BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman caught up with Stephen Bardo and asked him about his fond memories of the 1989 Flyin’ Illini team.
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For the second time since 2012, Wisconsin was rocked by an unexpected coaching defection. First, it was Bret Bielema bolting for Arkansas after the 2012 season. Next, Gary Andersen took off for Oregon State after last season. But Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez turned to a native son this time, tabbing Madison denizen, former Badger player and assistant and Wisconsin grad Paul Chryst for the post. And Chryst—who coached Pitt prior to coming home–will walk into a good situation. In fact, Chryst’s team should be tabbed the favorite to win the Big Ten West. But for that to happen, work must take place beginning this spring.
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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asks five Big Ten writers to pick which coach they felt “interacted” with officials the most.
At 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the next episode of “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2015,” we take a look at a few more ongoing stories including Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Maryland great Walt Williams.. But you really need to see Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan shoot a TV commercial as our crew takes you behind the scenes.
Thursday’s “BTN Live” was a special two-hour show from Michigan State’s Breslin Center and it featured a huge guest list. Watch former Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins’ appearance in this post, and use the links below to watch other highlights from the event.
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Happy Friday! In today’s Big Ten links we review Minnesota’s big win, take look at Iowa’s tourney hopes, and found an interesting IndyStar.com story on the perils of social media. Also, Michigan State’s Mark Hollis is all for discussion of freshman preparedness, but he would vote against ineligibility. Let’s dive in and read some more.