Big Ten links: Catch up on today's hoops & football headlines

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The search is on for a mascot at Illinois. Spike Albrecht talks about coming to Purdue. Looks like one Big Ten QB will redshirt. And here’s another reason for Michigan State football players to carry a chip on each of their shoulders. And what’s going on over at the Big 12 Conference? Catch up in Thursday’s Big Ten news digest.

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Dienhart: Maryland Terrapins' offseason to-do list

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Everything is new again in College Park, Maryland, as Maryland is taking the wraps off the DJ Durkin era. The former Michigan defensive coordinator replaces Randy Edsall, who got the program on solid footing but was unable to take Maryland to the next level with just two bowls after taking over in 2011.

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2016 schedule analysis: Illinois Fighting Illini

Sep 5, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass at Memorial Stadium. Illinois beat Kent State 52-3.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Wes Lunt reacts to Lovie Smith hiring

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Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program.

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