Big Ten RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nebraska will allow football players to return to campus for voluntary workouts June 1

    College Football Talk "Count Nebraska as the latest football domino to fall. Last week, the NCAA announced that it would allow schools to bring its student-athletes back to campus for voluntary workouts starting June 1.  The SEC subsequently confirmed its players would be returning June..." May 29

  • Former Michigan tight end Chuck Christian first named plaintiff in sexual abuse lawsuit

    ESPN "Former Michigan football player Chuck Christian filed a lawsuit against the university's regents last week, making him the first named plaintiff in the burgeoning legal action regarding the alleged sexual abuse of former team doctor Robert Anderson. Christian, who played..." May 29

  • U of Minn. Won't Use Minneapolis PD at Football Games After George Floyd Death

    TMZ "The University of Minnesota will no longer use the Minneapolis Police Dept. to work security at football games and other large events ... this after the horrific killing of George Floyd. University president Joan Gabel explained her decision in a letter to students,..." May 28

  • Jim Harbaugh is delusional if he thinks Michigan football has been close to a national title

    USA Today "Earlier this month, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh offered a proposal that would reform college football, liberate athletes and give players across the country the freedom to enter the NFL draft at any point while in school. Presenting his plan in a letter that..." May 28

  • Ex-Penn St. DB says Michigan Stadium is ‘very overrated’

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor may have the largest fan capacity in the country, but that does not necessarily make it the most intimidating venue. A former Penn State defensive back called “The Big House” overrated while responding to a tweet from FOX college..." May 28

  • Penn State's Aeneas Hawkins Details Terrifying Racist Encounter While Pumping Gas

    Total Pro Sports "Aeneas Hawkins just simply wanted to get gas and go about his day, but one guy had other ideas. The Penn State football player took to Twitter last week to detail a terrifying encounter where a White man was staring at him at a convenience store while traveling home to Cincinnati from..." May 28

  • Illinois Fighting Illini coach Lovie Smith shaves off his trademark beard

    USA Today "The Illinois Fighting Illini football team had a banner season in 2019, upsetting then-No. 6 Wisconsin as 31-point underdogs in October en route to a six-win season and the program's first bowl appearance since 2014. On Wednesday, the program took an..." May 27

  • ESPN 300 linebacker Junior Colson commits to Michigan

    ESPN "ESPN 300 linebacker Junior Colson committed to Michigan on Sunday, choosing the Wolverines over offers from Tennessee, Oregon, Ole Miss and LSU, among others. Colson is the No. 184-ranked prospect overall and is now the..." May 25

  • Michigan's Jim Harbaugh does a cartwheel in Jaydon Hood’s commitment video

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan landed four-star linebacker recruit Jaydon Hood on Monday, and the announcement came with some serious flair. Hood announced his commitment via video on his Twitter. It starts off as a rather standard video with highlights from Hood’s high school career, then a few..." May 25

  • University of Michigan president: No college football in fall if students aren't on campus

    USA Today "Dr. Mark Schlissel's thoughts on the possibility of a college football season have not changed. If there are no students on campus this fall, Michigan's president does not think there will be college football. In an interview with the Wall Street..." May 24

  • Ohio State Buckeyes add CB Denzel Burke to loaded recruiting class

    ESPN "Ohio State added ESPN 300 cornerback Denzel Burke to the fold on Sunday, beefing up a recruiting class already ranked No. 1 in the country. Burke is the No. 262-ranked prospect overall out of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He had a top five of..." May 24

  • Former Iowa OL Ezra Miller enters NCAA Transfer Portal

    247 Sports "On Thursday morning, former Iowa offensive lineman Ezra Miller officially entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, a source told HawkeyeInsider. Miller later confirmed the news on his social media account. In January, Miller announced that he was going to step away from football due to..." May 21

  • Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh: No fans in stadium, no problem

    Detroit News "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he would have no issue playing college football this fall in empty stadiums. Harbaugh, appearing Wednesday morning on ESPN’s “Get Up!” with host Mike Greenberg, was asked if he would be comfortable with that option. College athletics..." May 20

  • Curtis Blackwell lawsuit against Mark Dantonio dismissed

    Michigan Live "A combative and public legal battle between former Michigan State football staffer Curtis Blackwell and former university leaders appears over. Blackwell’s federal lawsuit against former Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio, former president Lou Anna Simon and former..." May 20

