September 2010 Archives

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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Conference play continues tonight for Big Ten women's soccer, with 15th-ranked Minnesota hosting Wisconsin for a 7 p.m. CT match. Games continue throughout the weekend, culminating with Ohio State hosting Penn State on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

SEPTEMBER 30

Wisconsin at #15 Minnesota - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 1

Indiana at Michigan State - 4 p.m. ET
Purdue at #21 Illinois - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 2

Michigan at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT

OCTOBER 3

Purdue at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
Indiana at #21 Illinois - 1 p.m. CT
Iowa at Wisconsin - 1 p.m. CT
Penn State at Ohio State (rv) - 3 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network

MGOLF: Big Ten Well Represented at Ryder Cup

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Big Ten men's golf will be well represented at the 2010 Ryder Cup, with three former Big Ten golfers taking part in this weekend's tournament. Steve Stricker and Jeff Overton will take to the course for Team USA while Luke Donald will represent Team Europe.

The Big Ten Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989 at Illinois, Stricker is playing in his second Ryder Cup after helping Team USA to the win in 2008. Overton, also a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year at Indiana (2004-05), is one of five Team USA players making their first appearance at the Ryder Cup.

Donald, the NCAA individual Champion in 1999, is one of two players in Big Ten history to be named Player of the Year three times. The former Northwestern golfer enters his third Ryder Cup after leading Team Europe to victory in 2004 and 2006.

Tom Lehman, a three-time All-American and All-Big Ten honoree at Minnesota, will also serve as an Assistant Captain for the USA squad. Current Indiana head coach Mike Mayer will serve as Overton's official instructor for the tournament.

For Mayer's daily blog on his Ryder Cup experience, click here.

FB: Required Reading

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Michigan State is glad to have head coach Mark Dantonio back with the team.

Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter will take on friends and former teammates when the Hawkeyes host Penn State.

RB Jordan Hall has become a multi-purpose threat for Ohio State.

After missing half of the 2009 season due to injury, Wisconsin LB Mike Taylor made his 2010 debut last Saturday.

FB: Week Five Preview

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The preview for the first weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Oct. 2. 

Nine Big Ten players have been named semifinalists for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, given annually to the nation's top football student-athlete. The Big Ten's nine semifinalists are Illinois' Anthony Santella, Indiana's Ben Chappell, Iowa's Julian Vandervelde, Minnesota's Adam Weber, Northwestern's Stefan Demos, Ohio State's Bryant Browning, Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski, Purdue's Kyle Adams and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien.

Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced 121 semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), endowed by HealthSouth, and the candidates for the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 15 finalists and announce the results via national press release on Thursday, Oct. 28. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Last season, Illinois' Jon Asamoah and Minnesota's Eric Decker were both named to the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.

The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000 and receive a 25-pound bronze trophy, will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7 at the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Two Big Ten student-athletes have claimed the Campbell Trophy - the Ohio State quarterback duo of Bobby Hoying in 1995 and Craig Krenzel in 2003.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player's academic and athletic accomplishments. The William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks.

WXC: In the Polls

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Five Big Ten teams have earned rankings in the latest USTFCCCA women's cross country national coaches' poll. Michigan State checks in at No. 20, while Michigan appears at No. 22. Iowa also cracks the top 25 at No. 24, with Wisconsin (No. 26) and Minnesota (No. 27) not far behind. Penn State and Indiana are also receiving votes in this week's poll.

To see the complete poll, click here.

MXC: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have been tabbed top-30 teams in this week's USTFCCCA national coaches' poll. Wisconsin leads the way, moving up one spot from last week's poll to No. 6. Michigan State sits in a tie for No. 18, while Indiana (No. 25) and Minnesota (No. 26) each move up one spot from last week's poll. Ohio State is receiving votes.

To see the complete poll, click here.

VB: Wednesday's Result

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No. 7 Illinois def. Wisconsin, 3-1

BASE: The Next Level

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Former Big Ten student-athletes and current New York Yankees Joe Girardi (Northwestern) and Nick Swisher (Ohio State) will be featured on Thursday's episode of The Next Level at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. MORE

VB: Wednesday's Match

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Tune in tonight for live coverage on the Big Ten Network!

#7 Illinois at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

FB: Kendricks Repeats as Mackey Tight End of Week

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Lance Kendricks of Wisconsin was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission for the second consecutive week. The Big Ten senior recorded six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown as Wisconsin routed Austin Peay 70-3. Kendricks currently leads all  Football Bowl Subdivision tight ends with 299 receiving yards on the season thus far. Honorable mentions considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Ted Bolser of Indiana. The 2010 recipient of the John Mackey Award will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show December 9, 2010 on ESPN.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 3

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Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Completed 21 of 27 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns in New England's 38-30 win over Buffalo.

 

Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona (Michigan) - Made four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's 24-23 win over Oakland.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns on 30 of 38 passing in New Orleans' 27-24 overtime loss to Atlanta.

 

Sean Considine, S, Jacksonville (Iowa) - Notched seven tackles and a sack in Jacksonville's 28-3 loss to Philadelphia.

 

Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets (Michigan) - Caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in the New York Jets' 31-23 win over Miami.

 

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Made nine tackles and an interception in Carolina's 20-7 loss to Cincinnati.

 

Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City (Penn State) - Tallied three tackles and three sacks in Kansas City's 31-10 win over San Francisco.

 

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Recorded six tackles and an interception in Cincinnati's 20-7 win over Carolina.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed 26 of 44 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns in Miami's 31-23 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue) - Caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Jets' 31-23 win over Miami.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Made six catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 27-13 loss to Indianapolis.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Made six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in the New York Giants' 29-10 loss to Tennessee.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Pittsburgh's 38-13 win over Tampa Bay.

 

Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City (Iowa) - Caught four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 31-10 win over San Francisco.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Racked up 476 passing yards and a touchdown on 37 of 57 passing in Denver's 27-13 loss to Indianapolis.

 

Blair White, WR, Indianapolis (Michigan State) - Made three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 27-13 win over Denver.

MBB: Indiana's Alford Named Big Ten Icon

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Indiana's Steve Alford has been named Big Ten Icon No. 17, the Big Ten Network revealed on Wednesday.

Alford helped lead Indiana to the 1987 National Championship, was a two-time All-American, a three-time All-Big Ten selection and was named Indiana's team MVP four straight years. He finished his collegiate career as the Hoosiers' all-time leading scorer. The native of New Castle, Ind., also won a gold medal on the Bob Knight-coached 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

The Big Ten Icons countdown, presented by Discover, continues at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 5, with a profile of the sharpshooting guard. The episode includes new, exclusive interviews with Alford, his father, Sam, Steve Lavin, Gene Keady, Bob Hammel, Don Fischer and others.

Visit www.BigTenIcons.com to see a complete roster of Big Ten Icons, which also features essays, video and other key facts about each Icon's career. Viewers can also participate in the "Talk of the Locker Room" contest with a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. Weekly winners will take home a 55-inch Philips HD television.

 

 

WSCR: Big Ten Women's Soccer Weekly Release - 9-28

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The Big Ten women's soccer weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, rankings and statistics, is now available on the Big Ten's web site.

Click here to see the full release.

MBB: You'd Better Watch Out

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Jeff Goodman from FOXsports.com names 11 Big Ten players, Illinois' Demetri McCamey, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers, Northwestern's John Shurna, Ohio State's William Buford and David Lighty, Penn State's Talor Battle, Purdue's Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer, to his Wooden Award preseason watch list. FULL STORY

ESPN.com's Andy Katz has nine Big Ten players, Illinois' Demetri McCamey, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers, Northwestern's John Shurna, Ohio State's William Buford, Penn State's Talor Battle, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer, on his Wooden Award preseason watch list and names several others who just missed the cut or might be in contention when the midseason and final lists come out. FULL STORY

FB: Required Reading

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Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure's decision to play college football in his hometown was an easy one.

S Nick Sukay played a large part in Penn State's defensive effort against Temple.

OT Taylor Lewan hopes his impact on the Michigan offensive line is as large as his personality.

The College Football Performance Awards for the fourth week of college football have been announced, and several Big Ten players were honored. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was named the National Performer of the Week, while Iowa defensive tackle Mike Daniels was selected as the National Defensive Performer of the Week. In addition, Buckeyes wideout Dane Sanzenbacher was chosen as the National Wide Receiver Performer of the Week while a trio of Badgers were honored - James White as the National Running Back Performer of the Week, Brad Nortman as the National Punter Performer of the Week and Lance Kendricks as the National Tight End Performer of the Week. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams

 

FH: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten weekly field hockey release, featuring updated standings, rankings and statistics, is now available online.

Click here to read the full release.

MSCR: Big Ten Weekly Men's Soccer Release - 9-28

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The Big Ten weekly men's soccer release, featuring updated standings, rankings and statistics, is now available online.

Click here to see the full release.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Minnesota and Illinois have each earned top-25 status in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. The Golden Gophers (9-1-2) move up three spots to No. 15, while the Fighting Illini (7-2-0) drop one place to No. 21. Ohio State (7-2-1) is also receiving votes in the poll.

To see the complete poll, click here.

MSCR: In the Polls

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Three Big Ten men's soccer teams appear in the latest NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. No. 11 Michigan State (7-1-0) and No. 19 Ohio State (5-2-1) each jumped four spots in this week's poll after winning their respective Big Ten openers, while Penn State (5-2-0) dropped four places to No. 24. Indiana (4-3-0) is receiving votes in the poll.

The complete NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings can be found here.

XC: Minnesota Sweeps Weekly Big Ten Honors

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Minnesota's Stephanie Price and Ben Blankenship have been named the Big Ten cross country Runners of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Price reels in her second women's Runner of the Week honor of the 2010 season, while Blankenship earns the first men's Runner of the Week laurel of his career.

Click here for the full release on Price and here for the release on Blankenship.

FH: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten field hockey squads were ranked among the nation's top 20, according to Tuesday's release of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Michigan State once again led the conference charge as the Spartans earned a No. 6 ranking behind their 9-1 start to the 2010 season. Ohio State (6-3) moved to No. 7 in this week's rankings while Penn State (7-3) checked in at No. 15. Northwestern and Indiana also received votes in this week's rankings.

New to the rankings this week is Michigan, who check in at No. 19. The Wolverines are off to a 6-4 start to the season, expanding their winning streak to six games. Michigan won a pair of matches last weekend to move into the top 20 this week.

Click here to see complete results.

VB: Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Release - Sept. 27

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To view the complete release, click here.

First Serve
Big Ten Conference action began this past weekend, as each team finished with two interconference matchups in the books. Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern each finished the first weekend of Big Ten play undefeated, as each team knocked off one squad that was receiving votes in last week's AVCA coaches poll. This week, five conference contests will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network or streamed online at www.bigtennetwork.com.

Where We Rank
Seven Big Ten teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. In total, five Big Ten squads were voted into the top 25, the second-most of any conference. The Big Ten boasts two top-10 teams with No. 4 Penn State and No. 7 Illinois, while Minnesota appears at No. 17, Michigan moves up to No. 22, and Northwestern enters the rankings at No. 25, earning its first national ranking since 1987.

VB: Seven Conference Teams Recognized in Latest AVCA Poll

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Seven Big Ten teams are ranked or receiving votes in the latest AVCA coaches poll. In total, five Big Ten squads were voted into the top 25, second most of any conference. The conference boasts two top 10 teams with No. 4 Penn State and No. 7 Illinois, while Minnesota appears at No. 17, Michigan moves up to No. 22, and Northwestern enters the rankings at No. 25, earning its first national ranking since 1987.

Click here to view the complete rankings.

WSCR: Big Ten Announces Weekly Awards

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Minnesota's MacKenzie Misel, Ohio State's Paige Maxwell, Purdue's Carianne Betts and Wisconsin's Michele Dalton have been tabbed the Big Ten women's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Maxwell receives Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Betts and Dalton take home Co-Defensive Player of the Week accolades and Misel earns the nod for Freshman of the Week.

To read the complete release, click here.

MSCR: Big Ten Weekly Awards Announced

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Indiana's Will Bruin, Michigan's Soony Saad and Ohio State's Matt Lampson have been named the Big Ten men's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Bruin and Saad take home Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Lampson earns Defensive Player of the Week laurels.

To read the complete release, click here.

FH: Michigan, Northwestern Garner Weekly Field Hockey Awards

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Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong and Catherine Franklin and Michigan's Haley Jones have been awarded the Big Ten field hockey weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday.  Armstrong earns the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Jones receives Defensive Player of the Week honors and Franklin earns Freshman of the Week recognition.

For the complete release, click here.

FH: Michigan, Northwestern Garner Weekly Field Hockey Awards

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Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong and Catherine Franklin and Michigan's Haley Jones have been awarded the Big Ten field hockey weekly honors, the conference office announced on Monday.  Armstrong earns the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Jones receives Defensive Player of the Week honors and Franklin earns Freshman of the Week recognition.

For the complete release, click here.

