Michigan State Garners Women’s Golf Weekly Award Raines Helps Spartan to Second-Best Round in Program History
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Maryland is the favorite to repeat as Big Ten baseball champions, according to the coaches’ preseason poll announced Thursday. Conference coaches also selected three student-athletes from their respective squads to comprise the 39-player Preseason Honors List.
In addition to Maryland, the top-six poll includes Rutgers in second place, followed by No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 Indiana.
In national preseason polls, Maryland is ranked 13th by D1Baseball, 15th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and 16th by Baseball America. The Terrapins finished 48-14 (18-5 Big Ten) last season, reaching a regional final on their home field.
The Big Ten baseball season commences Friday with Big Ten games beginning March 24.
Big Ten Preseason Honors List:
Jack Crowder, RHP, Jr., Illinois
Riley Gowens, RHP, Jr., Illinois
Cam McDonald, IF/OF, Sr., Illinois
Matthew Ellis, C, Sr., Indiana
Phillip Glasser, IF, Sr., Indiana
Carter Mathison, OF, So., Indiana
Keaton Anthony, 1B/DH/RHP, So., Iowa
Will Christophersen, RHP, Jr., Iowa
Ty Langenberg, RHP, Jr., Iowa
Jason Savacool, RHP, Jr., Maryland
Matt Shaw, SS, Jr., Maryland
Luke Shliger, C, Jr., Maryland
Tito Flores, LF, Sr., Michigan
Connor O’Halloran, LHP, Jr., Michigan
Mitch Voit, 3B, Fr., Michigan
Trent Farquhar, 2B, Jr., Michigan State
Mitch Jebb, SS, Jr., Michigan State
Casey Mayes, OF, Sr., Michigan State
Brett Bateman, CF, Jr., Minnesota
Boston Merlia, LF, Jr., Minnesota
Tucker Novotny, LHP, So., Minnesota
Max Anderson, IF, Jr., Nebraska
Brice Matthews, IF, Jr., Nebraska
Emmett Olson, LHP, Jr., Nebraska
Alex Calerco, C, So., Northwestern
Ben Grable, RHP, Jr., Northwestern
Stephen Hrustich, C/1B/OF, Sr., Northwestern
Isaiah Coupet, LHP, Jr., Ohio State
Kade Kern, OF, Jr., Ohio State
Trey Lipsey, OF, So., Ohio State
Jay Harry, SS, Jr., Penn State
Travis Luensmann, RHP, Jr., Penn State
Josh Spiegel, C/1B, Sr., Penn State
Evan Albrecht, SS, Sr., Purdue
Mike Bolton Jr., OF, Sr., Purdue
Cam Thompson, 1B/OF, Jr., Purdue
Chris Brito, IF, Sr., Rutgers
Ryan Lasko, OF, Jr., Rutgers
Tony Santa Maria, IF, Jr., Rutgers
MHKY: No. 10/9 Buckeyes vs. No. 4 Wolverines in Series featuring Senior Night and Outdoor Game Teams to meet Thursday in Columbus, Saturday in Cleveland
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In the Rankings
Ones to Watch
A Richter Award Semifinalist Again
Three Stars Honors Go to Minnesota, Notre Dame and Wisconsin
Seniors LaCombe, Moe and Bischel recognized for outstanding play
(ROSEMONT, Ill. – Jan. 24, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference has announced its Three Stars of the Week hockey award winners for games played Jan. 20-21.
Jackson LaCombe, Minnesota
Sr. – D – Eden Prairie, Minn. – Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Jared Moe, Wisconsin
Sr. – G – New Prague, Minn. – Minnesota (Big Ten)
Ryan Bischel, Notre Dame
Sr. – G – Medina, Minn. – Fargo (USHL)
Purdue, Rutgers Score Men’s Basketball Weekly Accolades Loyer and Spencer claim Big Ten weekly honors
(ROSEMONT, Ill. – Jan. 17, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference has announced this week’s Men’s Basketball Player and Freshman of the Week for the week of Jan. 9-16.
