Lions Up for BTN Honors

Monday evening marks the fourth annual Big Ten Network (now known simply as BTN) Awards Show, honoring the best in Big Ten sports for the 2010-211 year. The Nittany Lions are nominated in four categories.

Monday evening at 7:30 pm ET the Big Ten Network will be featuring their fourth annual BTN Awards Show, hosted by Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo.

The show honors the best of Big Ten athletics and Penn State will have nominees in four of the nine categories.

Men's Coach of the Year: Cael Sanderson led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten and NCAA Titles in just his second year at the helm of PSU. Sanderson is up against Ohio State basketball head coach Thad Matta Purdue basketball head coach Matt Painter.

Women's Coach of the Year: Coquese Washington just completed her fourth year as the head coach of the Lady Lion basketball team. This past year she led PSU to a second place finish in the Big Ten and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Washington is up against Michigan softball head coach Carol Hutchins and Wisconsin ice hockey head coach Mark Johnson.

Men's Team of the Year: The Big Ten and NCAA Champion Penn State wrestling team is nominated and facing the Ohio State basketball and Wisconsin football teams for the team of the year honor. The PSU wrestling team is the only nominated team who won an NCAA Title this past year.

Women's Team of the Year: The Big Ten and NCAA Champion Penn State volleyball team is nominated and facing the Northwestern lacrosse and Wisconsin ice hockey teams. All three teams won NCAA Titles this year. The PSU women's volleyball team won their fourth consecutive NCAA title and eight consecutive Big Ten title this past year.

Other BTN Annual Award nominees include:

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 LeshoureIllinois 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)

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)

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