August 2010 Archives

FB: 2010 Illinois Preview

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With the 2010 season just a few days away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Illinois Fighting Illini. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

MSCR: Big Ten Begins 2010 Season This Week

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The 2010 Big Ten men's soccer season officially begins this week, with all seven conference teams opening play. Michigan opens the 2010 slate on Wednesday, while Indiana, Michigan, Michigan StateNorthwestern and Ohio State hit the pitch on Friday, and Wisconsin begins its campaign on Saturday.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here. The complete 2010 Big Ten men's soccer schedule can be found here.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Penn State (1-1-1) is the lone Big Ten women's soccer team to appear in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national rankings, holding the No. 16 spot in the poll. Six other teams received votes in the poll, as Northwestern (2-0-1), Ohio State (2-1-1), Michigan State (2-1-0), Wisconsin (0-2-0), Minnesota (2-1-0) and Illinois (3-0-0) sit just outside of the top 25.

To see the complete poll, click here.

WXC: Six Teams Ranked in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

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Six Big Ten women's cross country teams appear in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association's (USTFCCCA) Preseason Coaches' Poll. Minnesota leads the way at No. 21, followed by Michigan State at No. 23, Penn State at No. 24, Wisconsin at No. 26, Michigan at No. 27 and Iowa at No. 29. Indiana and Ohio State are receiving votes in the poll.

The Big Ten is tied with the Big East for the most schools represented in the poll.

To see the complete poll, click here.

MXC: Four Teams Ranked in USTFCCCA Preseason Poll

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Four Big Ten teams have earned rankings in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Coaches' Poll. Wisconsin garners the conference's highest ranking at No. 7, while Michigan State follows at No. 21, Minnesota checks in at No. 26 and Indiana opens the season at No. 27. Ohio State is receiving votes in the first poll of 2010.

The complete poll can be found here.

FB: Required Reading

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Illinois K Derek Dimke has taken advantage of connections he has made at kicking camps around the country.

 

WR Keshawn Martin has become a big-play threat for Michigan State.

 

LB Craig Roh is one of several young starters anchoring Michigan's defensive unit.

VB: Seven Teams Mentioned in Latest AVCA Division I Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams were represented in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon. Four squads were ranked in the top 20, highlighted by Penn State, who was once again ranked No. 1 in the nation. Illinois appeared at No. 5 and Minnesota ranked eighth, giving the Big Ten three teams in the top 10, the most of any conference in the nation. Michigan was voted in at No. 19, while Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin also received votes this week.

For the complete weekly poll from the AVCA, click here.

Penn State's Kelsey Amy and Michigan State's Molly Cassidy have earned the first Big Ten field hockey Player of the Week awards of the 2010 season, the conference office announced on Monday. Amy takes home the first Offensive Player of the Week, while Cassidy was handed Defensive and Freshman of the Week awards.

 

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WSCR: Big Ten Weekly Awards Announced

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Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Northwestern's Carolyn Edwards and Ohio State's Lauren Granberg have been awarded the Big Ten women's soccer weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday.

Granberg earns the nod for Offensive Player of the Week after tallying two goals in Ohio State's 3-1 win over West Virginia. Edwards receives Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting back-to-back shutouts, while DiBernardo earns Freshman of the Week recognition after scoring two goals last week.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - August 30

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With college football kicking off on Thursday night, the first Big Ten football weekly release of the 2010 season has been posted to the Big Ten website. Below are a few highlights of the release, or see the full release by clicking on this link.

Big Ten set to kick off 115th year of football.

Big Ten one of only two conferences with three teams among top 12 of media and coaches' polls.

Four of six teams with 800-plus all-time wins are current or future members of Big Ten.

Big Ten features 56 players on preseason watch lists for 20 national awards, including 23 on multiple lists.

Multiple Big Ten standouts enter season ranked among or nearing top 10 in conference career records.

New Big Ten bowl lineup features five New Year's Day games and eight bowl partners for first time.

VB: Big Ten Announces Conference Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Tabi Love, Minnesota
So., OH, Dauphin, Manitoba/Dauphin Regional

Love earns the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of 2010 after pacing the Gophers to three wins and a championship at the Gopher Invite over the weekend. Posting a .407 hitting percentage, the sophomore averaged 4.6 kills per set, while also adding 2.2 digs and 1.1 blocks per set as Minnesota swept Denver, Stony Brook and Marquette. Love totaled 14 kills against Denver, then added 18 against Marquette, but her best attack effort came against Stony Brook, finishing with a .474 hitting percentage in a matchin which she also recorded 10 digs. The honor is the second of Love's career.

Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Lauren Gibbemeyer (Nov. 30, 2009)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Hillary Haen, Illinois
Sr., S, Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge

Haen claims her first Player of the Week honor after guiding Illinois to the State Farm Illini Classic title and tournament MVP honors. The senior was an integral part of all three Illini victories as she totaled 134 assists on the weekend, an average 14.9 per set in wins over BYU, South Carolina and Middle Tennessee over the weekend. The setter also averaged two digs per set as she totaled 46 assists vs. BYU, 40 against South Carolina and 48 in the tournament finale against Middle Tennessee.

Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Johannah Bangert (Oct. 26, 2009)

Freshman of the Week:
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
OH, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee

Wittman wins the first Freshman of the Week honor of the 2010 season, finishing with a .478 hitting percentage in Minnesota's three victories in the Gopher Invite over the weekend. In her debut for the Gophers, Wittman recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs in a three-set Minnesota win against Denver. She followed that effort with 12- and 15-kill efforts against Stony Brook and Marquette, respectively. Wittman received 66 of 67 serves and totaled 26 digs on the weekend.

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Tabitha Love (Oct. 26, 2009)

FB: 2010 Purdue Preview

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With the 2010 season just a few days away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Purdue Boilermakers. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

VB: Weekend Big Ten Volleyball Wrapup

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Iowa wrapped up the opening weekend of play for the conference's volleyball squads, recording a 3-0 win over of UW-Green Bay on Sunday to clinch the Hawkeye Challenge title. The conference finished the weekend with a 30-2 combined record and saw nine teams, including Iowa's win in the Hawkeye Challenge, claim invitational titles. Illinois claimed the Illini Classic, Indiana won the Georgia Tech Classic, Michigan State captured the Michigan State Showcase, Minnesota finished as the Gopher Invitational champion, Northwestern won the Chicagoland Classic, Ohio State was victorious at the Sports Imports Classic, Penn State clinched the Carolina Classic crown and Wisconsin claimed the Tribe Invitational.

Click here to find additional information on how each Big Ten team fared this weekend.

FB: 2010 Penn State Preview

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With the 2010 season less than one week away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Penn State Nittany Lions. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

VB: Eight Teams Win Invitational Titles on Saturday

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Big Ten volleyball enjoyed another successful day of competition Saturday as the conference combined for a 17-2 record and saw eight teams claim invitational titles. Illinois claimed the Illini Classic, Indiana won the Georgia Tech Classic, Michigan State captured the Michigan State Showcase, Minnesota finished as the Gopher Invitational champion, Northwestern won the Chicagoland Classic, Ohio State was victorious at the Sports Imports Classic, Penn State clinched the Carolina Classic crown and Wisconsin claimed the Tribe Invitational.

More information on each Big Ten fared on Saturday here.

FB: 2010 Michigan State Preview

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With the 2010 season less than one week away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Michigan State Spartans. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

FB: 2010 Michigan Preview

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With the 2010 season less than one week away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Michigan Wolverines. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

VB: Big Ten Finishes 12-0 on Opening Day of Action

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The Big Ten opened the 2010 season in perfect fashion as conference teams combined to go 12-0 on the first day of volleyball action. Eight of the 12 matches went the minimum three sets and Wisconsin, the only conference team to play two matches on Friday, swept both Winthrop and William & Mary at the Tribe Invitational.

Click here for links to each Big Ten team to find out how they fared.

FB: 2010 Iowa Preview

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With the 2010 season less than one week away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Iowa Hawkeyes. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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AUGUST 27

Northwestern vs. Cincinnati [1] - 4 p.m. CT
Michigan vs. Pepperdine [2] - 5 p.m. PT 
Miami (Fla.) at Purdue - 5:30 p.m. ET
Indiana at Kentucky - 7 p.m. ET
Northern Illinois at Iowa [3] - 7 p.m. CT
Minnesota at Vanderbilt - 7 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Pittsburgh - 7 p.m. ET
#3 UCLA at #20 Wisconsin [1] - 7 p.m. CT
#15 Virginia at #12 Penn State [4] - 7:30 p.m. ET

AUGUST 29

Northwestern vs. #3 UCLA [1] - 11 a.m. CT
Western Michigan at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Ball State at Illinois - 1 p.m. CT
Indiana at Butler - 1 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Western Kentucky - 1 p.m. CT
West Virginia at Ohio State - 1 p.m. ET
St. Bonaventure at Purdue - 1 p.m. ET
Central Michigan at Iowa [3] - 1:30 p.m. CT
Cincinnati at #20 Wisconsin [1] - 2 p.m. CT
William & Mary at #12 Penn State [4] - 2:30 p.m. ET
Michigan at #22 San Diego [2] - 5 p.m. PT

Legend
[1] Wisconsin Tournament - Madison, Wis.
[2] San Diego Tournament - San Diego, Calif.
[3] Iowa Tournament - Iowa City, Iowa
[4] Penn State Invitational - University Park, Pa.

