August 2013 Archives

Big Ten Men's Soccer Results

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Aug. 31
Wisconsin 1, Missouri-Kansas City 1 (2 OT)

Women's Soccer Saturday Results

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Saturday, Aug. 31
No. 6 Brigham Young 3, Nebraska 0

Saturday's Results

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August 31st
ILLINOIS (rv) def. #17 Kentucky, 3-2
INDIANA def. Rutgers, 3-0
INDIANA def. Kent State, 3-1
IOWA def. Youngstown State, 3-1
IOWA def. Coastal Carolina, 3-2
#7 MICHIGAN def. Northern Kentucky, 3-0
Pacific def. #14 MICHIGAN STATE, 3-0
#14 MICHIGAN STATE def. Virginia Tech, 3-2
#6 MINNESOTA def. Georgia State, 3-0
#6 MINNESOTA def. Samford, 3-0
Auburn def. #10 NEBRASKA, 3-1
#10 NEBRASKA def. St. Louis, 3-0
Oklahoma (rv) def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-1
NORTHWESTERN def. Milwaukee, 3-2
#23 OHIO STATE def. Green Bay, 3-2
#23 OHIO STATE def. Northern Illinois, 3-2
#2 PENN STATE def. Syracuse, 3-0
#2 PENN STATE def. #19 Louisville, 3-0
#16 PURDUE def. Alabama A&M, 3-0
#21 Western Kentucky def. #16 PURDUE, 3-2
WISCONSIN (rv) def. Delaware, 3-0
WISCONSIN (rv) def. Pepperdine (rv), 3-1

Women's Soccer Saturday Schedule

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Saturday, Aug. 31
Nebraska at BYU, 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT

Men's Soccer Saturday Schedule

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Saturday, Aug. 31
Wisconsin at Missouri-Kansas City, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

Saturday's Schedule

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August 31st
ILLINOIS (rv) vs. #17 Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. [1]
Rutgers at INDIANA, 11:30 a.m. [2]
Kent State at INDIANA, 7 p.m. [2]
IOWA vs. Youngstown State, 1:30 p.m. [3]
IOWA vs. Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. [3]
#7 MICHIGAN vs. Northern Kentucky, 1 p.m. [4]
#14 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Pacific, 2:30 p.m. [5]
#14 MICHIGAN STATE at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. [5]
#6 MINNESOTA vs. Georgia State, 11 a.m. [6]
#6 MINNESOTA vs. Samford 6 p.m., [6]
#10 NEBRASKA vs. Auburn, 11 a.m. [7]
#10 NEBRASKA vs. St. Louis, 8 p.m. [7]
NORTHWESTERN vs. Oklahoma (rv), 10 a.m. [8]
NORTHWESTERN vs. Milwaukee, 5 p.m. [8]
#23 OHIO STATE vs. Green Bay, 1 p.m. [9]
#23 OHIO STATE vs. Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. [9]
Syracuse at #2 PENN STATE, 11 a.m. [12]
#19 Louisville at #2 PENN STATE, 7 p.m. [12]
Alabama A&M at #16 PURDUE, 10 a.m. [10]
#21 Western Kentucky at #16 PURDUE, 5 p.m. [10]
WISCONSIN (rv) vs. Delaware, 3:30 p.m. [11]
WISCONSIN (rv) vs. Pepperdine (rv), 10:30 p.m. [11]

All times are ET.


[1] - Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational - Long Beach, Calif.
[2] - Indiana Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
[3] - Chanticleer Invitational - Conway, S.C.
[4] - Xavier Invitational - Cincinnati, Ohio
[5] - Hokie Invitational - Blacksburg, Va.
[6] - UAB/Samford Tourney - Birmingham, Ala.
[7] - Billiken Invitational - St. Louis, Mo.
[8] - Holiday Inn West Invitational - Kalamazoo, Mich.
[9] - NIU Invitational - DeKalb, Ill.
[10] - Mortar Board Premier - West Lafayette, Ind.
[11] - Pepperdine Invitational - Malibu, Calif.
[12] - Penn State Invitational - University Park, Pa.

Friday's Results

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August 30th
ILLINOIS (rv) def. #18 Florida State, 3-0
Long Beach State (rv) def. ILLINOIS (rv), 3-1
INDIANA def. Robert Morris, 3-0
IOWA def. Wofford, 3-2
#7 MICHIGAN def. Clemson, 3-0
#7 MICHIGAN def. Xavier, 3-0
#14 MICHIGAN STATE def. St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0
#14 MICHIGAN STATE def. Towson, 3-0
#6 MINNESOTA def. Jacksonville State, 3-0
#6 MINNESOTA def. UAB, 3-0
#10 NEBRASKA def. Louisiana-Monroe, 3-0
Western Michigan def. NORTHWESTERN, 3-2
#23 OHIO STATE def. Liberty, 3-0
#4 USC def. #16 PURDUE, 3-1
WISCONSIN (rv) def. Iona, 3-0


Saturday's Results

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#14 Massachusetts def. #9 MICHIGAN, 3-2
Temple def. OHIO STATE, 4-1
#17 Drexel def. INDIANA, 2-0

