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Dienhart: Michigan's 2014 schedule analysis

There is a sense of urgency around Ann Arbor as Brady Hoke and his short-sleeved shirts enter their fourth season at the helm.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

Great story from Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, whose research revealed that unsold bowl tickets cost the Big Ten $4.5 million last year. That’s your cue to pick your jaw up off the floor.

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Big Ten should say 'no' to any games with Notre Dame

So, there was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talking at a recent golf outing about how he’d like to see the Fighting Irish’s series with Michigan and Michigan State continue.

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Dienhart: Maryland's 2014 schedule analysis

Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland. But beware: Your maiden voyage may be a bumpy one, so buckle up. Playing in the rugged Big Ten East is hazardous to the health of a developing program like Maryland.

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It's time for Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another football-is-bad-for-your-brain story. (That’s your cue to act shocked.) Then again, these stories are churned out seemingly every day. And, for good reason. THIS JUST IN: Football is a dangerous sport and really can’t be made into a safe sport, no matter how hard P.R. folks or the NFL try to convince you.

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Dienhart: Morgan Burke's right, it's time for stipends

Earlier this week, at the annual Big Ten spring meetings, Purdue AD Morgan Burke had some interesting—and refreshing–comments on the subject of the cost of attendance and player stipends.

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Dienhart: Iowa's 2014 schedule analysis

If you see Kirk Ferentz smiling a lot, you’ll know why after looking at the Iowa schedule. No Iowa coach would admit it, but this is a schedule to die for, a chance to get fat, happy and maybe win Iowa its first Big Ten championship since 2004. Heck, even master cupcake scheduler Bill Snyder of Kansas State has to be jealous of this low-calorie menu.

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Scroll through Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The Big Ten AD meetings continued yesterday in Chicago. Many subjects were discussed. When I talked to Commissioner Jim Delany last week, he said he didn’t anticipate the league football championship game leaving the Midwest. And, Delany reiterated that stance.

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Today's links: News from AD meetings & much more

The Big Ten athletic directors are meeting in Chicago. Envision pitchers of water sitting on tables covered in linen clothes with the smell of Drakkar Noir in the air. Not much big news has emerged from the confab. The topic of the Big Ten’s move East was a hot one.

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Dienhart: Indiana's 2014 schedule analysis

Indiana hasn’t been to a bowl since 2007. Kevin Wilson is getting the Hoosiers closer, going from one, to four, to five wins in his three seasons in Bloomington. A postseason trip almost happened last year, if not for tough losses to Navy and Minnesota. Just like last season, Indiana will be propelled in 2014 by one of the Big Ten’s top offenses. But will the defense be better?

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Dienhart: Illinois' 2014 schedule analysis

As Year Three of the Tim Beckman era downs, a sense of urgency has set in around Champaign-Urbana. When will Beckman deliver a bowl?

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Check out Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The Big Ten has gone six years without a top-10 NFL draft pick. Think about that for a moment. As a point of reference, the SEC has had 23 top-10 picks in that span. We won’t even mention the Big Ten’s 2-7 Rose Bowl record and 27-47 bowl mark over the past decade. Oops. Why the struggles? This story tries to explain.

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Dienhart: A look at cross-division foes, from 1-14

The Big Ten has altered divisions for 2014, going to an East-West format that is geography based after three seasons of the “competitive-balanced” Leaders and Legends Divisions. Each school will play the six other schools in their division, plus two cross-division foes. Not all cross-division foes are created equal, though, and I rank the draws in this post.

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Where Big Ten stars land on 2015 mock drafts

The dust hasn’t even settled on the 2014 NFL draft and some pundits already are looking ahead to the 2015 draft. Oh, brother. Needless to say, a lot can change between now and next May. But, take a gander at a few of the early, early, early 2015 mock drafts in this post.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

One of the most stunning revelations of the NFL draft was the fact Michigan State had just one pick (CB Darqueze Dennard) off a 13-win team that won all nine Big Ten games by double-digits. This was one of the top squads in league annals!

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Dienhart: My 2014 Big Ten All-Undrafted Team

The Big Ten had 30 players taken in the just completed NFL draft. But plenty of good players go undrafted every year and end up making NFL rosters and often having good careers. Some notables: Kurt Warner, Tony Romo, John Randle, Priest Holmes and Wes Welker.

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Dienhart: Big Ten well-represented in NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft is in the books. And, the Big Ten was well-represented. Things got off to a good start on Thursday during the first round, when the Big Ten had four picks.

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Dienhart: My best available Big Ten players

The Big Ten had just one way to go after producing only one selection in the first round of last year’s NFL draft: up. Last night, the Big Ten had four picks, with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan leading the way at No. 11 to the Titans. Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier went No. 15 to Pittsburgh, followed by Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 24 to Cincinnati and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby at No. 31 to Denver.

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Scroll through Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Last year, the Big Ten had one first-round pick. Things went better last night in what was a good first night at the NFL draft for the Big Ten with four selections. Ohio State led the way with two picks. The first Big Ten player off the board? Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He also was the third OT tabbed, going No. 11 to Tennessee.

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Mailbag: D.C., Gavitt games, 14-team tourney format

It has been a busy week, what with the announcements of a basketball series with the Big East and the hoop tourney moving to Washington, D.C., in 2017. Lots of mail on the subject of the Big Ten moving East. So, let’s dig in with some of your thoughts.

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One last look at Big Ten NFL draft prospects

The Big Ten should be well-represented in tonight’s first round of the NFL draft. Colleague Sean Merriman pointed out in a recent piece for BTN.com that by almost every draft expert’s estimation, as many as five Big Ten players could hear their names called tonight.

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Check out Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

It’s NFL Draft Day! Get out your favorite team’s cap and prepare to drool as you hear about how every team has filled every need. It’s magic, really. Let’s kick off things with this nice round up of what various draft experts have to say about the Ohio State prospects.

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Dienhart: How about kicking off season in Gotham?

I spent the past two days trying to keep up with Big Ten commish Jim Delany. He’s a man in motion, literally, grinding out a trip over the past two weeks that culminated with some big announcements.

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Dienhart: Big Ten's big, bold move East

NEW YORK — Jim Delany is a man on the move. Catch him if you can.

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It's NFL draft eve! Read today's 10 Big Ten links

It’s NFL draft eve, people! It’s almost here … finally! Stock up on the Ro-Tel and chips. So, I would be remiss if I didn’t include at least ONE mock draft in today’s links, right? Right. This is a good one from CBSSports.com that combines draft experts.

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