staff, June 17, 2011

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Elizabeth Conlisk, VP/Communications & Mike Vest, Media Relations Manager:

(Big Ten Network) – CHICAGO - BTN recognized the best of Big Ten sports in 2010-11 with the fourth annual BTN Awards Show on Monday night. Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo hosted the one-hour show.

See the all the award winners below:

Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year: Purdue diver David Boudia

Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year: Northwestern lacrosse's Shannon Smith

Men?s Coach of the Year
Ohio State basketball?s Thad Matta
Purdue basketball?s Matt Painter
Penn State wrestling?s Cael Sanderson

Women?s Coach of the Year
Michigan softball?s Carol Hutchins
Wisconsin ice hockey?s Mark Johnson
Penn State basketball?s Coquese Washington

Breakout Performer of the Year
Darius Morris - Michigan basketball
Denard Robinson - Michigan football
Jared Sullinger - Ohio State basketball

Most Dominating Performance
Denard Robinson - Michigan football (vs. Notre Dame, 9/11/2010)
Mikel Leshoure - Illinois football (vs. Northwestern, 11/20/2010)
Jordan Taylor - Wisconsin basketball (vs. Ohio State, 2/12/2011)

Most Courageous Performance
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football
Jon Hoese, Minnesota football
Brock Mealer, brother of Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer

Best Finish
Notre Dame at Michigan State - football (9/18/2010)
Illinois at Michigan - football (11/6/2010)
Wisconsin at Michigan - basketball (2/23/2011)

Men?s Team of the Year
Ohio State Basketball
Penn State Wrestling
Wisconsin Football

Women?s Team of the Year
Northwestern Lacrosse
Penn State Volleyball
Wisconsin Hockey

Game of the Year
Illinois at Michigan - football (11/6/2010)
Ohio State at Wisconsin - football (10/16/2010)
Ohio State at Wisconsin - basketball (2/12/2011)

About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. Events include football, men?s and women?s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches? shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women?s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation?s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 80 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on BTN, go to