Big Ten RUMORS & NEWS

  • Mel Tucker responds to LSU rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan State coach Mel Tucker tried to push aside rumors linking him to another job as he prepares for the biggest game of his tenure. On Monday, Tucker had his first media availability since reports emerged linking him to the LSU job. Unsurprisingly, Tucker was not in the mood..." October 25

  • 5 biggest surprises from Saturday's college football slate

    The Score "The Week 8 schedule didn't look overly enthralling at first glance, but Saturday's action reminded us why it's foolish to doubt the craziness of college football. Despite there being no matchups between ranked teams, a number of surprises made for exceptional viewing..." October 24

  • Ohio State head coach Ryan Day gets honest on C.J. Stroud’s growing Heisman hype

    Clutch Points "Unlike in previous years, there is no clear-cut favorite for the Heisman Trophy award at this point in this season. This has allowed Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud to take advantage of such a golden opportunity. The likes of Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and North Carolina..." October 21

  • Bret Bielema defends his controversial remarks about Illinois roster

    Larry Brown Sports "Bret Bielema made some comments about the current state of the Illinois football program this week that were viewed quite negatively, but the coach insists his intentions were not bad. Bielema was shockingly candid about his own roster while speaking with the media on Monday. He said..." October 21

  • Four-star DE Kenyatta Jackson commits to Buckeyes

    CBS Sports "Ohio State added a major defensive piece to its 2022 recruiting class Tuesday as four-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson committed to the Buckeyes live on CBS Sports HQ. Jackson, a product of Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida, chose Ohio State..." October 19

  • Bret Bielema rips Illinois roster, previous regime

    Larry Brown Sports "Bret Bielema inherited an Illinois football program that has not posted a winning record in a decade, and things are not looking better for the Illini this season. The head coach wanted to make it clear this week that he does not believe that is his fault. Bielema was shockingly..." October 19

  • Five worst deals among college football coaches' contracts

    USA Today "For the 15th consecutive year, USA TODAY Sports has obtained and analyzed the contracts of college football coaches across the Football Bowl Subdivision. And some deals, as always, are more lopsided than others. While some FBS coaches look like bargains for their..." October 14

  • Penn State's James Franklin says faked injuries have 'not shown up' on teams he has coached

    ESPN "Penn State's James Franklin on Wednesday fired back against accusations from Iowa fans and coaches that his players faked injuries in Saturday's 23-20 loss to the Hawkeyes, saying that strategy "has not shown up" in his 12 years as a head coach. When a reporter asked..." October 14

  • Kirk Ferentz: Booing Iowa fans 'smelled a rat' with Penn State's injuries

    The Score "Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz showed his support for fans who booed Penn State players when they appeared to be faking injuries during the Hawkeyes' 23-20 win last Saturday. "Our fans thought they smelled a rat, I guess, I don't know, so they responded the way they..." October 13

  • Former Ohio State defensive back De'van Bogard dies in apartment fire

    USA Today "Former Ohio State defensive back De'van Bogard died in an apartment fire early Tuesday morning in Elyria, Ohio. According to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, the Elyria Fire Department received a call before 3 a.m. about the fire. Bogard, 27, was found dead inside. Bogard..." October 13

  • Gophers running back Trey Potts won’t return for rest of 2021 season

    Twin Cities "Gophers starting running back Trey Potts won’t return the 2021 season, head coach P.J. Fleck said Monday. Fleck declined to talk about the specific nature of Potts’ issue, which is his standard practice for all players, but Fleck called the situation “really..." October 11

  • Jim Harbaugh snubs Molly McGrath on postgame interview

    Larry Brown Sports "Jim Harbaugh was pumped up about his Michigan squad defeating Nebraska on Saturday night, but he wasn’t so excited about doing a postgame interview. Harbaugh’s Wolverines kicked a field goal with 1:24 left to take a 32-29 lead over the Huskers. Then they got a stop on 4th..." October 10

