Last week we posted a list of Big Ten players in Major League Baseball, but we’re posting it here again as most MLB teams officially open their seasons today. Big Ten teams have been active already and BTN’s “Big Ten Diamond Report” covers it Sundays at 6 p.m. ET where we air highlights and analysis of the weekend’s baseball and softball games.
No one was shocked when Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger announced Wednesday that he will turn pro after two seasons in Columbus. He’s ready. In fact, some felt Sullinger was ready after his freshman season, when he averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds for a team that won the Big Ten and entered the NCAA tourney as the No. 1 overall seed. Alas, the Buckeyes lost in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky.
Kevin Wilson’s debut was a rough one as the Hoosiers skidded to a 1-11 mark overall and an 0-8 Big Ten record. But it’s a building process and Wilson knows that. He spent most of last season implementing his schemes—and trying to get players to buy into what he wants and demands from them. In my ongoing series of Big Ten Spring Football writer roundtables, I talked to three writers who cover the Hoosiers to get their views on Indiana’s top priorities this spring.
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On Tuesday night’s “The Big Ten Football Report,” Howard Griffith watched film with Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges to pick his mind about his always entertaining and electric QB Denard Robinson. Also, Gerry DiNardo traveled to Lincoln, Neb., to to catch up with Huskers QB Taylor Martinez, who hopes to improve as a passer in his junior season.
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When a tornado touched down in Harrisburg, Ill., on Feb. 29, it ripped through much of the city and left seven people dead. However, the destruction was deemed too small for federal assistance. Good thing for Harrisburg, the Illinois baseball team has a proud native, Reid Roper, who wanted to lend a helping hand. Roper, with the help of his coaches and teammates, delivered 32,000 pounds of food and supplies to Harrisburg and presented a $10,319 check to the mayor during its spring trip to Carbondale in mid-March. Watch the entire touching feature now.