Co-Player of the Week
Cam Spencer, Rutgers
G – Sr. – 6-4 – Davidsonville, Md. – Boys Lain School of Maryland – Major: Labor and Employment Relations
Co-Player & Freshman of the Week
Fletcher Loyer, Purdue
G – 6-4 – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Homestead – Major: Organizational Leadership
The NCAA Changes rules of transfer portal
Story by James Parks •
The transfer portal has forever changed college football and how schools create their rosters, and now the NCAA has brought in another new change.
While players going into the portal for the first time will still be able to get immediate eligibility at their next school, the NCAA is trying to stop players from entering the transfer portal multiple times.
What's new: The NCAA Division I Council approved legislation to limit waivers for second-time transfer players. Now, any undergraduates who transfer a second time, or any other time after that, must meet specific guidelines in order to be eligible for immediate playing time starting with the 2023-24 season or risk sitting out a year between transfers.
With exceptions: Under the new rule, players can still get immediate eligibility at their next school if they are transferring due to a physical injury or mental health concern.
Exigent circumstances: And the NCAA will also consider "exigent circumstances" like abuse or sexual assault, but will not consider academic or athletic reasons, like being unsatisfied with playing time on their team.
The rule in action: As an example, this new rule would have affected the career trajectory of quarterback JT Daniels. The former 5-star played at USC (2018-19) then at Georgia (2020-21) and then West Virginia (2022) before moving to Rice. Had this rule been in place, Daniels would have needed to graduate between each of his other two transfers or sit out and use up a year of eligibility.
Undergrads only: The new rule applies only to undergraduates and not graduates, who are still eligible to play immediately should they transfer.
Michigan and Ohio State Earn Men’s Tennis Weekly Award Wolverines’ Maloney and Buckeye’s Trotter Named Co-Recipients
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Seniors Patrick Maloney of Michigan and Ohio State’s James Trotter have been named Men’s Tennis Co-Athletes of the Week by the Big Ten Conference for matches played Feb. 15-19.
Co-Athlete of the Week
Patrick Maloney, Michigan
Sr. – Oyster Bay, N.Y. – Oyster Bay
Co-Athlete of the Week
James Trotter, Ohio State
Sr. – Hyogo, Japan – Sundai Kofu
2023 Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week
Jan. 18: Trice Pickens, Gr., NU
Jan. 24: Patrick Maloney, Sr., MICH
Feb. 1: Andrew Fenty, Sr., MICH
Feb. 8: James Trotter, Sr., OSU
Feb. 15: Justin Boulais, Sr., OSU
Feb. 22: Patrick Maloney, Sr., MICH | James Trotter, Sr., OSU
Tobias Named Big Ten Male Field Athlete of the Week
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference released its weekly track & field awards on Wednesday. Junior thrower Hayden Tobias was named Big Ten Male Field Athlete of the Week – the first weekly award by a Buckeye this season.
Tobias remained undefeated in the shot put this season with a win in the Music City Challenge invitational section of the men’s shot put. Tobias threw his second PR in three meets this season with a best throw of 20.19m to move him up to a tie for fourth on Ohio State’s all-time records list. He now ranks seventh in the country in the shot put. Tobias also competed in the weight throw (18.04m).
TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo sophomore Dennis Mutai was named Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week by the Mid-American Conference for his performance last Saturday at the Indiana State John McNichols Invitational.
Mutai won the men's 8K race with a time of 24:17.7, nearly 10 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Louisville. He led the Toledo men's team to a runner-up finish in a field of 19 teams.
This was Mutai's first individual win as a Rocket and his first conference weekly honor.
