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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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Video: One year later, Jack Hoffman talks TD run

It was just a year ago that Jack Hoffman, then 7, introduced himself to the world with his memorable and emotional touchdown run in Nebraska’s spring game. It’s been a whirlwind year since the brain cancer patient took the handoff from Taylor Martinez and sprinted to paydirt last April. Hoffman has met the President, had an Upper Deck card made and won an ESPY. We caught up with Jack and father Andy Hoffman at Saturday’s spring game.

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Video: Bo Pelini enters Nebraska spring game with cat

The way Bo Pelini’s been delighting the masses on social media since the end of last season, you had a feeling he was going to do something special Saturday at Nebraska’s spring game. He did something special, all right, carrying a cat in his arms for the team’s famed tunnel walk. As Pelini entered the field, he hoisted it above his head – a move that delighted the fans and reminded many of “The Lion King.”

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Photo: Long winter impacts Ross-Ade Stadium grass

Nobody needs to be reminded that it was a long, long winter. The grass at Ross-Ade Stadium during Saturday’s spring game is all the proof anyone needs. One of the Big Ten’s three fields still with natural surface, the field had a yellow hue to it in several spots and a couple streaks near both 30-yard lines that stretched from one sideline to the other. See a photo of the field in this post.

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Spartans, Big Ten mourn Lacey Holsworth's death

The Michigan State family and the Big Ten basketball community are mourning the loss of Adreian Payne superfan Lacey Holsworth. Holsworth, the adorable 8-year-old who suffered from neuroblastoma, died late Tuesday night. Read more here. The news hit the basketball world hard, and many people went to social media to offer their condolences. See the messages in this post.

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Yarina: 5 B1G breakout players for 2014-15

While analysts across the nation are busy compiling their super-early 2014-15 hoops polls, I thought I’d go with a more exact-inexact exercise and share my top five 2014-15 breakout candidates. You know the names from this season, but they’re certain to be even bigger names next season.

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Rutgers product turns heads with training mask

Rutgers product Jamaal Westerman has played for five teams in his five NFL seasons. Looking to catch on with a another team this offseason, Westerman is turning some heads with a piece of equipment. More specifically, his Darth Vader-esque elevation training mask.

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Photo: Ohio State fans use setting sun to form O-H-I-O

You don’t have to ask Ohio State fans twice to bust out the O-H-I-O chant. Put a camera in front of four Ohio State fans, and there’s a very good chance they’ll form O-H-I-O. Here are a few examples: 1, 2, 3, 4. Don’t have four people? No worries, they’ll get creative and use props – even a casket. Or a beautiful setting sun, as Ohio State fan Melissa Green’s family did on a recent vacation in Florida.

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Photo: Aaron Harrison does it again, ousts B1G team

If Big Ten fans didn’t know Aaron Harrison’s name before last week, they sure do now. Harrison, the freshman Kentucky guard, drained ridiculously similar – and deep – game-winning 3-pointers to beat Michigan in the Midwest Region and Wisconsin in the national semis. Both shots came in the final seconds, both from the deep left wing, and both led Kentucky past the Big Ten. See how similar the shots were in this post.

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