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What’s one of the reasons Illinois players had such an impact in the NFL lately? Tonight’s edition of The Next Level profiles Lou Hernandez, Illinois’ strength and conditioning coach who has helped several Illini become professionals. Also tonight: The crew interviews Penn State’s Devon Still and we look at how one-time Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh is faring in his first year as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Join Rick Pizzo, Jon Jansen, Russ Lande, and Brandon Williams tonight at 7 p.m ET & again at 8:30 p.m.
Iowa’s Dan Gable led the Iowa wrestling program from 1977-1997 and to 17 NCAA titles, including nine consecutive championships from 1978 to 1986. He also guided the Hawkeyes to 21 straight Big Ten titles as head coach and posted an amazing 355-21-5 career dual meet record. At 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Gable becomes the latest Big Ten coach to be celebrated in the series Big Ten Icons, hosted by college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson. In this video clip, listen to Gable describe how his one loss as a wrestler fueled his coaching career.
Monday night on “Big Ten Breakdown,” Mike Hall interviewed Nebraska star Lavonte David. The senior linebacker forced the fumble that led to 28 unanswered points and helped Nebraska card its biggest comeback in program history Saturday night against Ohio State. Trailing 27-6 midway through the third quarter, David stripped the ball from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, and Taylor Martinez scored two plays later to make it 27-13. From there, it was all Huskers. Watch now as David breaks down the game-changing play in Monday’s BTN interview.
At 6:30 ET tonight on The Big Ten Pulse, Rick Pizzo (@BTNRickPizzo), Derek Rackley (@DRack48) and Tim Doyle (@BTNTimDoyle) discuss all the latest happenings in the Big Ten, including whether Nebraska’s historic comeback against Ohio State saved its season. The crew also will debate which Big Ten team features the strongest defense. Who’s your pick for the best defensive unit? Leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. Watch now as our crew debates which undefeated team they’d most like to coach in this Web-only segment.