Toledo's strong finish moved it up to a No. 9 ranking in the NCAA DI Great Lakes Region
Illinois Earns Men’s Golfer of the Week Honor
Illini’s Adrien Dumont de Chassart claims weekly accolades after recording runner-up finish at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invite
Golfer of the Week
Adrien Dumont de Chassart, Illinois
Sr. – Villers la Ville, Belgium – College Du Christ Roi
B1G Volleyball 9.21.22
To say this week’s Big Ten Conference volleyball schedule is loaded would be a significant understatement. Big Ten teams will compete in no fewer than nine head-to-head Top 25 matches through next Tuesday, including three top-10 contests and two others involving No. 11 Stanford. The Big Ten also will participate in two conference challenges this weekend, taking on the Pac-12 at Minnesota’s Maturi Pavilion, and facing the ACC in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C. During the next two weeks, a pair of Big Ten programs will take the floor in matches that could challenge the NCAA regular-season single-match attendance record. No. 2 Nebraska travels to Omaha on Wednesday night (6 p.m. ET on FS1) to take on No. 17 Creighton at the 17,000-seat CHI Health Center, which is not only the site of this year’s NCAA Final Four, but also where the current NCAA attendance record was set in a match between the same two schools (14,022 on Sept. 6, 2018). On Sept. 16, No. 6 Wisconsin will take a swing at the record when it plays host to No. 16 Florida at the Kohl Center (which also seats approximately 17,000). The Badgers can not only top the overall NCAA regular season single-match attendance record, but also the mark for a campus facility (13,870 - UCLA at Nebraska on Sept. 13, 2009). Two Big Ten student-athletes could reach personal milestones this weekend. Nebraska senior outside hitter Madi Kubik is 18 kills shy of becoming the fourth active Big Ten player with 1,000 career kills. Also, Northwestern fifth-year libero Megan Miller needs eight digs to be the fifth active Big Ten player with 1,000 career digs. Coincidentally, Kubik and Miller were teammates at Nebraska in 2019 (helping the Huskers reach the NCAA Elite Eight) before Miller transferred to Northwestern the following year. Ohio State etched a spot in program history last Sunday with its 3-1 victory at then-No. 3 Louisville. Not only did it snap the Cardinals’ 24-match home winning streak, but it was also the highest-ranked non-conference opponent the Buckeyes have ever defeated. OSU is in the midst of a remarkably difficult non-conference schedule that has seen the Buckeyes already play four top-15 opponents (No. 2 Texas twice, No. 3 Louisville and No. 15 San Diego), with matches against No. 10 BYU and at No. 5 Georgia Tech on tap this weekend (followed by a trip to Pittsburgh next weekend to meet Tennessee and the host/seventh-ranked Panthers). The Big Ten continues to lead the nation with a cumulative .770 non-conference winning percentage (57-17 record) this season. Michigan State and Northwestern are off to 6-0 starts, their best debuts since both opened similarly in 2012. Meanwhile, Michigan and Purdue are also 6-0 for the first time since they did likewise in 2018. Through the opening two weeks of the season, Maryland leads the nation in blocks (3.52/set), while Nebraska is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.077) and Northwestern in second nationally with a .332 hitting percentage. Individually, Michigan’s Jess Robinson is No. 1 in the land with a .568 hitting percentage, while Maryland’s Rainelle Jones is first in the nation with 2.21 blocks/set (the only player in the country averaging better than two blocks per set). Michigan State fired 17 service aces in its 3-1 win at Navy on Sept. 2. It was the most aces by a Big Ten squad since April 3, 2021, when Rutgers also recorded 17 aces on the road at MSU. For the third consecutive week, the Big Ten leads all conferences with exactly half (7) of its teams ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. Nebraska is currently ranked No. 2 (earning six first-place votes), with Minnesota up to No. 3 and Wisconsin steady at No. 6. Ohio State is holding at No. 8, with Purdue rising to No. 9, Penn State jumping to No. 20 and Illinois at No. 25. Once more, Michigan is receiving votes in the coaches’ poll. The Big Ten has announced the most robust volleyball television package in its history with a record-setting 55 matches scheduled for linear television coverage (47 on Big Ten Network, six on ESPN2/ESPNU, two on FS1), with the possibility of further broadcasts to be announced at a later date. In addition, all non-televised Big Ten volleyball home matches are scheduled to be broadcast live on B1G+, the Big Ten Network’s subscription streaming service (bigtenplus.com). On Aug. 1, the Big Ten Network announced a groundbreaking, multi-year distribution partnership with Volleyball World that will enhance the promotion and coverage of Big Ten Conference volleyball across the globe. As part of that agreement, 70+ Big Ten volleyball matches will appear worldwide on VolleyballWorld.tv. There will also be live streaming of nearly 50 televised Big Ten Network volleyball matches outside of North America and certain Caribbean islands, as well as worldwide streaming of an additional 28 matches from B1G+ inventory, with those matches airing concurrently on B1G+. For the 16th consecutive season, Big Ten volleyball honored more than 70 Academic All-Big Ten standouts in 2021, as a record-setting 153 volleyball student-athletes were recognized, including a pair of Academic All-America selections in first-team honoree Sydney Hilley (Wisconsin) and second-team choice Diana Brown (Illinois).