FB: PSU's Wagner Named One of Groza Award "Stars of the Week"

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For the second time this season, Penn State's Collin Wagner was named one of three "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. The Penn State senior tied the school record with five field goals in Saturday's 22-13 defeat of Temple at State College, Pa. The State College native connected from 21, 32, 32, 42 and 45 yards to improve his season totals to 10 of 12 field goals tries. That mark ties him for the national lead in field goals made. His 38 points lead the 3-1 Nittany Lions in scoring.

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was among eight players from around the nation who earned "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week." The weekly award honorees highlight elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung. Pryor accounted for six touchdowns against Eastern Michigan, completing 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, adding 104 yards rushing with another touchdown and catching a touchdown pass.

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien were among eight honorable mention selections for the Davey O'Brien Award National Quarterback of the Week. Pryor accounted for six touchdowns against Eastern Michigan, completing 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, adding 104 yards rushing with another touchdown and catching a touchdown pass. Tolzien completed 15 of 17 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Austin Peay. Both the Buckeyes' and Badgers' offense broke the 70-point barrier on Saturday.

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 27

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With the 115th Big Ten football season set to begin on Saturday, the latest football weekly release 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.

115th Big Ten football season starts Saturday.

Seven Big Ten teams tally at least 30 points, including three over 60 points, on final non-conference Saturday.

Big Ten tied for national lead with six top-25 teams.

Big Ten leads all conferences with five 4-0 teams and is one of two conferences with six undefeated programs.

Four Big Ten unbeatens square off on Saturday.

Penn State's Paterno becomes fifth coach to reach 150 wins while coaching at a Big Ten school.

VB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Colleen Ward, Illinois
Jr., OH, Naperville, Ill./Naperville North

Ward claims her first Big Ten Player of the Week distinction after helping No. 9 Illinois to a 2-0 conference mark with weekend wins over Penn State and Ohio State to start Big Ten action. The junior recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs in a five-set win against No. 2 Penn State, ending the Nittany Lions' 65-match conference winning streak. She followed that effort with 14 kills on .444 hitting and eight digs against Ohio State to finish with weekend averages of 3.8 kills and 2.3 digs per set.

Last Illinois Player of the Week: Michelle Bartsch (Sept. 6, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Lexi Zimmerman, Michigan
Sr., S, Barrington, Ill./Barrington

Zimmerman wins her second career weekly honor after guiding the No. 22 Wolverines to a pair of wins during the opening weekend of Big Ten play. The senior setter became Michigan's all-time leader in assists in Michigan's match against Iowa, finishing with 36 helpers. She added 60 in a five-set win over Minnesota on Saturday to bring her career total to 5,144. By posting 11 digs against Iowa and a season-high 21 versus No. 14 Minnesota, Zimmerman averaged 4.0 digs per set as the Wolverines won their 11th straight match.

Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Sloane Donhoff (Sept. 28, 2009)

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

Wittman claims her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after hitting .444 and finishing with 2.8 digs per set in No. 14 Minnesota's weekend split. The freshman finished with a double-double against No. 22 Michigan, tallying 16 kills and 17 digs in a five-set defeat. Against Michigan State on Friday, Wittman finished with 10 kills on .529 hitting and added three blocks in the Gophers' three-set win.

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Ashley Wittman (Sept. 13, 2010)

FB: Manning Award Honors Chappell, Stanzi and Pryor

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The Manning Award, given to the nation's best quarterback, named Iowa's Ricky Stanzi and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor two of the five "Stars of the Week" and Indiana's Ben Chappell one of five "Players to Watch" for their performances on Sept. 25. Players currently appearing on the Manning Award watch list can earn "Stars of the Week" accolades, while players who may be added to the watch list later in the season can collect "Players to Watch" laurels.

Stanzi completed 19 of 25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Ball State. Pryor accounted for six touchdowns against Eastern Michigan, completing 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, adding 104 yards rushing with another touchdown and catching a touchdown pass. Chappell connected on 23 of 33 passes for 342 yards and four touchdown passes to lead Indiana past Akron.

FH: Weekend in Review

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Big Ten field hockey conference play started last weekend, with Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State picking up victories in their first Big Ten games of 2010.

SEPTEMBER 24

Northwestern (rv) def. #6 Ohio State, 3-2
#7 Michigan State def. Iowa, 1-0

#14 Penn State def. Indiana (rv), 1-0

 

SEPTEMBER 26

Michigan (rv) def. #14 Penn State, 2-0

WSCR: Weekend Recap

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Big Ten women's soccer completed its first week of conference play on Sunday, with five teams finishing without a tally in the loss column. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue each notched a win and a tie, while Ohio State and Penn State earned wins in their lone contests of the week.

SEPTEMBER 23

#18 Minnesota tied Iowa, 1-1 (2 OT)

SEPTEMBER 24

Northwestern def. Indiana, 2-1
Wisconsin tied Purdue, 0-0 (2 OT)

SEPTEMBER 26

#18 Minnesota def. #20 Illinois, 1-0
Wisconsin def. Indiana, 1-0 (OT)
Iowa tied St. Louis, 0-0 (2 OT)
Penn State def. Michigan State, 1-0
Ohio State (rv) def. Michigan, 2-0
Purdue def. Northwestern, 1-0

MSCR: Weekend Recap

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Big Ten men's soccer conference play opened last weekend, with Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan State earning wins in their first Big Ten games of 2010.

SEPTEMBER 24

Indiana (rv) def. #20 Penn State, 3-2
#16 Creighton def. Wisconsin, 1-0

SEPTEMBER 25

#23 Ohio State def. Michigan, 1-0

SEPTEMBER 26

#15 Michigan State def. Northwestern, 2-0

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Sept. 25 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Sept. 25. Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor earned offensive accolades, Iowa defensive tackle Mike Daniels and Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones shared defensive player of the week honors, Penn State kicker Collin Wagner collected special teams laurels while Wisconsin running back James White was named Freshman of the Week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

VB: Sunday's Result

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Sunday's Match
#2 Penn State def. Wisconsin (rv), 3-0

FB: National-Best Six Big Ten Teams Remain Among Top 25

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For the second straight week, the Big Ten and SEC tied for the national lead with six teams each among the top 25 in the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls. Ohio State continues to lead the way at No. 2 in both rankings, receiving two first-place votes from both the media and coaches. Wisconsin moved up one spot to No. 9 in the USA Today ratings and remained at No. 11 in the AP vote. Other Big Ten teams among the top 25 include No. 17/18 Iowa (AP/USA Today), No. 20/19 Michigan, No. 22/20 Penn State and No. 24/21 Michigan State. In addition, Northwestern continued to receive votes in both polls.

VB: Saturday's Results

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Saturday's Matches
#9 Illinois def. Ohio State (rv), 3-0 

Michigan State (rv) def. Iowa, 3-1.

#22 Michigan def. #14 Minnesota, 3-2

Northwestern def. Purdue (rv), 3-2

The Big Ten posted an 8-2 record during the final full Saturday of non-conference action, including seven teams surpassing the 30-point mark, three squads breaking the 60-point barrier and two teams tallying 70-plus points. Ohio State scored 73 points against Eastern Michigan, while Wisconsin produced 70 points against Austin Peay. The last time a Big Ten team scored 70 points in a game was when Penn State tallied 70 points against Akron on Sept. 4, 1999. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Sept. 25, click on this link.

VB: Friday's Results

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#9 Illinois def. #2 Penn State, 3-2
#22 Michigan def. Iowa, 3-0
#14 Minnesota def. Michigan State (rv), 3-0
Northwestern (rv) def. Indiana, 3-1
Ohio State (rv) def. Wisconsin (rv), 3-2

VB: Weekend Schedule

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Friday's Matches
#2 Penn State at #9 Illinois, 7 p.m.
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Indiana at Northwestern (rv), 7 p.m.
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Iowa at #22 Michigan, 7 p.m.

#14 Minnesota at Michigan State (rv), 7 p.m.
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Ohio State (rv) at Wisconsin (rv), 7 p.m.
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Saturday's Matches
Ohio State (rv) at #9 Illinois, 7 p.m.
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Iowa at Michigan State (rv), 7 p.m.

#14 Minnesota at #22 Michigan, 7 p.m.

Purdue (rv) at Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Sunday's Match
#2 Penn State at Wisconsin (rv), 1 p.m.
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MSCR: Big Ten Play Begins Tonight

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The Big Ten men's soccer conference slate opens tonight, with No. 20 Penn State hosting Indiana in the first conference clash of the 2010 season. Wisconsin also welcomes No. 16 Creighton in non-conference action.

Big Ten play continues as Michigan hosts No. 23 Ohio State on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Northwestern travels to No. 15 Michigan State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET contest which will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

SEPTEMBER 24

Wisconsin at #16 Creighton - 7 p.m. CT
Indiana (rv) at #20 Penn State - 7:30 p.m. CT

SEPTEMBER 25

#23 Ohio State at Michigan - 7 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 26

Northwestern at #15 Michigan State - 1 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 25

Iowa at Roy Griak Invitational - Falcon Heights, Minn.
Michigan at Cowboy Jamboree - Stillwater, Okla.
#27 Minnesota at Roy Griak Invitational - Falcon Heights, Minn.
Penn State at Roy Griak Invitational - Falcon Heights, Minn.

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 25

#28 Minnesota at Roy Griak Invitational - Falcon Heights, Minn.
#27 Penn State at Roy Griak Invitational - Falcon Heights, Minn.

FH: Big Ten Play Begins This Weekend

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Conference play begins for Big Ten field hockey tonight as No. 6 Ohio State hosts Northwestern at 3 p.m. ET. Action continues with No. 7 Michigan State hosting Iowa and Michigan facing New Hampshire. Friday's games conclude with Indiana taking on No. 14 Penn State.

The weekend wraps up on Sunday with Iowa traveling to Central Michigan and Indiana visiting Bucknell.


Michigan also travels to Penn State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET start, which will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

SEPTEMBER 24

New Hampshire at Michigan (rv) - 3 p.m. ET
Northwestern (rv) at #6 Ohio State - 3 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 26

Iowa at Central Michigan - 11 a.m. CT
Michigan (rv) at #14 Penn State - 1 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network
Indiana (rv) at Bucknell - 1 p.m. ET

WXC: In the Polls

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Six Big Ten teams have earned rankings in the USTFCCCA women's cross country national coaches' top 30, with four of the six moving up since last week's poll. Michigan State moves up two spots to No. 19, while Michigan jumps to No. 22, Wisconsin moves to No. 23, and Iowa rounds out the top 25 at No. 25. Penn State moves up one rank to No. 27, while Minnesota checks in at No. 28. Indiana and Ohio State are also receiving votes in the poll.

To see the complete USTFCCCA poll, click here.

MXC: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten teams appear in this week's USTFCCCA men's cross country national coaches' poll. Wisconsin maintains its top-10 ranking at No. 7, while Michigan State holds No. 18, Indiana jumps two spots to No. 26, and Minnesota checks in at No. 27. Ohio State is also receiving votes.

To see the complete USTFCCCA poll, click here.

WSCR: Big Ten Slate Opens Tonight

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Conference play begins for Big Ten women's soccer tonight as Iowa hosts No. 18 Minnesota at 7 p.m. CT. Action continues on Friday, with Purdue hosting Wisconsin and Indiana taking on Northwestern.

The weekend wraps up on Sunday with No. 20 Illinois heading north to face Minnesota, Wisconsin traveling to Indiana, Iowa hosting St. Louis, Michigan State visiting Penn State and Michigan hosting Ohio State.

Northwestern also travels to Purdue on Sunday for a 3 p.m. ET showdown, which will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

SEPTEMBER 23

#18 Minnesota at Iowa - 7 p.m. CT

SEPTEMBER 24

Wisconsin at Purdue - 4:30 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Indiana - 7:30 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 26

#20 Illinois at #18 Minnesota - 1 p.m. CT
Wisconsin at Indiana - 1 p.m. ET
St. Louis at Iowa - 1 p.m. CT
Michigan State at Penn State - 1 p.m. ET
Ohio State (rv) at Michigan - 2 p.m. ET
Northwestern at Purdue - 3 p.m. ET - Big Ten Network

FB: Required Reading

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LB Bani Gbadyu has survived adversity to make it into the Penn State starting lineup.

A former walk-on, Michigan S Jordan Kovacs has become an impact player.

Freshman RB Marcus Coker will likely make his debut for Iowa this Saturday after jumping to second on the Hawkeye depth chart.

Offensive linemen Brian Mulroe and Al Netter have played a large part in Northwestern's early success.

For the third year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program, including each of the Big Ten teams taking the field on Saturday, September 25. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than half a million dollars to battle Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

On September 25th, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear a Coach to Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and college football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Football fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).

Last year, more than 5,200 college coaches at 351 different institutions participated in the Coach to Cure MD event. Both those figures are well higher than the program's inaugural year in 2008, when 2,675 coaches from 207 schools took part.

FB: Week Four Preview

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The preview for the final full weekend of non-conference action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Sept. 25. 

VB: Wednesday Night Results

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Wednesday Results:

Purdue def. Indiana, 3-1

WBB: Former Gopher Whalen Named to USA World Championship Team

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Former Minnesota women's basketball standout Lindsay Whalen was selected to the 12-member USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team for the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Team USA begins pool play on Thursday when it faces Greece at Noon ET.