WBB: Conference Office Announces 2010-11 Big Ten Schedule

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The Big Ten announced its 2010-11 conference women's basketball schedule Friday, revealing extensive exposure for its 11 institutions. In total, 37 regular season conference games will be broadcast to a national audience, 32 of which will be televised live by the Big Ten Network, four on ESPN2 and one on CBS Sports.

To read more of the Big Ten women's basketball conference schedule announcment, click here.

FB: 2010 Ohio State Preview

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With the 2010 season less than one week away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Ohio State Buckeyes. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

VB: Five Named Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

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Five Big Ten volleyball student-athletes were named candidates for the inaugural 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for volleyball, it was announced today. The award will be given annually to outstanding seniors who have demonstrated excellence in four areas - community, classroom, character and competition.

Big Ten candidates include Illinois' Laura DeBruler, Michigan's Lexi Zimmerman, Minnesota's Lauren Gibbemeyer, Northwestern's Sabel Moffett and Penn State's Arielle Wilson. In total, 30 volleyball student-athletes were selected to the list, which will be narrowed to 10 midway through the season. The final group will be placed on the official ballot that will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their community.

For the complete release, click here.

The Rimington Trophy committee has released its 2010 fall watch list, which includes three Big Ten centers named to the earlier watch list and one conference addition. Michigan's David Molk, Northwestern's Ben Burkett and Ohio State's Mike Brewster remain on the watch list, while Wisconsin's Peter Konz has been added. Big Ten centers have claimed four of the first 10 Rimington Awards, most recently when Penn State's A.Q. Shipley was honored in 2008.

FH: Big Ten Field Hockey Opens This Weekend

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The 2010 Big Ten field hockey campaign will begin this weekend as six of the seven conference teams will be in action. Northwestern and Penn State begin their 2010 slates on Friday while Iowa and and Michigan compete in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday.  Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State starts its season by hosting the Champions Invitational. Indiana hits the road to start the season, facing Boston College and Massachusetts.

 

Click here for full release. Click here for Big Ten Field Hockey team-by-team schedules.

FB: Required Reading

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Iowa WR Colin Sandeman is making a point to enjoy everything about his senior season.

Jack Crawford leads the Penn State defensive line into the 2010 season.

Michigan WR Darryl Stonum's improved eyesight is helping him battle for a starting role with the Wolverines.

Wisconsin DB Aaron Henry is gaining confidence in his transition from cornerback to free safety.

The Michigan State secondary is eager to prove itself in 2010.

FB: 2010 Minnesota Preview

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With the 2010 season just one week away, www.bigten.org is continuing to preview the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns. The latest preview looks at the Minnesota  Golden Gophers. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

Five Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation's top running back. Big Ten standouts on the watch list are Illinois' Mikel Leshoure, the Ohio State duo of Dan Herron and Brandon Saine, Penn State's Evan Royster and Wisconsin's John Clay. Five Big Ten players have claimed the Doak Walker Award, most recently when Iowa's Shonn Greene was honored in 2008.

MBB: Getting Ready for GameDay

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Two Big Ten men's basketball games will be featured on ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm, ESPN announced on Wednesday.

2009 Final Four participant Michigan State will make a pair of appearances, playing at Purdue on Jan. 22 before hosting Illinois on Feb. 19. Both games will tip at 9 p.m. ET.

Click HERE to view the complete release.

MSCR: Big Ten Preseason Poll Released

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Defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State has been tabbed as the preseason favorite in the 2010 men's soccer preseason coaches' poll, the Big Ten office announced on Wednesday. Rounding out the poll's top four are Indiana at No. 2 and Northwestern and Penn State tied for third.

Additionally, the Big Ten announced a "Players to Watch" list for the first time, highlighting three student-athletes from each team entering the 2010 season.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams have earned rankings in this week's NSCAA poll. Penn State (1-0-0) moves up one spot from last week's poll, sitting at No. 12. Wisconsin (0-0-0) remains at No. 20 in the national poll, while Michigan State (1-1-0) is receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

FH: Seven Teams Appear in Kookaburra/NFHCA Preseason Poll

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All seven Big Ten field hockey teams were mentioned in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I preseason poll, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday. Five were ranked in the top 20, while two also received votes in the year's first poll.

