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Dienhart: What I'll be watching for at Purdue practice

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Darrell Hazell needs a big year. It’s no secret. He has yet to get this program off the ground in his first three seasons. The struggles can’t be sugarcoated or minimized, as Hazell has gone 6-30 overall and 2-22 in the Big Ten. Three of the victories have been vs. FCS foes; another was vs. a MAC team. Will 2016 be the year the script is flipped? Hazell will move forward with a veteran roster that has potential and a staff that has two new coordinators.

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Dienhart: What I will be looking for at Illinois practice

Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Hopes are high in Champaign, as Illinois takes the wraps off the Lovie Smith era. Will he be the coach to deliver a consistent winner to the Illini Nation? Smith arrives from the NFL with a big reputation, but he will be Illinois’ fifth coach since 1997 following Ron Turner, Ron Zook, Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit.

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Get ready for Thursday night's premiere of 'Green & White Days'

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Before the premiere of “Green & White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp, presented by Meijer,” at 7 p.m. ET tonight, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at a handful of Spartans’ position battles that should be monitored this summer.

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Dienhart: Here's what I'll be watching at Iowa football practice

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

These are halcyon days in Iowa City, as the Hawkeyes take aim at repeating as Big Ten West champs. Iowa welcomes back a strong corps of players on both sides of the ball led by QB C.J. Beathard on offense and CB Desmond King on defense. But there are some concerns for the Hawkeyes.

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