  • No. 9 Penn State sets sights on finally joining the postseason elite

    CBS St. Louis "There are just six FBS programs that have won at least 11 games in three of the past four seasons: Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Penn State. Five of those have appeared in the College Football Playoff during that span. Penn..." May 20

  • Ohio State AD Gene Smith ‘not 100 percent comfortable’ with playing college football

    Larry Brown Sports "One way to tell where college football season may stand right now is to look for the comments of some of the sport’s biggest power brokers. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is one of those people. He said Wednesday that, as of now, he’s still wary of playing college..." May 20

  • Ohio State conceptualizing models to let 20,000 fans attend football games

    CBS Sports "Ohio State is modeling a concept that would allow about one-fifth of Ohio Stadium to be occupied during home football games for the 2020 season. Athletic director Gene Smith made the announcement during a Wednesday conference call with media. "We have played a little bit..." May 20

  • Indiana football picks up grad transfer TE Khameron Taylor from South Alabama

    The Crimson Quarry "Indiana added further depth at the tight end position on Wednesday, picking up a commitment from South Alabama graduate transfer Khameron Taylor. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Florida native specializes as a blocker, though IU coach Tom Allen believes there’s room to expand his skill..." May 20

  • MTSU lands CB transfer from Purdue Kenneth Major

    Nashville Post "The Middle Tennessee State secondary will get a boost next season after former Purdue cornerback Kenneth Major announced he had committed to the Blue Raiders on his Twitter page. Per NBC Sports, Major intends to leave as a graduate transfer, which would make him eligible for the 2020..." May 19

  • Former Ohio State WR Jaelen Gill to transfer to Boston College

    USA Today "Former Ohio State wide receiver Jaelen Gill will transfer to Boston College, he announced Tuesday on Twitter. The Golden Eagles are coached by Jeff Hafley, who was the Buckeyes’ defensive co-coordinator in 2019. Gill was a four-star recruit in 2018 after a standout..." May 19

  • Urban Meyer confused by Michigan’s recruiting strategy

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s safe to say Urban Meyer doesn’t get Michigan’s recruiting strategy these days. The former Ohio State coach is surprised that the Wolverines are no longer major competitors for the top talent in Ohio, where coach Jim Harbaugh has struggled to beat the Buckeyes to..." May 16

  • Taulia Tagovailoa transferring to Maryland

    The Score "Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa announced Friday he's transferring to Maryland after entering the transfer portal last week. Taulia, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, joined Alabama in 2019 as a freshman. " May 15

  • Illini land Louisville transfer safety TreSean Smith

    247 Sports "The news: Illinois continued its transfer roll on Thursday with a commitment from Louisville graduate transfer safety TreSean Smith. A redshirt junior with two years of eligibility remaining, Smith totaled 70 tackles during his first two seasons at Louisville, but the 6-foot-1,..." May 15

  • Former Husker quarterback Noah Vedral transfers to Rutgers

    Omaha World-Herald " If all goes according to plan for Noah Vedral, he’ll be on the same field as Nebraska’s football team come October. He will just be playing opposite the Huskers’ defense — as the quarterback for Rutgers. The Wahoo Neumann graduate announced his..." May 13

  • Texas announces additions of WR Tarik Black and CB Jahdae Barron

    Burnt Orange Nation "The Texas Longhorns haven’t just been busy in the last few days adding commitments to the 2021 recruiting class — head coach Tom Herman and his staff also landed pledges from Michigan Wolverine graduate transfer wide receiver and former Baylor Bears cornerback..." May 12

  • Inside the latest chapter of former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett's life turnaround

    ESPN "Maurice Clarett is going to be late for the baby shower. He's dressed and ready. His fiancée, Ashley, and the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Jayden, are finishing hair and makeup. Family and friends soon will gather in Worthington, Ohio, just outside Columbus, to..." May 12

  • Pac-12 members have discussed potential conference-only football season

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks increasingly likely that the 2020 college football season will not look like it usually does, and the Pac-12 is actively discussing a rather unique scenario. USC coach Clay Helton said Monday that a conference-only schedule is a “viable” option that has been..." May 11

  • Nick Saban said he advised Jalen Hurts To Pick Oklahoma Over These Two Schools

    Sportsnaut "When Jalen Hurts had the chance to transfer away from Alabama to Oklahoma following the 2018 season, Nick Saban helped him make his choice. Hurts ultimately opted to transfer to Oklahoma. He had a stellar season for the Sooners. Then, Hurts was stunningly drafted by the..." May 10

