Quinn Buckner Is No. 28 on "Big Ten Icons" List
Sept. 14, 2010
CHICAGO - The Big Ten Network has named Indiana's Quinn Buckner as Big Ten Icons number 28. Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, 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 on www.BigTenIcons.com based solely on their collegiate playing careers.
Buckner starred at Indiana from 1972-76 and is remembered as the point guard on the Hoosiers' 32-0 national championship team in 1976. However, he also stood out on the football field, where he led Lee Corso's Hoosiers in interceptions as a freshman and sophomore. Entering his junior season, the native of Dolton, Ill., began to concentrate solely on basketball and it paid off. In Buckner's final two seasons, Indiana lost only one game. Bucker joined teammate Scott May on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in Montreal. He remains one of only three players in basketball history to win championships at the high school, college, Olympic and professional level. Jerry Lucas and Magic Johnson are the others. In an essay for www.BigTenIcons.com, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "In basketball, he was listed as a point guard. In football, he was a defensive back. But the position that most accurately defined William Quinn Buckner was winner." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Buckner, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at www.BigTenIcons.com.
Icons 50 through 21 are being unveiled through Sept. 16 at www.BigTenIcons.com. The website also features essays, video and other key facts about each student-athletes' career. Viewers can also participate in the "Talk of the Locker Room" contest with a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. Weekly winners will take home a 55-inch Philips HD television.
The television show, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, debuts Sept. 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues at 9 PM ET every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament.
BIG TEN ICONS COUNTDOWN:
No. 50 Tom Brands, Iowa wrestling (1989-92)
No. 49 Megan Hodge, Penn State volleyball (2006-09)
No. 48 Drew Brees, Purdue football (1997-2000)
No. 47 Chris Spielman, Ohio State football (1984-87)
No. 46 LaVar Arrington, Penn State football (1997-99)
No. 45 Rod Woodson, Purdue football (1983-86)
No. 44 George Halas, Illinois football (1916-18)
No. 43 Chuck Long, Iowa football (1981-85)
No. 42 Curt Warner, Penn State football (1979-82)
No. 41 Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern football (1993-96)
No. 40 Bobby Bell, Minnesota football (1960-62)
No. 39 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, Ohio State football (1953-55)
No. 38 Calbert Cheaney, Indiana basketball (1989-93)
No. 37 Leroy Keyes, Purdue football (1966-68)
No. 36 Jim Abbott, Michigan baseball (1985-88)
No. 35 Glenn Robinson, Purdue basketball (1992-94)
No. 34 Desmond Howard, Michigan football (1989-91)
No. 33 Alex Karras, Iowa football (1955-57)
No. 32 Scott May, Indiana basketball (1974-76)
No. 31 Neal Broten, Minnesota hockey (1979-81)
No. 30 Alan Ameche, Wisconsin football (1951-54)
No. 29 Cazzie Russell, Michigan basketball (1964-66)
No. 28 Quinn Buckner, Indiana basketball (1972-76)
No. 27 Glen Rice, Michigan basketball (1986-89)
No. 26 To Be Announced Sept. 14
No. 25 To Be Announced Sept. 14
No. 24 To Be Announced Sept. 15
No. 23 To Be Announced Sept. 15
No. 22 To Be Announced Sept. 16
No. 21 To Be Announced Sept. 16
No. 20 Announced Sept. 18 on the television season premiere of Big Ten Icons
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), 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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