"To be named to the National Team and to later be named to the World Championship team are huge honors," she said on Tuesday. "It's one of those things you grow up thinking and dreaming about."

Whalen, who was a standout in Minneapolis from 2001-2004, averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in Team USA's four exhibition contests.

Click here to read the release from gophersports.com.

VB: Wednesday's Match

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The Big Ten volleyball season begins on Wednesday night and the Big Ten Network will carry the opening match of the conference season.

Purdue (rv) at Indiana, 7 p.m. ET
Big Ten Network (LIVE)

FB: Michigan's Robinson Added to Hornung Award Watch List

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Michigan's Denard Robinson has been added to the watch list for the 2010 Paul Hornung Award. Robinson, a sophomore quarterback from Deerfield Beach, Florida, has led the Wolverines to a 3-0 record entering Saturday's contest with Bowling Green. Robinson has run for 559 yards on 74 attempts (7.6 per carry, 186.3 per game) and is 53-of-76 (69.7) for 671 yards and four touchdowns through the air with only one interception. Robinson has accounted for 1,230 yards of total offense, an average of 410.0 yards per game. He also had a 30-yard punt to his credit that landed inside the 20 yard line.
 
The award recognizes versatile, high-level players in major college football with players from all FBS teams being eligible. The Selection Committee will narrow the field to approximately 10-15 finalists at the end of the regular season in early December then will select the winner at or near the end of the bowl season in early January.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 2

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Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw for 248 yards, completing 20 of 36 passes along with two touchdowns and two interceptions in New England's 28-14 loss to the New York Jets.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 28 of 38 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns and also tallied one catch for seven yards in New Orleans' 25-22 win over San Francisco.

 

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Made five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 38-14 win over the New York Giants.

 

Kerry Collins, QB, Tennessee (Penn State) - Completed 17 of 25 passes for 149 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception in Tennessee's19-11 loss to Pittsburgh.

 

Vontae Davis, CB, Miami (Illinois) - Grabbed an interception and made six tackles in Miami's 14-10 win over Minnesota.

 

Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati (Michigan) - Made three tackles and an interception in Cincinnati's 15-10 win over Baltimore.

 

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami (Ohio State) - Recorded three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 14-10 win over Minnesota.

 

Chad Henne, QB, Miami (Michigan) - Completed nine of 15 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 14-10 win over Minnesota.

 

Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets (Purdue) - Recorded seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in New York's 28-14 win over New England.

 

James Laurinaitis, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made eight tackles and a sack in St. Louis' 16-14 loss to Oakland.

 

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants (Michigan) - Notched four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in New York's 38-14 loss to Indianapolis.

 

Mike Nugent, K, Cincinnati (Ohio State) - Made five field goals, the longest being from 46 yards, in Cincinnati's 15-10 win over Baltimore.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Completed 25 of 35 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 31-14 win over Seattle.

 

Tracy Porter, CB, New Orleans (Indiana) - Recorded six tackles and an interception in New Orleans' 25-22 win over San Francisco.

 

Cameron Wake, LB, Miami (Penn State) - Notched 1.5 sacks and three total tackles in Miami's 14-10 win over Minnesota.

 

LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh (Michigan) - Grabbed an interception and made two tackles in Pittsburgh's 19-11 win over Tennessee.

FB: Wisconsin's Kendricks Named Mackey Award Tight End of Week

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Lance Kendricks of Wisconsin was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The senior recorded seven receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown - a career best in receptions and yardage - as Wisconsin squeaked by Arizona State 20-19. Honorable mentions considered for this week's Mackey Tight End of the Week include Charlie Gantt of Michigan State. The 2010 recipient of the John Mackey Award will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 9, 2010, on ESPN.

MGOLF: Nicklaus Named "Big Ten Icon" by Big Ten Network

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Jack Nicklaus has been named Big Ten Icon No. 18 on the Big Ten Network's Big Ten Icons top 50 countdown. In 1961, he won the Big Ten Championship by 16 strokes and also captured the NCAA championships for the Buckeyes. The Columbus native and lifelong Buckeye fan was the first player to win the NCAA individual championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.

In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "it's no exaggeration to say Nicklaus revolutionized golf, setting records that might never be approached, let alone broken." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Nicklaus, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

The Big Ten Icons countdown, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with a profile of the legendary Ohio State golfer. The episode includes new, exclusive interviews with Nicklaus, Bob Knight, Arnold Palmer and many others.

WSCR: In the Polls

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Minnesota and Illinois have cracked the top 25 in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National women's soccer Poll after receiving votes in last week's rankings. After extending their unbeaten streak to nine games last weekend, the Gophers (8-1-1) jumped to No. 18 in the poll. The Illini (7-1-0) move to No. 20 after taking down then-No. 23 Louisville on Sunday.

To see the complete NSCAA/HendrickCars.com women's soccer poll, click here.

Park Ridge, Ill. - Big Ten volleyball will enjoy extensive broadcast coverage in 2010 with 25 matches to be televised to a national audience. The Big Ten Network will broadcast 22 matches, while ESPN2 will televise three others. In addition, Big Ten volleyball will also be showcased on www.bigtennetwork.com, as 46 conference matches will be streamed live. Sixteen of those streamed events will be rebroadcast on the linear network during the season through the Big Ten Network's "Student U" platform. In total, 71 Big Ten matches will be broadcast nationally through the conference's media agreements.

Each conference squad will appear on the Big Ten Network three or more times in 2010, with every school having at least one home match televised nationally. The conference's six NCAA Championship-qualifying teams from 2009 - Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State - will combine for 32 national TV appearances. The three-time defending national champion Nittany Lions will make eight appearances on linear networks.

To read the complete release, click here.

MSCR: In the Polls

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Three Big Ten men's soccer teams appear in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Poll. After back-to-back shutouts over the weekend, Michigan State (5-1-0) jumps from No. 19 to No. 15 in the rankings. Penn State (5-1-0) also moves up in the poll, climbing three spots to No. 20. Ohio State (4-2-0) appears in the top 25 as well, checking in at No. 23. Indiana (3-3-0) is also receiving votes.

Click here for the full NSCAA/HendrickCars.com men's soccer poll.

WSCR: Big Ten Weekly Women's Soccer Release

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The first Big Ten women's soccer weekly release is now available online. The release includes updated statistics, standings, rankings and more.

Click here for the full release.

MSCR: Big Ten Weekly Men's Soccer Release

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The first Big Ten men's soccer weekly release is now available online. The release includes updated statistics, standings, rankings and more.

Click here for the full release.

The Big Ten topped all conferences in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with four of the 11 FBS selections to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Big Ten selections to the Good Works Team were Indiana's Ben Chappell, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Northwestern's Corbin Bryant and Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski. A total of 112 players across all collegiate levels were nominated for the award, the most ever in the 19-year history of the program. In order to qualify for the Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing. The Allstate AFCA Good Worlds Teams were established in 1992, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players off the field.

FH: Weekly Release

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The Big Ten Field Hockey weekly release, featuring updated standings, rankings, and statistics, is now available online.

Click here for the full release.

The Big Ten Conference named Illinois' Colin Mickow and Michigan State's Aaron Simoneau as its men's cross country Co-Runners of the Week on Tuesday. Mickow finished second at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, while Simoneau took first at the Spartan Invitational.

To read the full release, click here.

WXC: Michigan State's MacLeod Tabbed Runner of the Week

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Michigan State's Emily MacLeod takes home Big Ten Runner of the Week honors after finishing in first place at the Spartan Invitational for the second straight year. The senior completed the 6,000-meter course in 20:46, 21 seconds ahead of her performance in last season's event. The weekly laurel marks the second of MacLeod's career.

To see the full release, click here

FH: In the Polls

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Three Big Ten teams ranked among the nation's top 20 in this week's Kookaburra/Division I National Field Hockey Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday.

As the No. 6 team in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes are 6-2 through non-conference play. Michigan State (8-1) remained in the top 10 with a No. 8 ranking, and Penn State (5-2) checked in at No. 14.

Indiana, Michigan, and Northwestern all earned points heading into the first weekend of conference play.

Click here for complete results.

VB: Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Release

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Click here to check out the complete Big Ten weekly volleyball release.

Faces of the Big Ten
Arielle Wilson, MH, Penn State
Sr., Broadview, Ill.
A two-time AVCA All-American, Arielle Wilson has been an integral part of Penn State's three national championships. Majoring in nursing, Wilson hopes to become an ER nurse after pursuing a professional volleyball career. Outside of volleyball, Wilson has joined her teammates as a volunteer at the Penn State dance MaraTHON and with the Special Olympics. In addition, when she heads to her hometown Wilson works with her former high school team.

First Serve
The Big Ten concluded the non-conference portion of its season last weekend, combining for a 106-17 (.862) record. The Big Ten schedule begins on Wednesday night when Indiana hosts Purdue at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network, one of seven conference matchups to be nationally broadcast this week.

VB: Eight Teams Mentioned in Latest AVCA Rankings

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Eight Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest AVCA Division I national coaches poll, including four teams ranked in the top 25. Penn State remains at No. 2 for the second week in a row, while Illinois is ranked ninth this week. Minnesota appears at No. 14, while Michigan is ranked No. 22. Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue are also receiving votes this week.

To view the complete rankings, click here.

VB: Big Ten Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Alex Hunt, Michigan
Jr., OH, Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph

Hunt earned Most Valuable Player status at the ASU Sheraton Tournament after leading the Wolverines to a 3-0 record and the tournament title over the weekend. The junior outside hitter recorded 20-plus kill performances against Arizona State, Utah and Pacific and finished with a .488 hitting percentage. Hunt recorded 22 kills against Arizona State, 23 versus Utah and 23 in the tournament finale against Pacific, good for an average of 5.7 kills per set against the three opponents. She added 2.1 digs and 0.6 blocks per set to claim her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor.

Last Michigan Player of the Week: Juliana Paz (Nov. 23, 2009)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Mariah Booth, Ohio State
So., MB, Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain

Booth records her first Defensive Player of the Week distinction after anchoring the Buckeye defense in three victories over the weekend at the Kennesaw State Tournament. Averaging 1.9 blocks per set, the sophomore was a part of an Ohio State defense that limited its opponents to .013 hitting on the weekend. Her standout effort came against Presbyterian in the tournament opener, where she finished with 11 blocks. Booth is averaging 1.31 blocks per set this season, which ranks fifth in the conference.

Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Allie Schwarzwalder (Sept. 13, 2010)

Freshman of the Week:
Deja McClendon, Penn State
OH, Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual Magnet

McClendon takes home her second Freshman of the Week honor after helping Penn State to a 3-0 record at the Rockvale Outlets Classic over the weekend. The freshman finished second on the team in kills during the three-match stretch, averaging 3.1 per set on .524 hitting. Her best effort of the weekend came against George Washington on Friday, finishing with 15 kills with a .636 hitting percentage, adding six digs and four blocks.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Deja McClendon (Sept. 6, 2010)

WSCR: Big Ten Weekly Awards Announced

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Illinois' Krystin Miller, Minnesota's Steph Brandt and Wisconsin's Michelle Dalton and Laurie Nosbusch have been selected as the Big Ten women's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Nosbusch earns the nod for Offensive Player of the Week, while Miller and Dalton have been tabbed Co-Defensive Players of the Week, and Brandt takes home Freshman of the Week honors.

Read the full release here.

The conference office announced on Monday the weekly field hockey award winners for the 2010 season. This week, Michigan's Alicia Mayer was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Penn State's Ayla Halus was named Defensive Player of the Week. Michigan's Rachael Mack earns her second consecutive weekly award as she was named Freshman of the Week.

Click here to read the complete release.

MSCR: Michigan State, Penn State Earn Weekly Awards

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Michigan State's Cyrus Saydee and Avery Steinlage and Penn State's Matheus Braga have been named the Big Ten men's soccer Players of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. Saydee and Braga earn Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Steinlage receives Defensive Player of the Week accolades.

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

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 20

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With the third week of Big Ten football now concluded, the latest Big Ten football weekly release 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 tied for national lead with six top 25 teams, most top 25 squads since 2004 season.

Big Ten one of only three conferences with six undefeated teams.

Big Ten players have produced 23 100-yard rushing games, including six last Saturday.

Penn State's Joe Paterno just one win from becoming fifth coach with 150 wins at a Big Ten school.

Big Ten fans set single-day attendance record with an average of 78,844 patrons at eight home games.

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Sept. 18 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Sept. 18. Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell earned offensive accolades, Northwestern linebacker Quentin Davie was tabbed as the defensive player of the week, Michigan State punter Aaron Bates collected special teams laurels while Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell earned his second Freshman of the Week honor this season. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

 

XC and T&F: Big Ten Icon No. 19 Suzy Favor Hamilton

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Big Ten Icons honors Suzy Favor Hamilton at No. 19 in their top 50 countdown. Favor Hamilton was a nine-time NCAA champion and 14-time All-American at Wisconsin in track and field and cross country. The native of Stevens Point, Wis., was named Big Ten Athlete of the Decade for the 1990s, NCAA Woman of the Year, and received the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation's top female college athlete in 1990.

