for the young brain cancer survivor who delighted the nation with his touchdown run in the 2013 spring game. Watch Bo Pelini, Kenny Bell and Ameer Abdullah, among others, send Jack their best wishes as he enters am international clinical trial in Boston.
Austin Hatch took the court for the first time as a Michigan player Sunday night during the team’s exhibition opener in Italy. Hatch, a two-time plane crash survivor who has lost his mother, father, brother, sister and stepmother in the crashes, played the final three minutes and went scoreless.
Think you’re ready for the college football season? One Ohio State fan has you topped. @mirrorlakejump tweeted a picture Monday of a pickup truck decorated as an Ohio State helmet, complete with Buckeye helmet stickers and all. See the Ohio State-themed truck in this post.
With the Big Ten football season set to kick off in less than two weeks, teams are beginning to release highlight videos to get fan’s excited. Nebraska released the latest “hype” video this past weekend. It is a two minute video, showing various highlights from the 2013 season, including the unforgettable Hail Mary pass to beat Northwestern, 27-24, in Lincoln.
BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo challenged Bo Pelini to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and the Nebraska football coach wasted no time accepting the challenge. “Let’s get it over with,” Pelini said after mentioning that he’d been challenged. Before getting drenched, Pelini sent challenges out to former Nebraska star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska fan Larry The Cable Guy and, of course, @FauxPelini.
BTN host Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday in Minneapolis. Revsine challenged fellow BTN host Mike Hall, while DiNardo challenged Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini. Watch Revine’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge here and see DiNardo’s in this post.
It never gets old watching offensive and defensive linemen field punts. It’s a common scene at the end of many practices across the Big Ten. Iowa left tackle Brandon Scherff did it recently, and now it’s Maryland’s turn. Watch the Terrapins offensive and defensive linemen field punts in this post.