August 2011 Archives

FB: Mobile Tour Launches from Big Ten Office

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Approximately 100 elementary school students from Louis Armstrong Public School in Chicago helped launch the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour on Wednesday at the Big Ten's office in Park Ridge, Ill.

Part of the Big Ten's SCORE program, the students were the first to participate in the mobile tour's activities and to have their pictures taken with the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, which made its first public appearance Wednesday morning.

The Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy was designed and manufactured by Jostens. The trophy is 30 inches tall with etched optic crystal pillars, accented with acrylic and hand-polished metal. The football at the top of the trophy is removable. The football is silver-plated and hand-polished to a mirror finish and features the Big Ten logo. The ball was sculpted in wax and forged out of bronze, using the centuries-old lost wax method. The removable football weighs 18 pounds.

The Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy will be available for fans to visit as the mobile tour makes multiple tops on each Big Ten campus. The first campus stop is in Bloomington for the Virginia at Indiana game on Sept. 10. Follow @B1GMobileTour on Twitter for more details on the tour.

Pictures of the mobile tour launch and of the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy can be found below.

 

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Mobile Tour: It's Here!

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The Big Ten Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour RV has arrived!

The tour launches Wednesday from the Big Ten offices in Park Ridge, Ill., where conference staff will be joined by area elementary school children for a tailgate-style celebration.

Click HERE for more information and to see when the mobile tour will visit your campus.

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WXC: Five Conference Teams Earn Preseason Rankings

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Five Big Ten women's cross country teams garnered preseason top-30 rankings in the USTFCCCA national coaches' poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, standing at No. 13 to begin the season. Penn State joins Michigan in the top 20, checking in at No. 18. Iowa holds No. 28, followed by No. 29 Michigan State and No. 30 Minnesota. Indiana is receiving votes to begin the campaign.

Click here to see the complete national preseason poll.

MXC: Four Big Ten Teams Open 2011 Season Ranked Nationally

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Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned spots in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, announced on Tuesday. Reigning Big Ten Champion Wisconsin leads the group of ranked conference teams, checking in at No. 3 nationally. Indiana also earns top-10 consideration, holding No. 8 entering the first weekend of competition. Ohio State and Minnesota appear in the top 30 as the Buckeyes stand at No. 25 and the Golden Gophers open the season ranked 27th. Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State are each receiving votes in the first poll of the season.

Click here to see the complete poll.

VB: Big Ten Volleyball Weekly Release - Aug. 30

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The Big Ten volleyball weekly release, featuring up-to-date standings, statistics and more, is now available online. Click here to see the complete release.

MSOC: In The Polls

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Penn State, Indiana and Ohio State represent the Big Ten in this weeks NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Nittany Lions sit at No. 15, followed by the Hoosiers at No. 18 and the Buckeyes at No. 23.  Michigan State also received votes.

For the complete poll, click here.

WSOC: In The Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today. Illinois (4-0) moved up two spots to No. 17 with Ohio State (3-1) right behind them at No. 18. Penn State and Minnesota also received votes.

For the complete rankings, click here.

VB: In the Polls

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Nine Big Ten teams are ranked or are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, released on Monday afternoon. Penn State leads the way at No. 2, followed by Nebraska at No. 5. Illinois joins the pair of Big Ten squads in the top 10 at No. 7, while Minnesota moves up a spot to No. 11. Purdue holds No. 13 this week, while No. 22 Ohio State and No. 24 Michigan round out the contingent of ranked conference teams. Michigan State and Northwestern are each receiving votes in the first regular-season poll of 2011.

Click here to see the complete top 25.

FB: Weekly Football Release - August 29

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The Big Ten weekly football release was posted to the conference website today. The conference will kick off the 116th season of football on Sept. 1, including the addition of Nebraska, divisional play and a football championship game. Below are the top stories from the release, or click here for the full release:

Big Ten set to kick off 116th season when teams begin play Sept. 1, 2 or 3.

Nebraska readies for first Big Ten campaign.

Big Ten boasts four of the six winningest programs in college football history.

Inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game to be held on Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Eight conference squads receiving votes in preseason Associated Press and USA Today rankings.

Mobile Tour: Meet the Student Bloggers!

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The Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour will make a stop at each campus this football season, leading up to the Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Along the way, one student from each school will be reporting from the Mobile Tour when it hits his or her campus. Read more about these students below, and check out their videos by clicking HERE. Follow the tour all season long on this blog and on Twitter @B1GMobileTour.

SPENCER TURKIN, ILLINOIS
Tour Dates: Nov. 17-19
Hello Big Ten Football Fans, my name is Spencer Turkin and I am a senior studying broadcast journalism at the University of Illinois. I am from North Woodmere, New York and chose to attend the University of Illinois because of the opportunities available both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope to become a play-by-play announcer upon graduation. I have called numerous games for Big Ten Network Student-U programing on the U of I campus and will continue to do so this academic year.