 

To see where the Big Ten teams ranked among the poll, click here.

VB: Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Release

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The 28th year of Big Ten volleyball begins this weekend with all 11 conference teams taking to the court. Six squads begin the year with home invitationals, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Purdue. The remaining five teams, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin, hit the road to open the new campaign. Most matches will be played Friday and Saturday, while Iowa will wrap its weekend invite on Sunday.

Check out the first Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Release here.

FB: Required Reading

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Wisconsin TE Jake Byrne has learned how to effectively manage his diabetes on and off the field.

WR Dane Sanzenbacher's toughness has helped him play an important part in the Ohio State offense.

Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi remains focused on his team's goals after earning national preseason recognition.

Michigan State WR Mark Dell is hoping for a strong finish to his collegiate career.

Illinois' offensive line hopes that its improved chemistry off the field will translate to success on it.

Four Big Ten student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football. Indiana's Ben Chappell, Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski, Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien were all named candidates for the award. The award was first presented to a football student-athlete in 2008, when Ohio State's James Laurinaitis was honored.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 
 
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one  finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

FB: 2010 Indiana Preview

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With the 2010 season less than two weeks away, www.bigten.org has begun previewing the upcoming season with team-by-team breakdowns, beginning with a look at the Indiana Hoosiers. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

Northwestern forward Kate Allen and Illinois defender Danielle Kot have earned the first Big Ten women's soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2010 season, the conference office announced on Monday. Allen takes home the first Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors of the season, while Kot reels in Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

To read the full release, click here.

FB: Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in Preaseason AP Poll

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Less than two weeks away from the beginning of the college football season, four Big Ten squads ranked among the top 25 of the preseason Associated Press (AP) Poll released on Saturday. The Big Ten and the Big 12 are the only conferences with three teams ranked among the top 12, while the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC all feature multiple squads in the top 10. Each of the Big Ten's four ranked teams won bowl games last season over opponents ranked in the AP preseason poll. See the full release by clicking on this link.

WSCR: Opening Weekend Schedule

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All 11 Big Ten women's soccer teams open their respective 2010 schedules this weekend, with 10 teams beginning play on Friday night. The complete schedule for opening weekend can be found below.

FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE
Michigan State
vs. St. John's^ - 4:30 p.m. CT
Minnesota at #4 Notre Dame - 5:30 p.m. ET
Toledo at Purdue - 5:30 p.m. ET
Illinois at Loyola Chicago - 7 p.m. CT
Indiana at Evansville - 7 p.m. ET
DePaul at Iowa - 7 p.m. CT
Detroit Mercy at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET
#13 Penn State at #24 West Virginia - 7 p.m. ET
#20 Wisconsin at Green Bay - 7 p.m. CT
Milwaukee at Ohio State - 7:30 p.m. ET

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE
Michigan State
vs. #1 North Carolina^ - 10:30 a.m. CT
DePaul at Northwestern - 1 p.m. CT
Marquette at Ohio State - 1 p.m. ET
Morehead State at Purdue - 1 p.m. ET
Eastern Michigan at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET

^ - Texas A&M Aggieland Invitational - College Station, Texas

FB: Two Big Ten Kickers Named to Groza Award Watch List

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Two Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top kicker. Iowa's Daniel Murry and Northwestern's Stefan Demos were both named to the watch list. Two Big Ten kickers have claimed the Groza Award, including Iowa's Nate Kaeding in 2002 and Ohio State's Mike Nugent in 2004.

FB: Required Reading

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Indiana DE Kevin Bush returns to college football after 40 months of military service.

Daniel Herron and Brandon Saine have formed a dangerous tandem at RB for Ohio State.

Wisconsin DB Niles Brinkley is looking to finish his college career on a high note.

Minnesota DE Brandon Kirksey overcame steep odds to become a standout player.

Stefen Wisniewski provides stability for the Penn State offensive line.

WRES: Northwestern to Host 2011 Big Ten Championships

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Northwestern and the Big Ten Conference announced on Thursday that the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, previously scheduled to be held at Purdue, have been moved to Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern. The tournament is set for Saturday-Sunday, March 5-6, 2011.

Northwestern, which has hosted the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on 13 prior occasions, last held the event in its home arena in 2001.

Click here for the full release. To submit a ticket request, click here.

WSCR: 2010 Season Begins This Weekend

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The 2010 Big Ten women's soccer season gets underway on Friday, Aug. 20, with all 11 teams playing their first games of the season over the course of the weekend. Ten of the conference's 11 teams begin play on Friday, while Northwestern plays its first game of 2010 on Sunday, Aug. 22.

