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BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT

Penn State's Jeff Hartings

Hartings, who won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1996, anchored a Penn State offensive line that surrendered only three sacks in 1994 and helped the Nittany Lions lead the nation in scoring and total offense en route to a 12-0 record. He was the 11th student-athlete to earn a pair of first-team All-American honors in school history, earning the accolade in 1994 and 1995. Hartings was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and was twice named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. The St. Henry, Ohio, native was also chosen as a National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Hartings was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played for the Lions (1996-2000) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2001-06), earning All-Pro honors in 2004 and 2006.

 

Big Ten Title Chase:

Michigan (11-3) claimed sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten standings after defeating Michigan State (11-4) Sunday at Crisler Center. Wisconsin (9-5) is in third place, while Iowa (8-5) sits alone in fourth place. The Wolverines play two games this week, and could clinch a share of the Big Ten Championship with two wins and a victory by Illinois over the Spartans...

 

Piling Through the Turnstiles:

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Big Ten is on pace to record the conference's highest average attendance figure since at least 1971-72...

 

RPI Tidbits:

The latest version of the NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) was released on Monday, and the Big Ten was well-represented with seven teams rated among the top 50...

 

Craft Closing in on Big Ten Steals Record:

Ohio State's Aaron Craft tallied four steals against Minnesota, pushing his career total to 321 thefts. Craft enters Thursday's game at Penn State just four steals shy of becoming the Big Ten career steals leader...

 

Five Teams Ranked in Top 20 of Coaches Poll:

The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was represented with five teams among the top 20 of the coaches' ballot...

 

Wisconsin and Nebraska Streaking:

Wisconsin and Nebraska have both captured five consecutive Big Ten victories, marking the longest active winning streaks in Big Ten play...

 

Big Ten Road Warriors:

Big Ten road teams have posted a 38-47 record during conference play, a winning a percentage of .447...

 

Sellout Announced for Big Ten Tournament:

For the second consecutive year, the conference office announced that the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is officially sold out...