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Big Ten links: Reports of a new TV deal has Big Ten buzzing

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Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State’s and Iowa’s football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday’s Big Ten headlines digest now.

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Here's a look at Michigan State in the last 10 NFL drafts

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) is chased by Michigan Wolverines linebacker Desmond Morgan (48) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Langford scores three TDs vs. Michigan

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Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games five times in the last six seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Nebraska spring game

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To put it mildly, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. Nebraska struggled, no doubt about it, but the squad finished 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season that forever will be remembered by myriad tough losses.

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Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Penn State spring game

Apr 16, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) throws a pass during a warmup prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 37-0. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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This is a big season for James Franklin, who begins his third campaign in State College looking for a breakthrough. He slowly has built up a depleted roster. And a staff alteration that included changing both coordinators offers intrigue. How will all of this play out for a program that dropped its last four games of 2015?

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Dienhart: Five things to watch in Ohio State spring game

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Urban Meyer talks about the Buckeyes' class

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Ohio State’s spring game always is a big deal. And Saturday’s festivities drip with more intrigue than usual, as the Buckeyes search for myriad answers as the program looks to get back on top of the Big Ten East.

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Here's a look at Iowa in the last 10 NFL drafts

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Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft.

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Spring Football Q&A: Meet new Purdue OC Terry Malone

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In his latest of a series of Q&A sessions this spring with recent Big Ten football coaching appointees, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart talks to Purdue’s Terry Malone, who was hired as the tight ends coach in 2015 and promoted to offensive coordinator this year. Is this David Blough’s quarterback job to lose? “David is holding on to it,” Malone said. “And he is getting better every day.”

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Dienhart: What I learned from Minnesota spring game

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Tracy Claeys has put the wraps on his first spring practice as Minnesota coach. He’s looking to amp up a program that took a step back last year by going 6-7, the Gophers’ first losing mark since 2012.

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