Big Ten Announces Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule Ohio State begins its conference season on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Rutgers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2022-23 conference schedule for women’s basketball on Wednesday. The Buckeyes open conference play on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Rutgers. View the full 2022 schedule HERE.
Ohio State’s home opener for Big Ten play is against Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 11. Other December Big Ten games include at Northwestern (Dec. 28) and home against Michigan on New Year’s Eve.
The Buckeyes open 2023 at Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 5. Other road games include Nebraska (Jan. 14), Indiana (Jan. 26), Wisconsin (Feb. 1), Maryland (Feb. 5), Penn State (Feb. 16) and Michigan (Feb. 20).
Ohio State hosts Illinois (Jan. 8), Northwestern (Jan. 19), Iowa (Jan. 23), Purdue (Jan. 29), Minnesota (Feb. 8), Indiana (Feb. 13) and Maryland in the regular-season finale on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Tip times and the television schedule will be announced by the Big Ten Conference on a later date.
Illinois and Northwestern Earn First Weekly Honors of the Season
Illini’s Brown, along with Wildcats’ Akers, Hilinski and Mitchell garner accolades
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Chase Brown, Illinois
RB – Jr. – London, Ontario – St. Stephens Episcopal (Fla.)
QB – Jr. – Orange, Calif. – Orange Lutheran
Defensive Player of the Week
Cameron Mitchell, Northwestern
CB – Jr. – Bolingbrook, Ill. – Bolingbrook
Luke Akers, Northwestern
P – Jr. – Nashville, Tenn. – Ravenwood
MAC Media Interviews
Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle on Offensive football
MAC:BSU Cardinals QB Drew Plitt looks to repeat in 2021
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Toledo women's soccer team closed out its non-conference schedule with a 5-0 loss to Arizona State Sunday evening. The Rockets are now 1-4-2 heading into conference play this week.
Arizona State struck early with a goal at the 10th-minute of play and added one more just before halftime to take a 2-0 lead into the locker room. The Sun Devils added three more goals and the Rockets could not overcome the deficit.
Goals and Key Moments
Toledo will open Mid-American Conference play at I-75 rival Bowling Green on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Anders Named to the Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Bowling Green State University inside linebacker Darren Anders been named to the 2022 Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, announced the Maxwell Club on Monday (Aug. 1). He is one of five players from the MAC on the list of 90 college football players. The Maxwell Club presents the award annually to the nation's best defensive player.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1994 and is named in honor of Chuck “Concrete Charlie” Bednarik who was an All-American player at the University of Pennsylvania and later a multiple year All-Pro linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and was the last NFL player to be a full-time player on both offense and defense.
Anders (North Olmsted, Ohio), who has also been named on the Butkus Award and Nagurski Trophy Watch Lists, was a 2021 first-team All-MAC linebacker, finishing last season No. 1 in the MAC and No. 8 in the nation with 10.3 tackles per game. Anders was one of three players in all of FBS over the last two seasons to rank in the top-15 nationally in tackles and is the only one who returns to CFB in 2022. He was also one of three FBS players in 2021 with 120+ tackles, 3.0+ sacks, 1+ fumbles recovered and 1+ interceptions (one of two through the regular season) and the only one returning to CFB in 2022. Anders has been named a preseason first-team All-MAC honoree by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
Anders is the first Falcon since Austin Valdez in 2016 to be named to the Bednarik Watch List. CJ Brown (NIU), Jamal Hines (Toledo), James Patterson (Buffalo) and Jose Ramirez (Eastern Michigan) are the other MAC players that join Anders on the preseason watch list.
Semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced Nov. 1, 2022, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled Nov. 22, 2022. The winners of the 28th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 8, 2022. The formal presentation of the Bednarik Award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards live from Atlantic City, N.J. on March 10, 2023.
MAC Commissioner DR. JON STEINBRECHER