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Big Ten links: Catch up on today's hoops & football headlines

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The search is on for a mascot at Illinois. Spike Albrecht talks about coming to Purdue. Looks like one Big Ten QB will redshirt. And here’s another reason for Michigan State football players to carry a chip on each of their shoulders. And what’s going on over at the Big 12 Conference? Catch up in Thursday’s Big Ten news digest.

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2016 schedule analysis: Illinois Fighting Illini

Sep 5, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass at Memorial Stadium. Illinois beat Kent State 52-3.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Wes Lunt reacts to Lovie Smith hiring

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Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program.

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Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes' offseason to-do list

Sep 26, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz congratulates quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) and wide receiver Riley McCarron (83) during the second quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Iowa spring scrimmage highlights

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Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. Still, Kirk Ferentz has a lot to build on moving into his 18th year on the job.

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Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers' offseason to-do list

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Kevin Wilson is pleased with how Indiana looked in spring drills, but he knows work remains to be done if the Hoosiers want to get back to a bowl game. The last time IU went to a bowl in consecutive seasons? The 1990-91 seasons.

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Dienhart: Check out my 2016 All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Alex Erickson (86) during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium.   Northwestern won 13-7.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Erickson comes up clutch on 4th down

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Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players.

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Dienhart: Here's our 2016 All-Spring Football Offensive Team

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2016 Big Ten spring football season is over and the 2016 NFL Draft is here. As recent Big Ten football stars move on to their pro careers, new names line up to take their place next fall. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart watched plenty of spring football and he names the offensive players who caught his eye.

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Big Ten links: History in the making at tonight's NFL Draft

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There are five schools to have a football player drafted every year since 1967, and three of them are in the Big Ten. Also, Ohio State is primed for a big NFL Draft night, too. Also, today’s headlines digest has the final ranking of attendance at Big Ten spring football games. Dive on in.

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Kevin Wilson: 'The QB play, defensive confidence … those are key'

Nov 21, 2015; College Park, MD, USA;  Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson  walks onto the field during the third quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Indiana Hoosiers defeated Maryland Terrapins 47-28. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana coaches offer thoughts on spring game

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In his fifth season in Bloomington, Indiana, Kevin Wilson enjoyed a breakthrough by leading the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007. Now, he wants to take the program another step foward: winning a bowl. Wilson and Co., are on track. But work needs to be done to move up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East.

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Here's a look at Purdue in the last 10 NFL drafts

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Ricardo Allen picks off Braxton Miller

Purdue has had some surprising success in the last 10 NFL drafts, with 19 overall selections and three first-round picks. Not bad for a program that has been to just four bowls in the last 10 years and none since 2012.

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