James Franklin’s Vanderbilt days are over, but the Penn State coach was back in black Saturday on the opening day of the College World Series. Franklin, who left Nashville for Penn State in January, was in Omaha to cheer on his former school’s baseball team and friend, Vandy coach Tim Corbin.
No matter team allegiance, Big Ten fans have to like what several members of the Ohio State football team did for Joshua Chambers, a 4-year-old Orlando boy with leukemia. Chambers, the son of an Ohio State fan, was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February, 2013, and when linebacker Joshua Perry heard the news, he took action.
Less than a month away from becoming an official Big Ten member, Maryland is getting its community ready for the much-anticipated move. The school has put up “Think B1G” billboards throughout the Baltimore area, both on interstates and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Maryland, along with Rutgers, joins the Big Ten on July 1.
Purdue removed the upper bleachers from the south end zone at Ross-Ade Stadium on Wednesday morning, and the team posted a short Instagram video of the demolition. Read more about the project here, and see the video in this post.
The Ohio State football program held its Champions Dinner a couple weeks ago, and there’s a pretty fun YouTube video of the festivities. The dinner is something Meyer does every spring to reward his players for excellence on and off the field. They bond, they barbeque, and they play cornhole, dodgeball and softball. Basically, it’s a day full of fun.
Like several other stadiums across the nation, Ohio Stadium has undergone several renovations since the the 2013 season. Last month, the team added new field turf and unveiled renderings of a new locker room. The one fans will notice the most is nearing completion, and that’s the addition of approximately 2,600 seats to the south end zone.
If any Michigan and Nebraska football fans are looking for a Father’s Day present — and you happen to have $400 or $1,200 burning a hole in your wallet — there’s a gift that is certain to impress every Wolverine and Husker dad. It’s on Etsy, and it’s an incredible replica of Michigan Stadium and Memorial Stadium, made entirely out of LEGOS.
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Penn State fans will love the groom’s cake a Nittany Lion fan had at his wedding last Saturday. It was a replica of Beaver Stadium, and the scoreboard (speaking of which, look at the team’s new video board) displayed the date: 5-31-14. Check out the cake in this post.
Outside of Barack Obama, it feels like Johnny Manziel is the most talked about person in the country these days. Well, not so fast…
It was just last month when Birmingham Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone gave a verbal commitment to Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines. Still a year away from being in Ann Arbor, Malzone is already getting involved in the heated Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.
With the Big Ten athletic year now complete, we decided to compile a fun list. No, this isn’t a list that ranks the top athletes or breakout players. It’s one that’s all about puns on Big Ten basketball players’ names, both past and present. Whether you’re a horse racing fan or a fantasy sports geek, you’ll appreciate these creative names.
Remember Braylon Edwards’ standing backflip following Michigan’s 2004 win over Minnesota? It was impressive. Edwards went on to do an “easier” flip in the NFL. It’s one thing for a receiver to do a backflip, but it’s a completely different thing when a defensive lineman does it. In a J.J. Watt-esque gym video, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa made a standing backflip look way too easy. Update: the video is from two years ago but was just posted.
If any Michigan fan wasn’t head-over-heels excited about heralded recruit Jabrill Peppers, the video of the defensive back’s speedy 100-meter dash at last Friday’s state meet should do it. Peppers, a five-star recruit out of New Jersey, used his incredible breakaway speed to defend his crown, with a time of 10.52 seconds. Watch Peppers’ speed in this post.
Forget about the fastest player in the Big Ten, NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer ranked Purdue speedster Raheem Mostert as the nation’s fastest player. So much for the narrative that the Big Ten has no speed, huh? Regardless of conference affiliation, Mostert can fly. He’s shown his speed on the football field (see video above), but he’s done most of his damage in track and field.
Sam Travis is one of the Big Ten’s best baseball players. He’ll be an early pick in this week’s MLB First-Year Player of the Draft. Clearly, the 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year knows how to motivate himself. You can’t have the success he’s had in baseball without that ability to learn from disappointments.
Northwestern has no shortage of uniform combinations. Under Armour revamped the team’s look prior to the 2012 season, and last year it introduced an all-white design. There’s countless helmets to go along with the three different jerseys and pants (white, black and purple). Basically, there’s no telling what Northwestern will wear from one Saturday to the next.
The future is bright for the Big Ten. So bright, in fact, you might need some shades. Former Maryland receiver and current NFL star Torrey Smith is excited about his school’s move, and he posted a photo to Instagram to prove it. The shot features Smith holding his young child, with both wearing Maryland glasses that feature the school logo on the right lens and the B1G logo on the left lens.
Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner got engaged to boyfriend and MLB star Bryce Harper last week. Varner, a Las Vegas native just like Harper, spent her first two seasons at BYU before playing in Columbus last fall. A forward and midfielder, Varner tallied two goals and five assists in 15 starts.
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Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell lost a recent bet, and it cost him his recognizable hairdo. Yes, Bell’s afro is no more. The Husker posted a picture on Twitter of his new, less recognizable look. To the surprise of no one, the photo garnered plenty of attention. Even Bo Pelini chimed in with a funny tweet about Bell’s new look, saying “Gone but not fro-gotten.” See a picture of the new hairdo and Pelini’s tweet in this post.
Pat Fitzgerald is all for helping out good a cause, so it was no shock to see him taking pies to the face during a recent Pi Beta Phi fundraiser. For just $2, anyone could smash a pie in the football coach’s face, with all proceeds going to children’s literacy.
Hitting home runs has become second nature for Indiana slugger Kyle Schwarber. But hitting a go-ahead homer in the Big Ten championship game at TD Ameritrade Park probably meant a little more to the Hoosiers’ junior catcher than his previous 37 home runs.
What is the most memorable gift you received for your college graduation? Former Michigan basketball center Jordan Morgan won’t forget his anytime soon.
Videobombing has become the biggest trend during this year’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament. We have seen both silly and serious videobombs from Indiana, as well as a Minnesota player getting a fake tattoo drawn on his arm in the middle of an interview. Well, Michigan State’s videobomb in Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Indiana could be the best one yet.
Go to an MLB game, and you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one bat break into multiple pieces. A college game? Not so much. It happened, though, in Friday night’s Michigan-Iowa Big Ten tourney game. Making the super-rare event all the more impressive, Jackson Glines got an RBI single to center on the swing. Watch the play and see a picture of the bat in this post.
A steal of home is always exciting. It’s even better when the baserunner makes a ridiculous slide to avoid the tag. We saw that happen in the nightcap of the Big Ten tourney Friday night, when Iowa’s Jake Yacinich was the lead runner on a double steal attempt. Michigan, on what looked like a designed play, threw down to second and had the shortstop cut it off and toss home. The Wolverines had Yacinich dead to rights. That’s when he decided to leave his feet and dive around the tag.