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10 Big Ten stories to read on Friday

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Wisconsin at Northwestern - Men's Basketball Highlights

Time for today’s top Big Ten stories. Let’s start in cold and snowy Wisconsin, where the end to the Badgers’ football season has sent a chill down the spins of many fans. Wisconsin ended the season with consecutive losses to Penn State and South Carolina, as a season with BCS promise melted into a disappointing finish. Does a 9-4 record and bowl loss equal a successful season for Wisconsin?

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Big Ten Mailbag: Fans sound off on bowl games

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Sights and Sound - B1G Bowl Games

The New Year is here. And, what better way to kick it off than by answering some of your question in a mail bag. Warning: This is college football bowl-heavy content as fans critique their team’s performances as well as a few of my latest posts.

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Dienhart: What kind of coach fits at Penn State?

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Penn State Announces Departure of Bill O'Brien - Full Press Conference

Penn State made it official today: Bill O’Brien is leaving after two seasons. Now, the search is on for his replacement, which was a point of today’s press conference by Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner.

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Frank Kaminsky Q&A: Meet B1G's most improved player

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All 43 Points by Frank Kaminsky

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Has there been a bigger surprise player in the Big Ten than Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky? Of course not. The 7-0, 234-pound junior has been a revelation. He always possessed a sweet shot, but Kaminsky has expanded his game to become a better-rounded player. He’s able to put the ball on the floor and has become a better rebounder.

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Tom's Take: Too bad there isn't a playoff this year

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Michigan State vs. Stanford - Rose Bowl Highlights

Michigan State arrived at its first Rose Bowl in 26 years as an underdog to Stanford. But the Spartans left as champs in a thoroughly dominating performance that left no doubt about Michigan State’s status as one of the nation’s top teams.

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Tom's Take: Huskers get revenge vs. UGA in Gator Bowl

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Nebraska vs. Georgia - Gator Bowl Highlights

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Nebraska needed this 24-19 win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. It doesn’t matter that this was an undermanned Bulldogs team. The Cornhuskers had to taste victory after closing the regular season with two losses in their last three games. And the season-ender vs. Iowa was ugly on many fronts.

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Tom's Take: No shame in Iowa falling to LSU

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Iowa vs. LSU - Outback Bowl Highlights

Yes, Iowa lost, 21-14. But it’s no shame in falling to an uber-talented LSU team, which took the opening kickoff and went 79 yards on 12 plays—all runs—in taking a 7-0 lead en route to a 14-0 halftime edge. That set the tone in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicated.

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Dienhart: New Year's Day is Judgment Day for Big Ten

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Rose Bowl Preview - Darqueze Dennard

So, the postseason hasn’t gotten off to a stellar start for the Big Ten. The league is 0-2, as Minnesota lost to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl and Michigan got drubbed by Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. But all is not lost. The Big Ten has five bowls left, offering plenty of opportunity for redemption and image rehabilitation.

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10 Big Ten stories to know today

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Big Ten Power Rankings - Jan. 1 Bowl Edition

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News flash: The Ohio State defense has holes, but Urban Meyer thinks coordinator Luke Fickell can fill them. We shall see. A big Orange Bowl clash vs. Clemson and its high-flying offense looms on Friday. I am expecting a shootout. How can the Buckeye defense be fixed in a few weeks? Exactly. It can’t.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Let's get ready for Big Ten play!

Austin Hollins

Austin Hollins Catches No-Look Pass and Dunks

The calendar is about to flip from 2013 to 2014. And the hoops season is about to flip from non-conference play to Big Ten action. For the most part, that means good-bye to games vs. East Timbuktu State. Thank, goodness. And the first week of full-bore league action features some interesting and intriguing matchups. Here’s what to look for in my first edition of Whiteboard.

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Season Review: No Bielema, no problem for Badgers

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Jansen, Jackson Preview Capital One Bowl

Bret Who? Exactly. By most measures, Gary Andersen’s debut was a rousing success in Madison, as he guided Wisconsin to the precipice of a BCS bowl after Bret Bielema unceremoniously dumped the Badgers for … Arkansas? That’s in the past. The future in Badger Town is bright.

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Tom's Take: Gophers fall in Texas Bowl

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Syracuse vs. Minnesota - Texas Bowl Highlights

Minnesota’s memorable 2013 season came to an unsatisfying close Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Leading 17-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse got a 70-yard punt return from Brisley Estime, which eventually set up the game-winning score for the Orange with just over a minute remaining.

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Season Review: Purdue, Hazell struggle in Year 1

RJ Williamson

Purdue Uses Reverse to Score TD on Opening Kickoff

First-year coach Darrell Hazell surely had no idea about the size and scope of the mess he was inheriting from the ruinous Danny Hope era. Hazell and Co., tried. They really did. But the talent level never has been lower in the history of the program. And, it showed in what was arguably the worst season in school history.

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Season Review: PSU cards another winning season

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2013 Freshman of the Year: Christian Hackenberg

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Bill O’Brien continued to deliver results in his second season in State College, Pa., despite being hampered with severe NCAA sanctions. O’Brien debuted with an 8-4 mark (6-2 Big Ten) in 2012 and followed with a 7-5 record (4-4 Big Ten) this season.

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Dienhart: Rough end to Bullough's college career

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Max Bullough - 2013 Big Ten Title Game Interview

It was shocking to see the news release from Michigan State. It was so pragmatic, so succinct, so short, so to the point and so disappointing. “Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation team rules.”

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Season Review: OSU impresses again under Meyer

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Carlos Hyde's Five Touchdowns Against Illinois

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Urban Meyer has set the bar high in Columbus since arriving prior to 2012, winning his first 24 games. But he didn’t get win No. 25 in succession, as Ohio State lost in the Big Ten championship game which cost OSU a trip to the BCS title game.

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Season Review: Tale of two seasons for Wildcats

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Venric Mark Checks in With #BTNLive

Northwestern experienced one of the most bizarre descents in the nation, watching a 4-0 start melt into a 5-7 record and last-place finish in the Legends Division. The low-light was a numbing seven-game losing skid that followed the 4-0 start. The pain finally ended with a season-ending win at rival Illinois.

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Season Review: It was a weird season in Lincoln

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Nebraska Wins on a Hail Mary

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Weird. No other word better describes this season. The campaign dawned amid great promise, as Nebraska was coming off a Legends Division title. Much of that same talent was back, fueling hopes for the program’s first league title since 1999. Alas, the defense often looked a lot like it did in 2012, getting gashed for big yards/points after the staff made myriad vows to “fix things.”

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Season Review: Tough to top Minnesota's 2013 story

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Jerry Kill Speech Following Win over Northwestern

Minnesota was one of the best stories in the nation in 2013, showing resiliency in the face of adversity as the team dealt with health issues to Jerry Kill that forced him to leave the program at one point. The reins were handed to defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, who thrived as the acting head coach in keeping the team on course with Kill tending to the seizures that are brought on by his epilepsy.

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