  • Iowa is putting on a show you do not want to miss

    CBS Sports "They call it "complementary football" around here like Iowa football is a concept that has to be understood more than followed. They're not haughty about it. They walk around with "Punting Is Winning" T-shirts. They celebrate the guy who drives his corn harvesting..." October 10

  • Wisconsin dismisses running back Jalen Berger

    Sportsnaut "Wisconsin dismissed redshirt freshman running back Jalen Berger from the program, coach Paul Chryst announced Sunday. Berger did not play in Saturday’s 24-0 win at Illinois. He ranks fourth on the Badgers (2-3, 1-2 Big Ten) this season with 88 rushing yards in three games, with..." October 10

  • Maryland's Dontay Demus, Big Ten's leading receiver, out for season with injury

    The Athletic "Maryland wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. will under surgery on a season-ending knee injury, coach Mike Locksley said Tuesday. The senior was injured on a kickoff return early in the second quarter of last Friday's 51-14 loss to Iowa. Demus leads the Big Ten in receiving yards,..." October 05

  • Wisconsin naming field after Barry Alvarez at Camp Randall Stadium in 2022

    The Athletic "Former Wisconsin athletic director and football coach Barry Alvarez will have the field at UW’s Camp Randall Stadium named after him beginning with the 2022 season. According to UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, more than 60 donors contributed $13 million-plus in honor of..." October 02

  • Everything Greg Schiano said as Scarlet Knights prepare for Ohio State

    247 Sports "Big Ten football brings Rutgers a challenging but rewarding opportunity Saturday when the Scarlet Knights return to SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey for Week 5's 3:30 p.m. ET game against Ohio State. Second-year head coach Greg Schiano embraces a chance to face the No. 11..." September 27

  • History Suggests That Michigan Must Make Big Change For Chance At Big Ten Championship

    SI "As the Wolverines dominated inferior opponents with the nations No. 1 rushing attack during the first three weeks, a pattern began to emerge that left some within the fan base feeling uneasy. While running backs Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins racked up the yards and carries week after week,..." September 27

  • Ohio State Buckeyes dismiss LB K'Vaughan Pope after sideline incident

    ESPN "Ohio State senior linebacker K'Vaughan Pope has been dismissed from the team following a highly publicized incident on Saturday in which he was escorted off the field during the Buckeyes' home win against Akron, according to a statement from coach Ryan Day on..." September 27

  • Footage Released of K’Vaughan Pope Quitting On Ohio State During Game

    Total Pro Sports "Ohio State coach Ryan Day announced Sunday that senior linebacker K’Vaughan Pope has been dismissed from the team after he stormed off the field during the No. 11 Buckeyes’ 59-7 win over Akron on Saturday. Pope, who was considered a potential starter for OSU entering the..." September 27

  • Ohio State's K'Vaughan Pope appears to quit team midgame

    The Score "Ohio State linebacker K'Vaughan Pope appeared to quit the team midgame Saturday after he was replaced in a substitution package in the first half. The senior threw his gloves into the crowd and started to remove his jersey before halftime versus Akron, leading..." September 26

  • James Franklin is still fuming over referee error against Auburn

    Larry Brown Sports "Penn State coach James Franklin still hasn’t gotten over a key officiating mistake in last Saturday’s win over Auburn. During the second quarter of Saturday’s game, the referees somehow managed to take two downs from the Nittany Lions on an intentional grounding call..." September 25

  • Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud to be used only in 'emergency situation' vs. Akron

    The Athletic "Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud likely will be used “only in an emergency situation” on Saturday against Akron, head coach Ryan Day announced Thursday. Stroud, who has started the first three games of this season, has been dealing with an unspecified injury to his throwing..." September 23

  • Ron Bellamy Epitomizes Michigan's New Culture, Recruiting Approach

    SI "Michigan went 2-4 in 2020 and, while the football was pretty bad, it looked like there were issues within the program that extended beyond the field. Those concerns were confirmed during the offseason as Jim Harbaugh cleaned house and hired six new assistants.  One of those..." September 22

