This Week in the Big Ten

This past week, Michigan State's Caroline Powers was one of 17 B1G women's golfers to be named WGCA All-American Scholars.

July 8, 2013

[ONE // a season to remember]
This past week, the Big Ten put the finishing touches on its final sport to conclude the 2012-13 season.  The Big Ten Baseball Season in Review was posted, highlighting Indiana’s impressive run to the College World Series, a first for the Hoosiers’ program.   The recap also looked back on the season’s annual award winners, which included Illinois' Justin Parr as Big Ten Player of the Year and Kevin Duchene as Freshman of the Year.  Indiana's Aaron Slegers was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and Tracy Smith took home Coach of the Year following his Hoosiers’ first Big Ten Championship since 1949.

[TWO // more hardware for indiana’s smith]
Speaking of Indiana head coach Tracy Smith, the Hoosier mentor picked up his second 2013 National Coach of the Year laurel, receiving the award from this past week. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association gave him the same honors during the College World Series.  Smith was selected from a group of finalists that included John Cohen of Mississippi State, Brad Hill of Kansas State, Dan McDonnell of Louisville, Brian O'Connor of Virginia, John Savage of UCLA and Rick Vanderhook of Cal State Fullerton.  Smith’s 2013 Hoosiers hosted Bloomington's first NCAA Regional and advanced to the first Super Regional and College World Series in IU history.

[THREE // not bad for their first year]
Two Big Ten baseball newcomers earned additional national accolades this past week as Illinois’ Kevin Duchene and Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth were among the standouts on the first and second teams of Freshman All-Americans, as announced by Baseball America.  Cronenworth was named to the utility position on the First Team, while Duchene was one of four starting pitchers picked to the Second Team.  The honor was the third accolade by a national publication earned by each Big Ten newcomer this season.

[FOUR // four big ten stars hooping for team usa]
Four Big Ten standouts, the most of any conference, were named to the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games roster last week and have already begun playing for Team USA in Russia.  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 includes Michigan coach John Beilein as one of its assistants. The 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team (1-0) opened its play in the 2013 World University Games with a record-setting 140-46 win over United Arab Emirates (0-1) that saw three players record double-doubles and a total of nine U.S. players reach double-digit scoring on Sunday evening at Basket Hall 1 in Kazan, Russia.  Led by a USA Men’s World University Games single-game record 13 assists from Ferrell, who also finished with 15 points and four steals, the Americans established three U.S. single-game team records in the lopsided win, including 36 assists, 70 rebounds and 39 attempted 3-pointers.  White scored 16 points in the win, Sheehey added 15 points in 18 minutes, and Payne grabbed a pair of rebounds in limited time off the bench.

[FIVE // buckeyes heading to the garden]
Ohio State announced this past Tuesday that the Buckeyes’ men’s basketball team will highlight the field at the second annual Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Dec. 21.  Joining the Buckeyes in the 2013 Gotham Classic are Notre Dame, Bryant, Delaware, and North Dakota State.  Notre Dame and Ohio State will tip-off against each other for only the 13th time in history, with OSU holding a 7-5 series advantage.

[SIX // five tabbed for hornung]
Five Big Ten football standouts have been 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.

[SEVEN // huskers focused on the head]
This past Thursday,, by way of the Associated Press, published an interesting article on the University of Nebraska’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3), which opens this month in the east side of the newly renovated Memorial Stadium, home of the Huskers’ football team.  CB3, which was a primary initiative of former Nebraska athletics director Tom Osbrone, is one of a number of university-affiliated research centers across the nation looking for better ways to diagnose and treat traumatic head injuries and make football and other sports safer.  According to the AP, there are about 300,000 sports-related concussions reported in the United States annually, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been funneled into research, with much of the funding going to universities.  It’s a good read for sure, and highlights research in line with the current collaboration between the Big Ten and the Ivy League involving head injuries in sports.

[EIGHT // golfers making grades]
Seventeen Big Ten women’s golfers were recognized this past week as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars after turning in cumulative grade-point averages of 3.50 or higher.  Congratulations to Illinois’ Michelle Mayer and Samantha Postillion; Indiana’s Elizabeth Tong, Kaitlin Coons and Rosie Davies; Iowa’s Briana Midkiff and Gianna DiGrazia; Michigan State’s Caroline Powers and Jenny Sritragul; Nebraska’s Cassidy Stelzmiller, Jacqueline O'Doherty and Steffi Neisen; Penn State’s Ellen Ceresko and Elyse Archambault; Purdue’s Vaishavi Sinha; and Wisconsin’s Kimberly Dinh and Lindsay Danielson.

[NINE // skating to the top]
Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes were selected this past week in the 2013 NHL Draft. Michigan led the way with five selections, while Minnesota had four. Penn State and Wisconsin each had two selections, and a complete list of draftees can be found by clicking here.

[TEN // penn state’s sanderson earns coveted honor]
Congratulations to Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson, who was named this past week as Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. It is the first time that Sanderson has received this prestigious award, which is named after the late wrestling legend Terry McCann, a 1960 Olympic champion wrestler.  In addition to coaching the Nittany Lions to three-straight NCAA Championships, Sanderson is coach of the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club, which is located at Penn State and is one of the most successful Regional Training Centers in the nation. The Nittany Lion WC is the full-time training location for a number of top Senior-level men's freestyle wrestlers, and also supports a strong age-group international program.

[ELEVEN // delany’s date]
July 1 always seems to mark significant milestones in the calendar year and that is no different in regards to the hiring of Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who began his tenure at the conference office on July 1, 1989.  In his 24 years in office, Commissioner Delany has helped welcome four new schools to the Big Ten, including Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers, created the Big Ten Network, and led the development of instant replay in college football.  This past week, had some fun at looking back to see what else was happening in the world when the Big Ten’s new leader took the oath of office.

[TWELVE // invited to collaborate]
Finally this week, we already highlighted some of the research efforts occurring on Nebraska’s campus, but now the focus is on Maryland and Rutgers, which became members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) on July 1.  For more than 55 years, CIC member universities have collaborated to advance their academic missions, generate unique opportunities for students and faculty, and serve the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and creating innovative programming.   The addition of Maryland and Rutgers increases CIC membership to 15 institutions, which includes the Big Ten members and the University of Chicago. All CIC universities share a very strong research emphasis. Together CIC universities engage in $8.4 billion in funded research each year—the addition of these two universities will push that to $9.3 billion, and will add another 8 million library volumes and over 5,600 more full-time faculty to the collective resources of the consortium.