Ever wonder what the rigors of a Big Ten football practice are like? BTN cameras gave Big Ten fans an inside look at how intense these practices get, particularly when the strength and conditioning coach is front and center, on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report.” Howard Griffith went to East Lansing to visit with Michigan State strength coach Ken Mannie, an intense guy who, in this video, tells the Spartans: “We’re going to put your feet to the fire today, so you better have your shoes on tight.” Watch our interview with Mannie now, plus see Mannie mic’d up and meet Penn State’s new strength coach in this post.
The deadline for college basketball players to decide whether they’re coming back to school or entering the 2012 NBA Draft was Tuesday. Here’s what we know: Meyers Leonard and Jared Sullinger are gone, while Trey Burke, Deshaun Thomas and Christian Watford are back after testing the NBA waters. A lot of things will change before the season tips in November, but BTN.com’s Brent Yarina offers some super-early 2012-13 predictions. See all of them in this post.
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This is the moment Tim Beckman had been building for: To coach a Big Ten team. And the first-year Illinois coach knows the possibilities are huge, which is why he’s so excited. I recently spoke to Beckman about a variety topics as his first spring practice in Champaign was close to drawling to an end.
Michigan star Trey Burke announced Monday that he will return to the Wolverines after flirting with entering the 2012 NBA Draft (story). About a week ago, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas announced the same thing (story), which got us thinking the following: Which player’s return is bigger? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post. Also on Monday, Minnesota guard Chip Armelin announced he is transferring (story).
When you hear “Dream Team,” you think Magic, Bird and Jordan, and rightfully so. But there’s a current Dream Team in the Big Ten. The seniors on the Purdue baseball team gave themselves the nickname, and they break their huddles with the phrase. All this from a team that is trying to win its first Big Ten title since 1909. Leading the Big Ten by two games (standings) and ranked for the first time since 2001, the Boilers and their 14 seniors are on the right path. Watch our feature on the Dream Team now and catch an entertaining YouTube video of theirs in this post. Also, watch all of our Big Ten features.