CAITLIN DAVIS, INDIANA
Tour Dates: Sept. 8-10
My name is Caitlin Davis and I am a senior at Indiana University. I am from Indianapolis and am studying Sport Communication. I hope to use my major to work in Media/Public Relations in the sports industry when I graduate. One of the biggest reasons I chose to attend IU, apart from the top notch academics of course, is the amazing sports tradition in Bloomington. The pride and school spirit here is amazing. With most of my family attending Indiana and passing along their enthusiasm for IU, I've been a fan of the Hoosiers since as long as I remember. Growing up, we spent many fall Saturdays at Memorial Stadium watching Indiana football. The upcoming season is sure to be a special one as the new era of Coach Kevin Wilson begins to unfold. I'm very excited to represent Indiana and be a part of the Big Ten's mobile tour!

MICHELE DANNO, IOWA
Tour Dates: Oct. 13-15
I have three main passions in life - writing, sports, and traveling. Throughout my college career, I've had the opportunity to do all three. I've traveled to 14 countries, spent summers working in four Midwest states, and studied abroad on two different continents. After all that, there's no place I love more than Iowa City - especially during football season.

My name is Michele Danno, and I'm reluctant to say I just started my last year (and football season!) as a University of Iowa student. Since my freshman year, I've combined my passions by reporting Iowa sports for The Daily Iowan and Hawkeyesports.com. Although I'm not an Iowa native, I learned right away there's nothing this state loves more than their Hawkeyes! Now that I'm a senior, I'm honored to be representing the Hawkeye state in the Big Ten Mobile Tour. So c'mon Hawkeye fans, let's show the Big 10 why they call us the "Legends!" Go Hawks!  

EDDIE MURRAY, MICHIGAN
Tour Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 1
Hello, my name is Eddie Murray. I am a junior at the University of Michigan studying communications with an emphasis on journalism and English. Originally from Royal Oak, Mich., I am in my second full year with the Athletic Media Relations department here at U of M. I am a third generation Wolverine - my mom played softball while my dad worked in sports information, and my grandfather attended the medical school in the 1950s. After graduating, I would like to pursue a career in the sports field, whether it is with PR, advertising, marketing, or journalism. In my opinion, there is nothing greater about Big Ten football than the storied rivalries it holds, most notably Michigan's rivalries with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Minnesota. I am excited to share with you all of my favorite Michigan football experiences through my reporting this season, and as always, Go Blue!

BRITTANY McCORMICK, MICHIGAN STATE
Tour Dates: Nov. 3-5
My name is Brittany McCormick and I am about to start my senior year at Michigan State University. I am pursing a degree in communication and public relations. While I do go to school in Michigan, I am originally from the east coast, New Jersey to be exact. I came to MSU not knowing anyone but in the past three years, I have met some amazing people that I know I will stay in contact with for the rest of my life. I am also a student assistant for the MSU athletic communications department - a job I wouldn't trade for the world. I am passionate about everything I do and the things I love like the Jersey Shore (the actual beach- not the show), ice cream, my friends and family, and of course, sports. I am extremely excited to be State's reporter for the Mobile Tour. GO GREEN!

KATE GARCIA, MINNESOTA
Tour Dates: Oct. 27-29
Welcome to the Minnesota Gopher view of the Big Ten Mobile Tour.  My name is Kate Garcia and I am just about to begin my senior year here at the U of M.  I am majoring in communications and hope to work in sports when I graduate this spring.  I was born in Dallas, TX, but grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, but am solely a huge Gophers fan! I played soccer in high school and continued my school involvement in college by being a part of Delta Gamma sorority.  I help with events and recruitment, but most importantly with our philanthropy, Service for Sight.  My friends through Delta Gamma and I attend gopher games together and are some of the loudest cheerleaders in the stadium. I am extremely excited for the Big Ten season to get under way and am looking forward to the championship game in December. Go Gophers!

MAKAYLA HIPKE, NEBRASKA
Tour Dates: Oct. 6-8
Hello, Big Ten nation! My name is Makayla Hipke, and I'm a senior Advertising and Public Relations major at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. I'll be serving as the blogger for Nebraska's Homecoming game against Ohio State on October 8, 2011. I grew up on a farm 16 miles north of the tiny town of Stuart, Nebraska (pop. 620), right on the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills. I'm definitely a country girl at heart and you'll probably catch me using some "country-isms" in conversation more than a few times.

I'm currently in my second year as a student worker in the Nebraska Athletic Media Relations office, where I serve as the sport contact for the Men's Gymnastics and Women's Tennis teams. When I'm not busy with work, I also serve as the Communications Chair for my sorority, Chi Omega, and do university-sponsored research through the UCARE program here at Nebraska.