To learn more about Suzy Favor Hamilton's accomplishments, tune in to Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover on Tuesday, September 21 at 9 PM ET on the Big Ten Network, or click here.

The latest college football national polls have been released and the Big Ten and SEC lead all conferences with six teams ranked among the top 25 in both the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls. The last time six Big Ten programs were rated among the top 25 in either the AP or USA Today polls was on Oct. 24, 2005. The last time six Big Ten programs were ranked among the top 25 in both polls was on Sept. 13, 2004.

Ohio State continues to pace the conference at No. 2 in both polls, with five first-place votes from the media and three top votes from the coaches. Wisconsin moved up one spot into the top 10 in the coaches rankings while remaining No. 11 among media voters. After being edged on the road at nationally ranked Arizona, Iowa dropped to No. 18 in both polls. Michigan and Penn State remained among the top 25, with the Wolverines ranked No. 21 by the media and No. 22 by the coaches and the Nittany Lions rated No. 23 by the media and No. 20 by the coaches. Following on overtime triumph over Notre Dame, Michigan State gave the Big Ten a sixth top-25 program, ranking No. 25 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the USA Today coaches rankings. Northwestern is the seventh Big Ten team to receive votes, appearing on multiple ballots both media and coaches.

FB: Big Ten Goes 9-2 in Third Weekend

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The Big Ten posted a 9-2 record during the third weekend of college football, including thrilling finishes by Michigan State and Wisconsin and road triumphs by Indiana and Northwestern. For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Sept. 18, click on this link.

 

FH: PSU's Coach, Charlene Morett Earns 400th Win

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As the Nittany Lions improved to 4-2 on the season with a 4-0 dominating victory over Temple on Friday, Penn State field hockey head coach Carlene Morett claimed her 400th win. Morett's 400th categorizes her among the elite, becoming only the fourth Division I coach in NCAA history to obtain the landmark. Including her three years as coach of the Boston College Eagles, her record sits at 400-161-17.

To read more about Morett's achievements, click here.

WBB: Former PSU Star Helps Storm to WNBA Title

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Former Penn State standout Tanisha Wright scored 13 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Seattle Storm won the 2010 WNBA Championship with an 87-84 win over the Atlanta Dream on Thursday night. Seattle won the series 3-0 and claimed their first WNBA title since 2004.

Wright was an important cog in the Storm rotation in the finals, averaging 11.3 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.7 steals in the finals. On the year, she averaged nearly 10 points a game to go along with 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game and was named to the WNBA's All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row.

For more information on Wright's success this season, click here.

VB: Weekend Schedule

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The Big Ten will endure one final weekend of non-conference action before the start of conference play next week. Thus far in 2010, the Big Ten has a combined non-conference mark of 86-13 (.869), with Indiana and Wisconsin each holding a 10-0 record heading into the weekend.

Click here for the complete weekend schedule, as well as updated statistics and standings following three Tuesday matchups.

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 17

Illinois
at Illinois Intercollegiate Championships - Normal, Ill.
Indiana at Indiana Intercollegiate Championships - West Lafayette, Ind.
#27 Michigan at Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
#21 Michigan State at Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
Northwestern at Illinois Intercollegiate Championships - Normal, Ill.
Ohio State at Appalachian State Mountaineer Open - Boone, N.C.
Purdue at Indiana Intercollegiate Championships - West Lafayette, Ind.

SEPTEMBER 18

#24 Iowa at Iowa Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 17

Illinois at Illinois Intercollegiate Championships - Normal, Ill.
#28 Indiana at Indiana Intercollegiate Championships - West Lafayette, Ind.
#18 Michigan State at Spartan Invitational - East Lansing, Mich.
Ohio State at Appalachian State Mountaineer Open - Boone, N.C.
Purdue at Indiana Intercollegiates - West Lafayette, Ind.

SEPTEMBER 18

Iowa
at Iowa Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 17

Purdue at Colorado [1] - 4 p.m. MT
Massachusetts at Michigan - 5 p.m. ET
Michigan State at Bowling Green - 5 p.m. ET
Illinois State at Northwestern - 5 p.m. CT
Ohio State vs. #19 Arizona State [2] - 5 p.m. PT
Iowa at Iowa State - 6:30 p.m. CT
LSU at Illinois - 7 p.m. CT
Wisconsin at Tennessee - 7 p.m. ET
Kent State at Indiana - 7:30 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 19

Purdue vs. Denver [1] - 11 a.m. MT
#23 Louisville at Illinois - 1 p.m. CT
Central Michigan at Indiana - 1 p.m. ET
Iowa at Nebraska - 1 p.m. CT
Illinois State at Minnesota - 1 p.m. CT
Ohio State at Arizona [2] - 1 p.m. PT
Dartmouth at Penn State - 1 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Vanderbilt - 1 p.m. CT
Youngstown State at Michigan - 2 p.m. ET
#7 Notre Dame at Northwestern - 4:30 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] - Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic - Boulder, Colo.
[2] - Arizona Tournament - Tucson, Ariz.

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 17

Marquette at #19 Michigan State [1] - 5 p.m. ET
#24 Indiana at Brown - 7 p.m. ET
#23 Penn State at Air Force - 7 p.m. MT
Notre Dame at Michigan [1] - 7:30 p.m. ET
Gonzaga at Northwestern [2] - 7:30 p.m. CT
San Diego State at Wisconsin [3] - 7:30 p.m. CT

SEPTEMBER 18

#9 Ohio State at Florida Gulf Coast [4] - 7:30 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 19

#24 Indiana at Massachusetts - 1 p.m. ET
Michigan at Marquette [1] - 1 p.m. CT
#23 Penn State at Denver - 1 p.m. MT
#19 Michigan State at Notre Dame [1] - 2 p.m. ET
Holy Cross at Northwestern [2] - 2 p.m. CT
Dayton at Wisconsin [3] - 2:30 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] - Big Ten/Big East Challenge
[2] - Lakeside Classic - Evanston, Ill.
[3] - Wisconsin Soccer Classic - Madison, Wis.
[4] - Embassy Suites Classic - Fort Myers, Fla.

FB: Week Three Preview

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The preview for the third weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Sept. 18. 

FB: ESPN2's SportsNation to Tour Big Ten Universities

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ESPN2's SportsNation will take its act on the road Monday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 23, televised live 4 to 5 p.m. ET, from the campuses of University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, University of Michigan and Penn State University. In addition to airing on ESPN2, a SportsNation Big Ten segment will appear on all episodes of ESPN's SportsCenter that week. The ESPN2 program co-hosted by Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle incorporates user-generated polls and games based on the days' leading sports news into a fun, interactive show. Each episode aired live on campus will feature polls and games involving the respective host university's football program along with special guests.

"The Big Ten conference has some of the most rabid fans in all of college football and having their intensity on set is going to take the show to a crazy new level," said Cowherd. "I know that our show has a huge following of college kids and I'm fired up to get the chance to be face to face with them."

Beadle said, "I'm used to feeding off the energy of our in-studio crowd but this is going to be a whole new ball game. The feel of a live college football game combined with the always passionate Big Ten students will be parallel to none."

The school schedule for SportsNation will be:
• Monday, Sept. 20, University of Wisconsin - The Memorial Union
• Tuesday, Sept. 21, University of Iowa - Hubbard Park
• Wednesday, Sept. 22, University of Michigan - Ingalls Mall
• Thursday, Sept. 23: Penn State University  - TBD

On SportsNation, Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle interact with fans throughout the telecast, essentially making sports fans the third host of the show. The show regularly airs weekdays at 4 p.m., and re-airs at midnight, on ESPN2. Fans can deliver their input via Twitter (@SportsNation); Facebook (ESPN-SportsNation); ESPN.com's SportsNation Web page; e-mail (sportsnation@espn.com); and phone calls (1-888-FAN-ESPN) before, during and after the show.

FB: Required Reading

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Northwestern LB Bryce McNaul has used his brother's courage as motivation to rehab through several injuries.

RB Devon Smith's speed has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Penn State offense.

CB Matt Ernest is one of several current Indiana players to successfully transition from offense to defense.

Purdue CB Josh Johnson quietly made an impact for the Boilermakers against Western Illinois.

Illinois TEs Evan Wilson and Justin Lattimore have proven to be valuable targets early on.

FB: Michigan's Woodson Named "Big Ten Icon" by Big Ten Network

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The television debut of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, airs Saturday at 4 PM ET after the early edition of Big Ten Football Wrap-Up. The 30-minute show spotlights Big Ten Icon No. 20, former Michigan star and 1997 Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson.

Woodson, who starred at Michigan from 1995-97, won the Heisman Trophy as a junior, the first primarily defensive player to ever win college football's top individual prize. That season, Woodson was also a threat as a wide receiver and return man. He was a consensus All-American and repeated as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. The native of Fremont, Ohio, was second in the nation with eight interceptions, two coming in the Michigan State game and one each against Ohio State and against Washington State in the Rose Bowl. Like previous Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, Woodson returned a punt for a touchdown in the Ohio State game.

In an essay on Woodson for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "This time the (Heisman) voters got it right. They didn't automatically anoint the star quarterback or the top running back from one of a handful of glamour teams. They chose the best player, based on the irrefutable evidence junior Charles Woodson presented as a lockdown cornerback, big-play receiving threat and dangerous return man for the nation's best team, the undefeated Michigan Wolverines." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Woodson, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

FB: Ham and Nagurski Named "Big Ten Icons" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Penn State's Jack Ham and Minnesota's Bronko Nagurski as Big Ten Icons numbers 22 and 21, respectively. 

A lightly recruited linebacker from Johnstown, Pa., Ham quickly developed into one of the greatest linebackers in college football history. He earned a starting role as a sophomore in 1968, his first year of eligibility, and helped the Nittany Lions start a 29-game winning streak. During Ham's sophomore and junior seasons Penn State posted back-to-back undefeated 11-0 seasons, but finished second in the polls both years. A senior co-captain, he led the team with 90 tackles, had four interceptions and set a school record with three blocked punts and earned first-team All-America honors. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "As much as any of the 13 first-team All-Americans who have played the position, Ham is responsible for Penn State's estimable reputation as 'Linebacker U.'" To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Ham, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.
 
Nagurski was elected as a charter member when the College Football Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1951 and no less of an authority than Red Grange called Nagurski "the best football player of all-time." Born in Rainy River, Ontario, but raised in International Falls, Minn., Nagurski played four positions for the Golden Gophers from 1927-29. In those three seasons, the Gophers posted an 18-4-2 mark and captured the 1927 Big Ten title. In the fourth quarter of a 1928 victory against Wisconsin, he recovered a fumble, carried for the go-ahead touchdown, and intercepted a pass on the Badgers' final possession to seal the win for Minnesota. In 1929, he became the first player in college football history to earn All-America honors at two positions. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath wrote, "He remains a symbol of tough, punishing, physical football." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Nagurski, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.
 
Icons 50 through 21 are profiled at www.BigTenIcons.com.

VB: Required Reading

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Illini freshman Jennifer Bonilla had quite a journey on her way to to Illinois

Check out the third installment of the "Here's Something From Mary" featuring Hoosier setter Mary Cahudoin

The Penn State volleyball team visited the White House on Monday

Purdue coach Dave Shondell breaks down the final weekend of non-conference action in this week's video blog

Hear what Wisconsin coach Pete Waite had to say in his press conference on Monday

MXC: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams appear in the first regular-season USTFCCCA national top 30 poll of 2010. Wisconsin maintains its preseason ranking at No. 7, while Michigan State cracks the top 20 at No. 18. Minnesota holds No. 27 this week, followed by Indiana at No. 28. Ohio State is also receiving votes.

To see the complete USTFCCCA poll, click here.

WXC: In the Polls

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Six Big Ten women's cross country teams have earned rankings in this week's USTFCCCA national top 30 poll. Michigan State leads the way at No. 21, followed by Iowa at No. 24, Minnesota at No. 25, Wisconsin at No. 26, Michigan at No. 27 and Penn State at No. 28. Indiana and Ohio State are receiving votes in the first regular-season poll of 2010.

To see the complete USTFCCCA poll, click here.

FB: Big Ten in the NFL - Week 1

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Tom Brady, QB, New England (Michigan) - Threw three touchdown passes and completed 25 of 35 attempts for 258 yards in New England's 38-24 win over Cincinnati.

 

Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona (Michigan) - Made seven catches for 132 yards in Arizona's 17-13 win over St. Louis.

 

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (Purdue) - Completed 27 of 36 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' 14-9 win over Minnesota.

 

Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis (Iowa) - Made 11 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis' 34-24 loss to Houston.

 

Nate Clements, CB, San Francisco (Ohio State) - Notched an interception and three tackles in San Francisco's 31-6 loss to Seattle.

 

Dan Connor, LB, Carolina (Penn State) - Posted 13 tackles and a sack in Carolina's 31-18 loss to the New York Giants.

 

Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina (Iowa) - Grabbed two interceptions and made six tackles in Carolina's 31-18 loss to the New York Giants.

 

Larry Grant, LB, St. Louis (Ohio State) - Made four tackles and forced two fumbles in St. Louis' 17-13 loss to Arizona.

