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Today's links: On football, hoops & expansion

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

No better way to get caught up with your daily Big Ten news fix than by surfing my daily links. And there’s no better way to start than by you checking out The Roundup with Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-News. Not familiar with it? It’s a chat where Lee hits all the hot topics. And you’re gonna want his opinion. The guy is good. Really good.

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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

Capital One Bowl

Montee Ball - Post Championship Game Interview

There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout?

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Dienhart: Big Ten coaching news roundup

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes are on Wisconsin as it continues to search for a replacement for Bret Bielema. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week he’d prefer to hire someone with head coaching experience, but some in the  industry have suggested that might be because he doesn’t have the time and/or energy to devote to grooming a young coach like he did with Bielema. Just something to consider.

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7 Big Ten names make AP All-American


The Big Ten had seven players make the AP All-American squads. Hard to not agree with these selections, as I don’t think there were any notable omissions.

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Tuesday's links: Here comes Lewan vs. Clowney

Michigan's Taylor Lewan

Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions


It’s getting cold outside across the Big Ten, but you’ll find plenty to warm you up in my daily links, beginning with one of the hottest individual matchups in the bowl season pitting Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. This is Coke vs. Pepsi, Balboa vs. Lang, Coyote vs. Roadrunner big. I can’t wait.

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Super Seven: Ranking Big Ten's best starts

Tracy Abrams

Thompson Dunks Again on Long Beach State

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a new season. So, it’s time for a new feature. Welcome to the “Super Seven.” Each week, I will look at different aspect of Big Ten basketball—and rank it from 1-7. The seven best coaches, seven best arenas, seven best shooters, etc. To kick things off, I’m looking at the seven most impressive starts to the season.

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Dienhart: No surprise Hankins will enter NFL draft

Johnathan Hankins

Russ Lande's Big Board (11/13/2012)

It was no surprise to see Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announce he’s bypassing his senior season to turn pro. He’s a likely first-round draft choice, and he spent most of the season atop BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s Big Board.

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Dienhart: Purdue could use win over No. 24 Notre Dame

Purdue at Clemson

Oladipo Steals Then Dunks

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

The hoop season continues to gain speed and momentum, as a bit more clarity is apparent with each passing week. Still, there are many unknowns. And that will remain so, as this is a slow week of action with many schools in finals week. Here’s a look at the week ahead, with the best games coming on Saturday.

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Monday's links: Expansion buzz & hot hoops starts

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.

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Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

Barry Alvarez

UW QB Curt Phillips Reacts to Alvarez Coaching Decision

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record.

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Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Bret Bielema

Gerry DiNardo on Bielema's Move to Arkansas


Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing.

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Tuesday's Links: Miller deserved Heisman invite

The Heisman Trophy announced the finalist for the greatest individual trophy in sports: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o,  Kansas State’s Collin Klein, and … that’s it. No Braxton Miller. Read about that and other top Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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Dienhart: Purdue's search & other coaching rumblings

It’s apparent that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones is the top target for the Purdue job. Colorado also is in hot pursuit of Jones. Jones was reported to be in West Lafayette on Sunday interviewing to replace Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. Outlets also report that Jones was in Colorado on Monday to interview.

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Big Ten links: What's next for Penn State?

Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien Interview

There is no rest for Penn State coaches, who in addition to recruiting prep players also must fight to retain their current players, who can transfer to other schools without penalty up until the start of training camp next August. Read about that and other Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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