To read the complete season opening release, click here. The complete 2010 Big Ten schedule can be found here.

MSCR: Four Named CLASS Candidates

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Michigan's Alex Wood, Northwestern's Matt Eliason, Ohio State's Matt Gold and Penn State's Andres Casais have been named candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award within the men's soccer division. The Big Ten's four candidates is the second most of any conference, behind only the Big East, which has five.

CLASS, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, recognizes student-athletes who excel in the community as well as on the field. The winner will exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. The finalists will be voted on by a nationwide panel of media, coaches and fans, with the winner being announced during the NCAA Women's College Cup in December.

To read the complete release, click here.

WSCR: Penn State's Toney Named a CLASS Candidate

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Penn State forward Danielle Toney has been selected as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Toney, also named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, is one of 30 candidates in the women's soccer division.

CLASS, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, recognizes student-athletes who excel in the community as well as on the field. The winner will exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. The finalists will be voted on by a nationwide panel of media, coaches and fans, with the winner being announced during the NCAA Women's College Cup in December.

To read the complete release, click here.

 

MSCR: Big Ten to Compete in Fort Wayne Soccerpalooza

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All seven Big Ten men's soccer teams will compete in the ShindigZ National Soccer Festival's Soccerpalooza next weekend in Fort Wayne, Ind. The preseason event will feature 20 collegiate men's soccer teams squaring off at the Hefner Sports Complex.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here. For a complete Soccerpalooza schedule, visit the event's web site here.

MBB: Super Tuesday

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ESPN's Super Tuesday lineup features eight Big Ten games from Jan. 11 to March 1. The annual weekday series runs every Tuesday night during conference play. COMPLETE RELEASE

VB: Four Ranked in AVCA Preseason Poll

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Four Big Ten teams appeared in the top 25 of the AVCA Preseason Poll, which was released on Tuesday afternoon. Each of the conference's ranked teams checked in the top 12, while three appeared in the top seven - the most of any conference.

Receiving 40 out of a possible 60 first-place votes, Penn State topped the 2010 preseason poll, the third year in a row the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 1 to start the season. The three-time defending NCAA champions have won 102-consecutive matches and last week were selected as the preseason favorite by the conference coaches to win the 2010 Big Ten title.

Illinois and Minnesota tied for sixth in the preseason poll, a week after having been voted to finish second and third, respectively, in the conference this season. Michigan was the fourth conference team to earn a spot in the rankings, checking in at No. 12. Three other conference teams received votes in the preseason poll, including Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Click here for the complete poll.

After winning its 12th Big Ten Championship in as many years in 2009, Penn State has been named the preseason favorite for the 2010 season by the conference's head coaches, the Big Ten office announced on Tuesday. Selected as favorites for the eighth consecutive season, the Nittany Lions are followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and Wisconsin at No. 3.

Additionally, the Big Ten has announced a "Players to Watch" list for the first time, highlighting three student-athletes from each team entering the 2010 season.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here

FB: Required Reading

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Iowa DB Tyler Sash credits his preparation for his success early in his Hawkeye career.

Ohio State DB Chimdi Chekwa looks to play more aggressively after returning for his senior season.

Penn State FBs Joe Suhey and Michael Zordich are two of the 25 father-son pairs to play for Joe Paterno.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio sees C John Stipek as one of the most improved players he has ever coached.

Wisconsin freshman DT Beau Allen has impressed his coaches and teammates early on in training camp.

BASE: Making Headlines

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Former Penn State catcher and the Nittany Lions' all-time home run king Ben Heath was featured on the front page of MiLB.com last week after a monster offensive effort. FULL STORY
Six Big Ten football student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award, which will be given annually to the most versatile player in college football. The majority of candidates had a minimum of three different "touches" in 2009, including catching, running, passing, returning kicks, returning punts, tackling, intercepting a pass or recovering a fumble. The Big Ten standouts on the watch list include Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and wide receivers Tandon Doss of Indiana, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos of Iowa, Keshawn Martin of Michigan State, DeVier Posey of Ohio State and David Gilreath of Wisconsin.
Seven Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker and named after former Illini and Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Big Ten players on the watch list are Illinois' Martez Wilson, Michigan's Jonas Mouton, Michigan State's Greg Jones, Northwestern's Quentin Davie, the Ohio State duo of Ross Homan and Brian Rolle and Wisconsin's Chris Borland. Eight Big Ten standouts have earned the Butkus Award, most recently when the Buckeyes' James Laurinaitis was honored in 2007.

