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2012 London Olympics Central: Day 4

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Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history today, breaking the Olympic record with his 19th overall medal. Phelps swam the anchor leg of the 4x200 freestyle relay, touching the wall in 6:59.70 for the victory. The three-time Olympian also claimed a silver in the 200 butterfly. Former Wolverines Charlie Houchin and Davis Tarwater also took home gold medals, helping the USA post the fastest 4x200 relay time in the morning heats.

Men's basketball featured six games on Tuesday, with Robert Archibald (Great Britain, Illinois), Deron Williams (USA, Illinois), Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria, Nebraska) and Aleks Maric (Australia, Nebraska) taking the court. Follow the links for a replay of yesterday's games. Australia vs. Spain | Lithuania vs. Nigeria | Great Britain vs. Brazil | Tunisia vs. United States

In women's preliminary action, the USA field hockey team, featuring Kayla Bashore-Smedley (Indiana) and Caroline Nichols (Iowa) faced Argentina at 1 p.m. CT. To see a replay of yesterday's match, click HERE.

Medalists after Day 4
David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - World Record


2012 London Olympics Central: Day 3

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Former Big Ten Athlete of the Year David Boudia (USA, Purdue), along with Nick McCrory, took home a bronze medal in the synchronized 10M platform this morning. Check out this commercial to see how Boudia takes diving to new heights.

In a preliminary matchup of women's volleyball heavyweights, the No. 1-ranked USA defeated No. 2 Brazil in a 2008 Olympics final rematch. Led by head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), the USA squad features four former standouts from Big Ten institutions in Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto and Megan Hodge (Penn State).

Big Ten institutions feature three participants in women's basketball action today. Canada, featuring Krista Phillips (Michigan) and Chelsea Aubry (Nebraska), takes on Great Britain, while Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) takes the USA team's 34-game winning streak into preliminary action against Angola. Follow the links for live coverage. Great Britain vs. Canada | Angola vs. United States

Matt Grevers (USA, Northwestern) struck gold in the 100 backstroke after earning a silver at the 2008 Games. The former Wildcat blazed the competition with an Olympic record time of 52.16, notching the first gold medal for the Big Ten on Day 3.

Medalists after Day 3
David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Michael Phelps - 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - World Record

Five Big Ten players were named to the Hendricks Award watch list, it was announced on Monday.

Since 2002, the Hendricks Award has been presented annually to the nation's premier defensive end. Big Ten players have claimed two Hendricks Awards, most recently with 2011 recipient Whitney Mercilus of Illinois. Michigan's LaMarr Woodley took home the honor in 2006.

The list of Big Ten players on the Hendricks Award watch list can be found below.

Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Craig Roh, Michigan
William Gholston, Michigan State
Cameron Meredith, Nebraska
John Simon, Ohio State

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 2

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Three silver medals were awarded to Big Ten athletes on day two of the Olympics as Kelci Bryant (USA, Minnesota), Matt Grevers (USA, Northwestern) and Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) took home medals. Bryant teamed with Abigail Johnston to place second in the synchronized 3M springboard, while Grevers and Phelps, along with Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte, finished second in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

Medalists after Day 2
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Matt Grevers - 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Michael Phelps - 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 1

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Peter Vanderkaay (USA, Michigan) was the lone Big Ten medalist on the first day of the London Games, taking home a bronze in the 400 freestyle.

Medalists after Day 1
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

Three Big Ten quarterbacks were selected to the Manning Award watch list, it was announced on Wednesday. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has recognized the nation's top quarterback since 2005.

The list of Big Ten players on the Manning Award watch list can be found below.

James Vandenberg, Iowa
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Five Big Ten players were named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list, honoring the most outstanding player in college football, it was announced on Friday. Wisconsin's Montee Ball is one of 11 players on the watch list to have previously earned Walter Camp All-America honors.

Big Ten institutions have claimed 13 Walter Camp Awards since 1967, the most of any conference, most recently with 2006 honoree Troy Smith of Ohio State. Past winners include Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers (1972), Penn State's John Cappelletti (1973), Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975), Nebraska's Mike Rozier (1983), Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1989), Michigan's Desmond Howard (1991), Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Michigan's Charles Woodson (1997), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Nebraska's Eric Crouch (2001) and Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002).

The list of Big Ten players on the Walter Camp Award watch list can be found below. 

Denard Robinson, Michigan
William Gholston, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Silas Redd, Penn State
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Seven Big Ten players were named as candidates for the Doak Walker Award, it was announced on Thursday. Wisconsin's Montee Ball was tabbed a candidate after appearing as a finalist for the award last season, while Nebraska's Rex Burkhead was a 2011 semifinalist.

