There’s nothing wrong with an ice cold shower in the summer, right? Forget that, no matter the temperature, freezing cold water is going to shock the body. But, when it’s for a great cause, it’s more than worth the discomfort.
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Rankings are always fun. They’re even more fun in the summer, when we need something to debate until the games start. Well, bestcollegereviews.org posted a popular list ranking the best college towns that made its way around social media Thursday, and the Big Ten was all over it. In fact, the Big Ten owned two of the top three towns: Ann Arbor (No. 2) and Madison (No. 3).
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Senior running back Venric Mark has announced that he is leaving Northwestern University for personal reasons, with a desire to play football this season closer to family.
All Big Ten basketball fans know Glenn Robinson and son Glenn Robinson III had skills on the hardwood. The former is one of the Big Ten’s greatest of all times, while the latter was a second-round pick in the June NBA draft. So, son/brother Gelen Robinson should be at home on the basketball court, right? See a video of Gelen, a freshman on the Purdue football team, dunk in this post.
Sports Illustrated released five regional covers for its College Football Preview magazine Wednesday morning, and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is one of the cover boys. The publication picks the Buckeyes No. 4 in its preseason top 25, the same spot it was last year, good enough for inclusion in the inaugural College Football Playoff. See Miller’s SI cover in this post.
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Two of the most inspiring players in the history of Rutgers and Penn State football will be re-united when the schools meet for the first time as Big Ten opponents on Sept. 13 at High Point Solutions Stadium.
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Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim is an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee, and he showed why after Monday’s scrimmage. With the rain pouring down in Rantoul, home of Illinois’ training camp, the players sprinted off the field. Everyone but Monheim, that is.
There’s nothing better than an ice cold shower in the summer, right? Forget that, no matter the temperature, freezing cold water is going to shock the body. Indiana’s Fred Glass and members of Nebraska’s men’s basketball staff know this all too well after accepting the Ice Bucket Challenges. Watch Glass and Tim Miles get doused with cold water in this post.
Brandon Scherff’s incredible athleticism and strength are well-documented. There’s this, and this, just to single out a couple things. There’s also an Instagram gallery of Scherff, the massive offensive lineman and former high school quarterback, returning a punt at the end of Iowa practice. See the gallery in this post.
The College Football Playoff has released a video promoting the inaugural year of the new system, and the Big Ten is all over the feature. Especially the beginning, as the commercial opens with a pair of Ohio State scenes, followed by Iowa. Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, through J.J. Watt, also have cameos. Watch the full video in this post.
There are plenty of outstanding storylines heading into this year’s Big Ten football season. But none of them top the one of an active Navy SEAL trying to walk on to a team.
Former Nebraska baseball star Alex Gordon smacked a home run Saturday on Nebraska Night at Kaufman Stadium, and to celebrate he led the red-clad Royals fans in a “Go Big Red” chant during his postgame on-field interview.
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See Bo Pelini out in public, you better ask him for a photo. The Nebraska football coach is no stranger to posing for photos, and he proved it yet again Saturday for a couple of newlyweds. See the picture in this post.
Michigan football will sport new uniforms when it takes on Penn State on Oct. 11 under the lights in Ann Arbor. The program revealed the new look on Friday evening with the following Twitter post.
Fall practice isn’t really known for its exciting drills, but Ohio State wasted little time bringing the excitement to its practices. The Buckeyes, in the opening week of practice, already busted out the always-popular circle drill. Watch the exciting drill in this post.
Minnesota will share TCF Bank Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while the latter’s new stadium is being built. Two days before the Vikings’ first preseason game Friday vs. Oakland, the field is ready for the state’s NFL team. See pictures of a Vikings-clad TCF Bank Stadium in this post.
What does every Big Ten football tailgate need? A school-themed Jell-O mold, of course. The people over at Jell-O have added 16 schools to their “University Mold Kits” line, which includes Big Ten members Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
How many scholarships have Gary Andersen and staff awarded Wisconsin walk-ons since they arrived in January 2013: 6, 8 or 10? That was the question Andersen asked walk-on Connor Udelhoven in a trivia game at a team meeting. Udelhoven’s answer: “Six?” to which Andersen replied: “Six? Nope, it was eight. But now it’s nine; you’re on scholarship.”
Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins are up to it again. The Northwestern coaches were back in the Acura MPX driving around Chicago and chatting, as part of the second installment of “Coaches in Cars Getting Coffee.” This time, Fitzgerald and Collins talk about their wives and raising their children. And there are plenty of funny moments.
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From the can’t-the-season-just-start-already file, Steve Spurrier made headlines Sunday by making a jab at the Big Ten. Spurrier, in reference to Nick Saban’s idea for the “Power Five” conferences to only play one another, knocked the Big Ten’s depth. See the quote in this post.
The NBA held its annual rookie photo shoot over the weekend in New York City. There were plenty of photos taken, of course, but there was also a lot of fun had while the players waited their turns in front of the camera. There was an impromptu dunk contest, among other things, and former Michigan forward Mitch McGary easily threw down the best dunk.
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Michigan Stadium made history Saturday night. The Big House hosted Manchester United’s preseason friendly against Real Madrid, which set the attendance record (109,318) for a soccer match in the United States.
Did you know Ludacris was born in Champaign, Illinois? He made it known Thursday with a photo posted to his Instagram account. Along with the picture of his flashy blue and orange sports cars was this text: “#tbt my fighting illini whips.”
Jerry Seinfeld has Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and now Northwestern has Coaches in Cars Getting Coffee. The Wildcats recently posted the Seinfeld-inspired video (watch above), and it features Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins driving around the city, hitting all the big sports venues, and talking sports. Collins plays “Seinfeld,” the driver in the video, and Fitzgerald is the guest sitting shotgun.
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Strength and conditioning is no joke. Players spent countless hours lifting weights and getting their bodies in the ultimate game shape. We don’t always see great visual proof of the body transformations, but Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry recently posted it to his Instagram account. Perry shared a picture that shows a side-by-side of his body from January 2012 until today. See the picture in this post.