Michigan State center Derrick Nix announced he will stay with the team during an emotional news conference on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, Nix pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of impaired driving. Nix had been suspended after his arrest but on Thursday Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reinstated him to the team with certain conditions.
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This Saturday the Big Ten Network offers up an unprecedented amount of Spring Football coverage on TV and online as fans can watch all six Saturday events live. In action on Saturday: Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Find out how to watch each event in this post and listen to your Big Ten coach speak on this week’s Big Ten teleconference.
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The top-ranked Northwestern women’s lacrosse team puts its undefeated record up against No. 3 North Carolina on Friday night, and all the action can be seen live BTN/BTN2Go at 8 p.m. ET. Watch now as Kara Lentz takes a look at the national lacrosse scene and talks with Northwestern attacker Shannon Smith to preview the highly anticipated game. Additional lacrosse events on BTN this weekend include: Ohio State men facing Michigan at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday; and Penn State women versus Ohio State at noon ET Sunday.
Michigan State is coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten crown in 2010 and captured the Legends Division title in 2011 before falling to Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Some heady accomplishments under Mark Dantonio. But something is missing—a trip to a BCS bowl, which is a destination that Michigan State never has enjoyed. In fact, the Spartans haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since after the 1987 season.
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Just four years ago, Brady Hoke was coaching in the MAC at Ball State. Now, he’s leading one of college football’s most storied programs. And Hoke has Michigan on the precipice of big things as he enters his second season in Ann Arbor. Hoke is riding the momentum and mojo of a smashing debut at Michigan in 2011, forging an 11-2 record and second-place finish in the Legends Division. The Wolverines capped the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.
Tuesday night on “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine sat down with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. The rising junior enters his third season as the Huskers’ starting signal-caller, and he and his teammates will showcase their talents in Nebraska’s spring game at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. A season ago, Martinez accounted for 2,963 total yards and 22 touchdowns, although his completion percentage dropped three percent, to 56.3 percent. Watch Martinez’s interview now.
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