Since 1990, the Doak Walker Award has been presented annually to the nation's top running back. Big Ten players have claimed five Walker Awards, most recently with 2008 honoree Shonn Greene of Iowa. Past winners include Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002) and Michigan's Chris Perry (2003).

The list of Big Ten candidates for the Doak Walker Award can be found below.

Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Jordan Hall, Ohio State
Silas Redd, Penn State
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
James White, Wisconsin

Ohio State's Foster Part of Hall of Fame Class of 2013

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Ohio State coach Jim Foster will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2013, it was announced this week. The six member class will officially be enshrined into the Hall on June 8, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Foster has posted a .722 winning percentage in his career, and is only the second collegiate coach - men's or women's at any level - to win at least 200 games at three different schools. Entering his 11th season on the Buckeye sidelines, Foster has guided Ohio State to 10 straight NCAA tournaments and six Big Ten Championships, while earning four conference Coach of the Year laurels.

Click here for the full release from Ohio State.

Six Big Ten players were named as nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it was announced on Wednesday.

Since 1992, the award has recognized a select group of football players committed to making a difference in their communities. Nebraska's Jared Crick and Northwestern's Alexander Netter were selected to last year's Good Works Team.

The list of Big Ten nominees can be found below.

Adam Replogle, Indiana
Patrick Omameh, Michigan
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
Ben Buchanan, Ohio State
Shelton Johnson, Wisconsin

Five Big Ten Players Named to O'Brien Award Watch List

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Five Big Ten players appear on the Davey O'Brien Award watch list, it was announced on Wednesday.

Since 1981, the Davey O'Brien Award has been presented annually to the nation's most outstanding quarterback. Six players from Big Ten institutions have received the O'Brien Award--Penn State's Todd Blackledge in 1982, Iowa's Chuck Long in 1985, Penn State's Kerry Collins in 1994, Nebraska's Eric Crouch in 2001, Iowa's Brad Banks in 2002 and Ohio State's Troy Smith in 2006.

The list of Big Ten players on the O'Brien Award watch list can be found below.

Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
James Vandenberg, Iowa
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Four Big Ten Standouts Named to Biletnikoff Watch List

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Four Big Ten players were named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding receiver. Big Ten players have claimed four Biletnikoff Awards, the most of any conference, including inaugural recipient Bobby Engram of Penn State in 1994. Past winners include Ohio State's Terry Glenn (1995), Michigan State's Charles Rogers (2002) and Michigan's Braylon Edwards (2004).

The list of Big Ten players on the Biletnikoff Award watch list can be found below.

Keenan Davis, Iowa
Roy Roundtree, Michigan
Corey Brown, Ohio State
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Twenty-six Big Ten standouts were named to the Butkus and Lombardi watch lists, it was announced on Monday.

The Butkus Award is given annually to the nation's top linebacker. Big Ten institutions have claimed nine Butkus Awards, most recently with 2007 honoree James Laurinaitis of Ohio State. Past winners include Michigan State's Percy Snow (1989), Michigan's Erick Anderson (1991), Nebraska's Trev Alberts (1993), Illinois' Dana Howard (1994) and Kevin Hardy (1995), Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer (1997) and Penn State's LaVar Arrington (1999) and Paul Posluszny (2005).

Since 1970, the Lombardi Award has been awarded to the nation's most outstanding lineman. Big Ten institutions have earned 14 Lombardi Awards, most recently with 2009 recipient Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska. Past winners include Ohio State's Jim Stillwagon (1970), Nebraska's Rich Glover (1972), Ohio State's John Hicks (1973), Penn State's Bruce Clark (1978), Nebraska's Dave Rimington (1982 and 1983), Ohio State's Chris Spielman (1987), Michigan State's Percy Snow (1989), Ohio State's Orlando Pace (1995 and 1996), Nebraska's Grant Winstrom (1997), Ohio State's A.J. Hawk (2005) and MIchigan's LaMarr Woodley (2006).

The list of Big Ten players named to the watch lists can be found below.

