Archive | February, 2012

Cats Poised To Take The Leap

February 29, 2012

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Will this be the day that the Northwestern leaps into the NCAA Tournament? The Cats put themselves in that position tonight against the 10th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in what could be the signature win that puts them in the Field of 64, err 68. If Northwestern can get by Ohio State, then a victory […]

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Purdue Students Give Advice To Indiana Students

February 28, 2012

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At the end of Indiana’s 70-55 win over Michigan State tonight, students chanted “Over-rated” at the Spartans. That, of course, isn’t true. Michigan State was properly rated. They just ran into an Indiana team that plays out of its mind at home against highly ranked teams. The chant moved the operators of The Paint Crew […]

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Bubble Watch: Purdue, Northwestern And … Illinois?

February 28, 2012

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Andy Glockner has some interesting thoughts on Big Ten bubble teams (beyond the five locks of Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin). None of them are listed in the “should be in” section – with three in the “in the mix” section: IN THE MIX Purdue (19-10, 9-7; RPI: 40, SOS: 19) A huge, […]

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The Worst Big Ten Losses Of The Year

February 26, 2012

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As we head into the final week, the Spartans have a share of the Big Ten regular season title all locked up – thanks to a rare home loss by Ohio State to Wisconsin on Sunday. Bad loss. The Buckeyes desperately needed this one, and they just didn’t get it done. But it was far […]

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How Did Illinois Manage Five Big Ten Wins?

February 26, 2012

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Going into tonight’s game against Iowa, Illinois is 5-10 in the Big Ten – leading to countless what-happened-to-Illinois and will-Bruce-Weber-be-fired stories. But it could be worse. Much worse. How did the Illini win five Big Ten games? It’s a miracle. The Illini won those five games by a combined 21 points. Two of the wins […]

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Unliking Bielema And Meyer

February 25, 2012

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The Big Lead is taking a look at college football’s most unlikeable coaches. Two Big Ten coaches make the ballot: Bret Bielema (Wisconsin) Successful, runs a clean program. His claim to the title is entirely personality driven. No one likes a whiner, especially one unwilling to back up his claims in public. No one likes the guy […]

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Barry Alvarez Should Probably Be Quiet

February 25, 2012

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The Badger Herald has a new story detailing more debauchery around the party that ultimately got Wisconsin associate athletic director John Chadima fired for inappropriately touching a subordinate. It includes damages to a hotel room and nasty texts from Chadima. Oh, and this little tidbit: Amy Toburen, UW’s director of communications, also confirmed university officials […]

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DOJ Investigating The Penn State/Sandusky Mess

February 24, 2012

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  Good news for those who lack faith in state and local authorities investigating/prosecuting the Jerry Sandusky case: Federal authorities are apparently conducting an investigation involving Penn State, Jerry Sandusky and his charity, The Second Mile, parallel to the case already being prosecuted by the state attorney general’s office. A Penn State spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that the university […]

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Bucky, Brutus & Sparty: Who Is Best?

February 23, 2012

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Online Colleges Resource put together this handy graphic to compare the “best college mascots.” As you see, three Big Ten mascots made the cut: Via: Online Colleges Resource

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When Is A Foul Not A Foul? When It’s The First Half

February 23, 2012

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This post is not well thought out. It is also not well-researched. It is, in short, a rant. It is about one of the things that drives me crazy in sports. Because I can’t find any data to back me, I’m going to just say this: Referees in college basketball call many fewer fouls in […]

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Jim Harbaugh Is An Indiana Ball Boy

February 23, 2012

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Michigan quarterback. Chicago Bears quarterback. Indianapolis Colts quarterback. Stanford coach. San Francisco 49ers coach. Now, Jim Harbaugh has finally made something of himself: An Indiana Hoosiers ball boy. (Though he didn’t come by the job honestly. His brother-in-law Tom Crean got him the job.)

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Weekly Golden Gopher Grab Bag – 2/20/12

February 22, 2012

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Plenty of goings on for the Big Ten’s northernmost member these days, and it’s high time we caught up on it. SKI-U-MAH! First and foremost, University President Eric Kaler’s search for a new AD has begun (if it hadn’t already behind the scenes), and he’s hired a search committee and assembled a 21-person advisory committee.  Parker Executive Search will also be retained […]

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Danny O’Brien Can Go To Vandy

February 22, 2012

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Is it looking less likely that former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien will be transferring to Wisconsin or Michigan State? Maryland is lifting restrictions and telling departing quarterback Danny O’Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson that they are free after all to transfer to Vanderbilt or other schools if they wish. Terps coach […]

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32 Years Later, Still Believing In Miracles

February 22, 2012

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It was 32 years ago today that a bunch of Big Ten kids (and a couple of guys from Boston U) beat the greatest hockey team in the world. To that point, it was the best day in my 9-year-old life. Here are the Big Ten players from that team: Minnesota: Mike Ramsey, Rob McClanahan, […]

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Big Ten, Big East Tie In Baseball Challenge

February 21, 2012

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Apparently there’s a Big Ten-Big East Challenge in baseball, too – and you are out of luck if you were hoping to catch a game or two this year. It was last weekend. But we’re here to catch you up: It ended in a 15-15 tie. The Big Ten went 6-4 on Sunday to close […]

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Is Jerry Sandusky A Dummy?

February 21, 2012

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I very much enjoyed these sentences from award-winning journalist Sara Ganim*: The former coach has always had an aw-shucks manner about him, and those who knew him long before these allegations say he has a boyish demeanor and a silly side. But let’s get something straight: Jerry Sandusky is not a dumb guy. That’s a […]

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