Big Ten links: Spartans disrespect, football updates & more

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Big Ten links: Spartans disrespect, football updates & more

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Just what Michigan State needed: a bigger chip on its shoulder.

ESPN sent out a push notification Monday erroneously referring to newly selected basketball hall of famer Tom Izzo as “Tim” Izzo, riling many in the Michigan State fan base. You think ESPN would make this mistake for, say, Michigan’s “Joe” Harbaugh? I doubt it.

This blunder comes on the heels of what seems like an uncharacteristically high rate of mispronunciations and misspellings related to Michigan State’s veteran football coach, Mark Dantonio. Mistakes happen, and all media organizations make them from time to time. But it sure seems like Michigan State has endured many of them recently, especially related to the school’s best-known coaches. You can’t make this stuff up, people.

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Looks like Ohio State may have a left offensive tackle in Jamarco Jones, who is looking and acting the part.

Bill Landis of Cleveland.com notes Ohio State is transitioning from a time where it had at least one established tackle the last two years to a new reality in which it will be working in two new guys with little to no experience. It’s Jones and sophomore Isaiah Prince. Prince, like Jones two years ago, barely played as a true freshman. It was just enough to burn his redshirt. Now he’ll exit spring as the starting right tackle.

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Check out this video to see the many tattoos of Eric LeGrand.

“There’s a lot of themes and purpose with my tattoos,” LeGrand told Dan Duggan of NJ.com. “My tattoos paint a picture of my body through the years — my interests, my family, things that matter to me the most.”

LeGrand’s newest work will be the Zodiac signs of his nephews and niece. Although the former Rutgers defensive tackle has been paralyzed from the neck down since making a tackle in a 2010 game he said he can still feel pain when getting a tattoo.

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Maryland recovered nicely from losing defensive coordinator Scott Shafer for personal reasons to hiring Andy Buh to take his spot. Buh was OLB coach at Kentucky but has coordinator experience.

Buh and Terp head coach D.J. Durkin have a relationship that stretches back to their time at Stanford on Jim Harbaugh’s staff from 2007-2009. At that time, Buh was a co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, while Durkin—a DC by trade–was special teams coordinator and defensive line coach.

“I’m really excited to reunite with a longtime friend,” Buh said. “In coaching, that’s pretty rare. We’re excited to get moving.”

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You know about those Michigan satellite camps? Sure you do! Well, Wolverine A.D. Warde Manuel digs them. Big shock.

For what it’s worth, though, even if rule makers pass legislation to dissolve satellite camps, Mlive.com says Manuel expects this offseason’s camps to proceed as planned.

“I’m not sure if it’s effective immediately, but that would be hard to do based on plans and expenditures that have been made and things that have gone out,” Manuel told Brendan Quinn. “More than likely, when it’s not an emergency-type situation or rule, and there’s time, they’d normally would say it’s effective August of 2016.

“They could come out and pass it as an immediate rule, but I’m not sure where it’s trending right now.”

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Lots of excitement—and hope—around Illinois with Lovie Smith at the controls. But there also is lots of work to do. Where to begin? How about the defense? Can it be improved? The key will be linebacker play. The bad news: This corps of LBs is the thinnest in decades.

Multi-year regulars Mason Monheim and T.J. Neal are gone, Neal electing to spend his last season at Auburn. Linebacking backups LaKeith Walls and B.J. Bello transferred.

“I talked to Neal,” new D.C. Hardy Nickerson said. “I had hoped he might reconsider but he has decided to leave.”

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Well, this isn’t good news: according to a report, Maryland’s Diamond Stone isn’t expected to return to college after declaring for the NBA draft.

I can’t say that I am shocked by this.

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Minnesota hoopster Kevin Dorsey is transferring after recently being reinstated from suspension.

The Star Tribune notes that Dorsey is known for his speed and driving ability. He came to Minnesota as part of a highly touted 2015 class. Dorsey backed up both the point guard and shooting guard positions and was considered a major part of the program’s backcourt future. Including Dorsey, six players have left the program in Richard Pitino’s three years. Wally Ellenson, Josh Martin and Dorsey transferred; Zach Lofton and Carlos Morris were dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons; and Daquein McNeil did not return to school after being charged with double felony assault.

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InsideNU.com gives us a look at being a walk-on at Northwestern.

Northwestern has had a walk-on go onto become a leading scorer. It has also had a walk-on quit midway through a season because he didn’t feel like he was part of the team. So is the often far-fetched possibility of playing time and success worth the rigorous, time-sapping schedule?

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About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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