Gregory Levinsky, Mike Carmin, Chris Solari, Chad Leistikow, Mark Emmert, Zach Osterman and Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 12:46 PM EDT Jul 20, 2019 CHICAGO — Rumors buzzing around a potential Big Ten football realignment reached conference's media days this week. The divisions could be changed or even eliminated, but the Big Ten did not comment on the matter, according to The Athletic. The USA TODAY Sports Network polled the Big Ten football coaches about possible realignment. Most like the divisions as they stand. "I love the divisions the way they are," Nebraska coach Scott Frost said. "It gives us some geographical rivalry." They also know the decision is likely out of their hands. "I think we’ll change it at some point because change is coming, somehow, some way," Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said. "And I think people are going to want to move it around and shake it up a little bit." [ So, you want Big Ten realignment? Stop being … [Read more...] about What Big Ten football coaches say about conference realignment
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Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 2:16 PM EDT Jul 18, 2019 CHICAGO — Jim Delany's annual address at Big Ten media days tend to feature two things: Length and opinions. So it made sense that Delany's final preseason talk, given Thursday in Chicago, had a bit of both. Delany's final day as the league's commissioner will be Jan. 1. From there, the retiring Delany will hand over the keys to Kevin Warren — who was selected as the conference's new leader earlier this summer. But before that happens, Delany has one more year. And plenty of thoughts about where college athletics are headed and where things have gone wrong. More: Big Ten Network to produce Michigan-Michigan State rivalry documentary this fall Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh takes a swipe at Urban Meyer "We've had a lot of projects that succeeded and a lot of projects that fell on deaf ears," Delany said when asked if he'll leave the Big Ten with any regrets. "I … [Read more...] about Jim Delany delivers final preseason Big Ten football address
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 11:13 AM EDT Jul 18, 2019 Big Ten media days kicks off Thursday and runs through Friday in Chicago. On Thursday, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio is scheduled to meet the media around 1:30 p.m. Also scheduled to speak for the Spartans around 3 p.m. are senior defenders Joe Bachie, Kenny Willekes, Raequan Williams. On Friday, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to speak around 10:30 a.m. The three players who will speak around 5 p.m.: Ben Bredeson, Jordan Glasgow, Khaleke Hudson. WANT MORE BIG TEN NEWS? Sign up for our free "Best of the Big Ten" newsletter! We have Big Ten writers from each local Gannett site covering the event, so stay tuned for up-to-the-minute updates below. TV schedule: Friday: Noon, BTN; Saturday: 8:45 a.m., BTN. *All times ET Trending: 2019 Big Ten football predictions: Who wins the divisions, league title 2019 All-Big Ten football teams: Predicting … [Read more...] about 2019 Big Ten football media days: Live updates from Chicago
Nick Baumgardner, Graham Couch, Mark Emmert, Chad Leistikow, Josh Newman, Zach Osterman, Chris Solari, Shawn Windsor and Jeff Potrykus Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Jul 17, 2019 Michigan football finally will win the Big Ten East. Scott Frost will begin Nebraska's renaissance in earnest. Iowa will get back to Indianapolis. And Ryan Day's first full season as Ohio State's head coach will be good — but not great. That's the early forecast for the 2019 Big Ten season, according to college football writers who cover the conference in the USA TODAY Sports Network. Each writer predicted this season's final standings and conference champion ahead of Big Ten media days in Chicago, with teams receiving seven points for a first-place vote, six for a second-place vote, five for a third-place vote, etc. Here's how the nine writers voted: [ 2019 Big Ten media days: TV schedule, how to watch ] Projected standings … [Read more...] about 2019 Big Ten football champion: Michigan or Ohio State?
The Hartlepool family and friends of a couple who scooped £115million on the EuroMillions jackpot say they deserve their win. Frances and Patrick Connolly, who lived in the town for 25 years before moving to Ireland around three years ago, hit the jackpot on New Year's Day. Their eldest daughter, Katrina Smith, who still lives in the former family home in Tristram Avenue, said she is delighted for her parents and they really deserve this win.The 31-year-old tutor, who is married with two sons, said: "I really can't think of a more deserving pair, because they have helped out a lot of people over the years."I am just so pleased for them. I told them I don't want anything, but I know they are a very generous pair. I am pleased for my kids."Katrina said the news came as a massive shock to all the family and it really hasn't sunk in.She said: "I couldn't believe it when my mam phoned to tell me, it just doesn't seem real. Then I saw them on the television celebrating and it was … [Read more...] about Lottery couple deserve their big win say Hartlepool family and friends