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Twitter: Your Big Ten team's NBA JAM players?

The first day of summer is June 21. With the Big Ten athletic season complete, it is “summer,” for all intents and purposes. So, I decided to do something random – something I hoped would be fun – with Big Ten fans on Twitter. I asked them to pick two players, past or present, from their Big Ten team to use in a mythical Big Ten NBA JAM. See their selections in this post.

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Indiana QB Tre Roberson announces he will transfer

Well, this comes as a surprise: Indiana QB Tre Roberson announced Wednesday that he will transfer. Roberson, who threw six touchdown passes in the 2013 finale vs. Purdue, and Nate Sudfeld were expected to share time again in 2014. Last fall, Roberson, the dual-threat option, threw for 1,128 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 423 yards and five scores.

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Q&A: Shawne Merriman talks Terps, move to B1G

BTN had a distinguished visitor Wednesday, as former Maryland and NFL star Shawne Merriman visited our headquarters. Merriman starred for the Terps from 2002-2004, earning All-ACC honors in his final season, and went on to lead the NFL in sacks (2006) and be a three-time All-Pro. See our Q&A with Merriman in this post.

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Photos: Maryland puts up 'Think B1G' billboards

Less than a month away from becoming an official Big Ten member, Maryland is getting its community ready for the much-anticipated move. The school has put up “Think B1G” billboards throughout the Baltimore area, both on interstates and at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Maryland, along with Rutgers, joins the Big Ten on July 1.

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Video: Purdue removes bleachers at Ross-Ade Stadium

Purdue removed the upper bleachers from the south end zone at Ross-Ade Stadium on Wednesday morning, and the team posted a short Instagram video of the demolition. Read more about the project here, and see the video in this post.

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Badgers show off uniform combos at photo shoot

Here’s something you probably didn’t know (or care to add up): Wisconsin will have 20 possible uniform combinations this year. The Badgers showed off the designs Wednesday during their annual photo shoot. To be fair, many of the combinations aren’t that different, with the team boasting a primary white helmet and alternate red lid that can be mixed and matched with three facemasks (white, red and black).

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Video: Luke Fickell owns dodgeball at Ohio State event

The Ohio State football program held its Champions Dinner a couple weeks ago, and there’s a pretty fun YouTube video of the festivities. The dinner is something Meyer does every spring to reward his players for excellence on and off the field. They bond, they barbeque, and they play cornhole, dodgeball and softball. Basically, it’s a day full of fun.

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Urban Meyer tweets photo of Ohio Stadium expansion

Like several other stadiums across the nation, Ohio Stadium has undergone several renovations since the the 2013 season. Last month, the team added new field turf and unveiled renderings of a new locker room. The one fans will notice the most is nearing completion, and that’s the addition of approximately 2,600 seats to the south end zone.

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Phil Steele's 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team

Rejoice, Big Ten football fans. Phil Steele has released his much-anticipated 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Steele compiles four teams on offense and defense, two more than the official All-Big Ten teams released at the end of the year. See who made Steele’s preseason teams in this post. Here’s his All-America team, too.

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Need a Father's Day present? Two words: LEGO stadium

If any Michigan and Nebraska football fans are looking for a Father’s Day present — and you happen to have $400 or $1,200 burning a hole in your wallet — there’s a gift that is certain to impress every Wolverine and Husker dad. It’s on Etsy, and it’s an incredible replica of Michigan Stadium and Memorial Stadium, made entirely out of LEGOS.

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Photo: PSU fan gets Beaver Stadium groom's cake

Penn State fans will love the groom’s cake a Nittany Lion fan had at his wedding last Saturday. It was a replica of Beaver Stadium, and the scoreboard (speaking of which, look at the team’s new video board) displayed the date: 5-31-14. Check out the cake in this post.

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Purdue to put student photos on helmet vs. Iowa

Hey, Purdue fans, want to see your face on the Purdue helmet this year? You can make it happen. Really. Purdue announced Wednesday that students who buy a VIP card (PDF) by June 10 will have their face featured in a collage inside the “P” logo for the “Social Media Game” on Sept. 27 vs. Iowa.

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More impressive: Peppers' speed, Bosa's backflip?

It’s no shock to learn that Big Ten athletes are physically gifted. We see it throughout the seasons, especially on fall Saturdays. But, sometimes, it’s what they do off the gridiron that makes us realize just how impressive these guys are.

