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Purdue camp preview: Is Etling the man at QB?

Danny Etling

Darrell Hazell Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

After a 1-11 debut (0-8 Big Ten), things can only go up for Darrell Hazell and Purdue, right? That’s the hope in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers have myriad questions to answer, with the biggest being along both fronts.

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Michigan State camp preview: Is this group still hungry?

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Mark Dantonio Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten king. Can the Spartans stay on top? This program is rolling as Mark Dantonio enters his eighth year in East Lansing. The last four years, MSU has gone 42-12 overall and 25-7 in the Big Ten. What’s next? A national title? Maybe.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Michigan

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Brady Hoke - Fall Practice Interview

BTN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has just 10 scholarship seniors as Brady Hoke enters his fourth season in Ann Arbor. He hasn’t been able to replicate his 2011 debut, when he went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl. Needless to say, the Wolverines will be scrutinized this fall.

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Michigan camp preview: Is the o-line better?

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Brady Hoke Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

It’s no secret: This is a big year for Michigan and Brady Hoke, who last year saw a 5-0 start melt into a 7-6 finish. The offense floundered, so coordinator Al Borges was dismissed. Hoke tabbed Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to take over. What new wrinkles will we see? It won’t really matter unless the line improves.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Penn State

James Franklin

Penn State Head Coach James Franklin - BTN Live

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – There is much anticipation for the start of James Franklin’s maiden voyage at Penn State. But he faces big depth hurdles due to NCAA sanctions. And attrition could prove hazardous to the program as it continues to deal with scholarship limits.

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Penn State camp preview: Will the o-line hold up?

NCAA Football: Penn State-Spring Game

James Franklin Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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James Franklin has created a buzz around the Penn State program with his electric personality and general bombast. The guy is a high-wire act of energy and enthusiasm. No doubt, the former Vanderbilt coach has “won” the offseason. But how will his first team do?

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What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

Jim Delany

Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

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The NCAA’s model for amateurism took another hit with Friday’s ruling that the NCAA violated anti-trust law in the Ed O’Bannon suit. This, ladies and gentlemen, is maybe the most important ruling in the history of the NCAA. But things may not be as bad you think for the NCAA.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Rutgers

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Kyle Flood - Fall Practice Interview

BTN

Rutgers is an interesting squad as it enters the Big Ten. The schemes are more traditional, as the Scarlet Knights to a degree have the look of a Big Ten squad. The team has new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen has brought his multiple West Coast attack with him as the program’s fifth OC in five years.

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Rutgers camp preview: Will the trenches hold up?

NCAA Football: Norfolk State at Rutgers

Kyle Flood Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

As Rutgers embarks on a new era, big changes loom with new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Before the last dirty uniform was washed in 2013, defensive coordinator Dave Cohen was fired. Joe Rossi was promoted to take over. Ralph Friedgen was hired to run the offense. This is an intriguing squad coming off a six-win bowl season that has 15 starters back. Challenges loom in the rugged Big Ten East.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Maryland

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BTN Live - Maryland Coach Randy Edsall

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – I was eager to check out this Maryland squad to see if my high thoughts were merited. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a veteran squad that’s well-coached. Few are more disciplined than Randy Edsall, the ultimate task-master. The Tom Coughlin protégé is a stickler for details. His teams never are out prepared.

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Autonomy for 'Power 5' is here, so what's next?

Jim Delany

Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We saw this coming. It was no shock that the NCAA passed legislation that grants autonomy to the “Power Five” conferences. In fact, it probably had to happen for the current collegiate model not to be comprised.

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Maryland camp preview: How do the star wideouts look?

Randy Edsall

Randy Edsall Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Maryland’s debut season could be surprisingly successful, as veteran talent runs deep for Randy Edsall as he enters his fourth season in College Park. In fact, this could be the third-best team in the East. Edsall guided Maryland to its first bowl since 2010 last season. Another bowl figures to be in the offing for a program that has 18 starters back from a 7-6 team.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Ohio State

Ezekiel Elliott

Urban Meyer - Fall Tour Interview

BTN

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Motivation shouldn’t be an issue for Ohio State as camp unfolds. The Buckeyes are riding a two-game losing skid, losing the Big Ten title game to Michigan State and the Orange Bowl to Clemson, this after a 24-0 start under Urban Meyer.

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Mailbag: Travel allowances, B1G on upswing & more

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Tevin Coleman Fall Practice Interview

Here is how it works, America: You have questions … you email them to me … I answer them. Well, I answer the good ones! Here’s another batch from you. Thanks for reading. And keep writing and pressing the “send” button. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark my diary for updates from every stop on the BTN football tour.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Indiana

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Kevin Wilson - Fall Tour Interview

BTN

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Beautiful day for practice in Bloomington for an Indiana program that enters a critical Year Four under Kevin Wilson. This was practice No. 2 for Indiana, which worked out in shorts and helmets during a spirited three-hour session.

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Ohio State camp preview: What about Braxton's backup?

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Urban Meyer Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Will this be the year Ohio State wins its first Big Ten title since 2009? Perhaps. Urban Meyer has enjoyed some big success his first two seasons in Columbus, ripping off 24 wins in a row to start his tenure before ending 2013 with consecutive defeats to Ohio State and Clemson. No doubt, Ohio State will be motivated.

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Indiana camp preview: How does the defense look?

Kevin Wilson

Tevin Coleman 75-Yard Touchdown Sprint

The BTN 2014 camp tour begins on Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind., where we will check out Kevin Wilson’s fourth Indiana squad in the first of 14 stops. Hopes are high in southern Indiana, as Wilson looks to punch the Hoosiers’ first postseason ticket since 2007. Indiana came close to a bowl last season, finishing 5-7 with narrow home losses to Navy and Minnesota proving to be costly.

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Tour preview: What I'll watch, and where I'll eat

Urban Meyer

2014 Big Ten Football Media Days - Day 1 Wrap-Up

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The sparkly BTN tour bus chugs away from our glistening headquarters on 600 West Chicago Ave., on Monday, as a near-three-week journey that will span from Lincoln, Neb., to New Brunswick, N.J., begins. I can’t wait to see driver Kevin, drink Red Bull, shop for mesh hats at remote truck stops and see if Gerry DiNardo is still the last human on the planet who carries a handkerchief.

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Big Ten has embarrassment of riches at RB

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Ameer Abdullah Student-Athlete Speech - 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

There’s Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford and Minnesota’s David Cobb. Do you want me to go on? OK.

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John Papuchis Q&A: 'We have a very talented group'

Joe Papuchis

Randy Gregory Interception Touchdown

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska has been looking for a consistently strong defense the last three years. Well, the Cornhuskers finally may have one. In fact, Nebraska may have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten this fall. The unit has teased in recent years while also suffering some big meltdowns.

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Iowa is the team to beat in the West Division

Carl Davis

Kirk Ferentz Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Ferentz isn’t one to get lost in hyperbole. Grand statements? Bold proclamations? They won’t come from the dean of Big Ten coaches who is entering his 16th season in Iowa City. So, don’t expect him to tout and embrace any talk of his team winning the Big Ten West this fall.

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