 

Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver (Illinois) - Made 5 catches for 117 yards in Denver's 24-17 loss to Jacksonville.

 

Aaron Kampman, DE, Jacksonville (Iowa) - Made three tackles and 1.5 sacks in Jacksonville's 24-17 win over Denver.

 

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh (Illinois) - Rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown in Pittsburgh's 15-9 win over Atlanta.

 

Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City (Iowa) - Made three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 21-14 win over San Diego.

 

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (Purdue) - Threw for 295 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception on 21 of 33 passing in Denver's 24-17 loss to Jacksonville.

 

Bernard Pollard, S, Houston (Purdue) - Recorded nine tackles and a forced fumble in Houston's 34-24 win against Indianapolis.

 

Paul Posluszny, LB, Buffalo (Penn State) - Posted eight tackles and a sack in Buffalo's 15-10 loss to Miami.

 

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (Illinois) - Rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in New Orleans' 14-9 win over Minnesota.

FB: Carter and Griese Named "Big Ten Icons" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Michigan's Anthony Carter and Purdue's Bob Griese as Big Ten Icons numbers 24 and 23, respectively.

A wide receiver at Michigan from 1979-82, Carter burst onto the scene as a freshman with a game-winning 45-yard touchdown reception on the final play of the game against Indiana. In 1980, the native of Riviera Beach, Fla., helped Michigan to the Rose Bowl and was voted the team's Most Valuable Player, the first sophomore to win the award in team history. He was also selected as an All-American for the first time. As a senior, Carter led Michigan to another Rose Bowl, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as Big Ten MVP and became the first Big Ten player in 36 years to be named a three-time All-American. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "His flashy play at wide receiver would come to symbolize stodgy Michigan's long-overdue embrace of the passing game, making Ann Arbor safe for the talented likes of Desmond Howard, David Terrell and Braylon Edwards." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Carter, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

A two-time All-American quarterback at Purdue (1964-66), Griese helped cement Purdue's reputation as the "Cradle of Quarterbacks." In his three years as the starter, the native of Evansville, Ind., led the Boilermakers to a 21-7-1 record. During his senior year, Purdue made its first Rose Bowl appearance, upsetting USC, and Griese was the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy race. In 1984, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and three years later, was voted the quarterback on Purdue's All-Time Team. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath wrote, "Griese established a standard for heady, steady quarterback play that made him one of the most decorated performers at the position, never mind one of the most accomplished." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Griese, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

VB: Tuesday's Schedule

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Tuesday night's schedule:

Iowa at Drake, 8 p.m.
Oakland at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
Wisconsin (rv) at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m.

All times are Eastern

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Michigan State wide receiver Keshawn Martin have been named honorees in the "Paul Hornung's Most Versatile Performances of the Week," it was announced Tuesday by Paul Hornung and the Louisville Sports Commission. The weekly award honorees highlight elite performances from the previous week in college football that display the same versatility on the field as the legendary Paul Hornung. 
 
Michigan's Denard Robinson had 502 yards of total offense in a 28-24 win at Notre Dame on Sept. 11. Robinson ran for 258 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. He also threw for 244 yards on 24-of-40 passing with one touchdown. 

Michigan State's Keshawn Martin finished the game with two receptions for 53 yards, three punt returns for 62 yards, and four kickoff returns for 89 yards in a 30-17 win over Florida Atlantic.

FB: Required Reading

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Michigan QB Denard Robinson has grabbed the attention of the college football world.

Iowa RBs Jewel Hampton and Adam Robinson have made winning, not playing time, their priority.

RB Dan Dierking's ties to Purdue date back to his father's Boilermaker career.

A balanced rushing attack has helped Michigan State start the season 2-0.

FB: Chekwa Named Nagurski National Defensive Player of Week

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Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa has been named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 11. Chekwa, a 6-0, 190-pound senior from Clermont, Fla., intercepted two passes, broke up two passes and made six tackles (one for a loss) in Ohio State's 36-24 victory over Miami (Fla.). One of his pass break-ups was in the end zone and forced a Hurricanes' field goal in the first quarter. His two interceptions during the final seven minutes of the first half helped the Buckeyes stymie Miami's offense and fashion a 26-17 lead at halftime.

Chekwa will be added to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 6 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

MSCR: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten teams appear in the top 25 in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. Ohio State (4-0-0) has cracked the top 10, moving from No. 11 in last week's poll to No. 9 this week. Michigan State (3-1) holds the No. 19 slot, followed by Penn State (3-1-0) at No. 23 and Indiana (2-2-0) at No. 24. Northwestern (2-2-0) is receiving votes.

Click here for the complete poll.

MXC: Purdue's White Earns Big Ten Runner of the Week Honors

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Purdue's Charles White earns his first career Big Ten Runner of the Week honor after helping the Boilermakers take the team title at the IPFW Invitational on Saturday. White finished the 8,000-meter race in 24:12, eclipsing his previous career-best time by more than 30 seconds and marking the fastest 8K by a Purdue runner in more than two seasons. He also took the race's individual title, his first at Purdue.

See the full release here.

WXC: Minnesota's Price Named Runner of the Week

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Minnesota junior Stephanie Price earns her first career Big Ten Runner of the Week honor after leading the Gophers to a win at the Oz Memorial Run on Friday. She finished the 6,000-meter course in 21:16, nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field. The finish marks Price's career-best time in the 6K as well as the first medalist finish of her career.

 

Click here to read the full release.

FH: In the Polls

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Three Big Ten field hockey teams appear in this week's Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. Michigan State (7-0) moved up one spot in the poll, leading the way at No. 5. After climbing two positions, Ohio State (4-2) checks in at No. 10 in this week's rankings, while Penn State (2-2) moves up one spot to No. 15. Northwestern (5-3),  Indiana (2-2), Michigan (2-4) and Iowa (1-5) are receiving votes in the poll.

To see the complete Kookaburra/NFHCA Division 1 Coaches Poll, click here.

FB: Smith and Hirsch Named "Big Ten Icons" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Michigan State's Bubba Smith and Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, who starred on the gridiron at Wisconsin and Michigan, as Big Ten Icons numbers 26 and 25, respectively.

Smith, a two-time All-American defensive lineman at Michigan State, was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988, and one of just three football players to have their jersey retired at Michigan State. During Smith's junior and senior seasons, the Spartans posted a 19-1-1 record and were one of the Big Ten's most dominant programs. The native of Beaumont, Texas, was a force on the 1966 Michigan State team that tied top-ranked Notre Dame. The two teams shared the national championship that season. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "Bubba Smith was a huge presence, literally and figuratively, in one of the few college football games that justified its 'Game of the Century' billing." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Smith, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Hirsch, whose collegiate career was interrupted by World War II, starred at Wisconsin and Michigan from 1942-44. As a sophomore, Hirsch's big play ability helped the Badgers roll to an 8-1-1 record. He scored long highlight reel touchdowns against Notre Dame, Marquette, Colorado, Ohio State and Northwestern. A threat to run, pass or catch, the Wausaw, Wis., native finished that season on Look magazine's All-America team. After the 1942 season, Hirsch was assigned to Ann Arbor, Mich., for military training, but was permitted to compete for Michigan. There, he helped Michigan to an 8-1 record and Big Ten titles in football, basketball and track. Upon Hirsch's death in 2003, then-Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter said, "There has never been a more loved and admired ambassador for Badger sports than Elroy Hirsch." To read an essay by McGrath and to watch a video feature on Hirsch, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

VB: Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Release is now available

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The Big Ten weekly volleyball release is now available. Click here to read up on the latest news around Big Ten volleyball and follow along with the latest standings, statistics and results.

Big Ten volleyball finished last week with a 28-4 mark, bringing its combined non-conference record to 84-15 (.848) on the season. The conference saw several of its teams finish the weekend undefeated, also knocking off several ranked opponents. Illinois defeated No. 20 Dayton, Northwestern downed No. 14 Tennessee and Penn State defeated No. 4 Florida, while Minnesota upended a Duke squad that was receiving votes last week.

VB: Weekly Rankings

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The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. Penn State appears at No. 2 in this week's ranking, while Illinois is No. 5, making the Big Ten the only conference in the nation with two teams in the top five. Minnesota remains at No. 12 this week, while Michigan maintains its spot at No. 22 in the poll. Ohio State makes its first appearance in the poll this season, checking in at No. 25, and enters the rankings for the first time since the Sept. 17, 2007 poll. Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin are also receiving votes in this week's poll.

ROW:Former Badger rower wins age group at Ironman Wisconsin

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Former Wisconsin women's openweight coxswain Claire Geiger finished the 2010 Ironman Wisconsin with a total time of 11:22:53 to win the women's 18-24 age category. Having been one of UW's team co-captains during the 2008-09 season, Geiger's time was good for 40th among all women in the race.

 

Click here to read more about Geiger's accomplishments.

MBB: Indiana's Buckner and Michigan's Rice Named Big Ten Icons

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Indiana's Quinn Buckner and Michigan's Glen Rice Named Big Ten Icons Nos. 28 and 27

Buckner starred at Indiana from 1972-76 and is remembered as the point guard on the Hoosiers' 32-0 national championship team in 1976. However, he also stood out on the football field, where he led Lee Corso's Hoosiers in interceptions as a freshman and sophomore. Entering his junior season, the native of Dolton, Ill., began to concentrate solely on basketball and it paid off. In Buckner's final two seasons, Indiana lost only one game. Bucker joined teammate Scott May on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Montreal. He remains one of only three players in basketball history to win championships at the high school, college, Olympic and professional level. Jerry Lucas and Magic Johnson are the others.  In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "In basketball, he was listed as a point guard. In football, he was a defensive back. But the position that most accurately defined William Quinn Buckner was winner." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Buckner, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Rice finished his career (1986-89) as Michigan basketball's all-time leading scorer and the third-leading scorer in Big Ten history with 2,442 points. Michigan retired his No. 41, just one of four Wolverine players to earn such distinction. The native of Flint, Mich., was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and his performance that led Michigan to the 1989 NCAA title will never be forgotten. Rice set a new NCAA Tournament record, which still stands, with 184 points in six games and hit 27 three-pointers, averaging more than 30 points per game. He was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. In McGrath's essay, Rice says, "It takes more than one guy to do what we did at Michigan. I was blessed to have a great group of guys around me. We all had faith. We all believed we were put here for a reason: to accomplish something special." To read McGrath's full essay and to watch a video feature on Rice, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

FB: Robinson Honored by Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards

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Michigan's Denard Robinson has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and a Manning Award "Player to Watch" after his performance in a 28-24 victory Saturday over Notre Dame. The quarterback from Deerfield Beach, Fla. followed up his impressive showing against Connecticut in week one by running and passing for 502 yards, snapping single-game Michigan quarterback marks for total offense and rushing for the second consecutive week. Robinson, who became just the ninth quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history to run and pass for at least 200 yards, also set a Big Ten rushing record for quarterbacks with 258 yards against the Irish.

Michigan State's Dan Conroy and Ohio State's Devin Barclay were named two of three "Stars of the Week" today by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, college football's top kicking award.

Barclay tied a school record by kicking five field goals in Ohio State's 36-24 defeat of Miami (Fla.) in Columbus on Saturday. The Annapolis,Maryland native connected from 41, 21, and three times from 24 yards. Barclay joins three former Buckeye place-kickers, including 2004 Lou Groza Award winner Mike Nugent, to kick five field goals in a game. He added three extra points for an 18-point day.
 
Conroy, a native of Wheaton, Illinois, has yet to miss after the first two games of the season. He connected from 41, 44 and a career-high 50 yards to contribute to the Spartans' 30-17 defeat of Florida Atlantic University. Conroy's 12 points were also a career high, as he was a perfect three-for-three on his PAT attempts.

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 13

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With the second week of Big Ten football now concluded, the latest Big Ten football weekly release 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.

Five Big Ten teams ranked among top 25 for first time since 2008.

Big Ten boasts seven unbeaten teams.

Michigan's Robinson becomes second Big Ten player to surpass 200 yards passing and rushing in one game.

Big Ten rushers produce eight more 100-yard outings, including six repeat performances from first week.

Big Ten passers post impressive pass efficiency ratings, led by national leader, Northwestern's Dan Persa.

Big Ten leads country in four statistical categories, including five of top 10 rushers.

MSCR: Michigan State, Ohio State Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors

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Michigan State midfielder Spencer Thompson and Ohio State defender David Tiemstra have earned Big Ten men's soccer Player of the Week honors for their play during the second week of the season, the conference office announced on Monday. Thompson takes Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Tiemstra earns Defensive Player of the Week status.

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

WSCR: Big Ten Weekly Award Winners Announced

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The Big Ten has tabbed Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Ohio State's Caitlyn Martin and Michigan State's Jill Flietstra as its weekly women's soccer award winners. DiBernardo and Martin earn Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Flietstra takes home Defensive Player of the Week laurels. DiBernardo also earns the nod for Freshman of the Week.

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

The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly field hockey award winners for the 2010 season. Following a two-win weekend, Michigan earned weekly honors with Rachael Mack winning Offensive Player of the Week. Continuing an undefeated season, Michigan State's Molly Cassidy earned her second weekly award, winning Defensive Player of the Week. Mack and Cassidy shared Freshman of the Week honors.

