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Browns Steinbach out for entire season

Eric Steinbach (Browns photo)

Cleveland Browns left offensive guard Eric Steinbach will have to miss the entire 2011 season on injured reserve after undergoing back surgery.

Surgery was required on the Iowa Hawkeyes alum after weeks of treatment failed to alleviate the pain of a disk problem.

Info compiled from NFL & Cleveland Browns news

Big Ten Football Kickoff Preview: Ohio State once again preseason favorite


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Ohio State Buckeyes enters the upcoming football season having won at least a share of the last five Big Ten titles.

They are looking to match the Big Ten record of six straight, set by the Buckeyes from 1972-1977. Ohio State went 7-1 in conference play and 11-2 in 2009, including the 26-17 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl Game.

Head coach Jim Tressel will be entering his 10th season with the Buckeyes and welcomes back 16 starters overall from the 2009 campaign, including 10 on offense.

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are picked to finish second in the preseason poll for 2010.

Iowa tied for second in the Big Ten with a 6-2 record in conference play and an overall record of 11-2.

The Hawkeyes enjoyed a 24-14 win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz is entering his 12th season with Iowa and he returns 16 starters, including first All-Big Ten selections Adrian Clayborn and Tyler Sash.

Picked to finish third in the preseaon poll are the Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin posted a 5-3 Big Ten Conference mark last season, which tied them for fourth in the standings.

The Badgers went 10-3 overall and were victorious over the Miami Hurricanes, 20-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Head coach Bret Bielema will have 18 starters back from last season, including Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year John Clay.

The Big Ten Conference is celebrating its 115th season of football in 2010. The season will kickoff on Thursday, September 2, with Ohio State hosting the Marshall Thundering Herd, Indiana hosting Towson and Minnesota traveling to Middle Tennessee State.

The remaining eight conference schools will open the season on Saturday, September 4.

Nebraska Cornhuskers join the Big Ten; 12 teams means title game coming

compiled from Big Ten and Nebraska Cornhuskers news

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will now have trips to places they ordinarily wouldn’t travel to: Chicago, Illinois (Northwestern), Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State), Greater Detroit (Michigan), East Lansing (Michigan State) and State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State).

That’s because, the Cornhuskers are saying “goodbye” to the Big 12 and “hello” to the Big 10 Conference.

Tom Osborne Nebraska AD (courtesy of Nebraska Athletics)

The Big Ten’s board of presidents and chancellors unanimously welcomed Nebraska to the family on Friday afternoon. The move takes effect on July 1, 2011.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said the Big ten offered the stability “that the Big 12 couldn’t.”

Nebraska is the Big ten’s first new member since 1900, when Penn State became the 11th member, and it comes just six month’s after the league announced that it was looking at expansion.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he presumed there would be a Big Ten championship football game beginning in 2011. He said the conference will not be looking at anymore expansion at least for the next 12 to 18 months.

Most Nebraska fans are used to playing against the likes of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas State for years. But now they’ll have to get to know the Big Ten schools.

With the move to the Big Ten, they’ll likely start a rivalry with their border neighbor, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Iowa hires Fran McCaffery to replace Lickliter as men’s basketball coach

compiled from staff, wire reports and Iowa Hawkeyes athletics

The Iowa Hawkeyes have their man to head the men’s basketball program.  Athletic Director Gary Barta has convinced 50-year-old Fran McCaffery to leave the comforts of Mid-major Siena College to coach in the Big Ten Conference.

McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament and finished with a 27-7 mark.

McCaffery replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after Iowa went 10-22 this season. Once upon a time Iowa was one of the top programs in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes went 38-58 under Lickliter while dropping to the bottom of the league.

Eventhough Iowa was starting to be on target for improvement in 2010-2011, Gary Barta let Coach Lickliter go right after the Big Ten tournament on March 15.  Barta cited several reasons: Bad recruiting, a losing record, sagging attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dwindling revenue from ticket sales and contributions when he let Lickliter go. Also, the general concensus around Iowa City was Todd Lickliter was a good man and a good coach but he was “out of his league” coaching at Iowa and in the Big Ten.

Fran McCaffery Iowa Coach (Siena photo)

The Hawkeyes last made the NCAA tournament in 2006, losing to Northwestern State on a 3-point goal at the buzzer.  Then coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico following the 2007 season.  Alford in the meantime has built the Lobos into a dominant force in the Mountain West Conference, Iowa hasn’t had a winning season since he left. The feeling is that it is tough for any coach to recruit at Iowa. Plus other basketball programs in the state are more attractive to play at: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa State in Ames and Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, is now the kingpin in the state over Iowa.

With that in mind, Coach McCaffery’s first duties will be is to keep the current Hawkeyes key players around to rebuild the program. They include: Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Eric May and Cully Payne.

Fran spent six years at North Carolina Greensboro, compiling a record of 90-87, before taking over at Siena College before the 2005-2006 season.  McCaffery also coached Lehigh  for 3 years, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

McCaffery is a Philadelphia native and has taken three different teams to the NCAA tournament.  He played college basketball at Wake Forest and Pennsylvania.

Bad Turkey sandwiches can’t slow down Buckeyes from routing St. Francis, Pa.

Info courtesy of Ohio State Athletics and wire reports

Brittany Johnson (osu)

Several members of the Ohio State women’s basketball team became ill following practice on Saturday after eating turkey sandwiches.

Head coach Jim Foster did not know what to expect out of his team on Sunday after that unfortunate situation.  Also, they were playing a St. Francis, Pennsylvania team that resembled the Iowa Hawkeyes, small, quick and good shooters.

This was the Red Flash’s first appearance under Susan Robinson Fruchtl, a former Penn State star who led her team into the NCAA tournament despite being only fifth-seeded in the Northeast Conference tournament. Looking back three seasons ago, the Red Flash won only six games.

St. Francis probably came into the game at the 12,508 Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with some hope and confidence stemming from earlier this season, they nearly upset Pitt on the same court, but the deep and talented Buckeyes weren’t going to let them stay in the game for long.

Jantel Lavender dominated with 23 points and 16 rebounds against the smaller Red Flash players and the second-seeded Buckeyes rolled-up a 27-point lead before halftime en route to a 93-59 rout in the first round of  the  NCAA Dayton Regional on Sunday.

Ohio State showed no ill-effects of the turkey sandwiches at all as the cruise with several runs of 11-0, 19-2 and 13-3 to take control and move their record to 31-4. While St. Francis falls to 17-15.

Brittany Johnson had a nice game with 18 points, shooting 4-of-8 from3-point land and Samantha Prahalis scored 14 points with 13 assists and six rebounds.