Friday's Results

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August 30th
Providence def. #11 NORTHWESTERN, 2-1 (OT)
#10 Duke def. Indiana, 4-0
#6 PENN STATE def. #8 Old Dominion, 3-1
#13 IOWA def. Bucknell, 3-1
California def. MICHIGAN STATE, 2-1 (OT)


Friday's Women's Soccer Results

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Friday, Aug. 30
ILLINOIS 6, College of Charleston 2
INDIANA 3, Milwaukee 1
IOWA 1, UC Davis 0
No. 14 MICHIGAN 2, Eastern Michigan 1 (OT)
MICHIGAN STATE 1, No. 21 San Diego State 1 (2 OT)
MINNESOTA 4, Illinois State 0
NORTHWESTERN 1, Northeastern 1 (2 OT)
No. 5 Virginia 5, No. 9 PENN STATE 1
PURDUE 4, Northern Illinois 1
WISCONSIN 2, Oregon 1

Men's Soccer Friday Results

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Friday's Men's Soccer Schedule

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Friday's Women's Soccer Schedule

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Weekend Schedule

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Friday, August 30th
ILLINOIS at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
#17 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
#13 MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
PURDUE at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, August 31st
NORTHWESTERN at UIC Home Opener - Palos Heights, Ill.
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, August 30th
ILLINOIS (rv) at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill.
#26 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.
#30 MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
PURDUE at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Saturday, August 31st
OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio

Friday's Schedule

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August 30th
ILLINOIS (rv) vs. #18 Florida State - 2 p.m. [1] 
ILLINOIS (rv) at Long Beach State (rv) - 10:30 p.m. [1]
Robert Morris at INDIANA - 7 p.m. [2]
IOWA vs. Wofford - 8:30 p.m. [3]
#7 MICHIGAN vs. Clemson - Noon [4]
#7 MICHIGAN at Xavier - 7 p.m. [4]
#14 MICHIGAN STATE vs. St. Francis (Pa.) - 10:30 a.m. [5]
#14 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Towson - 5 p.m. [5]
#6 MINNESOTA vs. Jacksonville State - 1 p.m. [6]
#6 MINNESOTA at UAB - 8 p.m. [6]
#10 NEBRASKA vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 5:30 p.m. [7]
NORTHWESTERN vs. Western Michigan- 7 p.m. [8] 
#23 OHIO STATE vs. Liberty - 6 p.m. [9]
#4 USC at #16 PURDUE - 7 p.m. * [10]
WISCONSIN (rv) vs. Iona - 8 p.m. [11]

All times are ET.
* - BTDN

[1] - Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational - Long Beach, Calif.
[2] - Indiana Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
[3] - Chanticleer Invitational - Conway, S.C.
[4] - Xavier Invitational - Cincinnati, Ohio
[5] - Hokie Invitational - Blacksburg, Va.
[6] - UAB/Samford Tourney - Birmingham, Ala.
[7] - Billiken Invitational - St. Louis, Mo.
[8] - Holiday Inn West Invitational - Kalamazoo, Mich.
[9] - NIU Invitational - DeKalb, Ill.
[10] - Mortar Board Premier - West Lafayette, Ind.
[11] - Pepperdine Invitational - Malibu, Calif.

Friday's Schedule

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August 30th
#11 NORTHWESTERN at Providence - Noon
INDIANA at #10 Duke - 3 p.m.
#6 PENN STATE at #8 Old Dominion - 5 p.m.
#13 IOWA vs. Bucknell - 7 p.m. [1]
MICHIGAN STATE vs. California - 10 p.m. [2]

All times are ET.
[1] Easton, Pa.
[2] Palo Alto, Calif.

Illinois' DiBernardo Called Up to U.S. Women's National Team

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Illinois women's soccer senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo was called up to the U.S. National Team for its Sept. 3 match against Mexico at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. DiBernardo, a three-time All-Big Ten first team selection, will miss Illinois' match against Illinois State on Sunday before returning to the Illini in time for their two games at Arizona State (Sept. 6 and 8).

DiBernardo, the daughter of former Indiana letterwinner, U.S. Men's National Team player and 1978 Hermann Trophy winner Angelo DiBernardo, was tabbed a Big Ten Player to Watch at the outset of the 2013 season. The Naperville, Ill., native was named to the MAC Herman Award Watch List on Aug. 20, and is also a nominee for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.    

The USA-Mexico match will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and air on FOX Sports 1 as the new network's first international soccer match.  

 

 

 

 

Four Big Ten Squads to Face Professional Polish Team

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Four Big Ten volleyball squads will face off against Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, a team from the Polish Champions League, in exhibition matches in the coming weeks. The club will tour the United States for three weeks, competing against Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue in the process. 

Dabrowa comes to the U.S. after reaching several high points in club history. In 2010-11, Dabrowa reached the title match of the CEV Women's Volleyball Cup. The CEV is the governing body of 55 national federation teams from across Europe and the highest level of competition for professional clubs. This year, Dabrowa captured the Polish Cup, qualifying the team for its fifth appearance in the CEV Women's Volleyball Cup since 2009.

