BIG 10 RELEASE
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The 2018 BTN Bus Tour is on to week two as Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are on the road covering each Big Ten football team as they begin fall practice. The #BTNBusTour made stops at Indiana, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Maryland to close out the opening week. This upcoming week features stops at Penn State (Aug. 13), Michigan (Aug. 13), Michigan State (Aug. 14), Wisconsin (Aug. 15) and Minnesota (Aug. 16). The Tour concludes its third and final week at Nebraska (Aug. 20), Iowa (Aug. 20), Illinois (Aug. 21), Purdue (Aug. 22) and Northwestern (Aug. 23). For all the news that you need to know about your favorite Big Ten football team, follow along at BTN.com.
[TWO // seven volleyball teams ranked by avca, four in top 10]
Seven Big Ten programs are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll, with four teams ranked in the top ten. Reigning national champion, Nebraska checks in at No. 2 in the poll while Minnesota and Penn State take fourth and sixth places, respectively. Wisconsin is ranked No. 9, Illinois checks in at No. 12 and Michigan State claims the 22nd spot. Rounding out Big Ten teams in the top 25 is No. 23 Purdue. Michigan received votes in the poll. Big Ten volleyball programs will open play on Aug. 24. For the complete poll, click here.
[THREE // four men’s soccer teams ranked in preseason top 25]
Four Big Ten men’s soccer programs are ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released this past Tuesday. Indiana leads the conference contingent at No. 2, while No. 7 Michigan State and No. 12 Wisconsin follow in the top 15. Rounding out the league’s representation is No. 21 Michigan. Maryland enters the season as the third team outside the top 25 to receive votes.
[FOUR // three women’s programs earn top-25 billing from united soccer coaches]
Three Big Ten women’s soccer programs have garnered top-25 rankings in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, which was released this past Tuesday. Penn State leads all league teams at No. 4, while Ohio State and Rutgers are 23rd and 24th, respectively. Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin are currently receiving votes outside the top 25.
[FIVE // three men’s soccer standouts recognized by mac hermann]
Three Big Ten men’s soccer standouts were named by United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club this past week among 31 candidates on the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists, presented by World Wide Technology. Indiana senior defender Andrew Gutman, Michigan junior forward Jack Hallahan, and Michigan State senior keeper Jimmy Hague will enter the 2018 campaign on the list for the prestigious award that is presented annually to the most outstanding male player in college soccer. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for the men’s MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
[SIX // three female students on the list for soccer’s top honor]
Three Big Ten women’s soccer standouts were named by United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club this past week among 44 candidates on the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists, presented by World Wide Technology. Penn State senior midfielder Emily Ogle and Wisconsin junior midfielder Victoria Pickett and junior forward Dani Rhodes will enter the 2018 campaign on the list for the prestigious award that is presented annually to the most outstanding female player in college soccer. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the women’s MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. This year’s winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
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As mentioned last week, a handful of Big Ten basketball programs are enjoying some time overseas, including the Maryland and Ohio State men’s teams, and the Minnesota and Penn State women’s squads. The Buckeyes concluded their 11-day journey across Spain on Friday, while the Terps wrapped up their Italian Tour on Sunday. Penn State enters the week on its fourth day in Spain, and Minnesota is scheduled to complete its tour of Italy on Tuesday in their third and final game of the trip when the Golden Gophers face Italian Select in Venice.
[EIGHT // osu’s dennis to be inducted into ustfccca hall of fame]
Ohio State director of track & field and cross country Karen Dennis will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, it was announced this past Tuesday. Dennis joins five other coaches honored for their accomplishments as cross country and/or track & field coaches as well as the impact their contributions have had and will continue to have on the sports they coached. The group will be honored at the 2018 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on December 18 at the USTFCCCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Dennis became an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s track & field programs in 2003 before taking over as the head women’s track & field coach in 2006. Dennis-coached athletes earned 31 Big Ten individual titles, 19 First-Team All-America honors and two NCAA individual event titles. Ohio State, as a team, completed the Big Ten indoor-outdoor sweep in 2011 and repeated as outdoor champions the following year. In 2014, Dennis became the director of track & field and cross country and led the Buckeyes to 37 individual Big Ten titles, 31 First-Team All-America honors and an NCAA individual event title. This past season, Dennis guided the men’s team to an indoor and outdoor conference sweep, becoming the first woman to do so in Big Ten history.
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Big Ten fans and avid runners from all over converged on Chicago Sunday to participate in the seventh annual BTN Big 10K. Comedian Bill Murray served as the grand marshal. Phillip Mburu of Minneapolis, Minnesota crossed the line first with a 10,000-meter time of 30 minutes, 54 seconds, while Brandon Phipps of Creston, Iowa took first place in the 5,000-meter race in 16:29. A Tailgate Party followed the two races, which included music, football-themed games and activities, such as cornhole, field-goal kicking and the 40-yard dash, as well as appearances by Big Ten mascots and cheerleaders. This year’s BTN Big10K charity partner was ALIVE Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in March 2008 in Chicago as a rescue and safe haven for animals. ALIVE Rescue works to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals.
[TEN // well wishes for a wolverine]
Finally this week, we wish a speedy recovery to Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein, who underwent a successful, scheduled double bypass procedure this past week at U-M’s Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center. According to BTN.com, Beilein’s recovery will prohibit him from attending the Wolverines trip to Spain, Aug. 17-26. Beilein completed his 11th season in Ann Arbor and his Wolverines are coming off a program-record 33 win campaign (33-8), a second straight Big Ten Tournament title and a run to the Final Four, and national title game — a second trip in the last six years.