The Virginia Tech football team will wear a helmet decal to honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the two WDBJ7 employees killed in last week’s on-air shootings, vs. No. 1 Ohio State on Labor Day. The decal features maroon and turquoise ribbons, with Ward’s initials “AW” and Parker’s initials “AP” under each, respectively, placed on each side of a number 7, which represents the station’s channel. The maroon ribbon is for Adam, a Virginia Tech graduate and Hokies fan, and the turquoise signifies Alison’s favorite color. “It’s extremely important that the families and loved ones of Allison Parker, Adam Ward,
Janarion Grant draws a lot of attention on every Rutgers kickoff return. Chances are, there will be even more eyes on the Scarlet Knights’ electric return man – and the entire return team – in the season opener Sept. 5 vs. Norfolk State. That’s because Autoland of Springfield, New Jersey, will hand out a total of $100,000 to 100 students if the team returns its first kickoff for a touchdown. According to a ScarletKnights.com release, every Rutgers student who sits in the student section will be entered in the contest to win $1,000 (click here for complete rules, and here
There are so many reasons to be excited about the Maryland men's basketball team in 2015-16. A redesigned court at the XFINITY Center is the latest example.
It’s the last Friday before the 2015 college football season kicks off, so it’s only normal for one to have his/her attention on something other than work. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Thanks to @GopherSports, Minnesota fans – and maybe all Big Ten fans – have a fun Frogger-inspired game, called “Go Gopher Go!,” to get in the way of work productivity. The goal of the game? To get Goldy past TCU defenders and jump on Goldy’s slide and push-up plank en route to scoring a touchdown. Users have five lives to
If football season is nearing kickoff, it must be time for the latest Madden NFL player ratings. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Released Tuesday, Madden NFL 16’s ranking is Big Ten-heavy at the top, featuring two of the game’s top four players, while another is tied with six players for the No. 5 spot. Former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current Houston megastar J.J. Watt earned one of the game’s three 99 ratings, along with New England TE Rob Gronkowski and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, to pace the Big Ten. Ex-Iowa offensive
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football team love the program’s proud history, and for good reason. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Harbaugh played quarterback for Bo Schembechler at the nation’s winningest program, so the first-year coach is no stranger to taking a page out of the legendary coach’s book. For example, Harbaugh has brought back Schembechler’s more narrow block “M” hat. He’s also all about his former coach’s “The Team, The Team, The Team,” saying. So much so, the personalized Coke cans in a fridge at Michigan read “Team.” And, of course,
Ivan Applin is a 10-year-old boy from Toledo, and he is a huge Ohio State football fan. Applin recently underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure where a small wire-framed device, a Cardioform, is used to close holes in the heart. The surgery was due to a condition that creates holes in the heart and interferes with proper blood flow. It was scheduled to be held at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Like any individual, Applin had concerns before going through with the procedure. However, there was one specific question he had for doctors before the surgery. “Will
As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart noted in his “news and notes” piece from Ohio State’s practice on Monday evening, Miss Ohio 2015 Sarah Hider attended the Buckeyes’ practice on Monday evening. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Ohio State football tweets ] “She even wore a sparkly crown,” Dienhart notes. “She posed with players for photos afterward.” Need some evidence? Check out the photo Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. tweeted out at the top of this post. Hider also posted the following photo with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. One thing
It’s a copycat world. A team has success with a new system or wrinkle, no matter the sport, other teams are certain to give it a try, too. [ MORE: Like this post? View our full Gone Viral section ] Fans know it. Analysts know it. Players know it. And coaches know it. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is no exception. The former Michigan State defensive coordinator recently told The Griff & Grinz Show in East Lansing that Ohio State won the national championship using Michigan State’s defense. “Ohio State’s facing the same problem (against offenses), because they stole our defense,
The court at State Farm Center will be named “Lou Henson Court,” the school announced in a press conference Monday. [ MORE: Like this post? View our full Gone Viral section ] Henson, 83, went 423-224, including 214-164 in Big Ten play, in 21 seasons (1975-76 to 1995-96) in Champaign; he’s best known for guiding the 1988-89 Illini, appropriately nicknamed the Flyin’ Illini, to the 1989 Final Four. See a picture of the new State Farm Center court design in the tweet above. And watch @IlliniMBB‘s tribute to Henson in the video below.