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Photo Gallery from Bristol!

All 12 Big Ten football head coaches will visit ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters today and tomorrow to discuss topics in the news, the upcoming season, their teams, players and more. Each coach will participate in a "Car Wash" in which they will appear across multiple ESPN platforms in a few hours. Outlets include College Football Live, SportsCenter, First Take and Highly Questionable on television; ESPN Radio's SVP & Russillo, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Coach and Company and SportsCenter tonight; and chats, podcasts and more across ESPN.com.


The complete Big Ten schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 31
Kevin Wilson, Indiana
Jerry Kill, Minnesota
Bo Pelini, Nebraska
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Darrell Hazell, Purdue
Gary Anderson, Wisconsin


Thursday, August 1
Tim Beckman, Illinois
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Brady Hoke, Michigan
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Bill O'Brien, Penn State


#VoteDrouin: Online Bowerman Fan Voting Begins Today

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Fans of collegiate track & field will have their voices heard in the next two weeks as online voting for The Bowerman - the nation's top award for collegiate track & field student-athletes - got underway as of noon ET on Monday, July 29. Be sure to vote for Indiana's Derek Drouin and help him become the Big Ten's first Bowerman winner. 


Voting will take place at TheBowerman.org through Tuesday, August 13, to help narrow the three male and three female finalists down to a men's and women's winner who will take home the iconic Bowerman trophy. The results of the online fan vote will account for one full vote in the overall balloting process.

It was a banner year for Drouin - the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year - as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010.
In addition to welcoming all 12 conference head coaches to their headquarters next week, ESPN will visit a pair of Big Ten campuses as part of their pre-season college football coverage. Ohio State is one of 10 stops during the ESPN DIRECTV Mobile Studio Tour, where College Football Live will have a studio crew onsite to conduct player and coach interviews. The tour will visit Columbus on Aug. 13 and will air at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

This year, Penn State will be the subject of this season's ESPN All-Access, which will introduce Nittany Lion players and coaches during pre-season training camp. The filming will conclude with a one-hour ESPN or ESPN2 special on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. In addition, Penn State vignettes will be shown during College Football Live, SportsCenter and multiple ESPNU shows beginning Aug. 16. A five-part series consisting of 30-minute specials on ESPNU will begin Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. The remaining four airdates on ESPNU are to be announced.

Big Ten Media Days Central

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Wednesday marked the unofficial start of the 2013 Big Ten Football season! Catch all the action from the first day of Big Ten Football Media Day with this recap! Today, we host more than 1,700 fans for our 42nd annual Kickoff Luncheon! BTN's Dave Revsine will serve as the program's emcee, speaking with all 12 head coaches, while Penn State's John Urschel will represent the players as the student-athlete speaker. The annual players and coaches autograph and photo session is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT, followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT. BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 4 p.m. CT on Friday, July 26. Follow all the action live on Twitter and Instagram @B1GFootball!




Six 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.

Big Ten institutions have claimed 13 Walter Camp Awards since 1967, 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. 

Taylor Lewan, MICH
Ameer Abdullah, NEB
Taylor Martinez, NEB
Venric Mark, NU
Braxton Miller, OSU
Bradley Roby, OSU
Seven Big Ten players were named candidates for the Doak Walker Award, it was announced on Thursday. Former Wisconsin standout Montee Ball won the award last season, while Northwestern's Venric Mark was tabbed a candidate after appearing as a semifinalist for the award last season.

Since 1990, the Doak Walker Award has been presented annually to the nation's top running back. Big Ten players have claimed six Walker Awards - Ohio State's Eddie George (1995), Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1999), Penn State's Larry Johnson (2002), Michigan's Chris Perry (2003), Iowa's Shonn Greene (2008) and Wisconsin's Ball (2012).

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

Mark Weisman, IOWA
Ameer Abdullah, NEB
Venric Mark, NU
Carlos Hyde, OSU
Zach Zwinak, PSU
Melvin Gordon, WIS
James White, WIS

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

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Three Big Ten players appear on the Davey O'Brien Award watch list, it was announced on Wednesday. Michigan's Devin Gardner, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and Ohio State's Braxton Miller are each up for the award 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.


Eight Standouts Selected to Biletnikoff Watch List

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Eight Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, it was announced on Tuesday. Indiana's Cody Latimer, Michigan's Jeremy Gallon, Michigan State's Aaron Burbridge, Nebraska's Kenny Bell, Ohio State's Corey Brown and Devin Smith, Penn State's Allen Robinson and Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis are all up for the award 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 also include Ohio State's Terry Glenn (1995), Michigan State's Charles Rogers (2002) and Michigan's Braylon Edwards (2004).

