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.
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Yesterday, Texas A&M made a lot of noise with its new facilities. Today, Penn State is getting plenty of attention for its mammoth new scoreboards at Beaver Stadium, part of a $10 million project.
Who says Bo Ryan is all business, all the time? Wisconsin recently released the following video of Wisconsin getting its 2014 Final Four rings. As you can see in the video below, before unveiling the rings, Ryan does a great job leading on his players by saying he didn’t believe they deserved a reward for last season.
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What happens when one teammate, weighing 342 pounds, and another, checking in at 170 pounds, chest bump? Random question, sure, but it happened Wednesday at Ohio State’s team photo day. As expected, the diminutive one, RB Devonte Butler, bounced off the behemoth, DL Chris Carter, and ended up on the floor. Watch the video above.
You already knew Purdue product Drew Brees was one of the NFL’s most accurate passers. His career 66 percent completion percentage is all the proof one needs. For anybody not sold on Brees’ ability to put the ball anywhere he wants, there’s this video from New Orleans Saints’ training camp.
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Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook knows how to have fun, both on and off the football field. The reigning Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl Game MVP, Cook was in his element at his first Big Ten media days Monday in Chicago. So much so, he showed off his NaeNae dance moves during an interview with teammate Shilique Calhoun. See it in this post.
Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond knew he had to make a statement Monday at Big Ten media days. Meeting the media in Chicago with the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (Shilique Calhoun) and Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl Game MVP (Connor Cook), Drummond didn’t want to go unnoticed. So, he rocked a suit – and shoes – that made people take notice.
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Every college, it seems, has at least one well-known celebrity backer, whether it be on the gridiron, the hardwood, the diamond or the mat. But who are those figures in the Big Ten? I asked our Twitter followers that very question, and then came up with this list of the top celebrity fans for all 14 Big Ten schools.
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Tim Miles has made quite a name for himself during his time at Nebraska. In addition to being one of the top coaches in the Big Ten conference, he is also one of the top personalities, both in-person and on social media.