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Ed Sherman
This Is B1G: How the Big Ten Set the Standard in College Sports
Ed Sherman, author

This is B1G is the official history of the Big Ten, the first, largest and most successful conference in college sports. Published by the Big Ten, this lavishly-designed coffee-table style book is 352 pages with more than 80,000 words of text and 300 photos that tell the compelling story of the conference dating back to its founding in 1895. There are profiles of iconic Big Ten athletes such as Jesse Owens, Red Grange, Jack Nicklaus and Magic Johnson and coaches like Woody Hayes, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bo Schembechler and Bob Knight who left indeliable marks in sports history. Long-time Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany writes the foreword and also provides behind-the-scenes insights in a section that examines important events and decisions that made the conference what it is today. A Timeline recalls many memorable games, game-changing developments and more. Big Ten fans and alums of conference schools will want to read how their favorite teams, athletes and coaches made history by changing the face of college sports. This is B1G can be purchased at

It really is a BIG Book

Bob Amussen of the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette writes that at 352 pages and weighing 5 pounds, This is B1G has the size and scope of a book worthy of the Big Ten.