News Around the Big Ten
David Jones provided a slideshow that illustrates the richest and poorest football programs in the Big Ten. The revenues per school range from $17 million for Purdue to $88 million for Michigan.
Former Wisconsin and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema floated the idea of an annual SEC/B1G football challenge at the SEC spring meetings in Florida this past week. Could the Big Ten handle the speed and hype that comes with a match-up with the vaunted South East Conference? A few Big Ten teams have the speed needed to compete with SEC teams, but no other conference can match, team for team, the amount of hype that the SEC receives.
Husker Mike over at Corn Nation discusses the idea of Big Ten football on Thursday nights. The logistics alone would make this unlikely.
Penn State News
The hockey team announced the 2016-17 Big Ten conference schedule on Thursday. The Lions will begin the season with a pair of games at home versus Michigan on Dec 1 and 2, and end the season with a pair of games in Ann Arbor on March 10 and 11. For the third year in a row, the team will host a series during THON weekend. Unlike past years, there are no long home stands or road trips. The team will host Wisconsin on March 3 and 4, the first weekend of Spring Break, in the final games of the season at Pegula Ice Arena.
The 20th Annual Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser is underway. There are a great number of former players on hand for the festivities on Friday. Doug West and Ron Harper of NBA fame will be on hand as well. A signed Tim Frazier NBA jersey is one of the items up for auction.
Recently a generous donation was made to bolster Penn State's Study Abroad program. Spawned from a successful trip to London in 1964, George Ehringer repaid his gratitude by starting a fund that will help students share the experience that he had fifty-two years ago.
A recent Penn State grad and York native is making moves in the 3-D printing world. Matt Woods used roughly $10,000 worth of seed money to revamp a printer that cost nearly $1,000,000 were he to purchase it new. Check out his story from the Centre Daily.