This Week in the Big Ten

Minnesota was one of four B1G men's gymanstics programs ranked in the nation's top 10 for team GPA last year.

Minnesota was one of four B1G men's gymanstics programs ranked in the nation's top 10 for team GPA last year.
Aug. 11, 2014

[ONE // on the road again]
The Big Ten Network’s Summer Football Tour took to the road this week to begin traveling Big Ten Country and prepping for the upcoming football season.  This past week the BTN crew and its decked-out tour bus stopped by Indiana, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State.  For a complete recap, check out the BTN’s diary here.  Watch nightly coverage at 6 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, and follow BTN Live on Facebook and Twitter. Also, bookmark Tom Dienhart's Diary and Instagram for updates from every stop.

[TWO // focused on the end]
Four Big Ten standouts were named to the watch list Tuesday for the Ted Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding defensive end. The Big Ten’s preseason honorees for the award are Michigan’s Frank Clark, Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun, Nebraska’s Randy Gregory and Ohio State’s Joey Bosa. Calhoun was named a finalist for the award last season.  Two standouts from Big Ten programs have claimed the Ted Hendricks Award – Michigan’s LaMarr Woodley in 2006 and Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus in 2011.

[THREE // four big ten schools represented at basketball hall of fame]
Congratulations to four individuals with Big Ten ties who were inducted this past weekend into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Former Maryland and Ohio State head coach Gary Williams joined former Rutgers and Illinois head coach Theresa Grentz and former Penn State mentor Rene Portland as honorees, while former Indiana standout Bobby “Slick” Leonard was also inducted.  Grentz and Portland joined their pioneering “Mighty Macs” teammates from Immaculata College, while Leonard, who hit the game winning free throws to give the Hoosiers the 1953 NCAA Championship, was honored for his 63 years of service to the game, including 48 with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

[FOUR // next (and last?) stop on statewide tour for hoosiers’ moren]
She was born in southern Indiana, went to school and played at Purdue, and later coached at the University of Indianapolis.  Now Teri Moren, who spent the last four years as head women’s basketball coach at Indiana State, has been hired for the same position at Indiana, it was announced Saturday.  In her four years at Indiana State, Moren guided the Sycamores from a middle of the pack Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) team in her first year, to a conference championship program in 2013-14, including a postseason tournament appearance in the WNIT.  ISU finished with a 20-12 record in 2013-14, the program's first 20-win season in eight years and just the fifth 20-win campaign in school history.

[FIVE // watch these guys on the pitch]
The 2014 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch Lists were announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) this past Wednesday and two Big Ten men’s soccer players were recognized. The prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy is presented annually to one male and one female Division I soccer player.  Maryland senior midfielder Dan Metzger and Northwestern senior goalkeeper Tyler Miller were the Big Ten representatives on this year’s watch list.  The winners of the trophy, three men and three women, will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

[SIX // four men’s soccer teams ranked]
Four Big Ten men's soccer teams have been recognized in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 Poll, including two among the top 10. Maryland led the way at No. 2, followed by No. 10 Michigan State, No. 15 Penn State and No. 21 Wisconsin.  The Big Ten regular season will begin on August 29.  For the complete poll, click here.

[SEVEN // women’s watch for hermann trophy]
The 2014 Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch Lists were also announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Wednesday with two Big Ten women’s soccer players recognized. The prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy is presented annually to one male and one female Division I soccer player.  Penn State senior defenseman Whitney Church and Illinois senior forward Jannelle Flaws were the Big Ten representatives on the watch list.  The winners of the trophy, three men and three women, will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

[EIGHT // women’s trio recognized in preseason poll]
Three Big Ten women’s soccer teams have been recognized in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 Poll. Michigan came in at No. 7, while Nebraska checked in at No. 13 and Penn State was ranked No. 24.  The Big Ten regular season will begin on August 22.  For the complete poll, click here.

[NINE // three volleyball squads honored for academics]
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced this past Monday that Illinois, Iowa and Rutgers were among an NCAA Division I-record 136 programs to have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 season. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

[TEN // men’s gymnastics teams earn nation’s top gpa honors]
The College Gymnastics Association released this past week its top 10 list of men’s gymnastics teams with the highest grade-point average for this past academic year.  Four Big Ten squads were found in the top 10, led by Minnesota with a combined 3.332 GPA.  Nebraska (3.207) and Michigan (3.105) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while Penn State (3.024) ranked 10th.

[ELEVEN // rutgers welcomes new golf coach]
Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Julie Hermann announced Thursday that Kari Williams has been named head women’s golf coach. Williams arrives “On the Banks” from Columbia University, where she recently guided the Lions to three tournament titles in 2013-14 during her eighth season there as head women’s golf coach.

[TWELVE // our favorite running back, jack]
Finally this week, we learned of a heartbreaking setback for our favorite running back Jack Hoffman.  The 8-year-old ESPY winner who famously scampered 69 yards for a touchdown during Nebraska’s spring game in 2013 has learned that he once again faces surgery or chemotherapy for a growing brain tumor.  Hoffman became close friends with former Husker running back Rex Burkhead and won the hearts of everyone for his touchdown run and cancer battle.  He earned an ESPY in July 2013 for Best Moment.  We wish Jack and his family nothing but the best and a speedy recovery so he can be back in the stands watching Nebraska football this fall.