Nebraska is an extraordinary place because of the endless dedication and passion of our fanbase. Our school song says, "We all stick together in all kinds of weather for dear old Nebraska U," and nothing could be truer. I know I speak for Husker nation when I say we are so excited to welcome Big Ten fans to Lincoln and Memorial Stadium this fall, and show them what it really means to be a Husker. Just remember, there really is no place like Nebraska!

KRISTIN SCHARKEY, NORTHWESTERN
Tour Dates: Oct. 20-22
Hello Big Ten fans, my name is Kristin Scharkey and I will be representing Northwestern University during the Mobile Tour. I grew up in Yorba Linda, Calif. and am entering my junior year at Northwestern where I major in journalism and also play centerfield for the Wildcat softball team.

When I was making my decision on where to attend college and play ball, NU's consistently top-ranked Medill School of Journalism made it impossible for a softball player with a passion for writing not to choose Northwestern. Since then, I've had the opportunity to work for ESPN RISE, pen my own Schark Bytes blog for NUSports.com and write for several on-campus publications. I'm a die-hard Lakers fan and a follower of Jesus Christ, and I am incredibly excited about providing an inside look at the Big Ten through a student-athlete's eyes.

JAKE DEMYAN, OHIO STATE
Tour Dates: Sept. 22-24
Hello to the Big Ten and Buckeye lovers/haters everywhere across Big Ten country. First off I would like to say that my name is Jake Demyan and I am going to be the blogger representing The Ohio State University.
 
I am a proud Buckeye that represents everything Ohio State. I am from Grafton, Ohio, a small town about 30 minutes from Cleveland. But I go to school at The Ohio State University in the great city of Columbus, Ohio. I am in my last (tear) year as a strategic communications at Ohio State. My life has revolved around the Buckeyes ever since I can remember.
 
 In my blogs I am hope to introduce you to everything that makes Columbus and Ohio State one of the greatest college experiences in the world. The Big Ten Mobile Tour will be well represented in Buckeye City.

KELSEY DETWEILER, PENN STATE
Tour Dates: Nov. 10-12
My friends call me Kelsey. I am your average Philadelphia suburb girl with an above average passion for sports. Living just an hour north the City of Brotherly Love, I have grown to be an avid Philadelphia sports fan. I was even lucky enough to witness Game 5 of the 2008 World Series at Citizen's Bank Park where my favorite Phillies claimed their first world title in 28 years. Currently, I am a junior at The Pennsylvania State University studying Print Journalism with an emphasis in Sports Journalism. Penn State has opened so many doors and laid out so many amazing opportunities for me already in just two short years that I can't wait to see what is in store for the rest of my time in Happy Valley. WE ARE...

JONATHAN GANDOLF, PURDUE
Tour Dates: Sept. 15-17
My name is Jonathan Gandolf - I am a Boilermaker. I hail from Greenwood, Ind., and I'm passionate about the Sports Management industry. I've cut my teeth in sports working with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, the Purdue Sports Information Department and the Macquarie University Sport and Aquatics Centre (Sydney, Australia). Through my experience in the interactive marketing field with ExactTarget in Indianapolis, I hope to eventually work in a position that allows me to combine those two industries. I am a business management major with minors in International Business, Marketing, Economics and Strategic Management. In my free time I like to stay active. I golf, run and play basketball as much as time will allow. I come from a house divided. My father is a Boilermaker while my mom went to the school that will remain unnamed in Southern Indiana. I am ever grateful, ever true. Boiler Up, Hammer Down and Hail Purdue!

BRANDON HARRISON, WISCONSIN
Tour Dates: Nov. 21-22 and 26
Welcome to Wisconsin! My name is Brandon Harrison and I'll be your blogger here at the University of Wisconsin for the Big Ten's Honoring Legends. Building Leaders. Mobile Tour! I was born and raised a Badger, living in the Madison, Wisconsin, area my entire life. I'm currently a junior at UW-Madison and am studying journalism & mass communications. Big Ten football has always been a big part of my life, and I'm excited to help introduce you to the new changes to the conference this season, as well as a little Badger football. Until then, On Wisconsin!

