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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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Big Ten links: Dive into Friday's football news digest

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In Friday’s Big Ten news digest, our writer takes another spin around the football spring training camps with stories on Michigan’s and Michigan State’s linebackers, Wisconsin’s receiver, and one story comparing J.T. Barrett to a former Big Tenn QB now in the NFL.

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The unintended consequences of new NBA draft rules

March 20, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) reacts following the 73-60 victory against Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

What if Jon Crispin was commissioner for a day?

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Back in January, the NCAA made a bold move in favor of athletes by pushing back the date that they must remove their name from the NBA Draft and allowing college players to enter the draft multiple times without penalty. But could there be some unforeseen drawbacks to this plan?

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Ross Els Q&A: 'The kids are eager to learn the new system'

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Things have to improve at Purdue. Darrell Hazell knows this, which is why his staff has been radically altered. In all, there are five new assistants—and a holdover in a new role. Perhaps no new assistant is more vital than defensive coordinator Ross Els. He was coaching high school ball in Nebraska last year—now, he has one of the biggest rehab projects in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Four observations from Michigan's spring game

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight (3) hands off to running back Ty Isaac (32) during the spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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Year Two under Jim Harbaugh gained more momentum with the spring game on Friday. And, excitement continues to grow coming off a 10-win debut for Harbaugh. But questions loom for a Michigan program that is looking for its first Big Ten title since 2004.

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Jay Johnson Q&A: 'This is a really neat place'

Oct 10, 2015; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers dance on the sideline after scoring a touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Minnesota defeats Purdue 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Check in on Minnesota's 2016 recruiting class

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Change is brewing in the air at Minnesota. The Tracy Claeys era has begun, and he quickly put his stamp on things by shaking up the staff.

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