Nineteen Big Ten standouts were named to the Butkus and Lombardi watch lists, it was announced on Monday. Iowa's Anthony Hitchens, Michigan State's Max Bullough, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier and Wisconsin's Chris Borland were honored on both lists.

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, ILL
Anthony Hitchens, IOWA
Christian Kirksey, IOWA
James Morris, IOWA
Max Bullough, MSU
Ryan Shazier, OSU
Glenn Carson, PSU
Chris Borland, WIS

Lombardi Award
Anthony Hitchens, IOWA
Taylor Lewan, MICH
Jake Ryan, MICH
Max Bullough, MSU
Ra'Shede Hageman, MINN
Spencer Long, NEB
Jeremiah Sirles, NEB
Tyler Scott, NU
Brandon Vitabile, NU
Andrew Norwell, OSU
Ryan Shazier, OSU
John Urschel, PSU
Chris Borland, WIS
David Gilbert, WIS
Ryan Groy, WIS

Eight Big Ten Players Named to Thorpe Award Watch List

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Eight Big Ten standouts were named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list on Friday, which is tied for the lead among all conferences.

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:

Darqueze Dennard, MSU
Isaiah Lewis, MSU
Ciante Evans, NEB
Ibraheim Campbell, NU
C.J. Barnett, OSU
Christian Bryant, OSU
Bradley Roby, OSU
Ricardo Allen, PUR
Twenty-three Big Ten standouts were named to the Nagurski and Outland watch lists, it was announced on Thursday. Minnesota's RaShede Hageman represents 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, ILL
James Morris, IOWA
Max Bullough, MSU
Darqueze Dennard, MSU
Marcus Rush, MSU
Ra'Shede Hageman, MINN
Tyler Scott, NU
Christian Bryant, OSU
Bradley Roby, OSU
Ryan Shazier, OSU
Deion Barnes, PSU
Ricardo Allen, PUR
Chris Borland, WIS

Outland Trophy
Taylor Lewan, MICH
Ra'Shede Hageman, MINN
Spencer Long, NEB
Jeremiah Sirles, NEB
Brandon Vitabile, NU
Jack Mewhort, OSU
Andrew Norwell, OSU
DaQuan Jones, PSU
John Urschel, PSU
Ryan Groy, WIS

Indiana's Drouin Tabbed Finalist for The Bowerman

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Indiana's Derek Drouin, the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, has been named a finalist for The Bowerman Trophy - the highest honor given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in collegiate track & field.

Drouin was named the National Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning both NCAA high jump titles, becoming only the second student-athlete to win both honors in the same season. Drouin has won five NCAA high jump titles, the only five-time champion in the event's history, and seven Big Ten Championships crowns. An Olympic bronze Medalist, the Corunna, Ontario, native becomes the second Big Ten student-athlete in consecutive seasons to be named a finalist for the Bowerman, following Illinois' Andrew Riley in 2012.

To read more about Drouin, click HERE.

Seven Big Ten Players Named to Groza, Guy Watch Lists

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Seven Big Ten players were named to watch lists for the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Lou Groza Award is awarded 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:

Lou Groza Award
Mitch Ewald, IND
Mike Meyer, IOWA
Brendan Gibbons, MICH
Jeff Budzien, NU

Ray Guy Award
Justin DuVernois, ILL
Mike Sadler, MSU
Cody Webster, PUR
Eleven Big Ten student-athletes have been named to watch lists for the Rimington Trophy and John Mackey Award, it was announced today.

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).

Since 2000, the 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 Mackey Award Midseason Watch List will be revealed Oct. 14, while the semifinalists will be released on Nov. 18 and the finalists will be announced Nov. 25. The Rimington Trophy award winner will be revealed on Jan. 11. 

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

Rimington Trophy
Travis Jackson, MSU
Cole Pensick, NEB
Brandon Vitabile, NU
Corey Linseley, OSU

Mackey Award
Ted Bolser, IND
C.J. Fiedorowicz, IOWA
Devin Funchess, MICH
Jeff Heuerman, OSU
Kyle Carter, PSU
Gabe Holmes, PUR
Jacob Pedersen, WIS



Nineteen Big Ten student-athletes have been named to watch lists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, 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. Ohio State's Braxton Miller was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award last season. 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.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 29, while finalists will be revealed November 25.

