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Mail Call: Dienhart Answers Your Questions

You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mailbag. Plenty of questions about football with some spring drills about to conclude this weekend. But I start off this week with a hoop questions. Why? Because I can. Thank you.

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Dienhart: Ten Spring Things To Watch For

Spring games offer fans that first opportunity to sneak a peek at their team. What are the key areas of concern? And are they being filled? Or will a lot of work remain in the fall? Don’t expect any big resolutions, as coaches typically play things very pedestrian and vanilla so as not to show opponents anything new they are working on that could be compromising down the road.

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Last-minute links for Saturday's Spring Games

As with my Daily Big Ten Links, here are some of the bigger items buzzing in Big Ten territory with spring exhibitions looming this Saturday at Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.

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Big Ten Notebook: Spring Ball Rolls On

As a handful of Big Ten Spring Football games approach, I found out what’s making news on Big Ten gridirons. Which team does Montee Ball see as the favorite in the Leaders Division? Who can help Rex Burkhead carry the load at Nebraska? How has Iowa freshened up the offense? Plus, get my takes on a few Big Ten-related tweets.

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Dienhart: Check out Wednesday's web links

Here’s what is buzzing in Big Ten football circles on this glorious Wednesday, as we barrel toward the first batch of spring games this weekend.

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Roundtable: Experts Discuss MSU's Spring

Michigan State is coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten crown in 2010 and captured the Legends Division title in 2011 before falling to Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Some heady accomplishments under Mark Dantonio. But something is missing—a trip to a BCS bowl, which is a destination that Michigan State never has enjoyed. In fact, the Spartans haven’t been to the Rose Bowl since after the 1987 season.

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Dienhart: Brady Hoke One-on-One

Just four years ago, Brady Hoke was coaching in the MAC at Ball State. Now, he’s leading one of college football’s most storied programs. And Hoke has Michigan on the precipice of big things as he enters his second season in Ann Arbor. Hoke is riding the momentum and mojo of a smashing debut at Michigan in 2011, forging an 11-2 record and second-place finish in the Legends Division. The Wolverines capped the season with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

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Dienhart: Tuesday's best Big Ten links

Take a spin around what is making news across the Big Ten football landscape on this day. Among other things, Michigan looks like it has a tight end … Ohio State may have a star safety … and more is revealed about the recruiting dust-up between Urban Meyer and Bret Bielema.

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Watford, Zeller to Return to IU Next Season

Let the anticipation begin at Indiana. With the official announcement this morning that Christian Watford and Cody Zeller were returning to the Hoosiers for next season, Indiana can begin thinking big for 2012-13. How big? The Hoosiers may be the preseason No. 1 team.

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Dienhart: Spring Football Q&A with Illini's Beckman

This is the moment Tim Beckman had been building for: To coach a Big Ten team. And the first-year Illinois coach knows the possibilities are huge, which is why he’s so excited. I recently spoke to Beckman about a variety topics as his first spring practice in Champaign was close to drawling to an end.

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Daily Links: Spring Prep Hits All Phases

A look at the football news that’s making headlines as we steamroll toward the first Big Ten spring football games this weekend. From Ohio State’s spread offense and Nebraska’s depth at linebacker to trick plays at Penn State and junior college transfers at Indiana, let’s dive in.

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Bigger returnee: Trey Burke or Deshaun Thomas?

Michigan star Trey Burke announced Monday that he will return to the Wolverines after flirting with entering the 2012 NBA Draft (story). About a week ago, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas announced the same thing (story), which got us thinking the following: Which player’s return is bigger? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post. Also on Monday, Minnesota guard Chip Armelin announced he is transferring (story).

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Dienhart: Burke makes right decision, returns to Michigan

Michigan point guard Trey Burke made the right move by announcing Monday that he will return to school for his sophomore year.

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Dienhart: Buckeyes' Thomas to Return Next Year

Ohio State saw star center Jared Sullinger turn pro earlier this week after his sophomore season. But the Buckeyes got good news today with Deshaun Thomas’ announcement that he would return for his junior season. “Deshaun, his family and our coaching staff have spent the last week evaluating his future,” Ohio State coach Matta said. “Deshaun determined he wants to remain a Buckeye. We are looking forward to building on the success our team enjoyed in 2011-12 with Deshaun playing a significant role next year.”

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Reader Mail: Can Huskers win Big Ten?

You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mail bag. A lot of football queries, as April is the month of the spring football game. As always, thanks for the questions. Great ones, as usual. Keep them coming! In addition to filing regular football fix posts, writer roundtables, and one-on-one interviews, I’m monitoring the news around Big Ten practices. And I’ll be going to a few Spring Football games, too. Stay in touch with me on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BTNTomDienhart), too.

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