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Media day pop quiz: B1G stars answer 5 questions

CHICAGO – How often do some of the best players from all 12 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, I conducted a Big Ten poll Thursday that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the most exciting Big Ten player? What’s the toughest Big Ten road venue? See all the results in this post. [ RELATED: Clothes Call: 2013 Big Ten media days edition ] Editor’s note: Player responses were anonymous to ensure honest answers and avoid hurt feelings

Clothes Call: 2013 Big Ten media days edition

CHICAGO – There’s no better time or place to get an up-close look at the latest changes to Big Ten uniforms and helmets than at the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Teams deck out their designated areas with all of the latest, greatest threads and equipment. Take a look at all the new looks the Big Ten will debut this season in this post. [ RELATED: Media day pop quiz: Big Ten stars answer 5 questions ] ILLINOIS The Illini, as BTN.com reported earlier, have a new primary lid (see below) and will use last year’s matte blue helmet as

Video: Jeff Budzien crashes Big Ten media day

CHICAGO – Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien didn’t get an invite to the Big Ten media days at the Hilton Chicago. Coming off a season in which Budzien made all but one kick, he decided to crash the event. Not in a bad way. The Northwestern communications and media department thought it would be fun to have the kicker attend the event and cover it in a self-deprecating and humorous way. Budzien and Northwestern nailed it. Watch the entertaining video above. It’s well worth it. Read more about Budzien’s day at media day in my Big Ten media day notebook. About

Video: Ohio State Urban Meyer's 360 Vine

CHICAGO – Urban Meyer is a big draw under normal circumstances. Add Ohio State’s recent player discipline to the equation, and the two-time national championship coach easily had the largest throng of media following him at Wednesday’s Big Ten media day. Meyer knew the attention was coming. He also knew he’d be answering plenty off-the-field questions despite being the coach of a popular preseason pick to make the BCS title game. [ RELATED: BTN2Go now available on all BTN’s top distributors ] Watch Meyer’s press conference from Wednesday and view a Vine video from his individual interview session later in

Big Ten media day notebook: Updates, video & tweets

CHICAGO – Big Ten media days are underway at the Hilton Chicago. Thirty-six players and all 12 coaches are here and meeting the media. Get caught up on Wednesday’s happenings in this Day 1 Notebook. Fans can track each day’s activities by following BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and me (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter, and we’re filing updates to BTN.com all day. Don’t forget about BTN Connect, too. COMFORTABLE AT QUARTERBACK: There’s uncertainty at quarterback all over the Big Ten. Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin all either have a quarterback battle or will be throwing an unproven guy

Illinois' Scheelhaase ecstatic about tying the knot

CHICAGO – Nathan Scheelhaase is a happy man. For the first time in his Illinois career, the senior quarterback can finally forget about Skype and get some real face-to-face time. Scheelhaase and his longtime girlfriend, Morgan Miller, tied the knot July 6 in their hometown of Kansas City. “It was a great day,” Scheelhaase said at Wednesday’s media day of the wedding. “It was so awesome to share that experience with her.” [ RELATED: Read all of BTN.com’s media day coverage ] The new Mrs. Scheelhaase, who just graduated from TCU with a communications degree, moved into her husband’s Champaign

Athlon Sports ranks top 300 fantasy college players

BTN.com just conducted a very brief 2013 Big Ten football mock draft. Tuesday, Athlon Sports released it top 300 college fantasy football players. As expected, there are plenty of Big Ten players listed, headlined by Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (No. 4). See the full Big Ten list in this post. [ AthlonSports.com: College Fantasy Football: Top 300 for 2013 ] 4. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 17. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 26. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern 45. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska 46. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 74. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 88. Donnell Kirkwood, RB, Minnesota 93. Jeremy

Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part II

Big Ten media days kick off Wednesday at the Hilton Chicago. There will be no shortage of questions, but not all of them will be posed or answered. I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we await the 2013 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleague Brent Yarina to see his answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and here’s the second installment. Have any other questions you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post or

Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part I

Big Ten media days kick off on Wednesday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2013 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleague Brent Yarina to see his answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and you can see the first installment here. Have any other questions you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section

Did You See This? Watt shows off unreal athleticism

J.J. Watt is a freak. There’s really no other way to describe the former Wisconsin standout defensive lineman. The guy is as athletic as they come – yes, even with a 6-5, 289-pound frame – and the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year proved it in a quick YouTube video that captures him nailing a 59.5-inch box jump. Yes, 59.5 inches. That’s one-half inch short of five feet, for the non-math majors, and it means he can practically jump on your shoulders – from a STANDING position. Incredible. Scary thing is, Watt’s flying higher and higher the older he gets.