MSOC: Weekend Recap

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August 26
Eastern Illinois def. NORTHWESTERN

Bowling Green def. # 9 MICHIGAN

August 27
Detroit Mercy def. # 19 MICHIGAN STATE

# 15 OHIO STATE
tie. American

#18 PENN STATE
def. Siena

WISCONSIN
def. Western Illinois

#17 INDIANA
tie. # 12 Notre Dame

August 28
Kentucky def. # 9 MICHIGAN

WSOC: Sunday's Results

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# 19 ILLINOIS def. Louisville (2-1) OT

MICHIGAN STATE def. Duquesne (3-0)

INDIANA def. Oakland (1-0)

MINNESOTA
def. UC Santa Barbara (1-0)

Missouri def. PURDUE (4-2)

WISCONSIN def. Green Bay (1-0)

MICHIGAN def. DePaul (3-1)

Dayton def. NORTHWESTERN (2-1) OT

PENN STATE def. Richmond (3-0)

# 7 OHIO STATE def. Wright State (2-1)

FH: Sunday's Results

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NORTHWESTERN def. Miami (Oh) (4-0)

# 9 MICHIGAN def. # 11 Wake Forest (2-1)

INDIANA def. # 15 Duke (3-2)

# 8 PENN STATE def. # 3 Virginia (3-0)

# 2 North Carolina def. IOWA (2-0)

# 16 Louisville def. #13 MICHIGAN STATE (2-1)

VB: Saturday's Results

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#8 ILLINOIS def. Saint Mary's (rv), 3-0

#8 ILLINOIS def. UC-Santa Barbara, 3-1

Cleveland State def. INDIANA (rv), 3-2

Virginia Tech def. INDIANA (rv), 3-1

Saint Louis def. IOWA, 3-2

Marquette def. IOWA, 3-1

#24 MICHIGAN def. Morehead State, 3-0

MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. South Alabama, 3-0

#12 MINNESOTA def. Oregon (rv), 3-2

#5 NEBRASKA def. New Mexico, 3-0

NORTHWESTERN (rv) def. Weber State, 3-0

NORTHWESTERN (rv) def. Utah, 3-0

#21 OHIO STATE def. Towson, 3-0

#21 OHIO STATE def. West Virginia, 3-0

#1 PENN STATE def. #2 USC, 3-2

#13 PURDUE def. VCU, 3-0

#13 PURDUE def. College of Charleston, 3-0

Furman def. WISCONSIN (rv), 3-1

#17 Duke def. WISCONSIN (rv), 3-2

VB: Friday's Results

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#8 ILLINOIS def. BYU, 3-0

INDIANA (rv) def. High Point, 3-1

IOWA def. Central Michigan, 3-2

#24 MICHIGAN def. Marshall, 3-0

#24 MICHIGAN def. Morehead State, 3-1

MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. North Florida, 3-0

MICHIGAN STATE (rv) def. UCF, 3-0

#2 USC def. #12 MINNESOTA, 3-2

#5 NEBRASKA def. New Mexico State, 3-2

NORTHWESTERN (rv) def. Cal State Northridge, 3-0

#21 OHIO STATE def. Valparaiso, 3-0

#21 OHIO STATE def. New Hampshire, 3-0

Oregon (rv) def. #1 PENN STATE, 3-1

#13 PURDUE def. Baylor, 3-0

WISCONSIN (rv) def. Charleston Southern, 3-0

FH: Weekend Schedule

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August 26
NORTHWESTERN at Kent State - 11 a.m. CT
# 15 Duke at #6 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m. ET
Miami (Ohio) at INDIANA - 4 p.m. ET
# 8 PENN STATE at # 12 Old Dominion - 5 p.m. ET

August 27
# 2 North Carolina at # 9 MICHIGAN - Noon ET
# 11 Wake Forest vs. IOWA - 1:30 p.m. CT
New Hampshire at # 6 OHIO STATE - 2 p.m. ET
California vs. # 13 MICHIGAN STATE - 6 p.m. ET

August 28
NORTHWESTERN at Miami (Ohio) - 11 a.m. CT
# 11 Wake Forest at # 9 MICHIGAN - Noon ET
# 15 Duke at INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
# 8 PENN STATE at # 3 Virginia - 1 p.m. ET
# 2 North Carolina vs. IOWA - 1:30 p.m. CT
# 13 MICHIGAN STATE at # 16 Louisville - 6:00 p.m. ET

MSOC: Weekend Schedule

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August 26
Eastern Illinois at NORTHWESTERN - 5 p.m. CT
# 9 MICHIGAN at Bowling Green - 6 p.m. ET

August 27
Detroit Mercy at # 19 MICHIGAN STATE - 2 p.m. ET
# 15 OHIO STATE
vs. American [2] - 5 p.m. ET
Siena at #18 PENN STATE [2] - 7 p.m. ET
Western Illinois at WISCONSIN - 7 p.m. CT
# 17 INDIANA at # 12 Notre Dame - 7:30 p.m. ET

August 28
# 9 MICHIGAN at Kentucky - 7 p.m. ET

Legend
[2] Penn State Classic - University Park, Pa.

VB: Opening Weekend Schedule

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The 2011 Big Ten volleyball season is officially underway, as all 12 conference teams open play on Friday. The complete weekend schedule can be found below.

