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Photo: Huskers join in on Jameis Winston crab legs fun

By now, you’ve surely heard about 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston being cited for stealing crab legs from a local Publix. If not, check out the Twitter buzz. Well, the Nebraska women’s basketball team decided to join the fun. Assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller tweeted a picture of a recent team meal, which included crab legs, with the text: “Our student athletes get their crab legs for free. #steaktoo

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Yarina: These players will be missed the most

As we should see in next month’s NFL draft, the Big Ten is losing some serious talent. From the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, there are plenty of All-Big Ten honorees and superlative winners to replace. Which NFL-bound players will be missed the most? See my top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, in this post.

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Jamal Crawford wins 2nd NBA Sixth Man of the Year

According to reports, former Michigan basketball player Jamal Crawford has won his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Crawford, who spent one season at Michigan, averaged 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 3-pointers to help the Clippers earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Crawford also won the prestigious award in 2010.

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Ten B1G teams land on ESPN's Fab 50 for 2014-15

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released his Fab 50 for 2014-15, a ranking of his top 50 men’s hoops teams, on Tuesday. Ten Big Ten teams make the list, including newcomer Maryland (No. 30), paced by reigning national semifinalist Wisconsin (No. 3). The No. 1 team? That’s Kentucky, of course. See Goodman’s analysis of all 10 Big Ten teams in this post.

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Twitter: Indiana football nails reply to Pat Forde's jab

The SEC announced its new scheduling policy Sunday, and the conference will continue to play eight league games. The “new” wrinkle: Each team is required to schedule at least one non-conference game vs. an opponent from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12.

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Michigan State's Rose Bowl ring is kind of impressive

BTN’s Lisa Byington gave Michigan State fans a sneak peek at the team’s Rose Bowl ring during Saturday afternoon’s spring game. The ring, which the Spartans haven’t seen yet, is quite impressive. It’s large, too. Like, really large. See a few pictures of the ring in this post.

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Photo: Spartans put '2013 Champions' on field, jersey

Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten champ, and football fans will get a friendly reminder of that any time they tune in to a Spartans game this fall. The Spartans added “2013 Champions” under the “B1G” logos on the field and put a “Big Ten Champions” patch on the jersey. See pictures in this post.

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Yarina: A super-early look at 2014-15 hoops predictions

With Mitch McGary announcing Friday that he will enter the NBA draft, we officially know what each Big Ten team will return for the 2014-15 season. So, naturally, that means it’s time to take a SUPER-early stab at next year’s standings and All-Big Ten teams. See my way-too-early predictions in this post.

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Wes Lunt, Reilly O'Toole sing Backstreet Boys

Illinois’ Wes Lunt and Reilly O’Toole are involved in a heated quarterback battle, but one would have never guessed it based on their demeanor prior to the team’s spring game. While warming up, the two signal-callers sang Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” which was playing over the PA system. They took it seriously, too, with O’Toole, at one point, saying, “Dude, I’m killing this song. Hey, I’m killing this song.”

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B1G offensive players who deserve more fanfare

Spring football is nearing a close. There are three more spring games Saturday (Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers), and that will mark the end of the Big Ten’s spring season. With most eyes already on the 2014 season, I decided to rank my top five offensive players (I took some liberties with that number) who should be receiving more attention entering the season.

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Maryland, Rutgers excited for BTN prime-time

BTN/BTN2Go released its 2014 prime-time football schedule Tuesday, and each of the Big Ten’s newest members are pumped to play under the lights. Maryland will host reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State on Nov. 15, while Rutgers will entertain Penn State on Sept. 13, its inaugural Big Ten game, and Michigan on Oct. 4. See the graphics and hashtags the schools tweeted out to announce the news in this post.

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Photo: Rutgers adds B1G logo patch to jerseys

Not an official member of the Big Ten until July 1, Rutgers will look a lot like a Big Ten team for its spring game Saturday. The B1G logos were added to the turf months ago, and now the jerseys have the B1G logo, as well. See a picture of the patch on Rutgers’ home jersey in this post.

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Fourteen B1G products on 2014 NBA playoff rosters

Fourteen former Big Ten stars are listed on 2014 NBA playoff rosters. Ohio State paces the conference with four players: Mike Conley, Kosta Koufos, Greg Oden and Evan Turner. In all, six Big Ten schools are represented. The team with the most Big Ten products? That would be Memphis, which features the aforementioned Conley and Koufos and Jon Leuer and Zach Randolph.