Dabrowa's lineup consists of athletes from four difference countries, including Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. Current player, Maja Tokarska, also played on the 2012 Olympic team for Poland.

Dabrowa's complete schedule against Big Ten opponents is below:

Friday, August 30 - at Penn State, 7 p.m. 
Sunday, September 1 - at Penn State, 11 a.m. 
Wednesday, September 4 - at Ohio State, 7 p.m. 
Friday, September 6 - vs. Purdue, 4:30 p.m. [1]
Monday, September 9 - at Northwestern, 8 p.m.

All times ET.
[1] - South Bend, Ind.


Ohio State Hosts Pittsburgh in Women's Soccer Wednesday

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The No. 24 Ohio State women's soccer team will host Pittsburgh Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.
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Five Big Ten volleyball standouts were named candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS award, given to athletes who excel both on and off of the court. Michigan's Jennifer Cross, Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota's Ashley Wittman, Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus and Penn State's Ariel Scott are each up for the award. The candidate list will be narrowed from 30 to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.

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.

Big Ten Women's Soccer Represented in Latest Top 25 Polls

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The most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire and Top Drawer Soccer women's top 25 polls were revealed, with three Big Ten teams garnering recognition in each poll.

In the NSCAA poll, Penn State checked in at No. 9 after going unbeaten at last weekend's Penn State Invitational. Michigan moved up from No. 19 to No. 14 after back-to-back home wins over Milwaukee and Oakland. Ohio State is ranked No. 24 after defeating Morehead State and Eastern Michigan last weekend.

In the Top Drawer Soccer poll, Penn State was ranked No. 9, followed by No. 20 Michigan. Illinois checked in at No. 23 after going 1-1 last weekend in road matches at No. 10 Notre Dame (L, 1-4) and Louisville (W, 5-4 [OT]).

Ohio State will host Pittsburgh Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT in the Big Ten's lone mid-week match.

 

Five Big Ten men's cross country teams garnered recognition in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, released on Tuesday. Defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin leads the way at No. 7, followed by No. 20 Indiana, No. 26 Michigan and No. 30 Michigan State. Illinois was receiving votes in the poll. The 2013 cross country season officially begins this weekend. 

For the complete poll, click here.

Four Big Ten Women's Cross Country Teams Ranked Nationally

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Four Big Ten women's cross country squads have earned spots in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches top 30 poll, announced on Tuesday. Penn State leads the way for conference squads, coming in at No. 11. Michigan State follows at No. 13, Michigan comes in at No. 17 and Minnesota is ranked No. 19. The 2013 cross country season officially begins this weekend.

Click here to see the complete poll.

Four Big Ten Field Hockey Teams Appear in Preseason Poll

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Four Big Ten field hockey teams appear in the 2013 Penn Monto/NFHCA Preseason Poll, released on Tuesday. Big Ten Champion Penn State leads the way at No. 6, while Michigan joins them in the top 10 at No. 9. Northwestern comes in at No. 11, while Iowa sits at No. 13. The 2013 field hockey season begins this weekend, with all seven conference teams taking the field for the first time.

For the complete poll, click here

Penn State, Nebraska Part of ESPN's Big Monday Coverage

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ESPN has announced its Big Monday women's basketball lineup for the 2014 season, which includes one Big Ten matchup. On Feb. 24, Nebraska will host Penn State at 7 p.m. ET in a matchup that features the two-time defending conference champion Lady Lions against the Huskers, who have appeared in two consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship contests. Both squads appear in ESPN.com's preseason top 25, with Nebraska ninth and Penn State 19th.

Big Ten Women's Soccer Results/Recap: Aug. 25, 2013

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The Big Ten went 10-2-0 during Sunday's slate of women's soccer games, with eight conference teams improving to 2-0-0 on the season.

No. 4 Penn State picked up its first win of the season, defeating Hofstra, 2-1, in the final match of the Penn State Invitational. No. 19 Michigan defeated visiting Oakland, 6-1, while No. 23 Ohio State bested Eastern Michigan in overtime, 2-1.

Illinois outlasted host Louisville in overtime, 5-4, and Indiana blanked Georgia Southern, 5-0. Iowa defeated Western Michigan, 3-1, while Michigan State pulled away from Milwaukee, 5-2. Minnesota beat North Dakota State, 4-1, and Nebraska defeated Cincinnati, 4-1.

Northwestern came up short in a 4-1 loss at No. 10 Notre Dame, while Purdue dropped a 4-3 decision against Xavier in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. Wisconsin completed a 2-0 road trip with a 4-1 win at Illinois State.

Ohio State will host Pittsburgh next Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT), the only mid-week match in the Big Ten next week.


BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER RESULTS (AUG. 25, 2013)

No. 4 Penn State 2, Hofstra 1

No. 19 Michigan 6, Oakland 1

No. 23 Ohio State 2, Eastern Michigan 1 (OT)

Illinois 5, Louisville 4 (OT)

Indiana 5, Georgia Southern 0

Iowa 3, Western Michigan 1

Michigan State 5, Milwaukee 2

Minnesota 4, North Dakota State 1

Nebraska 4, Cincinnati 1

No. 10 Notre Dame 4, Northwestern 1

Xavier 4, Purdue 3

Wisconsin 4, Illinois State 1

 

Sunday Preview: Big Ten Women's Soccer

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The opening weekend of the 2013 Big Ten women's soccer season resumes Sunday, with all 12 conference teams in action. No. 4 Penn State, No. 19 Michigan and No. 23 Ohio State will all host home games, as will Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue.

Penn State will wrap up the Penn State Invitational by hosting Hofstra, while Michigan will entertain Oakland. The Buckeyes will challenge Eastern Michigan in the lone night game of Sunday's slate (6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT). Northwestern will travel to No. 10 Notre Dame.

Illinois will play its second-straight road game, traveling to Louisville. Indiana will play its home opener against Georgia Southern, while Iowa will take on Western Michigan. Just two days after Michigan hosted Milwaukee, the Spartans will challenge the Panthers in East Lansing, Mich.

Minnesota will host North Dakota State, while Nebraska will entertain Cincinnati. Purdue will wrap up the Boilermaker Challenge Cup by taking on Xavier, and Wisconsin will travel to Illinois State. 

Below is Sunday's complete schedule of Big Ten games.


Sunday, Aug. 25

Hofstra at No. 4 Penn State (Penn State Invitational), Noon ET/11 a.m. CT

Illinois at Louisville, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT

Georgia Southern at Indiana, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT

Milwaukee at Michigan State, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT

Cincinnati at Nebraska, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT

Western Michigan at Iowa, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT

Oakland at No. 19 Michigan, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT

Xavier at Purdue (Boilermaker Challenge Cup), 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT

Wisconsin at Illinois State, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT

North Dakota State at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT

Northwestern at No. 10 Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT

Eastern Michigan at No. 23 Ohio State, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT      

 

 

 

Big Ten Women's Soccer Recap/Results: Friday, Aug. 23

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The Big Ten went 9-2-1 during Friday's opening night of the 2013 women's soccer season. No. 19 Michigan recorded a shutout win, along with Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue.

The Wolverines blanked visiting Milwaukee, 3-0, while No. 23 Ohio State recorded a 3-2, come-from-behind win over Morehead State. No. 4 Penn State battled visiting West Virginia to a 2-2 draw in double overtime in the first-round of the Penn State Invitational.  

Indiana and Iowa both tallied 1-0 shutout victories on the road. The Hoosiers defeated Ohio, while the Hawkeyes outlasted Drake. Michigan State scored twice in the second half to defeat Buffalo, 2-0. Nebraska blanked Southeast Missouri 4-0, and Purdue upended visiting Akron, 5-0, in the opening round of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup.

Wisconsin broke a 2-2 tie with a late goal to defeat Connecticut, 3-2, while Minnesota defeated visiting Toledo, 2-1. Western Illinois scored a pair of late goals to defeat Northwestern 2-1, while Illinois dropped a 4-1 decision at No. 10 Notre Dame.

All 12 teams will be back in action on Sunday. Check back to the Big Ten women's soccer blog on Sunday morning for a preview of the day's match-ups.


BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER RESULTS (AUG. 23, 2013)

No. 19 Michigan 3, Milwaukee 0

No. 23 Ohio State 3, Morehead State 2

No. 4 Penn State 2, West Virginia 2 (2 OT)

Indiana 1, Ohio 0

Iowa 1, Drake 0

Michigan State 2, Buffalo 0

Nebraska 4, Southeast Missouri 0

Purdue 5, Akron 0

Wisconsin 3, Connecticut 2

Minnesota 2, Toledo 1   

No. 10 Notre Dame 4, Illinois 1

Western Illinois 2, Northwestern 1

 

Delany celebrates 25th year as commissioner by visiting all 12 schools in August as teams set their sights on Pasadena

With the 118th season of Big Ten football less than a month away, Jim Delany is celebrating his 25th year as commissioner of the Big Ten Conference by travelling to each of the 12 conference institutions in the month of August to visit coaches, student-athletes and administrators. The 2013 campaign will feature the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, with the winner earning the chance to play in one of two postseason games at historic Rose Bowl Stadium - the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2014, or the BCS National Championship Game on January 6, 2014.

Commissioner Delany departed from Chicago on Monday, August 5. The most up-to-date schedule appears below, along with links to photo galleries from each appearance, and you can follow the journey on the Big Ten's Facebook page (facebook.com/BigTenConference) and via Twitter @B1Gfootball, using the hashtag #B1GDelanyOnCampus.

August 22 - Nebraska
With the 12th and final stop of his preseason football tour, Delany visited Lincoln, Neb., and the Husker football team. Delany was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the East Stadium, then took in some of the Huskers' evening football workout. At its conclusion, Delany addressed the team and received a No. 25 helmet from the squad. The gallery will be continually updated.

