Big Ten links: It's time scroll through Monday's best headlines

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Big Ten links: It's time scroll through Monday's best headlines

Lots of holes to fill on Michigan State’s defense, especially upfront with guys like Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath gone. A key guy who needs to step up: redshirt freshman DT Raequan Williams.

“Raequan Williams has serious athleticism for his size, and he has been getting better and better with his consistency and technique,” MSU co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel said toward the end of spring drills.

“When we got him he was, quite honestly, a little bit raw,” Tressel said of the Chicago product. “Any high school interior defensive lineman is not used to going against the guys you have to go against out here, but he’s starting to recognize the sort of consistency and effort that we require. But his athleticism is off the charts for his size, so it’s looking up.”

This still could be a stout d-line.

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Bad news at Purdue, as a water main break has caused some damage.

Mackey Arena’s Keady Court was affected by running water, while Holloway Gymnasium’s Belin Court – the volleyball team’s playing floor – was damaged likely beyond repair, with the football team’s locker room in the same building also incurring significant flooding-related damage to flooring, carpeting and lockers themselves, GoldandBlack.com has learned.

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How about this: Rich Rodriguez is pairing with Ohio State for a Columbus camp. Wonder what Michigan thinks of this.

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Pennlive.com has a good synopsis of the head injury class action suit involving Penn State, the Big Ten and NCAA.

Penn State declined comment on a class-action suit brought against it, the Big Ten, and the NCAA on Tuesday in a federal court in Illinois, saying it has not yet reviewed the case. The suit is one of six that were brought nationwide by attorney Jay Edelson of Edelson PC, and they targeted the SEC, Vanderbilt University, and others. The one involving Penn State has seen the most action to date, as less than 24 hours after news first broke of the suits, the court filings have already changed.

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Rutgers will get a boost from the return of DT Darius Hamilton, who missed all but one game last year with a knee injury. And, he hopes to come back beefed up.

How heavy? “Probably about 290-295 (pounds). Just hearing me say that, I never thought I’d be able to say that,” Hamilton told NJ.com. “It’s going to be a brand new world for me. 283 (pounds) has been a brand new world for me, so we’ll see what happens.”

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This is cool: Northwestern A.D. Jim Phillips wants the Wildcats to play in Wrigley Field in 2017.

Northwestern last played at Wrigley Field in 2010. That was the infamous game against Illinois, when both teams had to play offense headed toward the same end zone because Wrigley Field could not fit an entire 120-yard football field. One end zone was too close to the right field wall, making it unsafe for an offense to play in that direction In 2013 though, Northwestern athletics agreed to a partnership with the Cubs that would bring five Northwestern football games to Wrigley, but none of the five football games have been scheduled.

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Former Michigan big man Ricky Doyle has landed at Florida Gulf Coast, a homecoming for Doyle who is from Cape Coral, Florida.

Doyle was granted a release from his scholarship at Michigan in late March after averaging 3.8 points and 2.0 rebounds as a sophomore. During the Big Ten tournament, he revealed that he had been plagued by physical issues related to a battle with sleep apnea, asthma and depression.

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More transfer news: ex-Purdue player Kendall Stephens is headed to Nevada.

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