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Our BTN.com team officially wishes all you Big Ten fans a Happy Fourth of July. It’s been a busy week here in Big Ten country, as we welcomed two new members to the conference in Maryland and Rutgers. Here is a look back at the past week and a recap of our top stories leading up to the holiday weekend. [ MORE: View all of our Maryland and Rutgers welcoming coverage ] MARYLAND – Now that Maryland is officially a member of the Big Ten conference, you’re going to want to keep up with a constant flow of Terrapin athletics.
With Rutgers and Maryland primed officially to join the Big Ten on Tuesday to make it a 14-team conference, I thought it would be interesting to look back on the last three times the Big Ten expanded. There was Michigan State, in 1949, Penn State, in 1990, and Nebraska, in 2010. [ MORE: Mascots on the loose in D.C. | Delany dons first Maryland B1G apparel ] 1949: Michigan State. The school—known then as Michigan State College–was looking for an upgrade when it began a push for membership in the 1940s. Credit school president John Hannah for being a guiding
The dog days of summer are settling in. That means two things: The Cubs’ season is officially over, and it’s time to look at the Big Ten units. I’ll begin with a look at the offensive backfields. And, as you’ll see, there is a lot of talent at running back—as well as some top-flight quarterbacks. 1. Penn State. The Nittany Lions have an impressive array of talent led by QB Christian Hackenberg, who has few peers as a passer and is a sure-fire future first-round selection. There also is a collection of nice running backs, including the likes of Zach
Big Ten mascots, including newbies Testudo and the Scarlet Knight, are on the loose in the nation’s capitol to celebrate Maryland and Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten, which become official Tuesday. See some of our favorite pictures from the mascots’ visits to the White House, Washington Monument and so much more in this post. [ MORE: Gallery: Big Ten, BTN celebrate additions at New York party ] .@UWBuckyBadger shows @Testudo_UMD how it's done after a #Badgers TD. #ThinkB1G #B1GWelcome pic.twitter.com/BKH4BlabyW — Big Ten Conference (@bigtenconf) June 30, 2014 We're all just one #B1G family. #selfie #B1GWelcome pic.twitter.com/LLBerGvewI — Big
Ever wonder what goes into putting one of those B1G logos down on a football field? It isn’t as simple as one person and a can of spray paint. Rutgers uploaded a short video to its YouTube page of the logos being installed at High Point Solutions Stadium, and it’s a detailed process. Watch the video in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart: Rutgers 2014 schedule analysis ] Rutgers, along with Maryland, officially joins the Big Ten on July 1. h/t: @jasonbaumru
Jim Delany sat down with Dave Revsine to talk about the commissioner testifying in the O’Bannon trial last Friday in California. The interview aired Tuesday night on BTN. Watch the interview here and read the full transcript in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten presidents, chancellors respond to O’Bannon trial ] Revsine: There has been so much attention on the O’Bannon trial going on out in California, you testified in that trial on Friday, give us a sense of what the biggest points you were trying to convey during that trial were. Delany: Well basically I was trying to be
ROSEMONT, Ill. — While testifying last week in the O’Bannon trial in Oakland, Calif., Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany spoke to the importance of the inextricable link between academics and athletics as part of the collegiate model, and to the value of establishing a 21st century system to meet the educational needs of current and future student-athletes. [ MORE: Watch our Delany interview and see the full transcript ] During his testimony, Delany conveyed sentiments long supported by the conference and its member institutions. Today, the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten schools issue the following statement signed