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Video: Ohio State's Joey Bosa nails standing backflip

Remember Braylon Edwards’ standing backflip following Michigan’s 2004 win over Minnesota? It was impressive. Edwards went on to do an “easier” flip in the NFL. It’s one thing for a receiver to do a backflip, but it’s a completely different thing when a defensive lineman does it. In a J.J. Watt-esque gym video, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa made a standing backflip look way too easy. Update: the video is from two years ago but was just posted.

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Video: Jabrill Peppers wows in 100-meter dash

If any Michigan fan wasn’t head-over-heels excited about heralded recruit Jabrill Peppers, the video of the defensive back’s speedy 100-meter dash at last Friday’s state meet should do it. Peppers, a five-star recruit out of New Jersey, used his incredible breakaway speed to defend his crown, with a time of 10.52 seconds. Watch Peppers’ speed in this post.

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NFL.com: Raheem Mostert, college's fastest player

Forget about the fastest player in the Big Ten, NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer ranked Purdue speedster Raheem Mostert as the nation’s fastest player. So much for the narrative that the Big Ten has no speed, huh? Regardless of conference affiliation, Mostert can fly. He’s shown his speed on the football field (see video above), but he’s done most of his damage in track and field.

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Video: Wildcats get fancy in uniform feature

Northwestern has no shortage of uniform combinations. Under Armour revamped the team’s look prior to the 2012 season, and last year it introduced an all-white design. There’s countless helmets to go along with the three different jerseys and pants (white, black and purple). Basically, there’s no telling what Northwestern will wear from one Saturday to the next.

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Photo: Ex-Terp Torrey Smith is excited for Big Ten

The future is bright for the Big Ten. So bright, in fact, you might need some shades. Former Maryland receiver and current NFL star Torrey Smith is excited about his school’s move, and he posted a photo to Instagram to prove it. The shot features Smith holding his young child, with both wearing Maryland glasses that feature the school logo on the right lens and the B1G logo on the left lens.

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Photos: Spartans show off possible new uniform designs

Last year during its run to the Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles, Michigan State unveiled a few new uniform designs. Like, the all-green look it wore for the Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl Game. Well, if the football models on display at the team’s complex are any indication, the Spartans could have some new designs in 2014. See photos of the uniforms in this post.

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NCAA regional preview: Beat writers' take

Big Ten regular season and postseason champ Indiana and Nebraska open NCAA regional play Friday. The Huskers kick things off for the Big Ten vs. Cal State Fullerton at 1 p.m. ET, while the Hoosiers host Youngstown State at 7 p.m. ET. Before the games begin, BTN.com conducted an email Q&A with a beat writer from each school to preview the action.

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Video: Pat Fitzgerald takes pies to the face

Pat Fitzgerald is all for helping out good a cause, so it was no shock to see him taking pies to the face during a recent Pi Beta Phi fundraiser. For just $2, anyone could smash a pie in the football coach’s face, with all proceeds going to children’s literacy.

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Four Big Ten teams ranked in SN's preseason top 25

Four Big Ten teams are ranked in SportingNews.com’s Preseason Top 25, headlined by No. 9 Ohio State. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State comes in at No. 12, while Nebraska (No. 17) and Wisconsin (No. 19) round out the Big Ten contingent. For the curious minds, Oklahoma is the site’s No. 1 team.

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Video: Jackson Glines breaks bat on RBI single

Go to an MLB game, and you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one bat break into multiple pieces. A college game? Not so much. It happened, though, in Friday night’s Michigan-Iowa Big Ten tourney game. Making the super-rare event all the more impressive, Jackson Glines got an RBI single to center on the swing. Watch the play and see a picture of the bat in this post.

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Video: Jake Yacinich's slide to steal home ... just, wow!

A steal of home is always  exciting. It’s even better when the baserunner makes a ridiculous slide to avoid the tag. We saw that happen in the nightcap of the Big Ten tourney Friday night, when Iowa’s Jake Yacinich was the lead runner on a double steal attempt. Michigan, on what looked like a designed play, threw down to second and had the shortstop cut it off and toss home. The Wolverines had Yacinich dead to rights. That’s when he decided to leave his feet and dive around the tag.

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Video: Tracy Smith gets revenge on Indiana players

The Indiana baseball team has made a habit of standing behind Tracy Smith during each and every one of his recent BTN in-game interviews. The videobombing has been silly and serious, you name it. Well, for Thursday night’s scheduled fifth-inning interview vs. Michigan, Smith decided to take a page out of Blake Griffin’s book.

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