Big Ten links: Recruiting dollars, Brock Lesnar news & much more

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Big Ten links: Recruiting dollars, Brock Lesnar news & much more

When it comes to spending money for recruiting, Nebraska does a pretty good job. Check it out, as Omaha.com lays it out.

Nebraska once again outpaced the rest of the Big Ten in recruiting expenditures, spending $3,467,277 from 2012-2015 and $991,818 in the 2015 according to a league-wide analysis by the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. Penn State was only other Big Ten team to spend over $3 million in the last four years.

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No shock here: Denzel Valentine was named Michigan State’s male athlete of the year. In my mind, the guy is one of the all-time great Spartans … regardless of sport.

Valentine earned multiple national player of the year awards, averaging 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists while leading the Spartans to a 26-win regular season and a Big Ten tournament title. He could play just about any position. What a stud.

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I have a Jim Harbaugh item, as promised. The Michigan boss was told to stop signing autographs and taking photos at satellite camps. Yes, the NCAA made him do it.

This means Michigan might have to self-report some minor recruiting violations. Harbaugh, however, will be able to share his camp philosophy, which he explained to Mlive.com:

“I remember my dad was a long-time coach, he coached for 45 years,” Harbaugh said. “I remember going to those same camps when I was in high school and there’d be coaches from all different colleges there. And the thing I remembered most was, every time you see one of those logos on the shirt, it brought the opportunity that much closer to you.

“It was real. It was tangible. You could reach out and compete and perform and, mainly, what I remember from the camps — and I hope for these kids it’s the same — the youngsters will learn one or two or three or four things they can take back over the summer and use to make them a better football player.”

Check back tomorrow for more Harbaugh dish. Oh, he’ll do or say something.

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Ex-Minnesota Gopher Brock Lesnar a modern day Bo Jackson? I’m not gonna argue with him. Football, college wrestling, WWE, MMA … he’s a beast.

Now, he’s back in MMA. So why the comeback?

“I’m a prize fighter,” Lesnar told ESPN. “Titles don’t pay bills. I fight for money. I’m making money. They’re making money. Everybody’s making money. That’s what this is all about.”

I love it when guys speak the truth.

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Cleveland.com has all you need to know about the new Ohio State hoops recruiting class. It’s an important one, as attrition has hit Thad Matta’s squad hard. Keep an eye on Derek Funderburk.

Cleveland.com notes that even after a somewhat tumultuous offseason, Ohio State’s roster could be in a better place heading into next season. But that means the incumbent players need to make leaps in progression and the freshman need to be more productive than last year’s were.

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Good podcast from Pennlive.com, which includes the great David Jones who talks Philly recruiting with Dustin Hockensmith and Bob Flounders.

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This is good: Rutgers fans expect the Scarlet Knights to exceed expectations in 2016.

In an NJ.com poll with more than 1,800 respondents, 69.2 percent voted that Rutgers will win more than 4.5 games this season. I agree. In fact, RU may have a shot at six wins IF the offensive and defensive lines develop.

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You may have missed this: A one-on-one from Scott Richey of the Champaign News-Gazette with Illinois hoops coach John Groce, who is coming off an—ahem—challenging season as he heads into a critical 2016-17 campaign. The vibrations around the program seem to be improving.

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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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