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Did You See This? Tyler Sash's Birthday Cake

Who doesn’t like a pair of Air Jordan’s? One former Big Ten football player is such a fan, the shoe makes up his birthday cake. Ex-Hawkeye Tyler Sash may have celebrated his birthday late last month, but we’re just now seeing his birthday cake, thanks to a tweet from NFL teammate and former Buckeye Jake Ballard (@NYG_J_Ballard85). See the cake in this post.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten scoring leader

In the coming days, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina will tackle all the important football statistical categories and offer their predictions for the 2012 Big Ten leader. Up first: Scoring. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too.

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Clothes Call: First Look at B1G football patch

It’s been rumored for quite some time that Big Ten football teams will wear a “B1G” patch on their jerseys this fall. Thanks to a tweet from Illinois assistant Alex Golesh (@coachgolesh) — a tweet that has since been deleted — we have a better idea of what it will look like. Golesh tweeted out a picture of the Illinois-themed patch Sunday night, and it looks pretty much as you’d expect.

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Two Big Ten stars make SI.com's top 10 seniors

Indiana’s Jordan Hulls and Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe were listed on Andy Glockner’s 10 most important seniors for the 2012-13 season. Hulls, one of the nation’s elite shooters, is a career 47.4 percent from the field, while Mbakwe, who missed all but seven games last year due to a knee injury, owns 23 career double-doubles. See what Glockner says about both players in this post.

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Did You See This? Brust visits Kevin Harvick

Usually, it’s fans seeking out Ben Brust and getting all big-eyed in his presence. Recently, as part of an NCAA.com video feature, the tables turned for Brust, who got to meet Kevin Harvick, his favorite NASCAR driver. In the feature, Brust toured Harvick’s garage, which happens to include a basketball court, and the two played H-A-P-P-Y, their version of H-O-R-S-E. Watch the entertaining video here.

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Desmond Howard shares videos of Heisman Reunion

Want to see Charles Woodson, Ron Dayne and Eddie George in their respective college jersey? There’s no need to check the upcoming Greatest Games schedule, because Michigan’s Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman winner, posted a couple WhoSay.com videos, featuring the aforementioned players, among others, in the same room. In one of the videos, Howard asks: “How many of these Heisman Trophy winners can you name?” before showing everyone in the room. Watch the video.

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Illinois assistant coach Tim Salem mic'd up

Spring football practice ended about a month ago, but IlliniProductionsHD recently published a great video of Illinois running backs coach and special team coordinator Tim Salem mic’d up during the spring. Salem, who spent the past eight seasons at Central Florida, was a natural in the segment. Watch the video in this post.

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Six ex-Big Ten stars invited to NBA Combine

Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor was a late addition to the NBA Combine, but he’ll join Illinois’ Meyers Leonard, Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Ohio State’s William Buford and Jared Sullinger and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel at the event June 6-8 in Chicago (see the full list of players). The combine is a great way for players to make last-minute improvements to their draft stock, and that’s exactly what these guys will try to do. The 2012 NBA Draft is June 28.

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Crossroads Classic extended through 2014

The Crossroads Classic, a one-day event featuring a doubleheader between Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue’s men’s basketball teams, isn’t going anywhere. On Tuesday, athletic directors of the four schools agreed to a two-year extension to keep one of college basketball’s premier nonconference events at Bankers Life Fieldhouse through 2014.

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Beilein's son named West Virginia Wesleyan coach

Patrick Beilein, the son of Michigan head coach John Beilein and a former Michigan graduate assistant (2008-10), has been named the head coach of West Virginia Wesleyan, according to pjstar.com. Beilein, 29, played for West Virginia under his father and was a member of the 2005 Elite Eight team.

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Ex-Wolverine Juwan Howard confronts Indiana Pacer

Former Fab Five member Juwan Howard played a total of three minutes through the first three games of Miami’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Indiana. The Wolverine product made his biggest contribution of the series prior to Game 4 on Sunday, when he confronted Indiana’s Lance Stephenson during shootaround. The two needed to be separated. Watch the video of Howard confronting Stephenson.