AUGUST 26
#21 OHIO STATE vs. Valparaiso [1] - 10:30 a.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) vs. North Florida [2] - 11 a.m.
#24 MICHIGAN vs. Marshall [3] - 1 p.m.
INDIANA (rv) vs. High Point [4] - 4 p.m.
#21 OHIO STATE vs. New Hampshire [1] - 5 p.m.
WISCONSIN (rv) vs. Charleston Southern [5] - 5 p.m.
#12 MINNESOTA vs. #2 USC [6] - 6 p.m. - BTN (Live)
#5 NEBRASKA at New Mexico State [7] - 7 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN (rv) vs. Cal State Northridge [8] - 7 p.m.
Baylor at #13 PURDUE [9] - 7 p.m.
Central Michigan at IOWA [10] - 8 p.m.
#24 MICHIGAN at Morehead State [3] - 8 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at UCF [2] - 8 p.m.
Oregon (rv) at #1 PENN STATE [6] - 8 p.m. - BTN (Live)
#8 ILLINOIS at BYU [11] - 9 p.m.

AUGUST 27
VCU at #13 PURDUE [9] - 10 a.m.
INDIANA (rv) vs. Cleveland State [4] - 10:30 a.m.
NORTHWESTERN (rv) vs. Weber State [8] - Noon
WISCONSIN (rv) vs. Furman [5] - Noon
Saint Louis at IOWA [10] - 1:30 p.m.
#8 ILLINOIS vs. Saint Mary's (rv) [11] - 2 p.m.
#21 OHIO STATE vs. Towson [1] - 2:30 p.m.
MICHIGAN STATE (rv) vs. South Alabama [2] - 5 p.m.
#24 MICHIGAN at Morehead State [3] - 6 p.m.
#12 MINNESOTA vs. Oregon (rv) [6] - 6 p.m. - BTN (Live)
#8 ILLINOIS vs. UC Santa Barbara [11] - 7 p.m.
INDIANA (rv) at Virginia Tech [4] - 7 p.m.
WISCONSIN (rv) at #17 Duke [5] - 7 p.m.
#21 OHIO STATE at West Virginia [1] - 7:30 p.m.
College of Charleston at #13 PURDUE [9] - 7:30 p.m.
Marquette at IOWA [10] - 8 p.m.
#2 USC at #1 PENN STATE [6] - 8 p.m. - BTN (Live)
NORTHWESTERN (rv) at Utah [8] - 9 p.m.
#5 NEBRASKA at New Mexico [7] - 9:30 p.m.

Legend
[1] Mountaineer Invitational - Morgantown, W. Va.
[2] UCF Classic - Orlando, Fla.
[3] Morehead State Invitational - Morehead, Ky.
[4] Hokie Classic - Blacksburg, Va.
[5] Duke Invitational - Durham, N.C.
[6] AVCA Showcase - University Park, Pa.
[7] Lobo Classic - Albuquerque, N.M. 
[8] Utah Classic - Salt Lake City, Utah
[9] Mortar Board Premier - West Lafayette, Ind.
[10] Hawkeye Challenge - Iowa City, Iowa
[11] BYU Nike Invitational - Provo, Utah

All times are ET.

WSOC: Weekend Schedule

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August 25
NEBRASKA at Denver - 7 p.m. MT

August 26
# 19 ILLINOIS at Ball State - 3 p.m. CT
MINNESOTA at San Diego State - 4 p.m. PT
MICHIGAN STATE vs. DePaul [2] - 4:30 p.m. ET
# 7 OHIO STATE at Missouri - 6:30 p.m. CT
Western Illinois at IOWA - 7 p.m. CT
Duquesne at MICHIGAN [2] - 7 p.m. ET
# 24 Oregon State at PURDUE - 7 p.m. ET
# 23 Washington at WISCONSIN - 7 p.m. CT
INDIANA at USF - 7:30 p.m. ET
Cincinnati at NORTHWESTERN [3] - 7:30 p.m. CT
# 17 West Virginia at PENN STATE [4] - 7:30 p.m. ET

August 28
# 19 ILLINOIS at Louisville - Noon CT
MICHIGAN STATE vs. Duquesne [2] - Noon ET
Oakland at INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
MINNESOTA at UC Santa Barbara - 1 p.m. PT
PURDUE at Missouri - 1 p.m. CT
Green Bay at WISCONSIN - 2 p.m. CT
DePaul at MICHIGAN [2] - 2:30 p.m. ET
Dayton at NORTHWESTERN [3] - 2:30 p.m. CT
Richmond at PENN STATE [4] - 2:30 p.m. ET
Wright State at # 7 OHIO STATE - 6 p.m. ET

Legend
[2] Michigan Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
[3] Northwestern Tournament - Evanston, Ill.
[4] Penn State Invitational - University Park, Pa.
Michigan's Alex Hunt and Michigan State's Jenilee Rathje have been selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as announced on Thursday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.

