The Big Ten Experience, an interactive digital museum located at the conference's headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., will open to the public on Saturday, June 7.
Earlier today the Big Ten Conference announced "The Big Ten Experience" which will feature 13 interactive exhibits that will highlight some of the notable moments in conference history dating back to 1896, when the conference was founded. Admission to the museum will be free, and the operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on weekedays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on weekends. Nothing quite like being able to "honor legends and build leaders" seven days a week.
Some of the more notable exhibits that will be featured include the "University Cubes", which will provide a look at each member of the Big Ten conference, an interactive game exhibit which will allow you test your skills in football, soccer, and hockey, as well a "This is B1G" exhibit which will take visitors through the most historic and iconic moments in Big Ten history. There will also be a basketball court with interactive radio calls. No word if Ted Valentine will be there to whistle fouls on visitors.
"I think you're going to find out that Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer aren't that different, and John Cooper and Earle Bruce. I think a place like Ohio State, there's a certain way of doing things here at Ohio State."
In the five-part series in which Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.con looks at the impact of "Tat-Gate" on Ohio State, today's installment is an interview in which Lesmerises sat down with Urban Meyer in May at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Following his resignation from Florida just six months before, Meyer talked about what happened in late May of 2011 when Jim Tressel announced his resignation due to the infamous scandal.
With the resignation of Tressel came NCAA sanctions that Meyer has to try and navigate during his first few years in Columbus, which included a bowl ban in 2012, as well as a loss of scholarships, with this year being the final year of the scholarship restrictions. Meyer also comments on how he thinks the president role at Youngstown State is a great fit for Tressel, and while the two coaches are "very similar" don't expect Meyer to follow the same presidential path.
"It's really a great school academically. Athletically it was everything I could've asked for. And getting to play under Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Luke) Fickell was great, too."
While it isn't breaking news that linebacker Mike Mitchell was intending to transfer, he took the time to speak with Aaron Torres of FoxSports.com to shed some light on his time at Ohio State, and also what he expects from his move closer to his home in Texas. Mitchell didn't have to spend too much time on his decision on where he wanted to play football once he announced his intentions to leave Ohio State, with the only school he visited aside from Texas Tech was Texas.
Mitchell had nothing but good things to say about Ohio State and his short time there. The time that he spent in Columbus under Urban Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff provided a base for improvement going forward in his football career. While it would've been great to see Mitchell in the scarlet & gray, it'll be interested to see how he impacts an up-and-coming Texas Tech defense when he is eligible to play in Lubbock.
"The veteran leadership is there. He's intelligent. He's where he's supposed to be. He's a third-round pick coming out of Ohio State, so his athletic ability is there. He's done a great job for us in the first two games he has played."
Former Ohio State All-American defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock had a well-publicized video game addiction after being drafted in the third-round of the 2007 NFL Draft, but has since addressed his addiction and has gotten his football career back on track. There were times when Pitcock would spend as many as 18 hours a day playing video games, and shared his struggle last year on Katie Couric's TV show.
While a return to the NFL has eluded Pitcock, he has caught on with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. Arizona hasn't been his first stop in the AFL, but if the rave reviews from his general manager are a sign of things to come he could be Arizona for quite some time. Who knows, maybe in the near future we'll see Pitcock trying to take down new Los Angeles Kiss signee, Kenny Guiton.
STICK TO SPORTS:
- With the World Cup just a week away, the SB Nation World Cup preview has you covered in getting ready for the month of fun that is soon to start.
- Ever wanted to brew your own beer? The great folks at North High Brewing Company can help with that dream.
- Be on alert if you live near or frequent the Ohio State campus area.
- It's supposed to be another beautiful weekend in Columbus, so why not check out the Columbus Arts Festival or Park Street Festival?