FB: Five Big Ten Players Appear on Mackey Award Watch List

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Five Big Ten student-athletes have been named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the best collegiate tight end. Big Ten players on the watch list are Michigan's Kevin Koger, Michigan State's Charlie Gantt and Brian Linthicum, Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore and Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks. Big Ten standouts have claimed the Mackey Award three times since it was first awarded in 2000, most recently when Minnesota's Matt Spaeth was honored in 2006.

MSCR: Two Big Ten Players Named to Men's Hermann Watch List

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Michigan State goalkeeper Avery Steinlage and Northwestern forward Matt Eliason have been selected to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2010 season. Steinlage and Eliason, both first-team All-Big Ten honorees in 2009, are among 39 men's soccer players on the list.

 

The highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer, the MAC Hermann Trophy winner is selected after a field of 15 semifinalists is narrowed down to three finalists in late November.

To read the complete release on the NSCAA web site, click here.

Five Big Ten women's soccer players have been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2010 season. Michigan State's Laura Heyboer, Minnesota's Jennie Clark, Ohio State's Cassie Dickerson and Penn State's Christine Nairn and Danielle Toney are all among the field of 45 players on the list.

The highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer, the MAC Hermann Trophy winner is selected after a field of 15 semifinalists is narrowed down to three finalists in late November.

To read the complete release on the NSCAA's web site, click here.

VB: Preseason All-Big Team and Poll Announced

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Seven-time defending conference champion and winner of the last three NCAA titles, Penn State was voted as the conference favorite for the 2010 season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, the conference office announced on Thursday. It is the sixth straight season the Nittany Lions have topped the coaches' preseason conference poll.

The coaches also selected a 16-member Preseason All-Big Ten Team, which included eight unanimous selections.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

FB: Required Reading

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Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and RB Evan Royster are each heading into milestone seasons.

Michigan State DB Trenton Robinson is stepping into a more prominent role for the Spartans.

Northwestern K Stefan Demos is eager to focus solely on kicking after relinquishing punting duties.

 Purdue QB Robert Marve is ready to resume his college career in West Lafayette.

Iowa's Ryan Donahue was one of seven student-athletes named to the preseason watch list for the 2010 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top punter. The preseason watch list recognizes only the seven returning Ray Guy Award semifinalists from 2009. The full watch  list will be announced on Oct. 28. Three Big Ten standouts have earned the Ray Guy Award, most recently when Ohio State's B.J. Sander was honored in 2003.

SB: Minnesota Hires Allister as its New Head Coach

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University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi announced the hiring of Oregon assistant Jessica Allister as the new head coach of the Golden Gophers' softball program.

Allister has enjoyed great coaching success after a stellar playing career at Stanford that saw her earn All-America honors as a senior in 2004. A standout catcher, she owns the Cardinal's career record for games played (266) and fielding percentage (.994) and helped guide Stanford to two Women's College World Series appearances.

Prior to her coaching stint at Oregon, Allister was an assistant at her alma mater, where the staff earned NFCA West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009. She was also an assistant at Georgia during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

For more information on Allister, click here.

Penn State and Wisconsin have been tabbed as top 25 teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in its 2010 Women's Soccer Preseason Rankings. Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan State also received votes in the first poll of 2010.

To find out where the Nittany Lions and Badgers fell among the top 25, click here.

MSCR: Five Teams Ranked in Preseason Polls

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Four Big Ten men's soccer teams have earned a top-25 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Rankings. Five teams also earned recognition in College Soccer News' Preseason Top 30.

Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State each earned recognition in the national preseason polls. To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

Five Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive end. Big Ten players on the watch list include the Iowa duo of Broderick Binns and Adrian Clayborn, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward, Penn State's Jack Crawford and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan. Since the award was first instituted for the 2002 season, the lone Big Ten winner of the Hendricks Award was Michigan's LaMarr Woodley in 2006.
Seven Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, honoring the nation's top wide receiver. Big Ten players on the watch list are Indiana's Tandon Doss, Iowa's Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Michigan's Roy Roundtree, Ohio State's DeVier Posey, Penn State's Derek Moye, Purdue's Keith Smith and Wisconsin's Nick Toon. The Big Ten has won four Biletnikoff Awards, most recently when the Wolverines' Braylon Edwards was honored in 2004.
Five Big Ten standouts were named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which honors the country's outstanding player. Big Ten players on the watch list are Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Penn State running back Evan Royster and the Wisconsin duo of running back John Clay and quarterback Scott Tolzien. The Big Ten has claimed the Maxwell Award on 14 occasions, most recently when Nittany Lions running back Larry Johnson was honored in 2002.
Nine Big Ten football student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive player. Big Ten standouts on the Bednarik Award watch list are Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn and safety Tyler Sash, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward and linebacker Ross Homan, Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and defensive end J.J. Watt. The Big Ten has claimed seven Bednarik Awards, most recently when Nittany Lions linebacker Dan Connor was honored in 2007.

