B1GSundayEncoreHappy Sunday morning, Buckeye Nation. For those of you who are either serving or have served in our Armed Forces - and to those family member of those who are or have - we wish you a wonderful Memorial Day Eve and thank you for all you have done and continue to do for this beautiful country.

Plenty to talk about around the B1G this week, although we won't be giving you your weekend dose of Buckeye love today. We started a new weekly series here at BHC yesterday to cover everything Scarlet and Gray for you, passing out helmet stickers  to all the best Ohio State news and commentary from around the Buckeye blogosphere for the week that was - 28 links in total - ranging from full coverage of the Gene Smith Saga to the psychology of Urban Meyer and his approach to competition. We slipped in some hoops chatter and gathered plenty of football coverage, as well as hopping into the Wayback Machine and pulled in stories about former Buckeyes such as Joey Galloway, Cris Carter, Keith Byars and Chris Spielman - all written this week. If you haven't yet, go get caught up on all things Ohio State before we roll into enemy territory. We'll wait...

Back? Good, because a Purdue baseball player threw a punch in the B1G tourney, fans around the B1G hate Bret Bielema (you don't say?), Warren Buffet donated more money to Nebraska than I could fit in my work cubicle and Northwestern celebrated their Buckeye-less football schedule.   

Enjoy the B1G links from the week that was - 26 in total...


Indiana Hoosiers

  • Indiana University assistant strength and conditioning coach Tom Morris was seriously injured in an off-road mountain biking accident Thursday afternoon. (The Hoosier Scoop)
  • With two off days between Thursday’s game three loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and game four on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade ventured a hour south to Bloomington on Friday afternoon to visit with Tom Crean. (Inside the Hall)


Illinois Fighting Illini

  • And just like that, the 2013 recruiting class for our beloved Illinois Fighting Illini reaches double digits. News hot off the presses has 3 star ATH Reon Dawson (Trotwood-Madison, OH) giving his verbal to play for Coach Beckman next fall. (Hail to the Orange)
  • So we've won back to back bowl games for the first time in school history. And we've produced the most first round NFL draft picks out of any school in the Big Ten over the past five years? You could almost be forgiven for thinking that Illinois has finally made that leap into the upper-middle class of the conference. Almost. (Hail to the Orange)
  • For whatever reasons, people are still clinging to the idea that Ron Zook was/is some sort of mythical recruiter. And you know what? That's just not true. (Hail to the Orange)


Ohio State Buckeyes


Penn State Nittany Lions

  • While there hasn't been any movement on the commitment front, the staff has been busy extending offers to a number of new targets. (Black Shoe Diaries)
  • Waning support for The Second Mile Charity in the aftermath of the Sandusky Scandal has forced action. This morning, the organization announced that it would be shutting down and transferring its assets to the Houston-based Arrow Child & Family Ministries. (Onward State)
  • I am not sure exactly how this news is to be received, but Michigan State is coming back on the football schedule in 2015. And they are bringing back the Land Grant Trophy for old time's sake. (Nittany Lions Den)


Purdue Boilermakers

  • Morgan Burke gave a few nuggets on his thoughts regarding lights at Ross-Ade Stadium to the J&C recently and the gist is, as always, that you dumb fans just don't get it. (Boiled Sports)
  • (VIDEO) Purdue won the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament, but the late fight tonight could be costly. The video shows that All-Big Ten second baseman Eric Charles possibly threw a punch. In fact, he most definitely threw a punch. (Hammer and Rails)


Wisconsin Badgers

  • Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema was not very popular among Badger fans in 2008. Now he only draws hate from the fans of opposing teams, a sign that his success has gotten under the skin of the rest of the Big Ten. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)
  • The NBA released its select list of 60 players who are invited to attend the NBA Draft Combine. Jordan Taylor was not on that list. (Madtown Badgers)
  • When Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany officially welcomed Nebraska to the conference, many fans were excited. The move created a 12-team conference, allowing for a conference championship game. But a major downside of the move is beginning to come more apparent. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)



Iowa Hawkeyes

  • For somebody whose path was always clearly paved as a basketball player, Matt Gatens now faces an uncertain journey. The former Iowa guard, who committed to the Hawkeyes as a ninth-grader at City High, is currently training in Los Angeles in his quest to play professional basketball. (Hawk Central)
  • If you've been living under a rock for the last week, you might have missed that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany waived the white flag on his push for on-campus playoff games. Gone are the thoughts of tanned-ass Southerners playing football in the Rust Belt in December. (Black Heart Gold Pants)


That Team Up North

  • Last fall, Michigan introduced the "Michigan Football Legends" as an alternative to retiring uniform numbers, honoring Desmond Howard before the Under The Lights game with a patch that now adorns the #21 jersey. (MGoBlog)
  • I'm not sure where exactly the majority of fans stand on this upcoming season. Of course it is well known that the schedule will be incredibly difficult, there is little proven production at wide receiver and on the defensive line, and 2011 brought a few fortunate bounces that may have helped to inflate the record. (Maize n Brew)


Michigan State Spartans

  • The Rose Bowl has been portrayed by many in the media as something only old men in the Big Ten still enjoy. While we all agree the playoff is the right way to go, keeping the Rose Bowl in some form still matters to a wide variety of people, including players. (The Only Colors)


Minnesota Golden Gophers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Let's suppose that Osborne gets run over by a bus (or Ndamakong Suh, for that matter)...who would be the other candidates to be Nebraska's next athletic director? (Corn Nation)
  • Known as the "Oracle of Omaha", Warren Buffet has decided to donate an unknown but undoubtedly enormous pot of money to the University of Nebraska's athletic department to create the "Warren Buffet Stuff It Defensive Line Coach" position. Buffet stated in an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star's Steve Sipple that he hopes to inspire other Nebraska gazillionaires to think about endowing other positions in the athletic department, stepping up the competition as other athletic departments around the nation follow suit. (Corn Nation)


Northwestern Wildcats

  • This, y'all, is Northwestern sports. I've been here four years. Four years. Four losses in bowls. Four NIT appearances. I could sit here and bitch and moan about that, about how unconscionable it is that Northwestern's mountaintop is about eight feet above sea level, that this school's athletics seem to have no ambition. (Sippin' on Purple)
  • Dan Persa can't catch a break. The former Northwestern quarterback needs a second surgery on his right Achilles tendon, and that could spell the end of his football career. (Chicago Tribune)
  • The ‘Cats once again lose Ohio State and Wisconsin during these two seasons and now add Penn State to the mix. You can’t ask for much more than that from being schedule-friendly. Wow. (Lake the Posts)