  • Who really benefits from Jim Harbaugh's draft proposal? Michigan football, of course

    USA Today "The final images of Michigan football's 2019 season were grisly. Snapshots of JK Dobbins zipping through holes as he scored four touchdowns to lead Ohio State to a 29-point win over the Wolverines. Pictures of Jerry Jeudy torching Michigan’s secondary in Alabama’s..." May 09

  • Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wants NFL draft flexibility for college football players

    ESPN "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wants college football players to have the ability to enter the NFL draft whenever they are ready to. He also wants players who go unselected in the draft to be allowed to return to school. Harbaugh wrote an open letter Thursday addressed to the..." May 07

  • James Franklin: College football reopening 'needs to be national or not at all'

    The Score "If and when college campuses open back up ahead of the football season, Penn Statehead coach James Franklin wants an even playing field. Franklin says the NCAA should ensure conferences aren't opening too early, and no school is gaining a competitive..." May 06

  • Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester dies from coronavirus

    Baltimore Sun "Former Maryland football coach Roy Lester, a revered high school coach in Montgomery County, died Sunday in Rockville of complications caused by the coronavirus, his family said. He was 96. A Spencer, West Virginia, native who played football, baseball and basketball at West Virginia..." May 05

  • Maryland lands four-star defensive tackle Marcus Bradley

    NBC Sports Washington "One of the best recruiting classes in recent memory for Maryland football got even better on Friday. Four-star defensive lineman Marcus Bradley announced his commitment to his hometown Terps Friday afternoon. Besides the Terps, Bradley was considering Ohio State, LSU and..." May 04

  • Five-star QB Caleb Williams trims list to three schools

    247 Sports "The No. 1 quarterback in the Top247 in five-star Caleb Williams trimmed his list of what was five finalists to three schools on Monday afternoon. Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland are still in the picture for the Washington (DC) Gonzaga signal-caller with Clemson and Penn State no longer..." May 04

  • DE Najee Story announces commitment to Northwestern

    ABC 7 Chicago "Defensive end Najee Story, No. 250 in the ESPN's Junior 300 rankings, committed to Northwestern, he announced on social media Sunday. Calling his recruiting process "a long journey full of twists and turns" in a tweet, Story, a 6-foot-4,..." May 04

  • Consensus growing around potentially shortened college football season

    Yardbarker "College football is still sorting out how to progress as the coronavirus pandemic continues, and a new plan may be taking shape. Longtime sports broadcasting personality Dan Patrick said on Monday’s episode of “The Dan Patrick Show” that consensus is growing around a..." May 04

  • Urban Meyer compares pandemic to Sept. 11: 'It's at times overwhelming'

    The Score "Retired head coach Urban Meyer can see some similarities between the coronavirus pandemic and Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. "It's much different, but the only time that I reflected on it and actually talked to people about this was 9/11," Meyer said in an interview..." May 04

  • NCAA sued by women alleging they weren’t protected from sexual assaults by Nebraska football players, others

    College Football Talk "They may not want it, but Nebraska football is part of a larger legal drama that will play out in the coming months. According to ESPN.com, “[s]even women, including three female athletes, are suing the NCAA, alleging the organization failed to protect them from alleged..." April 30

  • Iowa president Bruce Harreld: 'June 1 is the date we're going to get back to practice'

    ESPN "University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld said he anticipates that the school's football team will resume activities after June 1, he told the state board of regents Thursday. Harreld referred to the Big Ten Conference's suspension of team activities in all sports..." April 30

  • Miami Transfer WR Brian Hightower Verbally Commits To Illini

    SI "The Power 5 conference program known for using the transfer portal for success has found another player willing to move to Illinois. Brian Hightower, a former four-star 2018 receiver prospect from IMG Academy, announced Tuesday afternoon his verbal intention to transfer from..." April 30

  • WR Tarik Black says he's transferring from Michigan to Texas

    ESPN "Former Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black intends to transfer to Texas, he announced Tuesday night. Black published an Instagram post with a picture of him in a Texas uniform and the caption, "i just flipped the switch,, flip flip..." April 29