Photo Gallery

August 22 - Minnesota
In his second stop of the day, and 11th during his preseason tour, Delany visited Minnesota's preseason practice, where he joined Director of Athletics Norwood Teague and head coach Jerry Kill at the team's afternoon workout. Delany spoke with the players, then Kill presented him with a No. 25 helmet and hockey coach Don Lucia delivered a personalized No. 1 Gopher hockey jersey. See the full gallery by clicking below.

Photo Gallery

Jim Delany on 25 years with the Big Ten: 'Change is constant'

August 22 - Iowa
Iowa City was the 10th stop of Delany's preseason tour, where he met with Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta and head coach Kirk Ferentz. Delany took in some portions of the practice before addressing the team. Barta and Ferentz presented Delany with a University of Iowa captain's chair in recognition of Delany's 25th year as Big Ten Commissioner. See the full gallery by clicking below.

Photo Gallery

August 20 - Purdue
Delany traveled to Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday for his ninth preseason stop, taking in the Boilermaker practice and visiting with Director of Athletics Morgan Burke. Head coach Darrell Hazell presented Delany with a replica of the Boilermaker statue and other Purdue memorabilia before the commissioner addressed the squad. See the full gallery by clicking the link below.

Photo Gallery

August 15- Northwestern
Delany visited Kenosha, Wis., for his eighth stop, meeting with Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald, addressing the team, being regaled by the squad signing the school fight song, receiving a No. 25 helmet in honor of his 25th year as commissioner and watching practice. See the full photo gallery by clicking the link below.

Photo Gallery

 

August 15- Wisconsin
Delany visited Madison in his seventh stop, watching practice with Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez, addressing the football team and accepting a No. 25 jersey and signed helmet in honor of his 25th year as commissioner from Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen. See the full photo gallery by clicking the link below.

Photo Gallery

 

August 10 - Illinois
Delany visited Champaign in his sixth stop, starting off his visit by meeting with the Fighting Illini in their team squad room prior to practice. In recognition of his 25th year as the Big Ten's commissioner, Delany was presented a helmet and jersey from Head Coach Tim Beckman. See the full photo gallery by clicking the link below. Also included below are three videos, featuring an interview between Delany and FightingIllini.com (All-Access).  

Delany discusses Fall Football Practice Tour    

Delany reflects on Big Ten tenure

Delany reflects on favorite moments in intercollegiate athletics

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August 9 - Michigan
Delany visited Ann Arbor on his fifth stop, met with Director of Athletics Dave Brandon and Head Coach Brady Hoke and was honored with a game ball in recognition of his 25th year as commissioner. See the full photo gallery by clicking the below link.

Commissioner Delany catches up with MGoBlue.com, discusses 25-year tenure as Big Ten leader

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August 9 - Michigan State
Delany visited East Lansing on his fourth stop, met with Head Coach Mark Dantonio and was honored with a game ball in recognition of his 25th year as commissioner. See the full photo gallery by clicking the below link.

Commissioner Delany talks Spartan football with MSUSpartans.com All-Access

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August 8
BTN Q&A with Jim Delany After First Three Tour Stops

 

August 8 - Penn State
Delany visited University Park on his third stop, took part in a video interview for PSUSports.com in Beaver Stadium, met with Director of Athletics David Joyner and Head Coach Bill O'Brien and was honored with a No. 20 Nittany Lions jersey in recognition of Penn State's 20 years in the conference. Delany also took part in an interview with Dave Revsine on the BTN studio set. See the full photo gallery by clicking the below link.

Photo Gallery


August 7 - Ohio State
Delany visited Columbus on his second stop, met with Head Coach Urban Meyer and Director of Athletics Gene Smith, addressed the team and was honored with an Ohio State helmet featuring 25 Buckeye Leaves for his 25th anniversary as commissioner. See the full photo gallery by clicking the below link.

Photo Gallery


August 6 - Indiana
Delany visited Bloomington on his first stop, met with Head Coach Kevin Wilson and Director of Athletics Fred Glass, addressed the team and was honored with a No. 25 jersey and helmet for his 25th anniversary as commissioner. See the full photo gallery by clicking the below link.

Photo Gallery
Four Big Ten football players were named to the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List on Wednesday. The award honors the top offensive player in Division I who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity in overcoming adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. Iowa's Damon Bullock, Minnesota's Rodrick Williams, Jr., Northwestern's Venric Mark and Purdue's Cody Davis are among the preseason list, which will be trimmed to 16 semifinalists in November. Four finalists will be revealed in December, with the winner announced on Jan. 10.

The men's and women's soccer 2013 Senior CLASS Award nominees were announced Wednesday, and the Big Ten Conference had six total student-athletes garner recognition.   

Big Ten men's soccer nominees included Michigan State's Kevin Cope, Indiana's A.J. Corrado and Northwestern's Chris Ritter. On the women's side, Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Penn State's Maya Hayes and Michigan's Holly Hein were all named Senior CLASS Award nominees.

Cope, Carrado and Ritter were all named to the Big Ten's players to watch list in conjunction with Wednesday's release of the preseason coaches' poll. Cope is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and collected second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2012. Corrado was a first-team All-Big Ten pick last season and also received Academic All-Big Ten plaudits. Ritter was tabbed the Big Ten Defender of the Year in 2012, while also being named first-team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten.     