  • Rutgers football suspends Max Melton and Chris Long

    On The Banks "On Tuesday morning, Rutgers announced that starting cornerback Max Melton and backup cornerback Chris Long have been suspended. The program released the following statement from head coach Greg Schiano. “I was informed that Chris Long and Malachi Melton were taken into police..." September 21

  • Buckeyes can still recover from slow start

    247 Sports "Is it time for Ohio State fans to panic? The Buckeyes have not overpowered any of their three opponents so far this season, and the defense continues to struggle. No margin for error exists after the loss to Oregon, and a difficult schedule in the Big Ten remains. But coach Ryan..." September 21

  • Purdue WR David Bell in concussion protocol after being carted off at Notre Dame

    The Athletic "The status of Purdue star receiver David Bell for Saturday’s game against Illinois remains unclear after the junior entered concussion protocol following a head injury suffered at Notre Dame, coach Jeff Brohm said Monday. Bell was carted off the field Saturday after staying on..." September 20

  • Auburn’s Zakoby McClain responds to ridiculous targeting call at goal line

    Larry Brown Sports "Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain issued a response on Twitter Saturday night after being ejected for targeting in his team’s 28-20 loss at Penn State. Penn State had a 1st-and-goal at the Auburn 1 early in the fourth quarter while leading 21-20. Sean Clifford completed a pass to..." September 19

  • SEC admits officiating mix-up forced Penn State to punt on third down

    USA Today "The Southeastern Conference admitted its officials got it wrong against Penn State. The Nittany Lions beat Auburn 28-20 Saturday night, but Penn State coach James Franklin was visibly upset earlier in the game when his team was forced to punt on third down. With..." September 19

  • Illinois QB Brandon Peters was nearly decapitated by this crazy targeting hit

    Larry Brown Sports "Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters very nearly had his head ripped off on Friday night during a game against Maryland. During the first quarter of a 20-17 loss, Peters dropped back to pass as Terrapins defensive back Lavonte Gater bore down on the quarterback. But rather than ease up..." September 18

  • Hawks star Trae Young in attendance for Nebraska vs. Oklahoma

    Yardbarker "Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was in attendance for Saturday's matchup between the Oklahoma Sooners and Nebraska Cornhuskers at the "Palace on the Prairie." Young posted a photo to his Twitter of the jersey he was wearing at Saturday's..." September 18

  • Nebraska's Scott Frost reportedly angry at officials after Oklahoma pregame skirmish

    Sporting News "Nebraska and Oklahoma haven't played each other since 2010, but clearly no love has been lost between these former Big 12 rivals if their pregame skirmish is any indication. Roughly 20 minutes before kickoff of Saturday's game between the Cornhuskers and third-ranked Sooners,..." September 18

  • Michigan State Giving Serious Consideration to Being Back at Some Point

    The Big Lead "Mark Dantonio built Michigan State into a juggernaut and then allowed the program to forfeit too many gains. A long and fruitful marriage came to an unsatisfying conclusion amid some choppy seas and Mel Tucker was tasked with building trust and victories in East Lansing. A pandemic-altered..." September 17

  • 6 Biggest Surprises of the 2021 College Football Season so Far

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 college football season is well underway, and so it goes every year in the sport, there are the usual fair share of expected storylines. The SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Big 12 look primed to have teams in the College Football Playoff once again. But there have also been some..." September 16

  • Purdue's band to be without World's Largest Drum vs. Notre Dame, first time since 1979

    ESPN "The World's Largest Drum is officially too big for Notre Dame Stadium, Purdue said Friday. As a result, Purdue's All-American Band will play its first halftime performance without its giant bass drum for the first time since 1979. "According to a communication..." September 16

  • Kirk Herbstreit shares concerns over Buckeyes' defense

    247 Sports "The Ohio State Buckeyes were the surprising victims of a loss this weekend, as the Oregon Ducks entered Ohio Stadium and left with a 35-28 win. The Buckeyes gave up 505 total yards of offense in the game. Because of that defensive showing, ESPN College GameDay co-host Kirk Herbstreit is..." September 16

  • 50 years later, the Game of the Century resonates as Nebraska, Oklahoma rekindle faded rivalry

    CBS Sports "They'll play a game Saturday morning in which the home team is a 22-point favorite. The game was deemed so non-competitive that the visiting team tried to cancel it a scant six months ago. Forget about the label once affixed to the most notable game in this rivalry's history:..." September 15

  • How can Ohio State possibly move forward with Kerry Coombs as defensive coordinator?

