Pedersen Earns Spot on Mackey

Senior again under consideration for award presented to nation’s best tight end

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MADISON, Wis. — For the second-consecutive season, Jacob Pedersen has earned a place on the watch list for the John Mackey Award.

 The Wisconsin senior is among 37 players named to the list of players earning preseason consideration for the award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. Pedersen was also on the watch list last season after being named a semifinalist for the award as a sophomore in 2011.

 This marks the sixth time in seven seasons that Wisconsin has placed a tight end on the Mackey Award watch list. Including Pedersen’s nod for the Badgers, seven Big Ten schools are represented on this year’s Mackey Award watch list.

 The term “most outstanding” is a familiar one for Pedersen, who collected first-team All-Big Ten laurels and was named Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year last season. He tallied 27 receptions for 355 yards — an average of 13.1 yards per catch — and scored four touchdowns on the season.

 Pedersen had similar yardage numbers but hauled in eight touchdown receptions in 2011, earning him recognition as Wisconsin’s third-ever Mackey Award semifinalist. He went on to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.

 With 14 career touchdown receptions, Pedersen enters 2013 needing just one TD grab to match Pat Richter and Lee DeRamus for the ninth-most in UW history (15).

 A midseason watch list for the Mackey Award will be announced on Oct. 14, with the announcement of semifinalist set for Nov. 18 and the finalists to be revealed on Nov. 25.  The 12th edition of the Mackey Award will be presented Dec. 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

 The Mackey Award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey, who won Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection between 1963 and 1968.

 
2013 Award Watch Lists

• Maxwell Award (player of the year): James White

• Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year): Chris Borland

• John Mackey Award (outstanding tight end): Jacob Pedersen

• Paul Hornung Award (most versatile): Jared Abbrederis

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New York Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Announce Partnership with the Big Ten Conference

The New York Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl today announced a partnership with the Big Ten Conference.

 The eight-year affiliation between the two legendary brands features the Big Ten’s commitment to play in the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl from 2014 to 2021. The Big Ten’s partnership with the New Era Pinstripe Bowl will mark the conference’s first bowl game tie-in on the East Coast. Additionally, for all New York Yankees regular season games, beginning in 2014, the Big Ten will have a significant branding presence in Yankee Stadium, featuring a fixed sign along the first-base line and home plate rotating signage. 

 

“The Big Ten Conference playing college football at Yankee Stadium is something I know my father would be proud to see come to fruition. He had a great passion for college football and spoke glowingly of his involvement with several of the conference’s programs,” said New York Yankees Managing Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “Welcoming a national powerhouse conference like the Big Ten to participate in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and partner with the New York Yankees for years to come only expands the prestige of our great annual bowl game in New York City.”

 

“Once we saw the success of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, it became obvious – especially with the Big Ten’s growing East Coast footprint – that being in the media capital of the world at one of sports’ most renowned venues was a natural pairing,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “By agreeing to an eight-year partnership, it increases the likelihood that most of the Big Ten schools will have the opportunity to participate in the game, while giving our coaches, student-athletes, administrators and fans the opportunity to experience the nation’s biggest metropolis and an iconic setting like Yankee Stadium.”

 Established in 2010, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has featured some of the most memorable moments of bowl seasons in just three short years, including the exciting finish in the inaugural 2010 game in which Kansas State missed a game-tying two-point conversion in the final minute, and the record-setting 208-yard rushing performance by Syracuse’s Prince-Tyson Gulley in last year’s game.

 The 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl featured six 2013 NFL draft picks, including each of the game’s starting quarterbacks – Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib (Giants) and West Virginia’s Geno Smith (Jets).

 The 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, featuring a 38-14 Syracuse victory over West Virginia, recorded a 3.9 household coverage rating. For bowls played prior to New Year’s Day, only the Chick-fil-A Bowl (5.6 HH cvg rtg) and the Alamo Bowl (4.8 HH cvg rtg) recorded better overall ratings. After drawing a 2.5 total rating in 2011, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl’s 56% ratings increase was the second-largest for all bowls on ESPN this past season through Jan. 1, 2013. Only the Armed Forces Bowl (+62%) bested the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for largest HH increase in 2012 vs. 2011.

 Additionally, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has seen increased attendance each of its first three years of existence, including a record 41,203 in 2012.

