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Dienhart: Michigan Wolverines have their man in Warde Manuel

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Watch Warde Manuel's press conference

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Michigan’s new Athletic Director is Warde Manuel, a former Wolverine defensive tackle and a rising star in college athletics administration. He cut his teeth as an athletic director at the University of Buffalo and UConn. Now, he’s back at Michigan, where it all began as a student-athlete (1986-89) and administrator from 1998-2005.

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Big Ten Football: Top non-conference games next season

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Got a case of the winter blahs? Missing your pigskin fix? Why not look ahead to the football season? No better way to prime the 2016 pump than by looking at the top seven non-conference games of the coming season, listed by date.

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Big Ten links: Thursday's football & hoops news digest

Jan 27, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Zak Irvin (21) goes to the basket defended by Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Mike Williams (5) in the first half at Crisler Center.

Watch Michigan vs. Rutgers highlights

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In today’s Big Ten headline roundup, we have one look at a critical stretch in Northwestern basketball’s schedule. Are they tourney worthy? Meanwhile, Wisconsin needs to enhance their tourney credentials, too. Rutgers football got some good news. Minnesota basketball has some, too. Read these stories and others in today’s digest.

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Big Ten links: Tom Izzo win total, Jarrod Uthoff praise & more

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Tom Izzo now stands tied with Gene Keady on the all-time Big Ten wins list with 512. This is perfect. Has there ever been two coaches more alike? Rough, tough, defensive-minded. … The only league coach with more Big Ten wins is Bob Knight with 661. Can Izzo catch The General? Probably not. But, who cares? Izzo is an all-time great.

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Ranking the games: It's all about Iowa at Maryland on Thursday

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Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Time to look forward to Iowa at Maryland

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The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten?

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Big Ten links: White-hot Indiana, football updates & more

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Indiana basketball remains hot despite losing one of the Hoosiers’ stars. It’s an open competition to be the top QB next year at Penn State. One writer takes a look at Jim Tressel’s place in Ohio State history while another examines Michigan’s strong corps of receivers. An what’s all this about a Michigan vs. Michigan State night football game? Read today’s headlines now.

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Big Ten links: Friday's football & hoops news digest is now ready

Ohio State rolled out a 2015 football highlight reel. Michigan lands a familiar name on the College Football Playoff committee. There’s another reason why Michigan State might not be doing so well on the basketball court. And has there ever been a better time to be an Iowa hoops and football fan? We recap the headlines from around the Big Ten in this collection of Friday links.

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Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Penn State Nittany Lions

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One of them is QB Christian Hackenberg

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James Franklin’s third Penn State team has some challenges with an altered coaching staff and a number of player transfers. Amid the turnover, Franklin will try to take the next step in State College after going 7-6 in each of his first two seasons and 6-10 overall in the Big Ten. This remains a young roster that teems with promising talent.

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Big Ten mailbag: 2016 football questions keep rolling in

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“How long do you think it will take D.J. Durkin to make a difference at Maryland?” “What is the ceiling for Michigan State football next year?” “What is the one thing that Iowa can get better at in 2016?” “Who replaces Michigan’s Jake Rudock?” These are a few of the football questions readers sent in. Tom Dienhart answers them and more.

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Big Ten links: Read Thursday's football, hoops headlines

Jan 20, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Andrew White (3) lays the ball up over Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) and guard Bryn Forbes (5) during the 2nd half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Spartans drop third in a row

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With that loss to Nebraska, Michigan State has dropped three straight. One writer is comparing Iowa’s basketball team to another pretty good recent Big Ten squad. Meanwhile in football, Nebraska added a familiar foe to the schedule. And contract details are out for Michigan’s new defensive coordinator. Catch up on Thursday’s headlines in this post.

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