    The Athletic "After 30 minutes of answers that ranged from intentionally vague to outright scathing, it still felt like further clarification was needed from Ohio State head coach Ryan Day. Is Kerry Coombs still this team’s defensive coordinator? “Yes, he’s still the..." September 15

  • Is It Time To Panic About The Ohio State Defense?

    SI "When Alabama picked apart the Buckeye defense in the national championship game, it was easy to say "the Crimson Tide had an historically good offense and several Buckeye players weren't available for various reasons, including CoVID-19. The team was trying to play against one of the..." September 15

  • James Franklin, Luke Fickell deflect USC questions as coach search rumors begin

    The Athletic "Less than 24 hours after USC parted ways with head coach Clay Helton, rumored candidates to replace Helton have started to push back on questions about their interest in the role. Penn State coach James Franklin, when asked Tuesday about the USC speculation, said that he will address..." September 14

  • Oregon, Iowa surge as Ohio State, Iowa State tumble in USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll

    USA Today "Oregon and Iowa had the splashiest wins in the second full week of the college football season. As a result, they make the most significant jumps in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. The Ducks vault all the way from No. 11 to No. 4 on the heels of their victory at Ohio State...." September 12

  • Ohio State drum major totally wiped out in viral video

    Larry Brown Sports "An Ohio State drum major’s day got off to a pretty rough start Saturday ahead of the team’s game against Oregon. In a viral video captured by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, the drum major charged out of the tunnel, only to lose his footing and go down..." September 11

  • Did Oregon get away with targeting on crucial stop against Ohio State?

    Yardbarker "Saturday’s game between Oregon and Ohio State got quite tense late, in part because of a controversial non-call late in the fourth quarter. The Ducks held a 35-28 lead over the Buckeyes, with Ohio State facing a 3rd-and-20 with just over six minutes left. Ohio State wide..." September 11

  • Oregon hilariously trolled Ohio State after upset win

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oregon Ducks came into Columbus on Saturday and stunned the Ohio State Buckeyes, and they left a reminder at midfield as they left. Charlotte Wilder of FOX Sports shared a video of midfield at Ohio Stadium, complete with a small rubber duck placed directly in the middle of the..." September 11

  • Win or lose, Indiana will pay Idaho $1.2 million for Saturday's game between the FBS and FCS teams

    USA Today "After last week's disappointing blowout loss to No. 12 Iowa, Indiana will look to rebound on Saturday as heavy favorites at home against Idaho, which has posted just one winning season in the past decade. The ability to schedule what is projected to be an easy win comes at a..." September 11

  • Ex-captain Henry Hill among group suing Michigan Wolverines to be heard on abuse

    Sportsnaut "A Michigan Wolverines team captain from the late 1960s is among a group of former students who are suing the university over its response to allegations of abuse levied against former team doctor Robert Anderson. Henry Hill, a former All-American who played for the Wolverines from..." September 09

  • Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal reflects on recruiting Buckeyes QB C.J. Stroud

    247 Sports "Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was a hot commodity as a recruit. A 247Sports five-star out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, Stroud had plenty of West Coast schools after him on the trail, including this week's Ohio State opponent in Oregon. Speaking with the media,..." September 08

  • Fox Sports' Joel Klatt rips targeting rules following ejection of Penn State's Ellis Brooks

    Sporting News "Joel Klatt sounded like he was having a great time calling Saturday's game between Penn State and Wisconsin alongside Gus Johnson, but there was one play late in the Big Ten battle that had the Fox Sports analyst fuming. During a pivotal fourth-quarter drive, Badgers quarterback..." September 04

