BISON MEDIA BLOG Big Ten Says No To FCS
There are no quiet nights in the sports office in February and March with tournament season here, but a bombshell was dropped by Barry Alvarez in Madison that will have far reaching effects from Fargo... Posted on 2/13/13 at 1:24 AM
The Big Ten is adding lacrosse as a sport in 2015 and welcoming powerhouse Johns Hopkins as an affiliate member for men's lacrosse only, two moves that could further boost the profile of the conference in the East.
The second half of the season couldn't arrive fast enough for the Big Ten Conference. With most everyone having six games under their belts, the official second half of the season is beginning this week.
Big Ten coaches had just one request for those ripping the conference after a rough weekend. Wait. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini cautioned against making "snap judgments" so early in the season, no matter how rough things looked.
The NCAA crippled Penn State football for years to come and practically tore Joe Paterno's name out of the record books Monday, erasing 14 years of victories and imposing an unprecedented $60 million fine and other punishment over the child sexual abuse scandal.
Marc Levy, Michael Rubinkam and Ralph D. Russo
, July 23, 2012
In the wake of the scandal at Penn State, the Big Ten Conference is considering a plan to give its commissioner the power to punish schools with financial sanctions, suspensions and even the ability to fire coaches.
The Big Ten cable network has been an unchallenged success promoting conference sports to a national audience and making money for its members. The academic programming its leaders had promised hasn't panned out.
Big Ten administrators could see a national championship game being played in cities that aren't necessarily traditional hosts. Big Ten officials came out this week in favor of having bowl games host an expected four-team playoff, preferring to keep the Rose Bowl as its postseason tradition. Yet they also said they can envision the title game played elsewhere.
University of Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe pleaded no contest and was placed on probation Thursday morning in his assault case in Miami, which put an end to the nearly three-year-long legal matter that cost him the 2009-10 season.
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