  • Nebraska Football Quarterback Noah Vedral Enters Transfer Portal

    Corn Nation "In case you were wondering about the state of Nebraska football here is another bit of information to gauge on where it stands. Former Nebraska football quarterback and Nebraska basketball shooting guard has entered the transfer portal. So the remaining scholarship quarterbacks on the..." April 28

  • Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh delivers morning announcements for old elementary school

    CBS Sports "Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh surprised students at his old stomping grounds in Bowling Green, Ohio, Monday morning by delivering a surprise message. Speaking on camera to the students of St. Aloysius Catholic School in Bowling Green, Ohio, Harbaugh led the school in their morning prayer and..." April 28

  • 5 college football documentaries we'd love to see

    The Score "With ESPN's "The Last Dance" whetting the appetite of folks desperate for any sort of sports content, theScore editors joined together to look back at some of the most captivating narratives that might deserve similar treatment earned by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls..." April 28

  • 5 College Football Teams That Will Be Most Impacted By The Coronavirus

    Sportsnaut "As things stand, the world will certainly not be back to business as usual by the time normal college football season rolls around due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it seems the season is still going to happen one way or another. How exactly this altered season will..." April 28

  • Rutgers HC Greg Schiano Takes Significant Pay Cut Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Sportsnaut "The COVID-19 pandemic has brought sports to a collective stop with the NCAA and hundreds of colleges already feeling the economic impact in just a few months. Now, amid fears of the college football season being delayed, Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano became the latest marquee..." April 25

  • Minnesota's P.J. Fleck confirms taking unpaid week

    ESPN "Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, joining about 200 other leaders in the university system to do so in response to the budget crunch caused by the coronavirus pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month. " April 25

  • 'Sound management' of finances has UW athletic department able to weather revenue drop, Barry Alvarez says

    Madison.com "Barry Alvarez credited good financial planning with helping the University of Wisconsin athletic department manage a revenue decline associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Alvarez, the UW athletic director, told an online meeting of the Athletic Board on Friday that the department is..." April 25

  • Ohio State continues hot streak on recruiting trail with eighth commitment of quarantine

    College Football Talk "If it seems like we’ve got a story about a new Ohio State commitment every couple days… it’s because Ohio State gets a new commitment every couple of days. Ryan Day added to his No. 1-ranked 2021 recruiting class on Tuesday by landing 4-star..." April 23

  • JT Daniels has interest in Michigan as transfer

    Larry Brown Sports "USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels has put his name into the transfer portal, and a report says he has interest in Michigan. USC head coach Clay Helton shared the news on Thursday that Daniels entered the portal, though the coach said Daniels could also return to..." April 19

  • 4-star cornerback recruit Avante Dickerson commits to Gophers

    KSTP.com "Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck received another big committment for his 2021 recruiting class on Friday when 4-star cornerback recruit Avante Dickerson announced he'll play for the University of Minnesota. " April 18

  • JT Daniels: Four Potential Landing Spots For USC Transfer

    The Big Lead "JT Daniels has entered the transfer portal, meaning the former five-star quarterback recruit might be on the move from USC. Daniels is apparently making this decision under the assumption he won't have to sit out a year. The NCAA is believed to be close to approving a rule that would allow..." April 18

  • Tar Heels land 11th commit from ESPN 300, second best in FBS

    ESPN "When coach Mack Brown said he wanted to keep the best players from the state of North Carolina home, he wasn't playing around. On Friday, Brown and his staff got two commitments from ESPN Junior 300 prospects out of North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels 11 in-state..." April 18

  • Remembering Woody Hayes Punching a Clemson Player in the Throat and Immediately Getting Fired

    12 Up "Woody Hayes arrived at Ohio State in 1951 and went undefeated with a Rose Bowl victory by his fourth season. The legendary coach was the face of the program and made Ohio State one of the most desirable places to play college football over his nearly..." April 18

  • Rutgers Scarlet Knights football community has been hit hard by COVID-19

    New York Post "Rutgers football players have had family members get sick with the coronavirus and some have dealt with a death, coach Greg Schiano says. Speaking to the media for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Big Ten Conference university and its athletic..." April 16

  • 4 Teams That Would Most Benefit From Skipping 2020 CFB Season

    12 Up "The college football season taking place as scheduled in 2020 is by no means a sure thing at this juncture, as major conference commissioners have confirmed that games will only be played on campus if students are allowed to return amid the coronavirus pandemic. As harsh as that reality sounds,..." April 16