  • This Indiana player’s jersey was screwed up in a hilarious way

    Larry Brown Sports "One Indiana player got outsized attention on Saturday for a rather hilarious and embarrassing jersey mistake. Ahead of the team’s season opener against Iowa, Indiana’s official athletics account tweeted a picture of freshman running back David Holloman taking the field...." September 04

  • Nebraska Football Unveils Special 9/11 Uniforms

    The Sports Daily "The Nebraska football team will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by wearing camouflage jerseys at home against the University of Buffalo on September 11th, 2021. To announce the alternate uniforms, the University produced the video embedded below. " September 03

  • Temple-Rutgers football game postponed to Saturday due to flooding

    Yardbarker "The remnants of Hurricane Ida have continued to cause damage throughout portions of the United States and impact sports calendars ahead of Labor Day weekend.  Both the Temple Owls and Rutgers Scarlet Knights football programs confirmed in statements that Thursday's game to be..." September 02

  • Buckeyes hit with unspecified absences ahead of opener vs Minnesota

    Clutch Points "The college football season is here and set for some huge games on Thursday night. One of the marquee games is the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Minnesota Gophers. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes got hit with some unfortunate injury news ahead of their season opener. According to..." September 02

  • Ricky White To Miss Friday Night's Game for Michigan State

    SI "Ricky White has been a very hot topic of discussion this preseason. The redshirt freshman has been absent with little to no reasoning. Earlier this afternoon, Ricky White finally spoke up, although it isn't clear exactly why he hasn't been in fall camp it sounds like he is..." September 01

  • Wisconsin dismisses running back Loyal Crawford, suspends RB Antwan Roberts

    USA Today "Just four days before Wisconsin is set to open its 2021 Big Ten football season, head coach Paul Chryst had to deal with a pair of disciplinary issues. UW officials announced Tuesday that freshman tailback Loyal Crawford has been dismissed from the team and freshman tailback Antwan..." August 31

  • Buckeyes QB Quinn Ewers reportedly signs NIL deal exceeding $1 million

    247 Sports "Ohio State freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers is reportedly making the most of it during college football's new name, image and likeness era. The former five-star prospect and top-ranked player in the 2022 class who re-classified and skipped his senior year of high..." August 31

  • Michigan names Cade McNamara starting quarterback

    The Athletic "Redshirt sophomore Cade McNamara will be Michigan's starting quarterback when the Wolverines open their season Saturday against Western Michigan, coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. The news was no surprise, as McNamara was the Wolverines' No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring..." August 30

  • Hoosiers name USC transfer, former 5-star recruit Stephen Carr starting RB

    247 Sports "Indiana is looking to make its third straight bowl appearance for the first time since the 1980s, and coach Tom Allen could have a strong offense on his hands. The Hoosiers will return one of the Big Ten's best quarterbacks in Michael Penix Jr., and they added a key transfer..." August 30

  • Around the Big Ten: It’s going to be a long year in Nebraska

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "The return of Bret Bielema to the Big Ten has been one that has fascinated this particular Big Ten observer all offseason. The former Wisconsin head coach returned to the conference this year as the head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini to give us all a glimpse at whether or not Bielema..." August 29

  • Two officials take big hits from Illinois players

    Larry Brown Sports "It was a very rough day for the referees Saturday in the season opener between Illinois and Nebraska. Not necessarily because they got a lot of calls wrong, but because they were literally getting hit around pretty good. In the first half, an Illinois player collided with the umpire..." August 28

  • Drew Brees Surprises Purdue Softball Walk-On Emilee Cox with NIL Deal

    Bleacher Report "A Purdue softball player received a surprise from legendary quarterback Drew Brees.  The former New Orleans Saints star joined a Zoom call between Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux founder Brandon Landry and Boilermakers walk-on Emilee Cox as part of her reward for being awarded a..." August 26