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More alternate uniforms on the horizon for Michigan

While growing up in the 1990s, many of my friends were Michigan and Florida State football fans. Living in Lake Forest, Ill., the Michigan allegiance was understandable — even though none of my friends had ties to the school despite the vast number of Michigan alums residing in Chicago suburbs. But Florida State? Not so much.

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Roy Roundtree to wear No. 21 Michigan Legacy Jersey

If you’re looking for Roy Roundtree on the field next season, you won’t find him in his familiar No. 12 jersey. Michigan announced Friday that Roundtree will wear Desmond Howard’s No. 21 “Michigan Football Legend” jersey for the 2012 season. The jersey includes a patch on the upper left chest that honors the Michigan legend and Heisman Trophy winner. See a picture of the patch in this post.

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Former Buckeye Mangold gets chest waxed on Late Night

Nick Mangold is an entertainer, no doubt about it. If you follow the former Ohio State center on Twitter (@nickmangold), you know this all too well. Mangold took his likable ways to another level on Tuesday night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. If you missed it, let’s just say his upper body is a lot smoother. That’s right, Mangold had his chest waxed on national tv during a skit called “Wax On, Wax Off.” It looked painful — nothing an NFL player can’t handle, though — and, wow, was it funny. Watch the videos of the hilarious segment.

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Twitter: Frazier, Pace denied HOF induction

The 17-member 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class was announced Tuesday, and former Purdue running back Otis Armstrong was the lone Big Ten product inducted. That being the case, there were several glaring omissions, highlighted by Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier and Ohio State’s Orlando Pace. Both snubs sparked quite a reaction on Twitter, and rightfully so. Frazier went 33-2 and won two national titles and four Big 12 championships, while Pace is one of the most dominant offensive lineman of all time. See the tweets in this post.

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ESPN announces ACC/Big Ten Challenge Pairings

ESPN released the pairings for the 2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday afternoon. The Big Ten has won the past three events, including a resounding 8-4 victory last season, this after losing each of the first 10 years. The 12-game Challenge will be played Nov. 27-28 this season. Check out all the matchups, get your Challenge history and see BTN.com Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Badger accounts

The final stop on our Twitter Tips series takes us to Wisconsin. It was a long, fun journey (see all the lists), but now it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Badgers. Our goal with this 12-installment project was simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with the fans. Without further delay, let’s get to the Wisconsin handles.

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All-access with Mike Martin on draft night

Michigan's Mike Martin

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One draft expert, ESPN’s Todd McShay, fell in love with Mike Martin before the 2012 NFL Draft. Apparently, the Tennessee Titans were fond of him, too. Tennessee selected the former Michigan defensive tackle in the third round of last week’s draft. Martin’s YouTube account, GoMikeMartin, chronicled the defensive tackle’s draft party, and it includes its share of raw emotion. Watch the video now and see more all-access draft videos in this post.

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New Cy-Hawk Series Trophy Selected

Based on the rivalry’s previous hardware, the new Cy-Hawk Series Trophy couldn’t be anything but an improvement. On Tuesday, the new trophy was selected in a landslide vote. And, as expected, it will look a lot better hoisted above players’ heads than its predecessor. The trophy, which received 8,002 of the 10,282 votes (78 percent), features both mascots, corn stalks and a football. The base includes both logos and a list of previous season winners. See the new trophy and the old one in this post.

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Twitter Tips: Check out these Boiler accounts

The next stop on our Twitter Tips series takes us to Purdue. We’ve already featured 10 schools (see them all here), and now it’s time to turn our attention to the guys who tweet about the Boilermakers in our 12-installment series that spotlights every Big Ten institution, in alphabetical order. Our goal is to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with the fans. Without further delay, let’s get to the Purdue handles.

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