July 28, 2014
[ONE // kicking off widespread coverage of big ten football]
The Big Ten announced Friday that BTN and ESPNU will continue to broadcast coverage of the opening session of the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday, July 28. The 43rd Annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, and BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special on Wednesday, July 30. Both events will be held at the Hilton Chicago. BTN will present more than five hours of live coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days on Monday, airing the opening media session for all 14 coaches, BTN President Mark Silverman, College Football Playoff Chief Operating Officer Michael Kelly and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. For the ninth consecutive year, the opening session of Big Ten Football Media Days will appear on an ESPN network. ESPNU will present up to six hours of coverage, with all 14 head coaches' press conferences televised live or tape-delayed between Noon-3 p.m. CT on both Monday and Tuesday.
[TWO // one B1G reunion]
The Big Ten announced Wednesday the 14 former players that will be in attendance at the 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW. The former standouts will be available for autographs and a photo session prior to the 43rd annual event, which will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at the Hilton Chicago and will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten. The group of former players, one from each Big Ten school, includes 11 all-conference selections, nine All-Americans, three College Football Hall of Famers, three Super Bowl winners and two national champions. Attendees include Illinois' Dana Howard (1991-94), Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1986-89), Iowa's Chuck Long (1982-85), Maryland's Kevin Glover (1982-84). Michigan's Jon Jansen (1995-98), Michigan State's Flozell Adams (1994-97), Minnesota's Laurence Maroney (2003-05), Nebraska's Kris Brown (1995-98), Northwestern's Darnell Autry (1994-96), Ohio State's Tito Paul (1991-94), Penn State's Anthony Adams (1999-2002), Purdue's Dave Butz (1970-72), Rutgers' L.J. Smith (1999-2002), and Wisconsin's Mark Tauscher (1997-99).
[THREE // time to think title tickets]
Tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 2 at Noon ET. The fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX with kickoff set for 8:17 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets will range from $50 to $90 depending on the seat location and each order will be limited to eight tickets. In addition, every Big Ten Football Championship Game ticket includes complimentary admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest presented by Dr Pepper, to be held at the Indiana Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, December 5-6.
[FOUR // maryland, rutgers to see familiar faces on btn]
The Big Ten Network announced this past week that it is welcoming conference newcomers Maryland and Rutgers by expanding the BTN broadcast teams to add former coaches and student-athletes from each institution. In addition, BTN will air a full day of programming dedicated to each school. For a look at who will bring a little Maryland flavor to the BTN, click here. For those ready to talk Rutgers, click here.
[FIVE // another successful big 10k]
Thousands of Big Ten fans and runners came out for the third annual BTN Big 10K in Chicago on Saturday and ran along the city's lakefront with a variety of Big Ten celebrities, mascots and cheerleaders. Among the participants Saturday was Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who caught up with BTN's Mike Hall following his race. Click here to view the photos and video from the event.
[SIX // the newest lady lion]
The Big Ten would like to extend a warm welcome to Sandy Barbour, who was named Saturday by Penn State President Eric Barron as the school's new athletic director. A 30-year veteran in leadership positions within athletics departments at several major institutions, Barbour comes to Penn State after serving in the same position at the University of California since 2004. She will begin her tenure as AD on August 18.
[SEVEN // scott to lead charge for maryland softball]
University of Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson has named Courtney Scott the new head coach for the Terrapins' softball program. Scott, a California-Berkeley graduate, returns to Maryland after serving as an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010. She comes with a stellar playing and coaching background, including being a member of coaching staffs that have made a combined seven NCAA Tournament appearances in the last eight seasons. For the last four seasons, Scott played a vital role as an assistant coach at Louisville.
[EIGHT // miller resigns from hoosier hoops program]
As we welcome a few new faces into the league, we unfortunately say goodbye to a relatively fresh face in Indiana women's basketball coach Curt Miller, who resigned this past week for personal health and family reasons. Miller went 32-32 in two years in Bloomington, including a 21-13 mark last season that tied the school's single-season record for wins. For his efforts, Miller was a finalist for the NABC's National Coach of the Year award.
[NINE // big ten trio on usa select team]
USA Basketball named five former Big Ten men's basketball standouts to its 13-player 2014 USA Basketball Men's Select Team roster this past week. The Americans will participate in a training camp from July 28-31 in Las Vegas with the 2014 USA Basketball National Team prior to a showcase on August 1. The five former Big Ten student-athletes and their current NBA teams and draft selection include Indiana's Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic, 2013 first round) and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets, 2013 first round), Michigan's Trey Burke (Utah Jazz, 2013 first round) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks, 2013 first round), and Michigan State's Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors, 2012 second round).
[TEN // former student-athletes still bring home medals]
At the conclusion of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Commerce City, Colo., former student-athletes from current Big Ten men's lacrosse programs earned a combined 12 medals for Canada and the United States. The medals included one gold for Canada and 11 silver for the United States. In the championship game, Canada jumped out to a 3-1 lead at halftime. After falling behind 8-2, the United States three scored three unanswered goals, but Canada prevailed in an 8-5 decision, winning its third gold medal. Former student-athletes from current Big Ten programs who earned medals can be found by clicking here.
[ELEVEN // conference golfers honored in the classroom]
Ten Big Ten golfers were among the 208 Division I golfers named Wednesday as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university. Congratulations to Illinois' Alex Burge, Indiana's David Mills, Minnesota's Alex Gaugert, Tyler Lowenstein and Jon Trasamar, Northwestern's Bennett Lavin and Jack Perry, Ohio State's Boo Timko, and Penn State's Xander McDonald-Smith.
[TWELVE // big ten mascots take over chicago]
Finally this week, after taking summer vacations to the Washington D.C. and New York areas, the Big Ten mascots converged on yet another major city this past week as they were in Chicago to promote the BTN Big 10K and Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon. Our furry friends took in the Skydeck, Wrigley Field, Chicago Theatre, Millennium Park and Navy Pier in a mission to help get Big Ten Country excited for football season.