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

Thirty student-athletes were tabbed candidates for the award, which will be announced during the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship on December 15 and 17 in San Antonio. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the season. The 10 finalists will be placed on an official ballot, which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans who will select one student-athlete for the award.

Click here to see the complete release and list of candidates.

The Big Ten announced its 2011 field hockey players to watch list on Wednesday, highlighted by defending Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Chelsea Armstrong of Northwestern and the last two Big Ten Freshman of the Year honorees in the Ohio State pair of Berta Queralt and Paula Pastor-Pitarque.


The complete release can be found here.

VB: Big Ten Volleyball Weekly Release - Aug. 24

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The first Big Ten volleyball weekly release of the 2011 season is now available online. Click here to see the complete release.

WSOC: In The Polls

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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the NSCAA National Rankings poll released yesterday.  Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 7, while the Fighting Illini jumped four spots to No. 19. 

Minnesota sits right outside the top-25 after being ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA preseason poll.

For the complete rankings, click here.

FH: Four Big Ten Teams Earn Top-25 Rankings

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Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State have each earned top-25 consideration in the preseason 2011 Kookabarra/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll, as announced Tuesday.  After earning a share of the Big Ten title, and advancing to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship National Semifinal last year for the first time in program history, the Buckeyes start the 2011 campaign ranked No. 8 in the country.

After receiving an at-large bid in last years national field hockey tournament, Penn State clocks in at No. 8 with Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan right behind them at No. 9.   Michigan State rounds out the foursome coming in ranked 13th in the country.

For the complete rankings, click here.






MBB: Big Ten is Solid Gold, Baby!

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven players on Dick Vitale's All-Solid Gold Teams. The Big Ten is the only conference with multiple first-team selections - Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.

Vitale's other Big Ten selections are Ohio State's William Buford and Purdue's Robbie Hummel on the third team; Michigan's Tim Hardaway and Michigan State's Draymond Green on the fourth team; and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe on the fifth team.

FULL STORY

MSOC: Indiana Tops Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

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The Big Ten announced its 2011 men's soccer preseason coaches' poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending champion Indiana earning top honors among the seven conference teams. The Hoosiers enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 12th Big Ten title in 2010.


For the complete release, click here.
The Big Ten leads all conferences with eight candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given annually to a senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The Big Ten's eight nominees are twice as many as any other conference. Big Ten candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award are Illinois' Jeff Allen, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Nebraska's Jared Crick, Northwestern's Dan Persa, Ohio State's Michael Brewster, Penn State's Nate Stupar, Purdue's Joe Holland and Wisconsin's Aaron Henry. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award was first presented in the sport of football in 2008 with the Buckeyes' James Laurinaitis earning the honor. The Nittany Lions' Stefen Wisniewski was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award last season. The 30 candidates for the 2011 laurel will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.
A pair of Big Ten standouts appeared on the 2011-12 preseason Wade Trophy watch list, it was announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The award, now in its 35th year, is given annually to the Division I Player of the Year.

Iowa's Jaime Printy and Penn State's Alex Bentley earned spots on this year's preseason list. Printy and Bentley were All-Big Ten members and led their teams to the NCAA tournament a year ago. Printy and Bentley, both juniors, are among the 11-underclassmen on the list, which is dominated by 14 seniors.

The winner of the 2012 Wade Award will be announced during the WBCA National Convention, which will be held in conjunction with the 2012 NCAA Women's Final Four in Denver.

Purdue head coach Matt Painter led Team USA to a fifth-place finish and a 7-1 record at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, concluding with an 86-83 win over Germany on Monday.

Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe recorded 21 points and eight rebounds in the final game, averaging 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game during the tournament. Michigan State's Draymond Green posted tournament averages of 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds over the eight games.

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USA def. Mexico, 108-67

USA def. Hungary, 102-53

USA def. South Korea, 112-68

USA def. Finland, 124-64

USA def. Israel, 94-84

Lithuania def. USA, 76-74

USA def. Romania, 94-73

USA def. Germany, 86-83

Eight Big Ten football teams received at least one vote in the Associated Press (AP) preseason poll, including four teams among the top 25. Big Ten newcomer Nebraska led the conference contingent at 10th overall after being ranked 11th in the preseason USA Today coaches poll. Defending Big Ten co-Champions Wisconsin and Michigan State followed the Cornhuskers in the AP rankings. The Badgers were rated 11th overall after being voted 10th by the coaches. The Spartans were ranked 17th overall, the same spot as in the coaches voting. Ohio State was tabbed 18th by the media after being rated 16th in the coaches poll. Penn State was just two spots outside of the top 25 after being ranked 25th in coaches balloting. Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern received at least one vote in both the media and coaches preseason polls.