Butkus Award
Jonathan Brown, Illinois
James Morris, Iowa
Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Max Bullough, Michigan State
David Nwabuisi, Northwestern
Etienne Sabino, Ohio State
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Michael Mauti, Penn State
Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Lombardi Award
Jonathan Brown, Illinois
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Akeem Spence, Illinois
James Morris, Iowa
Kenny Demens, Michigan
Taylor Lewan, Michigan 
Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Max Bullough, Michigan State
Chris McDonald, Michigan State
William Gholston, Michigan State
Marcus Rush, Michigan State
Spencer Long, Nebraska
Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
John Simon, Ohio State
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
Mike Taylor, Wisconsin
Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

Four Big Ten Players Named to Thorpe Award Watch List

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Four Big Ten standouts were named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list, it was announced on Friday.

The Jim Thorpe Award is presented to the best defensive back in college football, given annually since 1986. Big Ten players have claimed five Thorpe Awards--Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997, Antoine Winfield in 1998, Minnesota's Tyrone Carter in 1999, Wisconsin's Jamar Fletcher in 2000 and Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins in 2008.

The list of Big Ten players on the Thorpe Award watch list can be found below.

Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
C.J. Barnett, Ohio State
Ricardo Allen, Purdue

Watford's Buzzer-Beater Wins ESPY

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Christian Watford's buzzer-beater that lifted Indiana over then-No. 1 Kentucky was selected as the 2012 ESPYs Best Play on Wednesday night, as voted on by fans. FULL STORY
Twenty-four Big Ten standouts were named to the Nagurski and Outland watch lists, it was announced on Thursday. Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins and Purdue's Kawann Short represent the conference on both lists.

The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually to the National Defensive Player of the Year. Big Ten institutions have earned five Nagurski Trophies - Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald in 1995 and 1996, Michigan's Charles Woodson in 1997, Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in 2006 and Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh in 2009.

Presented annually since 1946, the Outland Trophy is the third-oldest award in major college football, given to the nation's best interior lineman. Big Ten institutions have claimed 23 Outland Trophies, the most of any conference, including two of the last three recipients, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh in 2009 and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi in 2010.

The list of Big Ten players on the Nagurski and Outland watch lists can be found below.

Nagurski Trophy
Jonathan Brown, Illinois
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Max Bullough, Michigan State
William Gholston, Michigan State
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
John Simon, Ohio State
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Ricardo Allen, Purdue
Kawann Short, Purdue
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Mike Taylor, Wisconsin

Outland Trophy
Graham Pocic, Illinois
Akeem Spence, Illinois
James Ferentz, Iowa
Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Chris McDonald, Michigan State
Spencer Long, Nebraska
Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Jordan Hill, Penn State
Kawann Short, Purdue
Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

Seven Big Ten Players Named to Groza, Guy Watch Lists

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Seven Big Ten players were named to the Lou Groza and Ray Guy preseason watch lists, it was announced on Wednesday. Nebraska's Brett Maher, the 2011 Big Ten Bakken-Anderson Kicker of the Year and Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year, is one of two players to appear on both lists.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with seven players on the Lou Groza Award watch list, given annually to the nation's top place-kicker. Two conference standouts have earned the Lou Groza Award, Ohio State's Mike Nugent in 2004 and Iowa's Nate Kaeding in 2002.

Since 2000, the Ray Guy Award has been presented annually to the nation's top punter. The Big Ten has claimed three Ray Guy Awards, including Ohio State's B.J. Sander in 2003, Purdue's Travis Dorsch in 2001 and Wisconsin's Kevin Stemke in 2000.

The list of Big Ten players can be found below.

Mitch Ewald, Indiana
Mike Meyer, Iowa
Brendan Gibbons, Michigan
Dan Conroy, Michigan State
Brett Maher, Nebraska (also named to Ray Guy watch list)
Drew Basil, Ohio State
Anthony Fera, Penn State

Six Named to NABC Honors Court

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Michigan's Josh Bartelstein, Zack Novak and Matt Vogrich, Purdue's Dru Anthrop and Wisconsin's Jared Berggren and Dan Fahey have been named to the NABC Honors Court, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced. The Honors Court recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season. COMPLETE RELEASE
Twelve Big Ten players have been named to the Mackey and Rimington watch lists, it was announced today.

Since 2000, the John Mackey Award has been given annually to the most outstanding tight end. Three Big Ten players, Purdue's Tim Stratton (2000), Iowa's Dallas Clark (2002) and Minnesota's Matt Spaeth (2006) have claimed the Mackey Award.

The Rimington Trophy, named after Nebraska's Dave Rimington, is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. Big Ten institutions have claimed six Rimington Trophies, the most of any conference, most recently with 2011 honoree David Molk of Michigan. Past winners include Nebraska's Dominic Raiola (2000), Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley (2001), Michigan's David Baas (2004), Minnesota's Greg Eslinger (2005) and Penn State's A.Q. Shipley (2008).

