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Jesse Owens Named ‘Big Ten Icon’ No. 3
Icons hits the home stretch with Owens episode at 9 PM ET on Sunday

 
CHICAGO – It is no exaggeration to say the four-gold-medal performance by Ohio State’s Jesse Owens in front of Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games was a landmark event in the history of Ohio State, the Big Ten Conference, the United States, the Olympic Games and of the 20th century.

Once known as “The Buckeye Bullet,” and eventually the world’s greatest athlete of his era, Owens has been named the No. 3 Big Ten Icon by the Big Ten Network. Presented by Discover and hosted by Keith Jackson, Big Ten Icons continues at 9 PM ET on Sunday.

The episode includes new one-on-one interviews with Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Gene Smith and Owens’ daughters, Marlene and Gloria.

In an essay for the Big Ten Network, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes,

“Thousands of athletes have distinguished themselves and earned acclaim for their schools in the storied 114-year history of the Big Ten Conference, but no individual’s accomplishments cast a larger shadow than those of Jesse Owens. In 1936, three years before the world went back to war, his fleet feet and indomitable spirit stood in stark contrast to Adolph Hitler’s plans for worldwide Nazi domination.

“The 1936 Olympics would take place in Berlin, and Hitler intended to use them to promote the Nazi movement and his theory of an Aryan ‘master race.’ But Jesse Owens proved to be a gloriously stubborn obstacle to those plans. He won four gold medals in a storybook performance that established the humble sharecropper’s son as the world’s greatest athlete beyond question.”

Owens won gold in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 4×100-meter relay.

Even at an early age, Owens stood out on the track.  While attending Cleveland’s East Technical High School, Owens broke the world record in the long jump at 24 feet, 9 inches and tied the world record in the 100-yard dash with a time of 9.4 seconds. As McGrath writes, the notoriety followed Owens to Ohio State:

“He became a national star as the ‘Buckeye Bullet.’ If Red Grange’s four touchdowns in 12 minutes in the 1924 Illinois-Michigan game were a seminal moment for college football, Owens provided a comparably historic one for track and field when he set three world records and tied a fourth within 45 minutes at the Big Ten meet in Ann Arbor in 1935… Seventy-five years after it took place, Owens’ single-day performance is still regarded as the greatest individual accomplishment in track and field history.”

During his junior year at Ohio State, Owens competed in 42 events and won them all, setting the stage for the memorable triumphs that would cement his legacy. 

The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed in March 2011 in conjunction with the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Big Ten Icons is the network’s most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history, based solely on their collegiate playing careers. All student-athletes from current Big Ten schools are eligible for the network’s list.
       
Fans can visit www.BigTenIcons.com to see a complete roster of Big Ten Icons, which also features essays, video and other key facts about each Icon’s career.
 
About the Big Ten Network: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live sporting events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network is available to more than 75 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Omaha, Las Vegas and Northern Virginia), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.
 
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February 14, 2011
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New ‘The Journey’ Episode Goes Behind the Scenes with Badgers, Buckeyes, Illini and Nittany Lions

 

The Big Ten Network’s fourth season of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2011, presented by GMC, continues at 8 PM ET Sunday following the Penn State-Wisconsin game.

This week on The Journey, go into the Wisconsin locker room after the Badgers’ recent upset of then-top-ranked Ohio State and find out how the Buckeyes are recovering from the setback. Also, learn how Bo Ryan develops great point guards and spend time with Penn State and Illinois seniors, who are fighting for an NCAA Tournament bid.

New in 2011, fans of the show are invited to experience The Journey on Twitter (@BTNJourney) to get daily updates and bonus content from show producers and editors.

Did you miss last week’s episode of The Journey? Check your cable or satellite system’s On Demand channel for full episodes, or visit BigTenNetwork.com/Journey to watch clips from previous shows.

The award-winning, documentary-style program takes viewers deep inside Big Ten basketball programs, spending consecutive days with different Big Ten teams on a rotating basis during the 10-week march toward the Big Ten Tournament.