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

Maxwell Award

Devin Gardner, MICH
Taylor Lewan, MICH
Ameer Abdullah, NEB
Taylor Martinez, NEB
Venric Mark, NU
Carlos Hyde, OSU
Braxton Miller, OSU
Zach Zwinak, PSU
James White, WIS

Bednarik Award
Jonathan Brown, ILL
James Morris, IOWA
Ra'Shede Hageman, MINN
Max Bullough, MSU
Darqueze Dennard, MSU
C.J. Barnett, OSU
Bradley Roby, OSU
Ryan Shazier, OSU
Deion Barnes, PSU
Chris Borland, WIS
Five Big Ten football standouts were named to the 2013 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Big Ten standouts on the watch list are Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Northwestern's Venric Mark, Ohio State's Corey Brown, Purdue's Akeem Hunt and Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis. Mark, Adbullah and Hunt each ranked among the Big Ten's top 10 in all-purpose yards per game last year. Mark led the conference with 167.0 all-purpose yards per contest, while also rating among the top 10 in rushing, kickoff returns and scoring. Abdullah was fourth in all-purpose yards and among the top 10 in rushing and kickoff returns while Hunt was sixth in all-purpose yards and kickoff returns. Abbrederis and Brown both rated among the top five in the Big Ten in receiving last season. Abbrederis was third with 64.4 receiving yards per game and fourth in punt returns, while Brown was fourth with 5.0 receptions per outing, led the conference with 12.3 yards per punt return and was also seventh in receiving yards. The Hornung Award was first granted in 2010.

2013 Big Ten Baseball Season in Review

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Historic Hoosiers: Indiana earned a spot in the College World Series after completing a two-game sweep of Florida State, defeating the Seminoles, 11-6, in Super Regional action. The Hoosiers advanced to their first season-ending event, becoming the first Big Ten team since Michigan in 1984 to advance to the College World Series. For more information, click HERE.

Two Selected to NCAA Tournament: Illinois and Indiana were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, marking the second straight season that two Big Ten teams were chosen to the field. The Hoosiers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid after winning the conference tournament and are a No. 1 seed, hosting Regional play in Bloomington, Ind. Illinois earned an at-large selection and are the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional. For complete coverage of each team in the CWS, click HERE.

Crown Em': Indiana won its first Big Ten Championship since 1949 finishing 17-7 in conference play. The Hoosiers also took home the Big Ten Tournament title, winning 4-3 against Nebraska at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information on the Big Ten Tournament, click HERE.

All #B1G Performers: The Big Ten announced the 2013 baseball individual award winners and All-Conference teams on May 21. Illinois' Justin Parr was named Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors, while Indiana's Aaron Slegers was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and Tracy Smith took home Coach of the Year laurels. For the full release, click HERE.

National Recognition: Illinois' Justin Parr earned first-team All-American laurels from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and second-team accolades from Baseball America, while Indiana's Kyle Schwarber earned second-team honors from both outlets and was named the NCBWA District V Player of the Year. The Illini's Kevin Duchene, the Hoosiers' Scott Effross, Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth and Travis Maezes and Purdue's Josh Estill earned Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, while Cronenworth earned first-team honors from the NCBWA.

It's Academic: Minnesota's Troy Larson was named a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American. Larson was named to the second team and is among a group of 100 baseball standouts to earn Academic All-Conference honors. For more information on Academic All-Big Ten Honorees, click HERE.

Next Level: A total of 23 Big Ten student-athletes were chosed in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Minnesota starting pitcher Tom Windle was taken 56th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Round 2, nine conference players were then taken in Rounds 3-10, eight went from Rounds 11-25, while three were drafted in Rounds 26-40.

Thirteen Big Ten Standouts Selected in NHL Draft

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Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes were selected in the 2013 NHL Draft. Michigan led the way with five selections, while Minnesota had four. Penn State and Wisconsin each had two selections.

Round 2
J.T. Compher, Michigan (Buffalo Sabres, 35 overall)
Thomas Vannelli, Minnesota (St. Louis Blues, 47)

Round 3
Eamon McAdam, Penn State (New York Islanders, 70)
Taylor Cammarata, Minnesota (New York Islanders, 76)

Round 4
Michael Downing, Michigan (Florida Panthers, 97)
Andrew Copp, Michigan (Winnepeg Jets, 104)
Hudson Fasching, Minnesota (Los Angeles Kings, 118)
Tyler Motte, Michigan (Chicago Blackhawks, 121)

Round 5
Michael Brodzinski, Minnesota (San Jose Sharks, 141)
Grant Besse, Wisconsin (Anaheim Ducks, 147)

Round 6
Mike Williamson, Penn State (Vancouver Canucks, 175)

Round 7
Jedd Soleway, Wisconsin (Phoenix Coyotes, 193)

Round 7
Nolan De Jong, Michigan (Minnesota Wild, 197)

Four Big Ten standouts, the most of any conference, were named to the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games roster, it was announced over the weekend. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa's Aaron White and Michigan State's Adreian Payne were the four conference athletes named to the 12-man roster, which will include Michigan coach John Beilein as one of its assistants. The team departs for Russia on Monday before opening the tournament on Sunday, July 7.

Complete USA Basketball Release