  • Buckeyes add to recruiting haul with DE Tunmise Adeleye's commitment

    ESPN "Ohio State got a commitment from defensive lineman Tunmise Adeleye on Wednesday, giving the Buckeyes 14 ESPN Junior 300 commitments in the class. That is the most of any FBS program. Clemson has the second most with 10 of the top 300 commitments, followed..." April 16

  • Buckeyes' Ryan Day says all options are on the table for upcoming season

    ESPN "Ohio State coach Ryan Day said all possibilities should be considered for college football to happen this year, including playing a shortened season that would be conference-only games. "Any football is better than no football," Day said Wednesday. "We'll do..." April 15

  • Father of former Maryland OL Ellis McKennie III out of hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

    ESPN "The father of former Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie III has been released from the hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Ellis McKennie Jr. was admitted to the hospital on March 18 after falling ill and being diagnosed with pneumonia. Doctors..." April 14

  • Nebraska to stream video game simulation of spring game using Cornhuskers legends

    The Times Herald "The Red-White Spring Game isn't happening on Saturday, but maybe you can still find at least a little bit of a football fix.  Nebraska on Monday morning announced that it will be streaming a video game simulation of the Spring Game on its social media channels, featuring..." April 14

  • Urban Meyer Tweets Out Awesome Photo of Joe Burrow and Chase Young Scrimmaging at Ohio State

    12 Up "When you think of the best college football players from the 2019 campaign, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young are probably the first two names to roll off the tongue, and for good reason. The former went on to win the National..." April 14

  • Jim Harbaugh Hopes COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Society's Mind on 'Horrendous' Abortion Situation

    The Big Lead "Jim Harbaugh, like every other football coach in America, is trying to navigate an unprecedented offseason. The Michigan coach has not been speaking into microphones much recently but did manage to make it onto a National Review podcast with Jay Nordlinger. The two grew up together, so the..." April 11

  • Northwestern AD discusses scenarios for upcoming college football season

    Larry Brown Sports "No one is entirely sure how long the ongoing sports stoppage will last nationwide, but there is definitely some contingency planning going on behind the scenes about football season. Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips admitted that while he couldn’t be sure what would..." April 11

  • Jim Harbaugh extends scholarship offer to second-grade cancer survivor

    College Football Talk "Courtesy of the current Michigan football head coach, how about a little pick-me-up story amidst all of the coronavirus pandemic news? Thomas Fidone is a four-star 2021 prospect out of Iowa. On the 247Sports.com composite, he’s rated as the No. 2 tight end in the..." April 10

  • Ohio State Likely Cannot Afford No Fans at Football Games

    SI "The oft-voiced compromise for commencing the college football season on schedule amid COVID-19 concerns is to simply have games without fans in the stands. Forget the optics of that for moment -- and just for a moment, because it really looks bad to tell players they're safe when..." April 10

  • Former Nebraska running back pivots to new career in National Guard

    USA Today "Terrell Newby rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 22 touchdowns during his career as a running back at Nebraska. He tried to make a career out of football, getting opportunities in the NFL, playing for a short while in the fledgling Alliance of American Football and working..." April 09

  • Tom Brady says he nearly transferred out of Michigan after being low on depth chart

    Saturday Tradition "Transferring wasn’t quite as easy or popular 25 years ago as it is in today’s world of college athletics, but that doesn’t mean the thought didn’t cross Tom Brady’s mind. The former Michigan quarterback had his doubts about whether staying in Ann Arbor was the best..." April 09

  • Justin Fields Appeared To Take A Shot At Tate Martell On Twitter

    The Spun "Justin Fields posted a video of his golf swing on Twitter on Tuesday night. On the surface, that’s all it was. If you dig a little deeper, though, it looks like a shot at another college football quarterback. The Ohio State star posted a video of his not-great golf swing on..." April 09

  • Nebraska expels two former football players after sexual misconduct violations

    USA Today "The University of Nebraska expelled redshirt freshmen football players Katerian LeGrone and Andre Hunt, according to a document obtained by ESPN in which the school's conduct board set the expulsion in place April 3. They are now permanently terminated as..." April 07

  • Penn State AD: football needs 60 days to ramp up before season can start

    College Football Talk "The college football world is largely in wait-and-see mode as leaders across the country try to sort out which way will be forward in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Much of this focus in recent days has centered not on the spring but rather the fall… and if the sport can start on..." April 02