 

“As we continue to build equity in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, partnering with the Big Ten Conference will bring a whole new level of premier talent to this event,” said Christopher H. Koch, New Era CEO. “We’re excited to have such a prestigious conference on-board.”

 The 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place on Saturday, December 28.  The game will be nationally televised by ESPN, which has also secured national and local radio rights for ESPN Radio.  Fans are encouraged to visit newerapinstripebowl.com, the official Web site of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, for access to up-to-the-moment information regarding the game and sign up to volunteer.

 In the week prior to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game, players, coaches and university staff take part in a variety of events, showcasing their respective universities to the New York metropolitan area. Special events, promotions and community outreach will take place throughout New York City during the week of the bowl game to create an unforgettable experience for fans, families, players and staffs of the two teams.

 Prior to the inception of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, the last college football bowl game had been played in the Bronx in 1962 when Nebraska edged Miami (Fla.), 36-34, in the Gotham Bowl at the original Yankee Stadium.

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Big Ten Announces 2015 Conference Schedule

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MADISON, Wis. – A little more than two weeks ago, the Big Ten Conference made history by announcing its 2014 league schedule, the first season the conference will have 14 teams and an East-West divisional split. After that announcement, the Badgers’ opponents and locations for the 2014 and 2015 seasons were known. Now the dates for the 2015 games have been set.

 The schedule features three home games in October, including a matchup with rival Iowa to kick off the league campaign on Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have not played in Camp Randall Stadium since 2009. The two teams, which play for the Heartland Trophy, have not met since 2010 and will face each other in Iowa City in 2014.

 Including the opener against Iowa, Wisconsin plays its first four games of the Big Ten season against West Division foes. The Badgers visit Nebraska on Oct. 10, host Purdue on Oct. 17 and play at Illinois on Oct. 24.

 The Big Ten chose a unique time for Rutgers to make its first-ever trip to Madison as the Scarlet Knights will play UW in Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 31, otherwise known as Halloween. The Badgers then travel to Maryland for the first time in school history to take on the Terrapins on Nov. 7.

 Following a bye on Nov. 14, UW wraps up its schedule with a pair of West Division games. The Badgers will play their home finale on Nov. 21 against Northwestern before closing the season in the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe against Minnesota for the second straight year. The game in Minneapolis will be played on Nov. 28.

 The 2015 Big Ten Championship Game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Dec. 5.

BIG TEN ANNOUNCES 2014 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

 Big Ten’s 2014 schedule features new division alignment along with conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers

Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten office announced the conference schedule for the 2014 football season today, as approved by the Big Ten Directors of Athletics. The 2014 schedule will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten’s 14 teams, feature a new division alignment, include the conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers and culminate with the fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game.

The 2014 Big Ten season begins on Sept. 13, with Rutgers making its Big Ten debut by hosting fellow East Division member Penn State. Maryland will take part in its first Big Ten game two weeks later on Sept. 27 with an East Division matchup at Indiana. Four other conference games will be held on Sept. 27, including two West Division matchups with Illinois at Nebraska and Iowa at Purdue and two cross-division contests with Minnesota at Michigan and Northwestern at Penn State. The Oct. 4 schedule will feature the Terrapins’ first home Big Ten game against fellow East Division member Ohio State along with an East Division matchup in Michigan at Rutgers and West Division contests in Nebraska at Michigan State, Purdue at Illinois and Wisconsin at Northwestern.

 From Sept. 27 to Nov. 29, the 2014 Big Ten schedule will feature 10 consecutive weeks of Big Ten competition, boasting at least five conference games each week. All 14 teams will be in action during the final two weeks of Big Ten play, including six division games each week. The final weekend of the 2014 season begins with Nebraska at Iowa in a matchup of West Division rivals on Friday, Nov. 28. The Saturday, Nov. 29, schedule feature two more West Division matchups in Illinois at Northwestern and Minnesota at Wisconsin, three East Division contests in Michigan at Ohio State, Michigan State at Penn State and Rutgers at Maryland and a cross-division game with Purdue at Indiana. The winners of each division will meet in the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

 Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules. Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.

 The Big Ten will hold the 2013 Football Media Days and 42nd annual Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 and 25, at the Hilton Chicago, featuring all 12 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players. The 118th season of Big Ten football kicks off Thursday, August 29, and culminates with the third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7, to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and televised by FOX. The winner of the title game will earn the Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in either the Rose Bowl Game or Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.

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