June 22, 2011


(Big Ten Network) –  BTN will recognize the best of Big Ten sports in 2010-11 with the fourth annual BTN Awards Show live at 7:30 PM ET on Monday, June 20. Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo will host the one-hour show.

A highlight of the show will be the announcement of the Big Ten Conference’s most prestigious awards, the Suzy Favor Award for its best female student-athlete, and the Jesse Owens Award for the best male student-athlete. The show also will feature interviews with selected award winners, both coaches and players.

Nominees for Men’s Coach of the Year are Ohio State basketball’s Thad Matta, Purdue basketball’s Matt Painter and Penn State wrestling’s Cael Sanderson. Nominees for Women’s Coach of the Year are Michigan softball’s Carol Hutchins, Wisconsin ice hockey’s Mark Johnson and Penn State basketball’s Coquese Washington.

The other award categories and nominees are as follows:

  • Breakout Performer of the Year Darius Morris – Michigan basketball Denard Robinson – Michigan football Jared Sullinger – Ohio State basketball
  • Most Dominating Performance Denard Robinson – Michigan football (vs. Notre Dame, 9/11/2010) Mikel Leshoure – Illinois football (vs. Northwestern, 11/20/2010) Jordan Taylor – Wisconsin basketball (vs. Ohio State, 2/12/2011)
  • Most Courageous Performance Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football Jon Hoese, Minnesota football Brock Mealer, brother of Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer
  • Best Finish Notre Dame at Michigan State – football (9/18/2010) Illinois at Michigan – football (11/6/2010) Wisconsin at Michigan – basketball (2/23/2011)
  • Men’s Team of the Year Ohio State Basketball Penn State Wrestling Wisconsin Football Women’s Team of the Year Northwestern Lacrosse Penn State Volleyball Wisconsin Hockey
  • Game of the Year Illinois at Michigan – football (11/6/2010) Ohio State at Wisconsin – football (10/16/2010) Ohio State at Wisconsin – basketball (2/12/2011)

About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 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. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams 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. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 80 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, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on BTN, go to