DiBernardo was named first-team All-Big Ten in each of the past two seasons, and was the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Hayes has collected Big Ten Forward of the Year and received first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of the past two seasons. Hein is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2012.  

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

The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

   

Northwestern freshman golfer Matt Fitzpatrick has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading men's amateur player in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Fitzpatrick has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at The Open Championship, becoming the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur Championship since 1911 and reaching the final of the English Amateur Championship. He secured his place in the field for next year's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and will receive an invitation to play in The Masters.

The 2013 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch Lists were announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Tuesday, and a combined four Big Ten Conference student-athletes were recognized.

Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo and Penn State's Whitney Church and Maya Hayes were the Big Ten's women's soccer representatives, while Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller was named to the men's watch list. The MAC Hermann Trophy is annually awarded to the nation's top Division I soccer player.

DiBernardo was named first-team All-Big Ten in each of the past two seasons, and was the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Church was tabbed first-team All-Big Ten and was the 2012 Big Ten Defender of the Year, while Hayes has collected Big Ten Forward of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of the past two seasons. Miller is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten goalkeeper.

At the end of the regular season, the respective men's and women's watch lists will be narrowed down to 15 student-athletes. Fans will be able to vote for the semifinalists beginning in November on the MAC Hermann Trophy website. From that pool of 30, six finalists (three men, three women) will be chosen for the award. The winners will be announced in January. 

 

   

Trio of Big Ten Women's Soccer Teams Ranked in TDS Preseason Top 25

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Top Drawer Soccer released its women's soccer preseason top 25 poll, with three Big Ten Conference teams among the top 25. Penn State led the way at No. 5, followed by 17th-ranked Illinois and No. 23 Michigan.   

 Penn State won its 15th consecutive Big Ten Championship last season, while Illinois finished as the runner-up in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Michigan advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. 

The Big Ten women's soccer season officially kicks off on Friday, with all 12 teams in action. Conference play is slated to begin on Sept. 19, when Michigan State visits Nebraska. The Big Ten Tournament will be hosted by Illinois from Nov. 6-10.

Three Big Ten Teams Ranked in Preseason TDS Men's Top 25

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Top Drawer Soccer unveiled its men's soccer preseason top 25 poll, with three Big Ten Conference teams garnering recognition. Defending national champion Indiana was slotted as the nation's No. 1 team, followed by No. 15 Michigan and No. 19 Northwestern.

Indiana, which was also ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason top 25 poll, won its eighth national title in 2012. Michigan advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game last season, while Northwestern won a share of the Big Ten title. The Wildcats were also slotted No. 19 in the preseason NSCAA top 25 poll. 

The Big Ten men's soccer season officially kicks off on Friday, Aug. 30. Conference play is set to begin on Oct. 1, with the Big Ten Tournament being hosted by Ohio State from Nov. 13-17. The Big Ten preseason coaches' poll will be released on Wednesday.

Five Big Ten Teams Among Top 25 in Preseason AP Poll

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The Associated Press released its preseason top 25 poll on Saturday, with five Big Ten teams ranked among the top 25. After an undefeated season in 2012, Ohio State led the way at No. 2, including one first-place vote. Other Big Ten teams among the top 25 are No. 17 Michigan, No. 18 Nebraska, No. 22 Northwestern and No. 23 Wisconsin.

The 2013 season begins on Thursday, Aug. 29, with Indiana hosting Indiana State and Minnesota welcoming UNLV. Michigan State opens its campaign on Friday, Aug. 30, at home against Western Michigan. The remaining nine conference teams all begin play on Saturday, August 31.

Big Ten play begins with Purdue at Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 21, and culminates with the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The winner of the title game will have the opportunity to play in one of two historic games in Pasadena, Cailf. - the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, or the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game on Jan. 6.

BTN Men's Soccer Schedule Announced

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BTN will televise 13 Big Ten men's soccer games during the 2013 season, including seven matches throughout the conference slate. The network will also broadcast both semifinals and the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

BTN's first broadcast will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1, when defending national champion Indiana entertains UCLA. The first Big Ten match is set for Sunday, Sept. 29, when the Hoosiers host Ohio State at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2012 men's soccer season, with four teams earning berths into the NCAA Tournament. Indiana became the first team in NCAA history to win the national championship as a No. 16 seed; Northwestern won a share of the Big Ten Championship and garnered an at-large berth to the postseason; Michigan State outlasted rival Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game and the Wolverines put together a late season surge to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

The Big Ten Preseason Coaches' poll will be released next Wednesday.