 

Click here for the full release.

VB: Big Ten Players of the Week Announced

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Co-Players of the Week:
Ashley Benson, Indiana
Sr., MB, Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North

Benson wins her third Big Ten Player of the Week honor after the senior middle blocker won tournament Most Valuable Player honors for the third weekend in a row. She led the Hoosiers to four wins on the strength of her .629 hitting percentage and averages of 4.5 kills, 1.6 digs and 1.0 blocks per set. Benson's standout performance of the weekend was against Niagara, where she finished with 17 kills and an .889 hitting percentage. She also posted double-digit kill efforts against Robert Morris (11) and Colgate (14).

Last Indiana Player of the Week: Ashley Benson (Nov. 3, 2008)

Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
Fr., OH, Shakopee, Minn./Shakopee

Wittman wins her first Big Ten Player of the Week distinction after earning All-Tournament honors and aiding in Minnesota's three victories at the Duke Invitational. The freshman recorded a pair of double-doubles on the weekend and averaged 4.1 kills on .355 hitting, 4.0 digs and 0.9 blocks per set. On Saturday morning against Delaware, she finished with 20 kills to go along with 18 digs in a four-set win. She also recorded 12 kills, 11 digs and 12 blocks in the afternoon against Duke.

Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Tabitha Love (Aug. 30, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Allie Schwarzwalder, Ohio State
Sr., MB, North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton

Schwarzwalder claims the first weekly honor of her career after helping Ohio State to a perfect 4-0 weekend and earning All-Tournament team honors at the Madison Bingman Memorial Tournament. The senior averaged 2.1 blocks per set and was part of the Buckeye defense that held opponents to an .085 hitting percentage on the weekend. She recorded the first double-double of her career, finishing with 10 kills and 10 blocks vs. Sacred Heart. Schwarzwalder currently ranks second in the Big Ten with 1.68 blocks per set.

Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Kaila Calhoun (Oct. 29, 2007)

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

Wittman wins her second Freshman of the Week honor after earning All-Tournament honors and aiding in Minnesota's three victories at the Duke Invitational.. The freshman recorded a pair of double-doubles on the weekend and averaged 4.1 kills on .355 hitting, 4.0 digs and 0.9 blocks per set. On Saturday morning against Delaware, she finished with 20 kills to go along with 18 digs in a four-set win. She recorded 12 kills, 11 digs and 12 blocks in the afternoon against Duke.

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Ashley Wittman (Aug. 30, 2010)

FB: Big Ten Names Players of Week for Sept. 11 Games

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The Big Ten announced football players of the week for games on Sept. 11. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson earned offensive accolades for the second straight week, Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa was tabbed as the defensive player of the week, kickers Dan Conroy of Michigan State and Devin Barclay of Ohio State shared special teams laurels while Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was chosen as the Freshman of the Week. For more details on the player of the week selections, click on this link.

FB: Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Latest Polls

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Seven different Big Ten teams received at least one vote in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls, including five teams ranked among the top 25 for the first time since the 2008 season. The last time the Big Ten featured five teams among the top 25 was on Oct. 5, 2008. The Big Ten and SEC are the only conferences to feature at least five top-25 teams in both polls.

Ohio State continued to top all conference teams at No. 2 in the country in both the AP and coaches polls, including five first-place votes from the media and four first-place votes from the coaches. Iowa remained among the top 10 in both polls, ranking No. 9 in the AP rankings and No. 10 in the coaches poll. Wisconsin held steady at No. 11 in both polls, while Penn State dropped to No. 20 in the coaches ratings and No. 22 in the media vote. Following a road win at Notre Dame, Michigan returned to the top 25 in both polls for the first time since the Sept. 27 rankings from last season. The Wolverines are ranked No. 20 by the media and No. 22 by the coaches. In addition, Michigan State and Northwestern are both receiving at least one vote in both polls.

FB: Wisconsin's Ameche Named "Big Ten Icon" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Wisconsin's Alan Ameche as Big Ten Icon number 30.

Ameche, a football star at Wisconsin from 1951-54, was a first-generation American whose family settled in Kenosha, Wis., after emigrating from Italy. With an old-world appreciation for music of all sorts, legend has it that Ameche decided to attend Wisconsin after his first visit to its extensive music library. Ameche's first season in a Wisconsin football jersey was a memorable one. He became the first freshman to lead the Big Ten in rushing as the Badgers went 7-1-1. He led Wisconsin to its first Rose Bowl in 1952, was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1954 and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote Ameche is "still remembered as one of the men responsible for elevating football to the exalted place it now occupies in American sports." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Ameche, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

MBB: Michigan's Russell Named Big Ten Icon

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Michigan's Cazzie Russell Named Big Ten Icon #29

During Russell's three years in Ann Arbor from 1964-66, he led Michigan to a 65-17 record, three straight Big Ten basketball titles and two Final Four appearances. A highly recruited player out of Chicago's Carver High School, Russell scored 30 points in his collegiate debut as a sophomore and never looked back. He was a first-team All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior, and was twice named the Big Ten's Player of the Year. The excitement for basketball he helped generate in Ann Arbor resulted in the construction of Crisler Arena, known today as "the House that Cazzie built." In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath wrote that Russell "had a watch-maker's touch on his shot, a blacksmith's strength in his hands, a gymnast's spring in his legs and a coach's sense of the floor." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Russell, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

The Big Ten swept the national honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, as Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was honored on the offensive side while Ohio State defensive back Chimdi Chekwa collected defensive accolades.

For the second consecutive week, sophomore quarterback Robinson earns Offensive Player of the Week honors - and is the first player to do so since the award began in 2004. Robinson accounted for a school-record 502 yards of total offense as the Wolverines defeated Notre Dame, 28-24.  Robinson's two-yard rushing touchdown with 27 seconds left was the game-winner.  Robinson rushed for 258 yards - eclipsing his week-old school record for a UM quarterback -- and two touchdowns (2 and 87 yards) to go along with 244 yards passing (24-of-40) and a 31-yard scoring toss. Robinson is the ninth quarterback in FBS history to gain more than 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing in the same game. He is the fourth FBS player to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors twice in a season (the last to do it was Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, who won the award twice in a three-week span - October 26 and November 9, 2008).

Senior defensive back Chekwa had two interceptions and six tackles (four solo), including one for a loss, as second-ranked Ohio State defeated 12th-ranked Miami 36-24.  Chekwa also broke up two passes as the Buckeyes improved to 2-0.

FB: Big Ten Goes 8-2 in Second Weekend

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The Big Ten posted an 8-2 record during the second weekend of college football, including a road triumph by Michigan at Notre Dame and Ohio State's victory over nationally-ranked Miami (Fla.). For full recaps on each Big Ten contest on Sept. 11, click on this link.

MBB: Indiana's May Named Big Ten Icon

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Big Ten Network names Indiana's Scott May Big Ten Icon #32

May, a basketball star at Indiana from 1973-76, was the centerpiece on Hoosiers' undefeated 1976 NCAA championship team. That year, the native of Sandusky, Ohio, won the Naismith Award as college basketball's best player, and he also won a gold medal on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. In his final two years in Bloomington, the Hoosiers posted 63-1 record, tallied two undefeated Big Ten seasons, and 34 years later, the 1976 Indiana team is still the last to complete a perfect season. After scoring 29 points against St. John's in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden, legendary Indiana coach Bob Knight praised May saying, "Scotty can do it all." To read an essay by former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath and watch a video feature on May, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

WGOLF: Three Teams Earn Preseason Recognition from Golfweek

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Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan State have been tabbed as top-30 teams in Golfweek's preseason women's golf rankings. The defending NCAA and Big Ten Champion Boilermakers enter the season as the No. 1 team in the country, while the Buckeyes hold No. 21 and the Spartans check in at No. 23.

Three Purdue golfers also earned preseason laurels as Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Numa Gulyanamitta and Laura Gonzalez-Escallon enter the season ranked in the individual top 30.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here. Click here for Golfweek's team rankings and here for their individual rankings.

MGOLF: Two Teams Recognized in Golfweek Preseason Rankings

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Illinois and Michigan have earned spots in Golfweek's preseason men's golf top 30. The Illini check in at No. 18, while the Wolverines round out the poll at No. 30. Illinois' Scott Langley also received preseason recognition, slated at No. 4 in its preseason individual top 30.

To read the complete release from the Big Ten, click here. Click here for Golfweek's team rankings, and click here for the individual rankings.

FB: Howard and Karras Named "Big Ten Icons" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Michigan's Desmond Howard and Iowa's Alex Karras as Big Ten Icons numbers 34 and 33, respectively.  

Howard, a wide receiver at Michigan from 1989-91, won the 1991 Heisman Trophy in a landslide, and will forever be remembered for striking the Heisman pose after scoring a touchdown in that season's final regular season game against Ohio State. The native of Cleveland, Ohio, had a knack for stepping up in critical moments throughout his career, including a diving touchdown catch earlier that season against Notre Dame. Earlier this year, Howard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "Howard was one of the great big-play performers in Big Ten history." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Howard, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Karras, a two-time All-American defensive tackle at Iowa from 1955-57, was the anchor of a Hawkeye defense that shut out its final two opponents to earn the school's first-ever trip to the Rose Bowl. As a senior, Karras won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He also finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1957. Karras would eventually become known as a Renaissance man, becoming an actor, writer, broadcaster and film producer later in life. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes, "He liked to say that football was only a small part of his life, which may have been true. But he was awfully good at it." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Karras, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.  

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 10

Penn State vs. Washington [1] - 4:30 p.m. PT
Michigan at Toledo - 5 p.m. ET
DePaul at Michigan State - 5 p.m. ET
Hofstra at Purdue - 5 p.m. ET
South Dakota State at Wisconsin - 7 p.m. CT
#7 Texas A&M at Indiana - 7:30 p.m. ET
Iowa at College of Charleston [2] - 8:30 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 11

Illinois at Cincinnati - 7 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 12

Loyola Chicago at Michigan State - 12 p.m. ET
#7 Texas A&M at Purdue - 12 p.m. ET
Iowa vs. Davidson [2] - 1 p.m. ET
Hofstra at Indiana - 1 p.m. ET
Minnesota at Toledo - 1 p.m. ET
Eastern Michigan at Northwestern - 1 p.m. CT
Penn State at #4 Portland [1] - 2:30 p.m. PT
Milwaukee at Wisconsin - 1 p.m. CT

Legend
[1] - Nike Portland Invitational - Portland, Ore.
[2] - College of Charleston Tournament - Charleston, S.C.

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 10

Northwestern vs. Cleveland State [1] - 11:30 a.m. CT
Michigan vs. Illinois-Chicago [2] - 1 p.m. PT
#18 Indiana vs. Cal Poly [3] - 5 p.m. ET
#11 Ohio State vs. Binghamton [4] - 5 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Florida International - 7 p.m. ET
Bucknell at #15 Penn State [4] - 7:30 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 12

Northwestern vs. Oregon State [1] - 11 a.m. CT
#18 Indiana vs. #22 Drake [3] - 11:30 a.m. ET
Wisconsin at Florida Atlantic - 11:30 a.m. ET
#11 Ohio State vs. Bucknell [4] - 12 p.m. ET
Michigan at Seattle [2] - 1:30 p.m. PT
Niagara at #23 Michigan State - 2:30 p.m. ET
Binghamton at #15 Penn State [4] - 2:30 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] - NIU adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational - DeKalb, Ill.
[2] - Seattle University Tournament - Seattle, Wash.
[3] - Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament - South Bend, Ind.
[4] - Penn State Classic - University Park, Pa.

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 10

#26 Minnesota at Oz Memorial Run - Falcon Heights, Minn.

SEPTEMBER 11

#27 Indiana at Indiana Open - Bloomington, Ind.
Penn State at Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational - University Park, Pa.
Purdue at IPFW Invitational - Fort Wayne, Ind.

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 10

Illinois at Sycamore Pride Invitational - Terre Haute, Ind.
#21 Minnesota at Oz Memorial Run - Falcon Heights, Minn.

SEPTEMBER 11

Indiana at Indiana Open - Bloomington, Ind.
#24 Penn State at Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational - University Park, Pa.
#26 Wisconsin at Northern Illinois Huskie Open - DeKalb, Ill.

FB: Week Two Preview

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The preview for the second weekend of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Sept. 11. 

FB: Big Ten in the NFL

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With the 2010 National Football League (NFL) season set to begin on Thursday night, the Big Ten will be well represented with 221 former student-athletes appearing on 53-man rosters for various NFL teams. Below are more notes on the Big Ten in the NFL:

  • The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven schools featuring at least 20 players on NFL 53-man rosters.
  • The Big Ten and the SEC are the only conferences with four schools boasting at least 28 players on NFL 53-man rosters.
  • Every Big Ten institution will have at least five players on NFL 53-man rosters
  • Ohio State leads all Big Ten schools with 33 former Buckeyes taking the field.
  • OSU is one of only eight schools across the country with 33 or more former student-athletes on NFL rosters.
  • Four Big Ten schools are represented among the 12 institutions featuring at least 28 NFL players, including Ohio State (33), Iowa (29), Michigan (29) and Penn State (28).