The complete list of Big Ten players can be found below.

Mackey Award
Ted Bolser, Indiana
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Dion Sims, Michigan State
Kyler Reed, Nebraska
Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin

Rimington Trophy
Graham Pocic, Illinois
Will Matte, Indiana
James Ferentz, Iowa
Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern
Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State
Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

Williams Named to U.S. Olympic Team

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Former Illinois men's basketball player Deron Williams was named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team, marking his second straight trip to the Games. Williams helped Team USA to a gold medal in Beijing in 2008. FULL STORY
Twenty-two Big Ten standouts have been named to the Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists, the Maxwell Football Club announced today.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's most outstanding collegiate football player since 1937. Twenty student-athletes from Big Ten institutions have earned the Maxwell Award, most recently when the Big Ten was honored three out of four years in 1999 (Wisconsin's Ron Dayne), 2000 (Purdue's Drew Brees) and 2002 (Penn State's Larry Johnson).

The Bednarik Award, named after Chuck Bednarik, has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. Eight players from Big Ten institutions have earned Bednarik Awards, including two-time honorees Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern (1995 and 1996) and Paul Posluszny of Penn State (2005 and 2006). Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh is the most recent honoree in 2009.

The complete list of Big Ten players can be found below.

Maxwell Award
James Vandenberg, Iowa
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Silas Redd, Penn State
Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Bednarik Award
Jonathan Brown, Illinois
Michael Buchanan, Illinois
Micah Hyde, Iowa
James Morris, Iowa
Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Denicos Allen, Michigan State
Max Bullough, Michigan State
William Gholston, Michigan State
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
John Simon, Ohio State
Gerald Hodges, Penn State
Ricardo Allen, Purdue
Kawann Short, Purdue
Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field Season in Review

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An Historic Run: Illinois' Andrew Riley was named a finalist for The Bowerman on June 29, given annually to the most outstanding male and female athletes in collegiate track and field. Riley, who was also named the USTFCCCA National Outdoor T rack Athlete of the Year on June 13, became the first male in Division I history to win both the 100 meters and 110 hurdles at the same outdoor national championships. At this year's Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the Kingston, Jamaica, native was named Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships after taking home three conference crowns. For the complete release, click HERE.

Academic All-America:
Ten Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as announced on June 21. To be eligible for All-America recognition, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA, and have reached sophomore academic and athletic standings at his or her institution. The complete list of Big Ten recipients can be found HERE.

USTFCCCA All-Americans: Eighty-seven Big Ten student-athletes were named USTFCCCA All-Americans on June 12, based on their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. First-team recognition is awarded to student-athletes that earn a top-eight finish at the national championships, while second-team honors are awarded to ninth to 16th place finishers. The list of Big Ten All-Americans can be found HERE.

NCAA Champions:
Illinois' Riley, Indiana's Andrew Bayer and Nebraska's Chad Wright claimed national titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Riley took home top honors in the 100-meter dash and 110 hurdles, Bayer placed first in the 1,500-meter run and Wright earned the discus crown. For the complete recap, click HERE.

Regional Awards: Illinois' Andrew Riley (Midwest Region) and Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed (Great Lakes Region) were tabbed Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Indiana's Derek Drouin (Great Lakes Region) and Penn State's Jordan Kovacs (Mid-Atlantic Region) were named Men's Field Athlete of the Year. The Badgers' Ed Nuttycombe was honored as Men's Coach of the Year, while the Hoosiers' Jeff Huntoon and the Nittany Lions' Chris Johnson were tabbed Men's Assistant of the Year. To read more, click HERE.

Medal of Honor: The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2012 Medal of Honor winners on June 7, 24 honorees from 13 different sports, with Iowa's Erik Sowinski, Minnesota's David Pachuta and Nebraska's Tyler Hitchler receiving recognition. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA "as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports." The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution. In 2014, the conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this prestigious award. For the complete release, click HERE.

B1G Individual Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced on May 15 the 2012 All-Big Ten men's outdoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Illinois senior Andrew Riley was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, Penn State senior Joe Kovacs earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year, and Indiana junior Derek Drouin was tabbed Field Athlete of the Championships. Penn State's Robby Creese was named Freshman of the Year, while Wisconsin head coach Ed Nuttycombe was a unanimous selection for Coach of the Year laurels. For the complete release, click HERE.

