Big Ten links: Spin through Thursday's news digest

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Big Ten links: Spin through Thursday's news digest

The sun came up today. That means it’s time for a Jim Harbaugh link. Watch him tell campers not to be a “soup sandwich.” I didn’t understand, either. Just click the link. You’re welcome.

On a related note, Bret Bielema–you remember him, right?–knows how to get attention. He was up to it again recently at the SEC meetings, parroting his desire for an SEC-Big Ten football challenge. And, as expected, the internet went agog.

While we’re busy in Fantasy Land, any chance I can get a full head of hair by kickoff of the Michigan-Alabama SEC-Big Ten challenge tilt in MetLife Stadium in 2020?

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Ross Tucker has ranked Penn State’s 2016 football recruits,  Nos. 1 through 20. No. 1? You’ll have to click through myriad slides to find out! Have fun!

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Another slide show for you: Cleveland.com looks at Ohio State’s 2016 schedule. We all are just waiting for Sept. 17, when Ohio State goes to Oklahoma, which should be a top three team when this game kicks off. Great QB battle between Baker Mayfield and J.T. Barrett.

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Matt Hayes has a good piece in the New York Times about the SEC’s strong stand on not accepting transfers from other schools who have a violent past.

The Southeastern Conference is expected to approve rules that would prohibit players with a history of sexual assault, stalking or interpersonal violence from transferring to any of its 14 member universities.

“We set the standard last year, and others have followed,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said at the league’s annual spring meetings. “Our policies will become more clear this week. We’ll see if they continue to follow.”

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Yes, it’s June, but here is some hoops from Zach Osterman of IndyStar.com, who revisits at Indiana’s offseason questions.

A big one for me: Who replaces Yogi Ferrell? He can’t be replaced. The guy was an all-time great. According to Osterman, the best answer to this question, at least so far, is that Indiana is full strength in any effort to replace its departed point guard. Tom Crean played the gamble – however safe it might have been – that James Blackmon would return. He pursued and signed a player, Freddie McSwain, who fits into the roster where Troy Williams previously had. But he stayed the course in his backcourt, and now Blackmon is back, alongside Robert Johnson, Josh Newkirk and Curtis Jones.

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NJ.com has five things to watch in June for Rutgers football. Lots of recruiting stuff here.

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You like bobbleheads? Purdue has some cool Purdue Pete ones coming out. I like the 1970s version.

It is official: Michigan State hoops has added a legit 4-man in Ben Carter.

Carter’s addition helps shore up a depleted Michigan State frontcourt, which lost starters Matt Costello and Deyonta Davis to graduation and the NBA, plus reserves Marvin Clark and Javon Bess to transfers and Colby Wollenman to graduation.

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