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Tom Dienhart's five biggest additions to existing Big Ten football staffs

The Big Ten saw three potentially impactful coaching changes after 2014, with Michigan (Jim Harbaugh for Brady Hoke), Nebraska (Mike Riley for Bo Pelini) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst for Gary Andersen) altering leadership. But other schools made more subtle changes to their staffs that could have big impacts on their fortunes this fall. Here are the five biggest additions–listed alphabetically–to existing Big Ten staffs. Tim Beck, Ohio State. He pushed the buttons on some good offenses at Nebraska before landing in Columbus as co-offensive coordinator. Beck will work with Ed Warinner, who assumes coordinator chores after Tom Herman left to become

Big Ten links: Saban responds to Plaxico Burress, NU reunion & more

Surely you saw Plaxico Burress blast Nick Saban last week. Quickie recap: Burress, the former Spartans All-Big Ten receiver, tweeted that Saban advised him to stay in school following his junior year because he was not projected to be a first-round draft pick. Plax didn’t stop there. He also tweeted that in his departure for LSU, Saban “committed to the program” in a meeting with players and then reversed course and “was gone the next day” It was delicious stuff. Well, Saban has responded in typical Saban fashion. *** Surely you noticed the barrage (avalanche?) of watch lists recently unfurled

Check out Tom Dienhart's 2015 Ultimate Big Ten Football Road Trip

We all have dream vacations. Some of us would like to go to Aruba. Others to Spain, Australia or perhaps Japan. All good choices. But no trip could possibly top this dream junket through the 2015 Big Ten schedule.

Big Ten links: Hot take on Rutgers, Ezekiel Elliott's rushing yards & more

Hey, Rick Neuheisel thinks Rutgers in the Big Ten has a chance to be “really special.” Could RU be the next TCU? Hmmmm. I’ll just say this: There is a lot of potential for Scarlet Knights’ football. “Other than TCU, I don’t think there’s a team out there or a program out there that has benefited more with all this conference realignment than Rutgers,” Neuheisel said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation last week. “Whoever was behind the move to get them into the Big Ten, they should build a statue, because this has a chance (to be successful) should they

One breakout player for every Big Ten West football team

Yesterday, we looked at Big Ten East breakout players, guys who never have started before and range from redshirt freshmen to seniors. Here’s a look at breakout players from the Big Ten West.

Tom Dienhart's best-case, worst-case scenarios: Big Ten West

We recently looked at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Big Ten East. Here’s a look at the Big Ten West. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason Big Ten coverage ] ILLINOIS Best case: The arrival of co-defensive coordinator/d-line coach Mike Phair has the desired impact for a moribund defense that too often under Tim Beckman is equal parts punching bag/piñata. This defense finally has honest-to-goodness teeth. QB Wes Lunt stays healthy and puts it all together for an offense with underrated wideouts and the best line yet under Beckman. Say “hello” to the Pinstripe Bowl. Worst

Big Ten links: Michigan's top NFL prospect, Nebraska's offense & more

Remember how Cardale Jones performed vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? Impressive. Turns out, the Tide didn’t respect Jones. “Looking back, when we had exit interviews with our players where you look in hindsight, I asked every kid, Landon Collins, Nick Perry, Jarrick Williams, the really smart (players) on our team, ‘Where did we go wrong? What did we do wrong?’ All three of them said ‘We did not respect the quarterback.’ Our job as coaches was to make them respect the quarterback,” Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told 680 The Fan. Let that be a lesson to you, kids.

One breakout player for every Big Ten East football team

Every school needs them. They are breakout players. They may come out of nowhere to become key contributors this fall. Or, expectations may be big for these “breakout” players.

Big Ten links: NCAA, EA Sports settlement, Minnesota OL & more

The NCAA, EA Sports settlement is in. And athletes could receive thousands. According to legal documents obtained by USA Today, many athletes are “likely” to receive “at least $1,000” and some could receive “$6,700 or more.” *** Fun piece from SI.com, which wonders what is your program’s brand? And what should it be? *** So, with Bo Ryan poised to leave after this season, who is his likely replacement? Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says current Wisconsin assistant Greg Gard is the one to watch. Makes sense to me. Why stray from the Ryan family tree? Gard deserves