Badgers Best in B1G: Wisconsin took home the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday, earning their 18th overall Big Ten title and first since 2007. The Badgers registered 121 points over the weekend, followed by second-place Nebraska (115.50) and third-place Indiana (115). Ohio State came in fourth with 86 points, while Iowa placed fifth with 80.50. For the complete release, click HERE.



Big Ten Alumni Lead Team USA to Gold

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Three former Big Ten softball standouts helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2012 World Cup of Softball on Monday as Iowa assistant coach and former Hawkeye Stacy-May Johnson and recent Michigan alums Jordan Taylor and Amanda Chidester each appeared in the medal-clinching game. Team USA posted a perfect 6-0 record and outscored their opponents 41-3 in the tournament.

Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field Season in Review

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Academic All-Americans: Ten Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as announced on June 21. To be eligible for All-America recognition, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA, and have reached sophomore academic and athletic standings at his or her institution. The complete list of Big Ten recipients can be found HERE.

Manning's B1G Year: Ohio State's Christina Manning was named the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on June 18. After winning two national championships this past season, Manning completed her Ohio State track career as one of the program's most decorated athletes. The Waldorf, Md., native leaves the Buckeye program as an 11-time All-American and 10-time Big Ten Champion, while also owning school records in four individual events (60- and 200-meter dash and 60- and 100-meter hurdles) and two relays (4x100-meter and sprint medley). During the indoor campaign, Manning won the 60-meter hurdles national title with the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, she won conference titles in the hurdles in meet record time and the 60-meter dash in school-record fashion. During the outdoor season, Manning placed first in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, she won the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles titles, and was part of the victorious 4x100-meter relay squad at the Big Ten Championships. She garnered Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year accolades in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Manning is the third Buckeye to win the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year award, following volleyball's Laura Davis in 1995 and basketball's Jessica Davenport in 2007. For the complete release, click HERE.

USTFCCCA All-Americans: Eighty-seven Big Ten student-athletes were named USTFCCCA All-Americans on June 12, based on their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. First-team recognition is awarded to student-athletes that earn a top-eight finish at the national championships, while second-team honors are awarded to ninth to 16th place finishers. The list of Big Ten All-Americans can be found HERE.

Best in the Land: Illinois' Ashley Spencer and Ohio State's Christina Manning claimed national titles at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Spencer earned top honors in the 400-meter dash, while Manning placed first in the 100-meter hurdles. For the complete recap, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Five Big Ten outdoor track and field teams were awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors, the USTFCCCA announced on June 4. Christina Manning (Great Lakes) was named Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and Wisconsin's Jessica Flax was tabbed Women's Field Athlete of the Year. The Buckeyes' Karen Dennis took home Women's Coach of the Year honors, and the Badgers' Nate Davis earned Women's Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For read more, click HERE.

Medal of Honor Recipients: The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2012 Medal of Honor winners on June 7, 24 honorees from 13 different sports, with Iowa's McKenzie Melander and Nebraska's Ashley Miller receiving recognition. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA "as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports." The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution. In 2014, the conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this prestigious award. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-Big Ten Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday, May 15, the 2012 All-Big Ten women's outdoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Ohio State senior Christina Manning was named Track Athlete of the Year and Illinois' Ashley Spencer was named Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year. Ohio State's Alexis Thomas earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships, while Buckeye head coach Karen Dennis was named Coach of the Year by her peers. For the complete release, click HERE.

Twice as Nice:
Ohio State won the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 13, earning its second consecutive Big Ten title. The Buckeyes tallied 117 points over the weekend, followed by Illinois and Nebraska (110) in a tie for second. Penn State finished fourth with 87 points and Wisconsin was fifth with 78 tallies. For the complete release, click HERE.



Ohio State Names Schoenly New Softball Coach

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Ohio State announced Kelly Kovach Schoenly as the Buckeyes' new softball coach, becoming the eighth coach in the 40-year history of the program.

A former University of Michigan player where she twice earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors, Schoenly was an assistant at her alma mater and at Penn State for a combined 11 years (1995-2006) before assuming the head coaching duties at Miami (Ohio) in 2007. In six seasons in Oxford, Schoenly recorded a program-record 188 victories and two MAC Championships.

"I am honored and humbled for the chance to lead the Buckeye softball program, one I have respected for decades," Schoenly said. "I would like to thank Gene Smith, Heather Lyke, and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity. What makes this university special are the people, the tradition, and the excellence. My goal is to continue that legacy within our softball program."

Full Ohio State release

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