2013 BTN Men's Soccer Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 1: UCLA at Indiana, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT
Sunday, Sept. 29: Ohio State at Indiana, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 6: Penn State at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 13: Ohio State at Michigan State, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT
Tuesday, Oct. 15: Creighton at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, Oct. 26: Indiana at Michigan, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 27: Northwestern at Penn State, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT
Sunday, Oct. 27: Michigan State at Wisconsin, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Nov. 3: Wisconsin at Northwestern, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Tuesday, Nov. 5: Notre Dame at Michigan State, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Friday, Nov. 15: Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #1 (Columbus Ohio; Time TBA)
Friday, Nov. 15: Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #2 (Columbus, Ohio; Time TBA)
Sunday, Nov. 17: Big Ten Tournament Championship game: (Columbus, Ohio; 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT)

BTN Women's Soccer Schedule Set

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BTN will televise 13 Big Ten women's soccer matches during the 2013 campaign, including 10 games throughout the conference slate. The network will also air both semifinals and the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament in Champaign, Ill.

BTN's first broadcast will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, when Nebraska hosts Michigan State. The network will also air a Big Ten women's soccer doubleheader on Sunday, Oct. 6, when Wisconsin welcomes Ohio State and Purdue entertains Northwestern.  

Five Big Ten teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, including Penn State, which won its 15th straight Big Ten Championship, and Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State. Big Ten Tournament runner-up Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin also earned berths to the postseason.

The Big Ten women's soccer season will begin next Friday, Aug. 23.

2013 BTN Women's Soccer Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 19: Michigan State at Nebraska, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Sept. 22: Michigan at Iowa, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT
Thursday, Sept. 26: Indiana at Ohio State, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Sept. 29: Minnesota at Michigan, 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT
Thursday, Oct. 3: Michigan at Michigan State, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 6: Ohio State at Wisconsin, 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 6: Northwestern at Purdue, 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT
Thursday, Oct. 17: Ohio State at Penn State, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Sunday, Oct. 20: Illinois at Penn State, Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
Thursday, Oct. 31: Illinois at Minnesota, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT
Friday, Nov. 8: Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #1 (Champaign, Ill.; Time TBA)
Friday, Nov. 8: Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #2 (Champaign, Ill.; Time TBA)
Sunday, Nov. 10: Big Ten Tournament Championship game: (Champaign, Ill.; Time TBA)

The Big Ten Conference had 13 men's soccer players named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Top 100, which was unveiled on topdrawersoccer.com from Aug. 13-15. Indiana's A.J. Corrado (No. 8), Chris Ritter from Northwestern (No. 9) and Michigan's Fabio Pereira (No. 10) were all top-10 selections.  

Defending national champion Indiana had a conference-high five student-athletes recognized in the Top Drawer Soccer National Top 100, followed by Northwestern (4), Michigan (2), Michigan State (1) and Wisconsin (1).

Indiana enters the 2013 men's college soccer season as the nation's No. 1 team, as announced in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason top 25 poll. Northwestern, which won a share of the Big Ten Championship last season, also begins the campaign in the top 25, checking in at No. 19. The Big Ten Preseason Coaches' poll will be released next Wednesday, Aug. 21.  

Top Drawer Soccer Men's National Top 100 (Big Ten Conference)
8) A.J. Corrado, Indiana, Sr., Midfielder
9) Chris Ritter, Northwestern, Sr., Midfielder
10) Fabio Pereira, Michigan, Sr., Midfielder
22) Kevin Cope, Michigan State, Sr., Defender
33) AJ Cochran, Wisconsin, Jr., Defender
48) Tyler Miller, Northwestern, Jr., Goalkeeper
50) Nikita Kotlov, Indiana, Sr., Midfielder
52) Joey Calistri, Northwestern, So., Forward
60) Nikko Boxall, Northwestern, Jr., Midfielder/Defender
61) Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Indiana, So., Forward/Midfielder
65) Tyler Arnone, Michigan, Jr., Midfielder
76) Dylan Mares, Indiana, Jr., Midfielder
91) Jacob Bushue, Indiana, Sr., Midfielder

BTN Field Hockey Schedule Set

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BTN will televise at least nine field hockey matches this season, including the semifinals and finals of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. Each BTN broadcast will also be available on BTN2Go.

The field hockey season on BTN begins on Friday, Sept. 27 when Northwestern hosts Iowa. BTN's live coverage of field hockey includes a game every Friday, culminating with the Big Ten Tournament final on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2012 field hockey season, highlighted by three teams earning bids to the NCAA Field Hockey Championship, marking the 12th-straight season the conference has sent three or more teams to the national tournament. Penn State earned the conference's automatic berth after winning the regular-season crown and Big Ten Tournament title. Iowa and Michigan joined the Nittany Lions in the 16-team field.

Below is the schedule of matches scheduled for both BTN and BTN2Go. Additional matches will be scheduled during the season for delayed broadcast as part of the network's Student U initiative.

2013 BTN Field Hockey Schedule (All times Eastern)
Friday, Sept. 27 - Iowa at Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4 - Michigan State at Indiana, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 - Michigan at Michigan State, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 - Northwestern at Indiana, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25 - Penn State at Iowa, 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1 - Ohio State at Northwestern, 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 - Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
Sunday, Nov. 10 - Big Ten Tournament Final



ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., on Jan. 25, 2014, when Michigan State hosts rival Michigan. The show is set to enter its 10th season of day-long college basketball coverage on Saturdays from Jan.-March.