FB: Required Reading

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After missing the 2009 season due to injury, Iowa RB Jewel Hampton is eager to get back on the field.

Minnesota RB Duane Bennett is settling in as the Gophers' go-to option in the backfield.

Wisconsin RB John Clay is hoping for more success this season after being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.

VB: Penn State, Illinois Featured on ESPN.com

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When No. 1 Penn State travels to the Big Four Tournament in Gainesville, Fla., this weekend, it will meet with three other top-five opponents that have combined for 11 national championships and 39 NCAA semifinal berths. On Friday, the Nittany Lions will face No. 4 Florida, then take on either No. 2 Stanford or No. 5 Texas on Saturday.

In a story by Dave Reed on ESPN.com, Nittany Lion coach Russ Rose breaks down his opponents this weekend and the impetus for creating a competitive tournament field. Also in the article, third-ranked Illinois was named as the Team of the Week after a sweep of Texas and Florida A&M last weekend.

BSB: Michigan's Abbott Named Big Ten Icon

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Big Ten Network names Michigan's Jim Abbott Big Ten Icon #36

Despite being born without a right hand, Abbott was a pitcher at Michigan from 1985-88. He helped the Wolverines to a pair of Big Ten titles, while posting a career mark of 26-8. The native of Flint, Mich., won the Sullivan Award from the Amateur Athletic Union as the nation's top amateur athlete, the first baseball player to win the award. In 1988, he was the Big Ten Player of the Year, and won both the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top college player and the Jesse Owens Award as Big Ten male athlete of the year, the first baseball player to do so. Michigan retired his No. 31 jersey, and in 2007, Abbott entered the College Baseball Hall of Fame. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "Pitching achievements aside, Abbott has been an inspiration for the way he has approached life, not just baseball." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Abbott, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

MBB: Purdue's Robinson Named Big Ten Icon

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Big Ten Network names Purdue's Glenn Robinson Big Ten Icon #35

Robinson earned the nickname "Big Dog" as a dominating basketball player at Purdue from 1992-94. The native of Gary, Ind., was a first-team All-Big Ten pick in both of his seasons with the Boilermakers. As a junior, Robinson led the nation in scoring with 30.3 points per game, plus 10.1 rebounds. He won the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year, named for the UCLA coaching legend and three-time Purdue All-American. That year, Robinson was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Big Ten Silver Basketball as the conference player of the year.  Former Purdue coach and current Big Ten Network analyst Gene Keady said, "Glenn was the easiest player to coach who ever played for me. He enjoyed practice and he loved to compete. He was a dream to have as a player." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Robinson, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

VB: Required Reading

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Check out the second installment of "Here's Something From Mary" featuring Indiana's Mary Chaudoin

Go back in time as Michigan remembers when it first cracked the top 25

FInd out what Michigan State coach Cathy George had to say in her weekly press conference

Get to know Penn State's freshman class

MBB: Indiana's Cheaney Named Big Ten Icon

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Big Ten Network names Indiana's Calbert Cheaney Big Ten Icon #38

Cheaney, a left-handed basketball star at Indiana from 1989-83, finished his collegiate career as the Big Ten's all-time leader scorer. As a senior, he earned the John R. Wooden Award as the best player in college basketball. The Evansville, Ind., native was a two-time All-American and was a first team All-Big Ten pick three times. To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Cheaney, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

 

FB: Keyes Named "Big Ten Icon" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Leroy Keyes as Big Ten Icon number 37.

Keyes, a running back and defensive back at Purdue from 1966-68, has been called the finest athlete to ever compete for the Boilermakers. A two-time All-American, the native of Newport News, Va., finished third in the 1967 Heisman Trophy race, and finished second in 1968 as the runner-up to O.J. Simpson. Keyes was a 1990 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes Keyes was "strong enough to power through tacklers at 205 pounds, but more inclined to make them miss with a shifty, elusive running style." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Keyes, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

FB: Required Reading

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QB Denard Robinson solidified his role in Michigan's backfield with a record-setting performance.

Penn State QB Rob Bolden impressed the masses with his collegiate debut.

Former quarterback Keith Nichol has made a successful transition to wide receiver for Michigan State.

FB: PSU's Wagner Named One of Groza Award "Stars of the Week"

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Penn State kicker Collin Wagner was named one of three "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. The Groza award honors three of the top kickers each week from Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

Penn State Coach Joe Paterno began his 45th season as head coach of the Nittany Lions with a 44-14 defeat of Youngstown State at State College.  Senior placekicker Collin Wagner had a big day, connecting on field goals of 44, 49 and 48 yards. His 49-yarder in the second quarter was a career-long, surpassing his 47-yard effort in the win over Minnesota last year. The State College, Pennsylvania native has made his last seven field goal attempts going back to last season. He was four-of-four against LSU in the 2010 Capital One Bowl, including the game-winner in the final minute.

MSCR: In the Polls

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Four Big Ten men's soccer teams appear in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. Ohio State (2-0-0) moved up seven spots in the poll, leading the way at No. 11. After receiving votes in the preseason poll, Penn State (2-0-0) jumped to No. 15 in this week's rankings. Indiana (1-1-0) holds No. 18, while Michigan State (1-1-0) checks in at No. 23. Northwestern is receiving votes in the poll.

To see the complete NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll, click here.

Iowa's Lauren Hardesty and Penn State's Caitlin Lane earned Big Ten Co-Runner of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Hardesty and Lane each took first place in their respective meets while helping their teams to first-place finishes.

Read the complete release from the Big Ten here.

Penn State's Vince McNally and Wisconsin's Michael Brice have been tabbed as the Big Ten men's cross country Co-Runners of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday. McNally helped the Nittany Lions earn first place at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals, while Brice led the No. 7 Badgers to a first-place performance at the Badger Classic.

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

The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today coaches polls were announced today, with four Big Ten teams remaining among the top 25 and a total of seven squads receiving votes in at least one of the polls. Ohio State continued to lead the way at No. 2 in both rankings, including four first-place votes from both media and coaches. Iowa moved up one spot in the coaches rankings to rate ninth in both polls. Wisconsin climbed one slot in both polls and is now ranked No. 11 in both. Penn State moved up one spot in the coaches rankings to No. 18, while remaining No. 14 in the media poll. Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern are each receiving votes in at least one of the polls.

FH: In The Polls

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Three Big Ten field hockey teams have earned rankings in the first regular season Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll. Michigan State (5-0) moves up one spot from the preseason poll, sitting at No. 6. Both Ohio State (2-1) and Penn State (1-2) jump two spots in the national poll at No. 12 and No. 16 respectively. Indiana (1-1), Northwestern (3-3), Iowa (1-3) and Michigan (0-4) are receiving votes.

 

To see the complete poll, click here.

FB: Bell and Cassady Named "Big Ten Icons" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Minnesota's Bobby Bell and Ohio State's Howard "Hopalong" Cassady as Big Ten Icons numbers 40 and 39, respectively.

Bell, a Minnesota offensive and defensive end from 1960-62, was such a dominating force on both sides of the ball that he finished third in the 1962 Heisman Trophy voting, an almost unheard of accomplishment for a lineman. After playing six-man high school football in Shelby, N.C., Bell came to Minnesota, twice earned All-American honors, won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman and led the Golden Gophers to a pair of Rose Bowls. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "Bell was too quick and too strong for college linemen to block." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Bell, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.bigtenicons.com.

Cassady was an electrifying two-way player at Ohio State from 1953-55. Nicknamed "Hopalong" for the way he bounced across the field like a cowboy, he became one of the most accomplished players in college football history. The Columbus, Ohio, native, was a two-time All-American and a Heisman Trophy winner with a national championship and two Big Ten titles under his belt.  As a senior in 1955, Cassady won the Associated Press' Male Athlete of the Year Award. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes Cassady was "so shifty, elusive and quick that (Woody) Hayes once pulled him out of practice and admonished him to slow it down. He was hitting the holes so fast that his linemen didn't have a chance to open them." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Cassady, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.bigtenicons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

VB: Big Ten Weekly Release - September 6, 2010

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The Big Ten weekly volleyball weekly release is now available, complete with standings, schedules, rankings, results and more.

Big Ten volleyball teams enjoyed another strong weekend as the conference combined for a 26-6 record last weekend. Eight conference squads, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin, won team titles or were perfect in weekend action. Illinois and Minnesota each recorded wins over ranked opponents with Illinois knocking off No. 2 Texas and Minnesota defeating No. 20 Dayton over the weekend.

To view the complete weekly release, click here.

The conference office announced on Monday the second weekly field hockey award winners for the 2010 season. Northwestern sophomore Chelsea Armstrong earned honors on offense after posting a pair of two-goal games during the week, while Ayla Halus gave the Penn State Nittany Lions their second straight accolade as she earned Defensive Player of the Week. Michigan State's Katherine Jamieson earned her first Freshman of the Week honors.

 

Click here to read the full release.

MSCR: Indiana, Ohio State Earn First Weekly Awards of 2010

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Indiana junior Will Bruin and Ohio State sophomore Matt Lampson have earned the first Big Ten men's soccer Player of the Week honors of the 2010 season, the conference office announced on Monday. Bruin received the Offensive Player of the Week award, while Lampson takes home Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Click here to read the complete release.

WSCR: Minnesota, Ohio State Earn Weekly Awards

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Minnesota and Ohio State earned the Big Ten women's soccer weekly awards for games of Aug. 30 - Sept. 5, the conference office announced on Monday. Minnesota midfielder Molly Rouse takes home Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Gopher goalkeeper Cat Parkhill earns Defensive Player of the Week laurels. Ohio State's Rachel Middleman earns her first career weekly award, receiving the nod for Freshman of the Week.

To read the complete release, click here.

FB: Big Ten Weekly Release - Sept. 6

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With the first week of Big Ten football now concluded, the latest Big Ten football weekly release 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 wins nine of 11 games in opening week, including three road triumphs.

• Nine Big Ten standouts surpass 100 yards rushing, led by a quarterback and six freshmen or sophomores.

• Michigan's Robinson becomes second player in Big Ten history to surpass 180 yards passing and rushing.

• Six home games average over 86,000 fans, including four sellouts and largest crowd in football history.

• Three standouts continue to move up career charts, while one player builds on record numbers.

VB: Big Ten Announces Players of the Week

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Player of the Week:
Michelle Bartsch, Illinois
Jr., OH, Maryville, Ill./Collinsville

Bartsch wins her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor after hitting .514 and winning tournament MVP honors to help the Illini to the team title at the Time Warner Cable Invitational in Austin, Texas. The junior was 10-for-19 hitting and chipped in three blocks on Friday against second-ranked Texas, guiding Illinois to a three-set win over the Longhorns. The win ended Texas' 25-match home court winning streak and was the Longhorns first three-set home loss since 2003. The following day against Florida A&M, Bartsch finished with nine kills and two blocks in a sweep. On the weekend, she averaged 3.8 kills and 1.0 blocks per set for the fifth-ranked Illini.

Last Illinois Player of the Week: Laura DeBruler (Nov. 9, 2009)

Defensive Player of the Week:
Jessica Granquist, Minnesota
Jr., LIB, Blaine, Minn./Centennial

The junior libero wins her first weekly conference honor after helping Minnesota claim the Diet Coke Classic over the weekend. In matches against Baylor, No. 22 Northern Iowa and No. 20 Dayton, Granquist recorded 75 digs, an average of 6.3 per set, and was a perfect 78-for-78 in service receiving attempts. She finished with a career-high 33 digs against Northern Iowa on Saturday, then followed that effort with 28 later in the day in a three-set win against the Flyers. Through two weekends of play, she ranks fourth in the conference with an average of 4.76 digs per set.

Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Christine Tan (Nov. 30, 2009)

Co-Freshman of the Week:
Jennifer Bonilla, Illinois
LIB, Reseda, Calif./Marymount

Bonilla anchored the Illinois serve-pass game over the weekend at the Time Warner Cable Invitational in Austin, Texas. The freshman libero averaged 5.2 digs per set in Illinois' three-set wins over No. 2 Texas and Florida A&M in the tournament. On Friday against the Longhorns, Bonilla finished with 18 digs to help the Illini end Texas' 25-match home court winning streak and hand the Longhorns their first three-set home loss since 2003. She added 13 digs against Florida A&M and was 23-for-23 in service receiving attempts last weekend.

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Erin Johnson (Nov. 2, 2009)

Deja McClendon, Penn State
OH, Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual Magnet

McClendon claims the first weekly honor of her career after being named to the Hampton Inn Classic All-Tournament Team and helping Penn State to the team title over the weekend. The freshman averaged 4.1 kills with a .464 hitting percentage, 1.8 digs and 0.7 blocks per set in the Nittany Lions' three-set victories over Seton Hall, Colgate and VCU. She recorded double-digit kill efforts in each match, including a weekend-high 14 on Friday against Seton Hall. The three wins extends Penn State's overall winning streak to 108 consecutive.

Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Darcy Dorton (Nov. 2, 2009)

The Big Ten Network has named Penn State's Curt Warner and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald as Big Ten Icons numbers 42 and 41, respectively.