SB: Iowa Hires Marla Looper as Softball coach

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University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta announced the hiring of Marla Looper as the Hawkeyes' head softball coach. Looper replaced Gayle Blevins, who retired after a 23-year career in Iowa City.

"I am extremely excited and honored to be blessed with this opportunity to lead the Hawkeye softball program," Looper said. "The University of Iowa represents a standard of academic and athletic excellence that is second to none."

Looper comes to Iowa after serving as an assistant at the University of Texas for the past 11 season, leading the Longhorns to three Women's College World Series appearances and nine NCAA Championship berths.

For more on the hiring of Looper, click here.

W GOLF: Ohio State's Rohanna breaks U.S. Am record

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Ohio State sophomore Rachel Rohanna turned in a 7-under-par 65 in the first round of the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Monday, setting a new 18-hole scoring mark for the tournament.

The clubhouse leader heading into Tuesday's second round, Rohanna posted nine birdies and two bogeys to pass the previous record, held by Kellee Booth (1998), Natalie Gulbis (1999) and Amanda Blumenhurst (2008), by one stroke.

To read more about Rohanna's record-breaking performance, click here.

FB: Required Reading

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Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor is pushing himself to become a more complete quarterback and a better teammate.

Penn State QB Matt McGloin, a former walk-on, is in the thick of the race to replace Daryll Clark.

Michigan State's linebacker corps has established itself as the team's deepest position.

Iowa TE Allen Reisner credits his father for helping him develop his skills as a receiver.

QB Ben Chappell leads the Indiana offense into the 2010 season.

Illinois QB Nathan Scheelchaase has stepped into a leadership role with the Illini.

Wisconsin RB John Clay is more focused on his team's success than individual accolades.

Minnesota's group of defensive linemen are confident heading into the season.

 

Five Big Ten standouts were named to the Walter Camp Award watch list today, honoring the nation's outstanding player. Big Ten players on the watch list were Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Penn State running back Evan Royster and Wisconsin running back John  Clay. Eighteen Big Ten student-athletes have earned the Walter Camp Award, most recently when Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith was honored in 2006.
Less than one month away from the beginning of the college football season, four Big Ten squads ranked among the top 25 of the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll, released on Friday morning. The Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams ranked in the top 15 and joins the Big 12 and SEC in featuring multiple teams in the top 10. Each of the Big Ten's four ranked teams won bowl games last season over opponents ranked in the top 17 of this year's preseason poll.

Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin appeared in the preseason top 25. To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.

The Big Ten Conference announced today that Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis has been chosen as the proposed site for the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game to be played in December of 2011. The conference office will begin a 30-day period to negotiate a one-year agreement with Indiana Sports Corp and Lucas Oil Stadium to host the game. Once the 2011 agreement is in place, the conference office will conduct a thorough process over the next year to determine the location of the Big Ten Football Championship Game in 2012 and beyond. For the full release, click on this link.

FB: Sirius XM Radio to Produce Big Ten Preview Show

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SIRIUS XM Radio will offer listeners nationwide a comprehensive look at the 2010 Big Ten football season this weekend when it airs the SIRIUS XM Big Ten Preseason Special, which will feature  in-depth breakdowns of all 11 programs, and one-on-one interviews with every Big Ten coach and key players from each school. The two-hour show, hosted by SIRIUS XM's Glenn Younes, will air Saturday, August 7 (11:00 am and 3:00 pm ET), and Sunday, August 8 (8:00 am ET), on SIRIUS XM Sports Nation (SIRIUS channel 122 and XM channel 143).
 

This season, SIRIUS XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play of Big Ten football games live nationwide.  Schedules and channel assignments will be available at www.xmradio.com/collegesports and www.sirius.com/collegesports.

