Big Ten links: Read through Thursday's news digest

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Big Ten links: Read through Thursday's news digest

Brendan Quinn of Mlive.com tackles the question many have pondered: Are Jim Harbaugh’s camps about recruiting or his love of football?

I think it’s a little of both. I don’t think Harbaugh would be doing all of these camps if he wasn’t getting something out of it besides spreading his love for the pigskin.

OK. Now we have a Penn State site (Pennlive.com) asking a Michigan signee what Jim Harbaugh is really like. You can’t make this stuff up, people.

“When I went on my official visit, I really loved it,” Khaleke Hudson said. “I loved the coaching staff, and the way the players treat you like family. With Coach Harbaugh, I never really seen him before my official, but when I saw him, it was like I already knew him. He’s nice, and just a cool guy to be around.”

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Draymond Green hasn’t gotten a lot of good publicity lately. But Tom Izzo says “He’s not a thug.”

“That’s who he is, that’s his DNA,” Izzo said on Mike and Mike on ESPN radio. “He’s not a necessarily a street fighter, he’s not a thug. He is a guy that plays with incredible passion, incredible toughness, and winning is important.”

Go back and watch the videos that resulted in Green getting suspended for Monday’s game. And you be the judge of the label you put on Green. Have a good day.

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In case you missed this: Phil Kessel became the eighth former Gopher to have his name etched on Lord Stanley’s Cup. Pretty impressive. Neal Broten was my fav.

The list: Mike Polich, 1977 (Montreal); Frank Pietrangelo, 1991 (Pittsburgh); Tom Chorske, 1995 (New Jersey); Neal Broten, 1995 (New Jersey); Ben Clymer, 2004 (Tampa Bay); Alex Goligoski, 2009 (Pittsburgh), Nick Leddy, 2013 (Chicago); Phil Kessel, 2016 (Pittsburgh(.

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Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com asked former Iowa QB greats Chuck Long and Chuck Hartlieb for advice they would give to Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard, who like those two enters a senior season amid big hype.

After the advice, Long said something interesting to Leistikow that should fire up Iowa fans … kinda: “All Hawkeye fans need to realize they could actually have a better team this year without as good of a record,” Long said. “It’s going to be hard to repeat an undefeated season.”

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The results of an athletic department survey at Nebraska are in. The goal according to A.D. Shawn Eichorst is to make changes in an attempt to become more inclusive to coaches and staff. Have to admire the self-examination.

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Good video here from NJ.com that wonders: What’s next for Rutgers football with summer about to set in? It’s a breakdown of what fans can expect during the eight weeks before training camp opens in early August.

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Sad to see Indiana Hall of Fame football player Earl Faison passed away. The guy was a forgotten stud. Faison was a three-year letterwinner from 1958-60, earning third-team All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a senior. Faison played defensive end and also led the Hoosiers in receiving in 1958 and 1960.

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Bo doesn’t know Brock? Can’t say I’m not shocked. Bo seems to keep to himself and have little interest in most things sports-related. Take no offense, Brock. I know who you are.

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