Warner, a Penn State running back from 1979-82, held 42 school records when he graduated from Penn State as a two-time All-American in 1983. Twenty-seven years later, he remains the Nittany Lions' all-time leading rusher with 3,398 yards. The native of Pineville, W. Va., was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Against Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl, Warner rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as the Nittany Lions won the national championship. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "Warner was always at his best in the biggest games." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Warner, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.bigtenicons.com.

Fitzgerald, a Northwestern linebacker from 1993-96, received just three Division I scholarship offers, but by the time he finished his Northwestern playing career, he was college football's first two-time winner of the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards. As a junior, the native of Orland Park, Ill., helped the Wildcats to their first Big Ten title since 1936 and first Rose Bowl appearance since 1949. In his two years as a starter, Northwestern posted a 15-1 record in Big Ten play. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes, "Few people have made a more significant impact on their school's football fortunes. Eighteen years later, 'Fitz' remains the face of Northwestern football." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Fitzgerald, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.bigtenicons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

The Big Ten announced the first football weekly honorees of the 2010 season, including offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week while selecting a freshman of the week for the first time ever. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson earned offensive accoloades, Ohio State safety Tyler Moeller collected defensive laurels, Iowa running back Paki O'Meara was tabbed for the special teams award while the first freshman of the week honor was shared by Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell and Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden. For information on each honoree, click on this link.

FB: Halas and Long Named "Big Ten Icons" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Illinois' George Halas and Iowa's Chuck Long as Big Ten Icons numbers 44 and 43, respectively.

Halas is considered one of the founding fathers of professional football, but the Chicago native got his start as a two-way end for Illinois from 1916-18. Halas was a force on Illinois' 1918 Big Ten championship defense, a unit that surrendered only two points per game and shut out five of its seven opponents. Playing for the Great Lakes team in the 1919 Rose Bowl, Halas caught two touchdown passes and returned an interception 77 yards for another score. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "Halas helped develop the ritual to which millions of Americans devote their fall and winter Sundays, enthralled by a game that blends force with finesse into an irresistible package." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Halas, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Long was lightly recruited out of Wheaton, Ill., but went on to greatness as Iowa's quarterback from 1981-85. He led the Hawkeyes to a memorable No. 1 vs. No. 2 victory against Michigan as a senior, and took Iowa to the Rose Bowl that year. Long was the 1985 Heisman Trophy runner-up to Bo Jackson, and was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He was the first Big Ten player to pass for more than 10,000 yards in a career. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes, "Long was at the forefront of big-armed quarterbacks who brought the passing game to the Big Ten and performed a total makeover on its stodgy, ground-oriented image." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Long, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced its first 2010 Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for games ending September 4, and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson earned the national offensive honor for his performance against Connecticut. This is the seventh year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

In his first game as a starter, sophomore quarterback Robinson accounted for 383 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan defeated Connecticut, 30-10, before a crowd of 113,090 in Ann Arbor. Robinson rushed for 197 yards -- a school record for a quarterback -- and one touchdown (32 yards) to go along with 186 yards passing (19-of-22) and an 11-yard scoring toss.

FB: Big Ten Teams Record Strong Start to 2010 Season

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Big Ten teams won nine of 11 games on the first Thursday and Saturday of the 2010 college football season, including three triumphs on the road. Click on this link for recaps on each team's season opener.

The Big Ten Network has named Penn State's LaVar Arrington and Purdue's Rod Woodson as Big Ten Icons numbers 46 and 45, respectively.

Arrington, a Penn State linebacker from 1997-99, is one of the most decorated defensive players in Big Ten history. During his junior year, Arrington won the Bednarik, Butkus and Lambert Awards for his outstanding performance. Few players have actual plays named after them, but Arrington does. On a critical fourth-and-one play against Illinois in 1998, Arrington leaped over the line of scrimmage and buried the Illini ballcarrier in the backfield. The play became known as "The LaVar Leap." In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor McGrath writes, "The game-turning maneuver epitomized the uncanny football sense and freakish athletic ability that made Arrington one of the best-ever linebackers." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Arrington, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Woodson, who starred at Purdue from 1983-86, was a two-sport force. The native of Fort Wayne, Ind., was a five-time Big Ten champion in track, and actually qualified for the Olympics trials in the 100-meter hurdles. He was better known, though, as a two-time All-American as a defensive back on the gridiron. In his final collegiate game against Indiana, Woodson was on the field for 137 plays, playing defensive back and tailback and also returning punts and kickoffs. In all, he had 236 all-purpose yards and 10 tackles. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes, "Versatility was Woodson's athletic calling card." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Woodson, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com.

FB: 2010 Wisconsin Preview

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With the first college football Saturday tomorrow, www.bigten.org concludes its preview of the upcoming season with the final team-by-team breakdown. The last preview looks at the Wisconsin Badgers. See the full preview by clicking on this link.

MSCR: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 3

Penn State vs. Buffalo [1] - 5 p.m. ET
California at #20 Indiana [2] - 7:30 p.m. ET
#14 Drake at Michigan - 7:30 p.m. ET
College of Charleston at #18 Ohio State [1] - 7:30 p.m. ET
#24 Michigan State at #6 Maryland - 7:30 p.m. ET
#9 Northwestern at San Francisco - 8 p.m. PT

SEPTEMBER 4

Wisconsin vs. Santa Clara [3] - 5 p.m. PT

SEPTEMBER 5

#9 Northwestern at St. Mary's - 12 p.m. PT
Penn State vs. College of Charleston [1] - 12 p.m. ET
#24 Michigan State at Georgetown - 1 p.m. ET
#5 UCLA at #20 Indiana [2] - 2 p.m. ET
Buffalo at #18 Ohio State [1] - 2:30 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 6

Wisconsin
at UC Irvine [3] - 4:30 p.m. PT


Legend
[1] - Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic - Columbus, Ohio
[2] - adidas/IU Credit Union Classic - Bloomington, Ind.
[3] - UC Irvine College Classic - Irvine, Calif.

WXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 3

Illinois at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
#29 Iowa at Hawkeye Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa
#27 Michigan at Michigan Open - Dexter, Mich.
#23 Michigan State at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Northwestern at Wisconsin Classic - Madison, Wis.
#24 Penn State at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
Purdue at Great American Legends Race - West Lafayette, Ind.
#26 Wisconsin at Wisconsin Classic - Madison, Wis.

MXC: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 3

Illinois at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
Iowa at Hawkeye Invitational - Iowa City, Iowa
Michigan at Michigan Open - Dexter, Mich.
#21 Michigan State at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Penn State at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa.
Purdue at Great American Legends Race - West Lafayette, Ind.
#7 Wisconsin at Wisconsin Classic - Madison, Wis.

SEPTEMBER 4

#26 Minnesota at BYU Autumn Classic - Provo, Utah

VB: Former PSU Standout Hodge No. 49 on Big Ten Icons List

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Former Penn State volleyball standout Megan Hodge made the cut as one of the Big Ten Network's 50 "Big Ten Icons." A four-time All-American from 2006-2009, Hodge ranked No. 49 on the list and finished her career as co-winner of the Broderick Cup, given annually to the top Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.

For a video and feature story on Hodge, click here. Be sure to follow along the Big Ten Network as it countdowns the top 50 "Big Ten Icons" at www.bigtenicons.com. For additional information, check out Penn State's release on Hodge.

WRES: Iowa's Brands Named "Big Ten Icon" by Big Ten Network

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The Big Ten Network has named Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands as one of its "Big Ten Icons." Checking in at No. 50, the former Hawkeye wrestling standout was a three-time National Champion and four-time All-American in the 134-pound weight class from 1989-92. He posted a career record of 158-7-2.

Click here for a Big Ten Network feature story and video on Brands. Click here for Iowa's release.

Follow along as the Big Ten Network counts down the top 50 "Big Ten Icons" at www.bigtennetwork.com.

WSCR: Weekend Schedule

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SEPTEMBER 3

Illinois at Connecticut - 1 p.m. ET
Wisconsin vs. #4 Portland [1] - 4:30 p.m. PT
Eastern Michigan at Michigan State - 5 p.m. ET
Michigan at Oakland - 5:30 p.m. ET
Ohio State at Dayton - 6 p.m. ET
Iowa at Loyola Chicago - 7 p.m. CT
UC-Santa Barbara at Minnesota [2] - 7 p.m. CT
Kansas at Northwestern - 7 p.m. CT
#16 Penn State at Yale - 7 p.m. ET
Purdue at Cal State Fullerton [3] - 7:30 p.m. PT

SEPTEMBER 4

Nebraska at Indiana - 12 p.m. ET

SEPTEMBER 5

Purdue vs. USC [3] - 11 a.m. PT
Illinois at Yale - 12 p.m. ET
Michigan State at Milwaukee - 1 p.m. CT
#14 San Diego at Minnesota [2] - 1 p.m. CT
Missouri at Northwestern - 1 p.m. CT
#16 Penn State at Connecticut - 1 p.m. ET
Wisconsin at Washington [1] - 1:30 p.m. PT
Iowa at Northern Iowa - 2 p.m. CT
Akron at Ohio State - 6 p.m. ET

Legend
[1] Husky/Nike Invitational - Seattle, Wash.
[2] Minnesota Gold Classic - Minneapolis, Minn.
[3] Under Armour Invitational - Fullerton, Calif.

The Big Ten Network has named Purdue's Drew Brees and Ohio State's Chris Spielman as Big Ten Icons numbers 48 and 47, respectively. Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, is the network's most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history on www.BigTenIcons.com based solely on their collegiate playing careers.

 

Brees, who played quarterback at Purdue from 1997-2000, etched his name in the Purdue and Big Ten record books in nearly every conceivable fashion. He finished his collegiate career with the most passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026) and attempts (1,678) of any quarterback in Big Ten history. The native of Austin, Texas, won the Maxwell Award in 2000 as the nation's most outstanding player. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, "He not only rewrote the record book at a school that's renowned for prolific passers, he presided over one of the most successful eras in Purdue history." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Brees, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

 

Spielman, a two-time All-American linebacker at Ohio State from 1984-87, remains one of the most beloved Buckeyes of all-time for the way he carried himself off the field and his dominating play on the field. As a junior, the Massillon, Ohio, native, made 29 tackles in a single game against Michigan. He became a Cotton Bowl MVP and was selected as the 1987 Lombardi Trophy winner as the nation's best lineman or linebacker. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, McGrath writes, "Spielman distinguished himself as one of the all-time great linebackers at a school that churns them out like the Buckeye leaves that decorate OSU helmets." To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Spielman, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.

 

Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com. The website also features essays, video and other key facts about each student-athletes' career. Viewers can also participate in the "Talk of the Locker Room" contest with a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. Weekly winners will take home a 55-inch Phillips HD television.

 

The television show, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, debuts Sept. 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues at 9 PM ET every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring.  The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.

 

FB: Big Ten Teams Post Three Wins on Opening Thursday

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Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio State all posted wins on Thursday night to kick off the 2010 football season. Click on this link for full recaps.

FB: 2010 Northwestern Preview

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

VB: Around Big Ten Volleyball

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Big Ten volleyball action resumes tonight as Michigan State begins play in the Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii with an 8 p.m. ET contest against New Mexico. The rest of the conference begins weekend action on Friday, with each team taking part in invitiationals. You can find the complete weekend schedule on the Big Ten's Weekly Volleyball Release.

Other highlights from this week's release include:
- Northwestern's Sabel Moffett featured in this week's "Faces of the Big Ten"
- Standings through the first weekend, with nine teams boasting unblemished records
- This week's AVCA Coaches' poll, which includes four ranked conference teams
- Information on the conference's latest Players of the Week
- Complete team schedules

Click here to view the complete weekly conference release.

FB: Required Reading

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Indiana QB Ben Chappell has positively impacted many in the Bloomington area.

QB Adam Weber has used criticism as fuel to become Minnesota's all-time passing leader.

Illinois RB Jason Ford hopes to solidify his role in the Illini backfield.

Playing with a chip on his shoulder has helped Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert earn a spot in the starting lineup.

Purdue C Peters Drey is one of three new starters on the Boilermaker offensive line.

FB: Week One Preview

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The preview for the first week of Big Ten action is now available at www.bigten.org. Click on this link to see a breakdown of each game on Sept. 2 and 4.
The Big Ten Conference office announced football division alignments beginning with the 2011 season as recommended by conference directors of athletics and reviewed and supported by the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors. Nebraska will officially begin conference competition in 2011, giving the Big Ten 12 football programs for the first time in conference history. For the full divisions and links to the 2011-12 schedules, click on this link.

WXC: Eight Teams Begin Season on Friday

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The 2010 Big Ten women's cross country season begins this weekend, as eight of 11 conference teams compete in their first meets of the season on Friday. Seven teams welcome competitors to their home courses to open the season, while four teams open the season on the road.

To see the complete release, click here.

MXC: Season Begins This Friday

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The 2010 Big Ten men's cross country season officially opens this weekend, with seven of the conference's 10 teams hitting the course for their first competitions of 2010 on Friday. Six teams host invitationals to open the season, while the four other teams hit the road for their first meets.

For the complete release from the Big Ten, click here.