Noah Vonleh’s hands are huge. Put it this way: Only one player (Greg Smith, 2011) has had wider hands than Vonleh (11 3/4″) since hand width was first recorded at the NBA draft combine in 2010. That being the case, it’s easy to see why the Big Ten Freshman of the Year received so much attention Friday in Chicago. See pictures of Vonleh’s hands in this post.
Tom Crean threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Minnesota-Indiana baseball game Thursday night. The Hoosiers, who were looking to clinch their second consecutive outright Big Ten title, lost a 2-1 decision in extra innings. Indiana can wrap up the outright crown with a win Friday or Saturday. It could also do it with a Nebraska loss in one of its final two games. Watch Indiana host Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go.
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What’s the strangest, most ridiculous question you’ve been asked on a job interview? Former Michigan star and 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas was asked a laughable one while meeting with a future employer at the NBA draft combine. Let’s just say, the Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in Stauskas’ rudimentary math skills. See the question in this post.
Here’s a safe prediction: Penn State football fans will be eying the Beaver Stadium scoreboard far more often this fall. That’s because the team is adding a new LED scoreboard, part of a $10 million project, that is expected to be ready for the season opener. The video board also includes a ridiculously large Nittany Lion logo that includes LED lights. See a picture of it in this post.
Sometimes, rivalries take a backseat to reality. That was evident at the Cincinnati-Ohio State baseball game Tuesday, as the Bearcats added No. 11 patches to the right sleeve of their jersey. The patch honors Ohio State freshman pitcher Zach Farmer, who was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia late last month and will miss the rest of the season. See a picture of the patch in this post.
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College football fans need not be reminded of Jadeveon Clowney’s helmet-dislodging hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl. People still talk about the hit – even Michigan fullback Joe Kerridge’s mother. You see, after Taylor Lewan was drafted No. 11 in the NFL draft on Thursday night, Kerridge’s mom texted Joe.
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You just know football players across the country are attempting to catch their own Hail Mary passes after Georgia prep cornerback Gary Haynes wowed us all in this video. Well, Michigan backup quarterback Shane Morris posted one to his Vine account. Watch the video in this post.
Give Ohio State fans a rental car with Michigan license plates in Ohio, and they will not feel good about it. Aside from it not feeling right, they’re certain to receive dirty looks and get honked at, among other things. Well, to avoid such treatment in said scenario, an Ohio State fan found a creative way to prove allegiances Monday. See a picture of it in this post.
Not only is Tim Miles a great basketball mind, he’s a man of the people. Whether he’s making beat writers’ lives easier with a must-hear soundbite, tweeting at halftime or helping a fan propose to his girlfriend, Miles is easy to respect. Then there’s this: Miles, on Monday, made two Nebraska fans’ day by meeting them for lunch.
It’s no secret former Indiana student-athletes Victor Oladipo and Kofi Hughes are very good at their respective sports. But, can they hit a baseball? Oladipo, the All-American basketball star, and Hughes, the receiver who hauled in 13 TD receptions, recently swung for the fences at Bart Kaufman Field. Check out their hacks in the rather entertaining the IU Athletics YouTube video in this post.
The way Bo Pelini has embraced the whole @FauxPelini thing, there’s a good chance the Nebraska coach will be flattered by the photo @RedditCFB tweeted of Goldy Gopher. Check out the picture in this post.
By now, you’ve surely heard about 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being cited for stealing crab legs from a local Publix. If not, check out the Twitter buzz. Well, the Nebraska women’s basketball team decided to join the fun. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller tweeted a picture of a recent team meal, which included crab legs, with the text: “Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo
It’s no secret that Tom Izzo isn’t a big proponent of Twitter. So, instead of sending Nebraska coach Tim Miles a congratulatory tweet on a great season, Izzo got in front of the camera and delivered a personal, tongue-in-cheek message to Miles that aired at the Huskers team banquet.
The last five minutes of the Rutgers spring game Saturday belonged to Special Olympics New Jersey. The athletes, who play for Team New Jersey Flag Football, put on a show for the Scarlet Knights fans. No one delighted more than Dalton Stilts, though. Stilts caught a short pass over the middle and took it 62 yards for a touchdown. The best part? Stilts’ celebration. Check it out in this post.
The SEC announced its new scheduling policy Sunday, and the conference will continue to play eight league games. The “new” wrinkle: Each team is required to schedule at least one non-conference game vs. an opponent from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12.
The Northwestern women’s lacrosse team defeated USC 12-7 on Saturday night in the first women’s lacrosse game at Wrigley Field. Watch our highlight package here and check out some of the best photos from the game in this post.
It isn’t a Michigan State spring game without a Sparty play. In what has become a tradition under Mark Dantonio, the Michigan State mascot lined up in the backfield and took a handoff in Saturday afternoon’s spring finale. While Sparty scored on the scamper, let’s just say, Pat Narduzzi’s defense didn’t look like a Pat Narduzzi defense on the play. The unit probably felt bad for him after it put a licking on him the last two years. See Sparty’s last three runs in this post.
Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten champ, and football fans will get a friendly reminder of that any time they tune in to a Spartans game this fall. The Spartans added “2013 Champions” under the “B1G” logos on the field and put a “Big Ten Champions” patch on the jersey. See pictures in this post.
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.