Tuesday night on “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine sat down with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. For the first time in Ferentz’s 14 years at Iowa, his staff encountered its share of change, including a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis) and defensive coordinator (Phil Parker). Also, Ferentz’s son, Brian Ferentz, was tabbed to coach the offensive line, among other changes. See the new-look Hawkeyes’ spring practice at noon ET on BTN.com. Until then, watch our interview with Ferentz.
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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).