WSOC: Opening Weekend Schedule

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AUGUST 19
IOWA at DePaul - 4 p.m. CT
Milwaukee at MICHIGAN STATE - 5 p.m. ET
PURDUE at Toledo - 5:30 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN at #1 Notre Dame - 5:30 p.m. ET
#3 North Carolina at NEBRASKA - 6 p.m. CT
Gonzaga at #24 ILLINOIS - 7 p.m. CT
Akron at MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET
#22 MINNESOTA at #6 Maryland - 7 p.m. ET
PENN STATE (rv) at #2 Stanford - 7 p.m. PT
Evansville at INDIANA - 7:30 p.m. ET
Xavier at #8 OHIO STATE - 7:30 p.m. ET

AUGUST 21
PENN STATE (rv) vs. Nevada [1] - 11 a.m. PT
Toledo at #24 ILLINOIS - 1 p.m. CT
Butler at INDIANA - 1 p.m. ET
Southeast Missouri State at IOWA - 1 p.m. CT
South Dakota State at #22 MINNESOTA - 1 p.m. CT
Baylor at NEBRASKA - 1 p.m. CT
Radford at #8 OHIO STATE - 1 p.m. ET
PURDUE at #13 West Virginia - 1 p.m. ET
Oakland at MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
NORTHWESTERN at #12 Marquette - 7:30 p.m. CT

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[1] Saratoga, Calif.
Seven Big Ten tandems have been selected to the preseason watch list for the Pony Express Award, given to the top two- or three-player combination in the country. The inaugural award will be given at the end of the regular season.

Appearing on the preseason watch list are Iowa defensive linemen Broderick Binns and Mike Daniels; Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Edwin Baker and wide receiver Keshawn Martin; Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard; Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa, tight end Drake Dunsmore and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert; Ohio State offensive linemen Mike Adams, Mike Brewster and J.B. Shugarts; Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and wide reciever Nick Toon; and Wisconsin running backs Montee Ball and James White.
Candidates for the 2011 women's soccer Lowe's Senior CLASS Award were announced on Wednesday, with Michigan State's Laura Heyboer and Ohio State's Paige Maxwell making the list.

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

The pair of Big Ten forwards are among the 30 women's soccer players named candidates for the award, which will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the season. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot, which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

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Five Big Ten women's soccer players have been selected for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, good for the second most of any conference. Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State's Laura Heyboer, Nebraska's Morgan Marlborough, Ohio State's Paige Maxwell and Penn State's Christine Nairn have each earned spots on the 42-player list, which was announced on Monday.

The MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top player, is chosen by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Voting for the award is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. The winner will be announced on Jan. 6, 2012.
Four Big Ten signal callers were named to the watch list for the Manning Award, which honors the nation's top quarterback. Big Ten standouts on the watch list are Michigan's Denard Robinson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Northwestern's Dan Persa.
Ohio State goalkeeper Matt Lampson has been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, announced on Monday. Lampson, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2010, is one of 42 players selected for the list. The Buckeye keeper led the conference in goals-against average (0.72), save percentage (.857) and shutouts (10) last season.

The MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top player, is chosen by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Voting for the award is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. The winner will be announced on Jan. 6, 2012.
Eleven of the 12 Big Ten volleyball teams earned recognition in the AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, with seven squads appearing in the top 25. After winning its fourth-straight national championship in 2010, Penn State received 54 of the 60 first-place votes en route to the No. 1 ranking in the poll. The Nittany Lions finished last season at 32-5 overall and won their eighth consecutive Big Ten title.

Conference newcomer Nebraska and Illinois join Penn State in the top 10 as the Huskers rank fifth and the Illini hold eighth in the poll. Minnesota checks in at No. 12 while Purdue follows at No. 13. Ohio State makes its 2011 debut at No. 21 while Michigan stands in a tie for No. 24 to open the season. 

Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin sit just outside the top 25 to round out the Big Ten contingent.

The complete AVCA preseason poll can be found here.
Ohio State women's soccer player Cassie Dickerson and Wisconsin swimmer Maggie Meyer have been nominated for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Dickerson and Meyer represent the Big Ten among more than 140 nominees for the honor, which will be awarded in Indianapolis on Oct. 16.

The Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership.

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MBB: GameDay Selects Ohio State at Michigan

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Ohio State will play at Michigan on Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. ET as part of ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm. The eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball program originating from the site of ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast will return for its eight season this year. COMPLETE RELEASE

MSOC: Five Conference Squads Ranked in Preseason Top 25

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Five Big Ten men's soccer teams have earned top-25 rankings in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason poll, released on Tuesday. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State each appear in the top 25, tying the Big Ten with the ACC for the most teams in the poll with five.

