This just in from the main offices of the Big Ten and commish Jim Delany.
“The Big Ten Conference, along with our institutions, coaches and student-athletes, are greatly saddened by the passing of Terry Hoeppner. In his time in Bloomington, we came to know Terry as a great leader of young men and an important member of the Big Ten coaching community. He will be truly missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jane, and his children and grandchildren along with the entire Indiana University family.”
James E. Delany
Big Ten Commissioner
Very sad news indeed. Indiana Media Relations released a statement about Hoeppner’s passing.
“Coach died due to complications from the brain tumor for which he had been treated surgically and therapeutically over the past 18 months, ” said Indiana University team physician Dr. Larry Rink. “His family was at his side.”
Hoeppner is the second coach from the conference to die in less than a year. Remember the tragic passing of Northwestern head coach Randy Walker during the summer (June 29th) of last year.
Hoepper stepped aside to have surgery on his brain during the season last year and Indiana was actually looking like they’d turn things around under Hoeppner. The Hoosiers won five games a year ago, up from the previous year total (4). They also upped their conference win total from one to three in the last year.
Hoeppner also coached in the MAC, at Miami University, where he guided the RedHawks to back-to-back bowl berths in 2003-04 and posted a 15-1 conference record in his final two seasons there.
Big Ten News and Notes
It’s a slow day around the PSU camp, I’m beginning to slowly piece together preview material, some for here, most mainly for the paper. It’s slow these summer months and there isn’t any fresh content on the “fight” side…..July 13th is the next chance to talk to players as they participate in the annual “Lift for Life,” kidney cancer benefit.
So with that in mind, here’s some news and notes from around the conference.
Michigan has received the OK to start some remodeling of the Big House. (Ann Arbor News)
Apparently this decision has been met with some criticism from the fan base. The remodeling will consist of the addition of luxury suites and run a total of $227 million.
This photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor News shows the basics.
The New York Times has a story this morning about the Big Ten Network and how Comcast subscribers are going to have a lot of problems watching said channel. Nice. The nation’s largest cable provider provides nothing more than a giant pain in the ass to subscribers…..at rip off rates too. The main reason I have DirecTV is because of Comcast.
According to the story:
The dispute over the Big Ten Network, which is to go on the air in August, is typical of the tensions between cable operators and sports networks. The cable operators prefer not to add sports channels, whose costs of acquiring the rights to carry teams are inflated by high player salaries.
The Big Ten Network will be paying the conference a $50 million annual rights fee — not much less than what SNY is paying the Mets or YES is paying the Yankees.
Comcast discussed becoming the Big Ten’s partner in the network, before Fox entered, but the talks foundered over the cable operator’s view of a more limited, less expensive channel than the conference envisioned.
Comcast is developing a campaign that will attempt to prove that the network is too expensive and too provincial to be broadly distributed.
“I have no doubt that the Big Ten will try to rile up their fans and alumni to say that big bad Comcast is denying their content to Big Ten fans and alumni,” said David Cohen, an executive vice president of Comcast.
So basically Comcast (you should hear the name my aunt gives it) is going to SLANDER the Big Ten Network??? We have enough problems being in the heart of Big Ten Country here in good ‘ol Central Pennsylvania watching Big Ten content. Luckily WLYH/UPN/CW/Whateveritisthisweek provides good ESPN+ coverage during the football and basketball season that it satisfies enough of the viewer thirsty.
Still, for Comcast to get out and bash this network is absurd….are they trying to drive away MORE customers? It’s bad enough their product is junk now, how many will axe their subscriptions come fall when a certain PSU game isn’t available? Forget just PSU, if you’re like me and home on a Saturday, you will watch another Big Ten game before PSU is on, right? Even if it’s Iowa V. Northwestern.
The story continues….
As for carrying the network in non-Big Ten markets at 10 cents a subscriber, he said Comcast would most likely make it available as a subscription service like Major League Baseball’s Extra Innings out-of-market package.
“They have a right to do as they wish,” Silverman said.
A spokesman for Time Warner Cable, with the second-most subscribers in Big Ten markets, said its position was similar to Comcast’s.
If Comcast’s view prevails, it will impede the Big Ten Network’s earning potential because digital sports tiers are not purchased widely by customers. But if all the subscribers in the eight states got the channel on expanded basic at $1.10 a subscriber, the revenues would add up to $237.6 million, more than any regional sports network’s except YES, which generated $277.2 million from subscribers in 2006, SNL Kagan estimated.
All I can add is simply…..ooofah.
Meanwhile, over at TVPredictions.com (huh?) Phil Swann is debating whether or not cable companies will carry the BTN in high-def? Well we know one cable company that won’t….don’t we?
I dunno if I am more amazed at the fact there is a website called “TVPredictions.com” or that there is actually a debate about carrying this in high def? How can you NOT carry football in high-def???
The Big Ten has officially announced their TV schedule for the first three weeks of action. According to the release….
Saturday, September 1
Appalachian State at Michigan, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Youngstown State at Ohio State, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Florida International at Penn State, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Northeastern at Northwestern, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Bowling Green at Minnesota, 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT
Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT
Saturday, September 8
Akron at Ohio State, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Nevada at Northwestern, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Bowling Green at Michigan State, Noon EDT/11a.m. CDT
Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Eastern Illinois at Purdue, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Western Illinois at Illinois, 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT
Syracuse at Iowa, 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT
Saturday, September 15
The Citadel at Wisconsin, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Buffalo at Penn State, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Akron at Indiana, Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT
Duke at Northwestern, 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT
I’m guessing that the games that overlap mean that certain games will be available in certain geographic regions? Listen, I still have no clue what this network means. It’s too confusing. All I know is that I have DirecTV and I get it.
Closet UM fan
Phil Cmor of the Altoona Mirror is on the East-West game beat this weekend. The game takes place at Mansion Park this weekend and is the little brother of the (struggling) Big 33. I actually have more interest in the E-W game this year than Big 33. Tells you how times have changed.
Anyways, Marks reveals a dirty little secret. (Editors note: If you know Josh and I do from my time spent working in the Shamokin area for two years, you knew that he was a Michigan fan all along)
Bill Kline, SE at the Allentown Morning Call has an interesting take on the student ticket situation at PSU. You can check out his blog via this link right here: Click me
Bob Lichtenfels, of scout.com, was on hand at Gateway’s 7-on-7 camp on the 17th and caught a glimpse of the top quarterback prospect in all of America, Jeanette’s Terelle Pryor, aside from his performance, Lichtenfels had this hilarious nugget, which you can read right here (subscription required).
Pryor was hilarious as he tried to dodge one of the team writers from a website. Pryor literally ran across the field after a team meeting to try and grab his car keys and make his exit. It’s sad at times to see what some of these kids have to go through from overzealous fans who run websites.
How times have changed.
That’s it for this morning, more on the Terry Hoeppner situation as updates warrant. I’m expecting something from Joe Paterno on the matter in a little while. When we get that, we’ll pass it along.