Both Michigan State and Michigan appeared in ESPN.com writer Jason King's preseason top 25 poll. The Spartans checked in at No. 3, while 2013 national runner-up Michigan is ranked No. 10. Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and former Michigan point guard Jalen Rose. The first hour begins at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT on ESPNU, and continues at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT on ESPN with a one-hour evening edition leading into the Saturday primetime game of the week on ESPN.

Defending national champion Indiana enters the 2013 men's college soccer season as the nation's No. 1 team, as announced in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason top 25 poll on Tuesday afternoon. The Hoosiers won their eighth national title in 2012, becoming the first No. 16 seed in history to win the championship. Northwestern, who won a share of the Big Ten Championship last season, also begins the campaign in the top 25, checking in at No. 19 in the preseason poll. Michigan, the Big Ten Tournament runner-up in 2012, also collected four votes in the poll.

The Big Ten men's soccer season officially kicks off on Friday, Aug. 30. Conference play is set to begin on Oct. 1, with the Big Ten Tournament being hosted by Ohio State from Nov. 13-17.

 
Three Big Ten Conference women's soccer teams are ranked among the top 25 of the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday. Penn State enters the 2013 season ranked fourth overall after winning their 15th straight Big Ten title in 2012. Michigan checks in at No. 19 in the preseason poll, while defending Big Ten Tournament champion Ohio State is ranked 23rd. Notably, Illinois collected 31 votes in the preseason poll - the Fighting Illini advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game last November.

The Big Ten women's soccer season officially kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 18, when Michigan State travels to Central Michigan for an exhibition game. All 12 teams will be in action on Friday, Aug. 23. Conference play is slated to begin on Sept. 19, when MSU visits Nebraska. The Big Ten Tournament will be hosted by Illinois from Nov. 6-10. 

Seven Big Ten Squads Ranked in Preseason Coaches Poll

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The Big Ten leads the country with seven volleyball teams ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches 2013 Preseason Poll, including four top-10 squads, which is tied for tops among all conferences. Big Ten Champion Penn State leads the conference contingent at No. 2, followed by Minnesota at No. 6. After reaching the national semifinals last season, Michigan begins the season ranked seventh in the country, while Nebraska comes in at No. 10. Michigan State begins the season at No. 14, Purdue is No. 16 and Ohio State is No. 23. Illinois and Wisconsin are also receiving votes in the preseason rankings.

For the complete poll, click HERE.


Eleven Big Ten Conference women's soccer players were named to the Top Drawer Soccer Women's National Top 100, which was unveiled on topdrawersoccer.com from Aug. 1-5. The top-ranked individual student-athlete was Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who was tabbed the nation's No. 3 player. DiBernardo was named to the All-Big Ten first team during her junior campaign in 2012.

Penn State, the Big Ten's defending regular season champion, had a conference-high five players earn top-100 recognition: No. 6 Maya Hayes (First Team All-Big Ten forward in 2012), No. 13 Whitney Church (All-Big Ten first team defender last season), No. 58 Mallory Weber (2012 All-Freshman Team), No. 77 Taylor Schram and No. 86 Raquel Rodriguez (Second Team All-Big Ten midfielder in 2012). 

Also garnering recognition were Michigan's Nkem Ezurike (No. 21), Holly Hein (No. 65) and Shelina Zadorsky (No. 78), Danica Wu from Ohio State (No. 39) and Iowa's Cloe Lacasse (No. 73).         

Top Drawer Soccer Women's National Top 100 (Big Ten Conference)

3. Vanessa DiBernardo, Midfielder (Illinois)

6. Maya Hayes, Forward (Penn State)

13. Whitney Church, Defender (Penn State)

21. Nkem Ezurike, Forward (Michigan)

39. Danica Wu, Midfielder (Ohio State)

58. Mallory Weber, Forward (Penn State)

65. Holly Hein, Midfielder (Michigan)

73. Cloe Lacasse, Forward (Iowa)

77. Taylor Schram, Forward (Penn State)

78. Shelina Zadorsky, Defender (Michigan)

86. Raquel Rodriguez, Forward (Penn State)

 

Two Standouts Named to Hendricks Award Watch List

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Two Big Ten football 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. The list of conference players on the Hendricks Award watch list includes Michigan State's Marcus Rush and Northwestern's Tyler Scott. 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.

For the complete watch list, click here.

Three Big Ten signal callers were named to the watch list for the Manning Award, which honors the nation's top quarterback. Conference standouts on the watch list are Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, Northwestern's Kain Colter and Ohio State's Braxton Miller.

For the complete list, click here.


Five Big Ten teams are ranked among the top 25 of the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll released this morning. The Big Ten is one of three conferences to feature at least five teams in the top 25 and is tied for second among all conferences. Ohio State leads the way for the Big Ten and is ranked second overall after completing a perfect 12-0 season last year. Michigan and Nebraska also cracked the top 20, ranking No. 17 and No. 18, respectively. Northwestern is slotted at No. 22 and three-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin rounds out the conference's ranked contingent at No. 23. Michigan State received votes in the first USA Today poll of 2013.
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