After capping a 2010 season with a Big Ten Tournament title and its first NCAA College Cup appearance, Michigan leads the way for conference teams at No. 9. Ohio State follows at No. 15 in the poll, while reigning Big Ten Champion Indiana checks in at No. 17, Penn State holds No. 18 and Michigan State opens the season at No. 19.

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WSOC: Three Big Ten Teams Earn Top-25 Preseason Rankings

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Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State have each earned top-25 consideration in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA women's soccer rankings, as announced on Tuesday. After earning a share of their first Big Ten championship and advancing to the NCAA College Cup last season, the Buckeyes lead the way for the conference contingent, standing at No. 8 in the country entering the 2011 campaign.

Ohio State returns seven starters from its 2010 club, which rounded out last season with a 17-5-2 overall record and an 8-2-0 mark in conference matches.

The Golden Gophers check in at No. 22, while the Fighting Illini hold No. 24 in the first poll of 2011. Minnesota concluded the 2010 season at 14-6-3 overall, advancing to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championship. Illinois put together a 13-5-1 overall record en route to an appearance in the national tournament.

After taking a share of the Big Ten title last season, Penn State is receiving votes in the poll.

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FB: Six Players Named to Hendricks Award Watch List

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Six Big Ten student-athletes were named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end. The Big Ten and ACC were the only conferences to feature more than four standouts among the honorees. Big Ten players on the watch list are Iowa's Broderick Binns, Michigan's Ryan Van Bergen, Nebraska's Cameron Meredith, Northwestern Vince Browne, Ohio State's Nathan Williams and Penn State's Jack Crawford. The Hendricks Award has honored the country's top defensive end since 2002 and Michigan's LaMarr Woodley earned the trophy in 2006.

Three Big Ten standouts were named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list, which was first awarded last season to honor the most versatile players in college football. Big Ten student-athletes on the Hornung Award watch list are Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Michigan State wide receiver KeShawn Martin and Minnesota cornerback Troy Stoudermire. Robinson is the lone quarterback on the watch list.

MBB: Big Ten Players in Estonia

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Anthony Johnson (Purdue), Matt Gatens (Iowa), Bryce Cartwright (Iowa), Mike Bruesewitz (Wisconsin), and Elliott Eliason (Minnesota) stop for a "Big Ten" picture during Wednesday's walking tour of Tallinn, Estonia's "Old Town" district. The student-athletes are representing the United States on the East Coast All-Star team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Three Big Ten teams will take part in foreign tours in the coming weeks as Iowa, Nebraska, and Purdue and will compete against some of the top competition in Europe. Nebraska will tour Sweden, Denmark and Norway, while Iowa and Purdue will both visit the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. Iowa will be overseas from Aug. 8-20, while Nebraska and Purdue will travel from Aug. 5-15.

Follow each program on their European tours through the following links.

Iowa

Nebraska

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Park Ridge, Ill. - Less than one month away from the beginning of the college football season, five Big Ten squads are ranked among the top 25 of the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll released this morning. The Big Ten is one of only three conferences to feature more than two teams among the top 25 and is tied for second among all conferences.

Wisconsin leads the way for the conference and is ranked 10th overall after earning a share of the Big Ten Championship last season, the Badgers' first conference title since 1999. Nebraska enters its first Big Ten season ranked 11th overall after winning 10 games last season and advancing to the Big 12 Championship Game. Ohio State also cracked the top 20 and was slotted 16th overall. Michigan State was tabbed 17th after winning a share of its first Big Ten Championship since 1990 last season. Penn State rounds out the Big Ten's ranked contingent at 25th overall. Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern also received votes in the first USA Today poll of 2011.

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten announced today that conference football programs will move to a nine-game Big Ten schedule beginning with the 2017 season.

Three teams each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division will feature five conference home games during odd-numbered years, while the other three schools from each division will host five conference contests during even-numbered years. The 2017 schedule will include five conference home outings for Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska from the Legends Division and Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State from the Leaders Division. The 2018 schedule will feature five Big Ten home games for Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern of the Legends Division and Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin of the Leaders Division.

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Green and Mbakwe Make World University Games Roster

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Michigan State's Draymond Green and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe were named to the 12-person World University Games roster, USA Basketball announced on Wednesday. The squad is led by Purdue head coach Matt Painter. COMPLETE RELEASE

Two Named Finalists for World University Games

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Michigan State's Draymond Green and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe were named two of the 14 finalists for the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team, USA Basketball announced on Sunday. The official 12-member roster will be announced prior to August 8. Purdue head coach Matt Painter serves as head coach for the team. COMPLETE RELEASE
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