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.
After Bo Pelini’s memorable entrance Saturday at Memorial Stadium, it was only a matter of time before “The Lion King” photoshop jobs hit social media. In case you missed it, Pelini held a cat in his arms during the team’s famous tunnel walk, and he raised it into the air once he entered the field. The moment reminded many of this iconic scene from the Disney classic. See a photoshopped photo in this post.
Nearly one month after Mike Peltz proposed to his girlfriend on senior night, former Nebraska offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles did the same at Saturday’s spring game. Sirles got on a knee during the team’s Punt, Pass and Kick part of the scrimmage. As he was about to punt the ball, he dropped it, reached into his left pocket, walked toward his girlfriend, and took a knee. Watch the proposal in this post.
It was just a year ago that Jack Hoffman, then 7, introduced himself to the world with his memorable and emotional touchdown run in Nebraska’s spring game. It’s been a whirlwind year since the brain cancer patient took the handoff from Taylor Martinez and sprinted to paydirt last April. Hoffman has met the President, had an Upper Deck card made and won an ESPY. We caught up with Jack and father Andy Hoffman at Saturday’s spring game.
Ohio State tailback Dontre Wilson is thought of by many to be the fastest player in the Big Ten… Not so fast! Urban Meyer invited OSU students to challenge several Buckeye football players in a race during halftime of Saturday’s Scarlet and Gray spring football game.
The way Bo Pelini’s been delighting the masses on social media since the end of last season, you had a feeling he was going to do something special Saturday at Nebraska’s spring game. He did something special, all right, carrying a cat in his arms for the team’s famed tunnel walk. As Pelini entered the field, he hoisted it above his head – a move that delighted the fans and reminded many of “The Lion King.”
Nobody needs to be reminded that it was a long, long winter. The grass at Ross-Ade Stadium during Saturday’s spring game is all the proof anyone needs. One of the Big Ten’s three fields still with natural surface, the field had a yellow hue to it in several spots and a couple streaks near both 30-yard lines that stretched from one sideline to the other. See a photo of the field in this post.
Earlier this week, Illinois basketball coach John Groce participated as the “celebrity contestant” for the “Shoot the Puck” contest during intermission of the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. Groce and Illinois are fresh off a 20-15 season and an NIT berth in his second season. Watch the video in this post to see how he did.
The Michigan State softball team honored Lacey Holsworth during its game Wednesday afternoon vs. Indiana. Holsworth, the 8-year-old with neuroblastoma who befriended Michigan State star basketball player Adreian Payne, died from cancer late Tuesday night. Watch the softball team’s tribute in this post.
Rutgers product Jamaal Westerman has played for five teams in his five NFL seasons. Looking to catch on with a another team this offseason, Westerman is turning some heads with a piece of equipment. More specifically, his Darth Vader-esque elevation training mask.
There’s been plenty of talk about what Maryland’s move to the Big Ten, official July 1, means for the Terps athletic teams and the conference. The impact of the move is felt throughout the school, though, and it’s one that is benefiting students and faculty alike. See what Maryland thinks about its move to the Big Ten in its “Live B1G” video in this post.
You don’t have to ask Ohio State fans twice to bust out the O-H-I-O chant. Put a camera in front of four Ohio State fans, and there’s a very good chance they’ll form O-H-I-O. Here are a few examples: 1, 2, 3, 4. Don’t have four people? No worries, they’ll get creative and use props – even a casket. Or a beautiful setting sun, as Ohio State fan Melissa Green’s family did on a recent vacation in Florida.
If Big Ten fans didn’t know Aaron Harrison’s name before last week, they sure do now. Harrison, the freshman Kentucky guard, drained ridiculously similar – and deep – game-winning 3-pointers to beat Michigan in the Midwest Region and Wisconsin in the national semis. Both shots came in the final seconds, both from the deep left wing, and both led Kentucky past the Big Ten. See how similar the shots were in this post.
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There was no shortage of Wisconsin royalty at the Badgers’ national semifinal game vs. Kentucky on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. NFL stars J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson were there, and so was 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball, among others. Unlike his former Wisconsin teammates and current NFL rivals, Ball was there in costume – in what looked like either a frog or alligator suit.
The way uniforms change nowadays, nothing is out of the question. Like, could adidas one day outfit the Michigan football team in an all-maize uniform? Possibly, although the school and company have not announced any such plans. For what it’s worth, Devin Gardner and the rest of the quarterbacks were in all-maize for Saturday’s annual spring game.