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Meet Rutgers' notable NBA and NFL alumni

Soon enough, Maryland and Rutgers will be official members of the Big Ten. The big day is July 1, to be exact. To get Big Ten fans ready for the schools’ arrivals, we’re taking a look at each of the school’s notable NBA and NFL alumni. Today, we’re looking at Rutgers. See the Scarlet Knights’ top basketball and football pros in this post.

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Meet Maryland's notable NBA and NFL alumni

Soon enough, Maryland and Rutgers will be official members of the Big Ten. The big day is July 1, to be exact. To get Big Ten fans ready for the schools’ arrivals, we’re taking a look at each of the school’s notable NBA and NFL alumni. First up: Maryland. See the Terps’ top basketball and football pros in this post.

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Photos: Illinois unveils new Nike uniforms

Illinois unveiled its new uniforms, as part of the school’s long-awaited Nike rebrand, Wednesday night. The designs, which were leaked Tuesday night, should please Illini fans. For starters, the rebrand brought consistency across all of the school’s sports, to the point that every team will have the same shades of orange and blue, logos and fonts. See the uniforms in this post.

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Stay or go: What should Mitch McGary do?

No Big Ten player has a tougher decision to make about his future plans than Michigan’s Mitch McGary. A season ago, fresh off his breakout NCAA tourney performance, McGary was a hot name in the NBA draft. He elected to return to school, of course, and went on to play eight games before undergoing season-ending back surgery. Almost 22 and having not played since 2013, McGary is in a difficult position.

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Photos: Take a look at possible new Illinois uniforms

Illinois will unveil its new uniforms for the Nike rebrand at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday night. Several photos of the designs hit the web Tuesday night, and, according to IllinoisLoyalty.com, the picture above was posted to nikeinc.com. Whether the uniforms were leaked or these are just several of the designs Nike and Illinois drew up, they are fun to consider. See several pictures of the designs in this post.

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SportingNews: Meyer, Dantonio Big Ten's best

SportingNews.com decided to rank the Big Ten’s football coaches, and there’s no surprise at the top of the list. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of two national titles at Florida, is No. 1, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, fresh off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl Game win, is No. 2.

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Why is turf being removed at TCF Bank Stadium?

TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and is, far and away, the Big Ten’s newest football stadium. That doesn’t mean it can’t undergo some updates. Thanks to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, who will share the stadium for the next two seasons while its new $1 billion home is under construction, the turf is being torn up make way for a hydronic heated field.

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Twitter: Jim Tressel tweets Tupac quote

When one thinks Jim Tressel, he or she inevitably thinks national championship, sweater vests and khakis, among other things. The former Ohio State football coach gave us another thing to associate him with Tuesday: Tupac. Yes. Tressel, now the vice president at Akron, tweeted a Tupac quote.

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Video: Rutgers draws up trick play for young fans

Big Ten football fans will love what Kyle Flood and Rutgers did for two young fans, both confined to wheelchairs due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), at the conclusion of practice Saturday. In a moment that will remind many of Jack Hoffman’s touchdown run, the Scarlet Knights had Danny Garofalo, 11, and Matt DeRiggi, 16, in the team huddle and drew up a trick play for them.

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Top 5 moments from Saturday's spring games

Sometimes, it’s the moments that have nothing to do with the game itself that highlight spring football. We saw proof of that Saturday, a day that featured plenty of memorable moments in eight games. Watch your team’s replay on BTN2Go. I decided to rank the top 5 moments from the busy day of spring football, and you can see the list in this post.

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Photo: Check out this Bo Pelini 'Lion King' photoshop

After Bo Pelini’s memorable entrance Saturday at Memorial Stadium, it was only a matter of time before “The Lion King” photoshop jobs hit social media. In case you missed it, Pelini held a cat in his arms during the team’s famous tunnel walk, and he raised it into the air once he entered the field. The moment reminded many of this iconic scene from the Disney classic. See a photoshopped photo in this post.

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Video: Jeremiah Sirles proposes at spring game

Nearly one month after Mike Peltz proposed to his girlfriend on senior night, former Nebraska offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles did the same at Saturday’s spring game. Sirles got on a knee during the team’s Punt, Pass and Kick part of the scrimmage. As he was about to punt the ball, he dropped it, reached into his left pocket, walked toward his girlfriend, and took a knee. Watch the proposal in this post.

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