Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, June 8, 2015

In the ever-hyper climate of sensitivity to injury, the Pac-12 is doing something unique by using injury spotters during football games.

This report from the Associated Press says injury spotters will closely watch every play and have the ability to rewind, pause, zoom and change camera angles to evaluate players for possible injuries. The spotters will be able to directly communicate with coaches and medical staff. What league will be next?


Nebraska has named its captains for 2015.

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong, wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp and offensive tackle Alex Lewis were elected from the offense. Defensive end Jack Gangwish, defensive tackle Maliek Collins and safety Nate Gerry were selected from the defense. Only Gangwish and Lewis are seniors.


Who will be the best QB in the Big Ten in 2015? Check out this video from Campus Insiders that debates the issue.

My choice? Michigan State?s Connor Cook.


It?s only June, but the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State is in midseason form. To wit: Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith fired back at Michigan via Twitter over a recruiting graphic. See the tweet above. says the point made by the graphic, aimed at recruits, was that Michigan receivers coach and passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch has more coaching experience, previously coached in the NFL for more than a decade, has been an offensive coordinator while Smith has not, and has coached more players who have gone on to the NFL.

"Here is the question," the graphic asked. "Who do you want to trust with your future?"

Smith's answer? A two-hour volley of 18 tweets or retweets that basically boiled down to Ohio State just won a national championship and is 3-0 vs. Michigan since Urban Meyer, Smith and the current staff came to town.

I?m ready for Ohio State?s visit to Michigan on Nov. 28.

With America abuzz over Michigan?s satellite camps. Jim Harbaugh even has been seen shirtless while running things. Yes, Harbaugh with his shirt off now has become ?newsworthy.?


Meanwhile, Michigan State is going about its camp business at home. And, I?m sure the Spartans will do just fine.

"Frankly at this point I don't really care what other programs are doing, I just care what Michigan State is doing and I want people to enjoy East Lansing," Spartan A.D. Mark Hollis said.

Can we just all move along from this?


No denying the love LaVar Arrington has for his alma mater after word emerged that he plans to name his soon-to-be-born daughter after Penn State: Penn. Good thing the former Nittany Lion LB stud didn?t go to Kutztown State.


Get used to more night football, Iowa fans. Your wish is being granted.

Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette notes that as the Big Ten?s acceptance of night games has grown, Iowa?s profile for hosting prime-time games has not. After a 4-8 season in 2012, Iowa did not receive a home prime-time game in 2013 or 2014. Fans vented toward Iowa A.D. Gary Barta, and he listened. He took up the cause to Big Ten and BTN officials this offseason.

?I do think there was a lot more discussion, if you will, between them and us and them and BTN and them and ESPN,? said Mark Rudner, the Big Ten?s senior associate commissioner for television administration. ?The schedule certainly is a large factor in the games that are put on in prime-time.?


Yes, excitement already is off the hook for Indiana hoops for next season. But holes remain on the staff and roster.

"If there's a player that fits us from a competitive standpoint, (we'll take him)," said Hoosiers coach Tom Crean, who is looking for a strength coach. "If there's a player that fits, not as much need, but coming in, is going to bring something to the team, and not in a short term, but somebody that can be good now, and also develop into an even better player."


Indiana athletics experience just got sweeter thanks to alum Mark Cuban.

The AP reports says athletic director Fred Glass said the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology will be built inside the renovated Assembly Hall, home of Indiana's basketball program, and will give the Hoosiers the distinction of being the first school in the country to use 3-D multi-camera technology and virtual reality with Cuban saying some of the technology is not even yet available commercially.


About Tom Dienhart senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, read all of his work at, and subscribe to his posts via RSS. Also, send questions to his weekly mailbag using the form below and read all of his previous answers in his reader mailbag section.

And if you want to leave a comment on this post, use the box below. All comments need to be approved by a moderator.