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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 100

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The Big Ten Conference concluded its 100th anniversary celebration of the esteemed Big Ten Medal of Honor by highlighting the 2014 class of honorees on Wednesday.  Twenty-four student-athletes from 17 different sports were honored with the prestigious award, which was established in 1915 and was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each member institution who has demonstrated excellence on and off the field throughout their college career.


This year's list of distinguished student-athletes includes Academic All-America and All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and NCAA and Big Ten team and individual champions.  All 24 of the recipients have been named Academic All-Big Ten at least once in their career and 15 received All-Conference recognition this academic year. This class of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include pre-med, sociology, computer engineering, political science, finance and management, biosystems engineering and many others.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 99

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Northwestern's Lorie Miller (1984, women's volleyball)

A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title during her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wisconsin announced that Reed Connor from the track & field and cross country team and Mary Massei of the softball team have been named Wisconsin's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 97

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Father/Son duo
Purdue's Robbie Hummel was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2012, while his father, Glenn, won the award in 1976 while playing tennis for Illinois. The younger Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, while he also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. As for Robbie's father, Glenn was a four-year letterwinner for the Illini, earning All-Big Ten distinction his senior season. He was just the second Illinois men's tennis player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 96

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Minnesota's Matt Nohelty (2009, baseball)
Matt Nohelty was an All-Big Ten pick all four years of his college baseball career, including first-team honors in 2007 and 2008. His career .366 batting average is ranked eighth in Gopher history, and he led the Big Ten in runs scored (69) and was second in stolen bases (26) as a senior. In the classroom, Nohelty was a first-team Academic All-American twice and a third-team selection as a sophomore. He was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award nominee and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Nohelty was twice selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and is now lead Software Engineer at Thomson Reuters and just finished a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. To read more about Nohelty's college experience and what winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor meant to him, read this Q&A.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 95

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Ohio State's Laura Murray (2000, pistol)
Murray won the NRA Collegiate National Champion in women's air pistol and sport pistol and led the Buckeyes to their first women's and open national championships in pistol. In 2000, she was named first-team All-American in standard and women's sport pistol and second-team in air pistol. One of just two women's pistol Big Ten Medal of Honor winners in program history, Murray was a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer and worked at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., before becoming a staff nurse in the medical surgical unit at Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C. She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 94

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Northwestern's Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Marty Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Australia's Margaret Court and seven mixed doubles majors overall. He also won two Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three consecutive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in each of those years. A two-year letterwinner, he was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team and Dunlop Sport named one of its wooden racquets the "Marty Riessen."

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 93

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Illinois' Tim Simon (1988, track)
The 1988 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, Simon finished third in the 400 meters at the 1988 NCAA Championships behind two UCLA sprinters who won medals at that year's Seoul Olympics. Simon still holds the Illini record of 44.88 seconds in the 400 meters. He was tabbed Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 1988, the same year he was named Athlete of both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. After graduation, Simon earned a medical degree from Howard University and has been a colon and rectal surgeon in Georgia since 2002.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 92

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Iowa's Lindsey Meder (2002, women's basketball)
A two-time Academic All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, Meder was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2002. In her four years, she led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA Championship appearances, a Big Ten title (1998) and a Big Ten Tournament crown (2001). The Solon, Iowa, native ranks second all-time in scoring (1,906) and first in three-point field goals (261) for the Hawkeyes. Her three-point field goals made also ranks fifth in the Big Ten record book. Meder was taken by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2002 WNBA Draft. Following her professional career, she returned to Iowa for dental school and is currently a practicing endodontist.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Purdue

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature Purdue University.

Robbie Hummel (2012, men's basketball)
A 2012 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, and also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. A two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Hummel played internationally for one year before signing with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves in September 2013. The Valparaiso, Ind., native played in 53 games during his rookie season. Hummel's father, Glenn, was Illinois' 1976 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner.

Ariel Turner (2012, women's volleyball)
Purdue's Ariel Turner is the university's only women's volleyball player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The 2012 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Turner was a two-time Academic All-America honoree, two-time AVCA All-America honoree, a Senior CLASS Award finalist and unanimous All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Turner also was the 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Drew Brees (2001, football)
Drew Brees ended his collegiate career holding numerous school and conference records en route to winning Big Ten Medal of Honor laurels in 2001. He was not only an All-American and a Maxwell Award winner on the field, but he was also named Academic All-America of the Year as a senior. He guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Championship in 2000 and their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1967. Drafted in 2001, he is currently an 8-time Pro-Bowler. Brees won Super Bowl XLIV in 2009 and was named game MVP. He became one of the many faces of the New Orleans community following the Hurricane Katrina tragedy by establishing numerous charitable foundations to help the area in its recovery.

Stephanie White (1999, women's basketball)
A 1999 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, Purdue's Stephanie White is the only player in conference history to record more than 2,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals. After leading the Boilermakers to the national title in 1999, White earned the Honda Award and Wade Trophy and was named Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. The 1999 Academic All-American of the Year, White was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American. Following her collegiate career, White played five seasons in the WNBA before entering the coaching realm. Formerly an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever, White will begin as head coach next season. She currently serves as a college basketball analyst for BTN and ESPN. She was inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame in 2005.

Joy Holmes (1991, women's basketball)
Purdue's first women's basketball All-American, Holmes earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1991, the same year she was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year. She ranks among the Top 10 in various Boilermaker career categories, including third in steals (323), fourth in field-goal percentage (56 percent), sixth in field goals (682) and free throws made (372), seventh in points (1,747) and blocks (131) and ninth in rebounds (744). The Mansfield, Ohio, native was a three-time first team All-Big Ten selection and led Purdue to the 1991 Big Ten Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Holmes was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade Team and has been inducted into the Purdue Hall of Fame. Her son, Gary Harris, played basketball for Michigan State and was the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Jane Neff (1983, women's volleyball)
Purdue's first recognized volleyball All-American, Jane Neff was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1983. The four-year letterwinner led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship in her senior season (1982) and two NCAA Tournament berths. A middle hitter, Neff ranks in the Purdue Top 10 in seven career categories, including fourth in total blocks (523). She also holds the record for most solo blocks in a season (75) and led the Boilermakers in hitting percentage and total blocks for three of her four seasons.  The Kettering, Ohio, native was Purdue's team MVP in 1981 and 1982 and was tabbed a first-team Academic All-American in 1982. She was named to the Big Ten All-Decade team in 1992 and inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

John Konsek (1960, men's golf)
John Konsek won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1960. Konsek's Boilermaker teams were Big Ten champions from 1958-60, and he was an All-American all three of those years. He also was the Big Ten individual champion for those three consecutive seasons, once beating Ohio State's Jack Nicklaus by two strokes in the 1960 Big Ten Tournament. Nicklaus once said: "If John had turned professional, he definitely would be in the Hall of Fame." While Nicklaus became the world's top golfer, Konsek went on to be a physician specializing in internal medicine.

John Wooden (1932, men's basketball)
John Wooden was named the Big Ten Medal of Honor honoree in 1932, after winning the national championship and graduating with a degree in English. He was the first player to be named an All-American three times while at Purdue. As a coach at UCLA, Wooden's Bruins won an unprecedented 10 championships in a 12-year period and achieved an 88-game winning streak. Wooden was named national coach of the year six times and became the first person ever to be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and a coach (1973).  Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," which simply describes how to be successful in both sports and life, is still referenced regularly to this day.