FB: Big Ten on Preseason Watch Lists

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During the preseason, 27 Big Ten student-athletes have been selected to seven preseason watch lists for national awards, with two standout quarterbacks named to three lists, and a bevy of offensive and defensive standouts holding spots on two lists. Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi and Wisconsin signal-caller Scott Tolzien were named to the Davey O'Brien, Johnny Unitas, and Manning Award watch lists. Michigan State's Greg Jones, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Ross Homan and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan were selected to the Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy watch lists, while Ohio State's Justin Boren, Penn State's Stefan Wisniewski and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi were selected to the Lombardi and Outland Trophy watch lists. Ohio State's Mike Brewster was named to the Outland Trophy and Rimington Award watch lists, while fellow Buckeye Terrelle Pryor was named to the Manning and O'Brien Award watch lists. A complete list of Big Ten standouts on preseason watch lists can be found below:

Lombardi Award:
(College Lineman of the Year)
Broderick Binns, IOWA
Adrian Clayborn, IOWA
Greg Jones, MSU
Justin Boren, OSU
Cameron Heyward, OSU
Ross Homan, OSU
Stefen Wisniewski, PSU
Ryan Kerrigan, PUR
Chris Borland, WIS
Gabe Carimi, WIS
Lance Kendricks, WIS
John Moffitt, WIS

Rimington Trophy
(Nation's Most Outstanding Center)
David Molk, MICH
Ben Burkett, NU
Mike Brewster, OSU

Lott Trophy
(Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year)
Tyler Sash, IOWA
Greg Jones, MSU
Cameron Heyward, OSU
Ross Homan, OSU
Ryan Kerrigan, PUR
JJ Watt, WIS

Outland Trophy
(Nation's Best Interior Lineman)
Karl Klug, IOWA
Stephen Schilling, MICH
Justin Boren, OSU
Mike Brewster, OSU
Bryant Browning, OSU
Stefen Wisniewski, PSU
Ken Plue, PUR
Gabe Carimi, WIS
Josh Oglesby, WIS

Davey O'Brien Award
(Nation's Top Quarterback)
Ricky Stanzi, IOWA
Terrelle Pryor, OSU
Scott Tolzien, WIS

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
(Nation's Top Senior Quarterback)
Ben Chappell, IND
Ricky Stanzi, IOWA
Scott Tolzien, WIS

Manning Award (as of August 5)
(Nation's Top Quarterback)
Ricky Stanzi, IOWA
Kirk Cousins, MSU
Terrelle Pryor, OSU
Scott Tolzien, WIS

FB: Big Ten Fall Practice Begins Today

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Big Ten football teams begin fall practice today, with Illinois and Penn State holding their first sessions. The remaining nine conference teams will begin fall practice over the next week. Below is a breakdown of fall practice start dates for all Big Ten schools:

Thursday, August 5: Illinois, Penn State

Friday, August 6: Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State

Saturday, August 7: Purdue

Monday, August 9: Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin

MBB: Red, White and Blue

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The Big Ten is tied for the lead among all conferences with three players named to the USA Men's Select Team. Illinois' Mike Tisdale, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer have accepted invitations from USA Basketball to participate on another USA Men's Select Team that will train against 2010 USA Men's World Championship Team finalists during training in New York City. COMPLETE RELEASE

WBB: Three Named to Wade Trophy Watch List

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Three Big Ten women's basketball players were selected to the 2010-11 preseason Wade Watch list for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday morning.

Iowa's Kachine Alexander and Ohio State's Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis were selected to the 25-member preseason watch list for the Wade Trophy, which is given annually to the Division I student-athlete who best embodies the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effort on their team and overall playing ability.

Last season, all three were named first-team All-Big Ten and guided their respective teams to the Big Ten Tournament final and the NCAA Tournament. Lavender is the reigning three-time Big Ten Player of the Year.

The Big Ten is tied for third among all conferences with three selections on the list, behind the Big East and SEC, who have four each, and tied with the ACC and the Big 12. Lavender is one of three players making the cut for the third time, while Prahalis is among six standouts receiving the honor for the second time. The winner of this year's award will be announced at the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Click here to read the complete release.

You can see all the video from today's opening media session at the Big Ten Network website. Just go to http://www.bigtennetwork.com/videos/football.asp.

The Big Ten and Big 12 lead all conferences with three teams appearing among the top 10 in at least two of the five preseason polls produced by Athlon, CBSSports.com, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News. Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin are considered top-10 teams in at least two of those polls, while Penn State is rated among the top 25 in multiple rankings. The Big Ten and Big 12 are followed by the ACC, Pac-10 and SEC with two top-10 programs each. The Buckeyes are a consensus top-five selection, ranked as high as No. 2 by Athlon, Phil Steele and Sporting News. The Badgers were named a top-10 team by three outlets, appearing at No. 6 by Lindy's, No. 8 by Sporting News and No. 10 by CBSSports.com. The Hawkeyes are ranked in the top 10 in two polls, including No. 8 by CBSSports.com and No. 10 by Lindy's. The Nittany Lions appear among the top 25 in four preseason polls, including as high as No. 18 by Phil Steele.

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