Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, June 17, 2014
U-S-A! U-S-A! We hope you enjoyed the thrilling World Cup win last night, but now it's time for today's top Big Ten headlines.
Here's a fun stat to start off the links: Since 2011, when Urban Meyer was hired at Ohio State, there have been 579 babies born named "Braxton." In the previous two years, there were only 183 babies named Braxton.
Coincidence? We think not. After all, Braxton Miller has been the Big Ten top player the last two years en route to leading the Buckeyes to 24 straight wins before last year's Big Ten title game and Orange Bowl.
Speaking of quarterbacks, which colleges can call themselves "Quarterback U?" NFL.com ranked the top 10, and Michigan (No. 2) and Michigan State (No. 9) land on the list.
The Wolverines, no doubt, are helped by Tom Brady, but they also had Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins, Brian Griese, Drew Henson, John Navarre and Chad Henne drafted in the last 25 years.
No. 1? That would be USC.
More quarterback news, believe it or not. Be a good guy, both on and off the field, win a Super Bowl, and the awards will come your way. Just ask one-and-done Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson, who just won the Professional Football Writers of America 2014 Good Guy Award.
The list of candidates should be impressive. According to the article, and several other reports, Penn State has "targeted" Northwestern AD Jim Phillips.
That whole thing about James Franklin saying he and Penn State will treat Maryland and New Jersey as in-state recruiting territories? Yeah, Maryland coach Randy Edsall isn't buying it, saying, "Talk is cheap."
Not exactly a war of words – yet – but this should be a fun storyline to follow.
Who will be the Big Ten's top running back in 2014? The options are abundant, but Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, last year's rushing yards leader, and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon have to be the preseason favorites.
The 2014 NBA Draft is fast approaching (June 26), and ESPN's Chad Ford has released his latest mock draft. See where Big Ten products land here.
Brian Hamilton, of SI.com, has a nice Q&A with Minnesota coach Richard Pitino.
Here's one of many interesting Pitino answers:
"They always say Minnesota, when they?re hiring in the business world, is one of the toughest places to get people to come to. But it becomes one of the toughest places to get people to leave."
Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson III were friends long before they became rivals in the Michigan-Michigan State basketball series. BTN analyst recently sat down with the longtime friends to talk about the upcoming NBA draft.
Former Maryland basketball player Nick Faust has made it official. He is transferring to Long Beach State, according to this Instagram photo on his account.
Faust averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game last year for the Terps.