BIG TEN NETWORK ADVANCE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

– FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 –

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
WISCONSIN AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
MINNESOTA AT WISCONSIN (live)
Dan Kelly – play-by-play; Billy Jaffe – analyst

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
BIG TEN HOCKEY POST-GAME (live)
Rick Pizzo – host; Aaron Ward – analyst

11:00 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
INDIANA AT ILLINOIS
Joe Miller – play-by-play; Lee Kemp – analyst

– SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 –

11:30 AM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
INDIANA AT PURDUE
Joe Miller – play-by-play; Lee Kemp – analyst

NOON ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
NORTHWESTERN AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

1:30 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT WISCONSIN (live)
Jay Wilson – play-by-play; Stephanie White – analyst

4 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TIP-OFF SHOW (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

4:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT IOWA (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Jim Jackson – analyst

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BAME BREAK (live)
Dave Revsine – host

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT INDIANA (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Greg Kelser – analyst

9 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – host; Tim Doyle, Shon Morris and Jim Crews – analysts

– SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20 –

11 AM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S TENNIS
VANDERBILT AT MICHIGAN

1 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNESOTA AT NORTHWESTERN (live)
Dave Eanet – play-by-play; Stephanie White – analyst

2 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play

6 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
PENN STATE AT WISCONSIN (live)
Brian Anderson – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst

8 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE JOURNEY: BIG TEN BASKETBALL 2011

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL AND BEYOND (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Jim Jackson and Jim Stack – analysts

9 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
BIG TEN ICONS No. 3 – Jesse Owens (Ohio State)
Keith Jackson – host

9:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S WRESTLING
IOWA AT MINNESOTA
Tim Johnson – play-by-play; Jim Gibbons – analyst

– MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21 –

5 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE BIG TEN GREATEST GAMES
NCAA Tournament – Indiana vs. Duke (03-21-02)

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE BIG TEN PULSE
Rick Pizzo – host; Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle – analysts

– TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 –

9 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT MINNESOTA (live)
Gus Johnson – play-by-play; Jim Jackson – analyst

11 PM ET
/ BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris – analyst

– WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 –

6 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TIP-OFF SHOW (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Jim Jackson – analyst

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
WISCONSIN AT MICHIGAN (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Tim Doyle – analyst

8 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
INDIANA AT WISCONSIN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
PURDUE AT INDIANA (live)
Gus Johnson – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst; Charissa Thompson – sideline reporter

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 –

6 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
THE BIG TEN WOMEN’S SHOW
Lisa Byington, Brittney Payton and Stephanie White – hosts

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE (live)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Mary Murphy – analyst

7 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
PURDUE AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
FERRIS STATE AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
ILLINOIS AT IOWA (live)
Leah Secondo – play-by-play; Patricia Babcock-McGraw – analyst

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall, and Lisa Byington – hosts; Tim Doyle – analyst

– FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 –

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS
ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN STATE (live)

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S ICE HOCKEY
FERRIS STATE AT OHIO STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

– SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 –

11 AM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S SWIMMING
BIG TEN WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

1 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE (live)
Mike Leiderman – play-by-play; Elise Ray – analyst

4 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN TIP-OFF SHOW (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Kendall Gill and Steve Smith – analysts

4:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT MINNESOTA (live)
Eric Collins – play-by-play; Mateen Cleaves- analyst

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BAME BREAK (live)
Dave Revsine – host

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
IOWA AT ILLINOIS (live)
Wayne Larrivee – play-by-play; Shon Morris – analyst

9 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE FINALE (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – host; Kendall Gill and Steve Smith – analysts

– SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 –

10 AM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S TENNIS
VANDERBILT AT MICHIGAN

NOON ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT PENN STATE (live)
Leah Secondo – play-by-play; Theresa Grentz – analyst

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
IOWA AT INDIANA (live)

3 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN AT ILLINOIS (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

3 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT MINNESOTA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

4 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WISCONSIN AT OHIO STATE (delay)
Tom Hart – play-by-play; Stephanie White – analyst

6 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN (live)
Wayne Larrivee – play-by-play; Tim Doyle – analyst

8 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE JOURNEY: BIG TEN BASKETBALL 2011

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL AND BEYOND (live)
Dave Revsine – host; Jim Jackson and Mike DeCourcy – analysts

9 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
BIG TEN ICONS No. 2
Keith Jackson – host