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Season in review: Illinois football

Tim Beckman’s debut was one to forget, as the Fighting Illini struggled on both sides of the ball. Spotty play along the offensive line hindered an offense that was last in the Big Ten in scoring (16.7 ppg); No. 11 in rushing (127.8 ypg); No. 10 in passing (168.8 ypg).

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Today's links: Quick spin around Big Ten news

Welcome to the Friday edition of the daily links. And these days, no daily links would be complete without directing you to the latest happenings at Wisconsin. There was a report that emerged last night that Barry Alvarez is interviewing Oregon State coach Mike Riley, which seems curious.

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Season in review: Penn State football

The challenges were many for a program rocked by scandal and probation that saw some top players transfer before the season began. But Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions never flinched—not even after an 0-2 with losses to Ohio and at Virginia.

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What's your top March Madness moment?

The NCAA is celebrating 75 years of March Madness by naming the top 75 all-time March Madness players, 25 all-time March Madness teams and 35 all-time Madness Moments. The Big Ten is well-represented. And yes, there is a fan vote component coming soon.

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Dienhart: Will they stay or will they go?

We already have seen Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins turn pro. Some other Big Ten players likely are wrestling with the decision. Here is a look at ten Big Ten underclassmen who appear to be the most coveted and could opt to turn pro.

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Season in review: Ohio State football

I’m rolling out some quick football season reviews during the lull between the end of football’s regular season and the bowl games, and I’m starting with Ohio State. In Urban Meyer’s much-anticipated debut, Ohio State went 12-0 and ranked No. 3 in the AP poll as one of just two FBS unbeatens. It was the sixth unbeaten and untied season in school annals. But, because of NCAA probation, the Buckeyes weren’t eligible to play in the Big Ten title game or a bowl.

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Daily links: A look at Thursday's Big Ten headlines

Ever wonder why John Beilein left West Virginia for Michigan? Well, it’s all right here in this story by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.Baumgardner also tells you why Beilein is not leaving Michigan. “I love rebuilding programs, (I wanted to) do one more,” Beilein said. “And the University of Michigan ended up being that choice.” It’s one of my many links today.

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Mailbag: What about Gruden at Wisconsin?

You have questions, and I have answers in this week’s mailbag. Many of you remain focused on football—and coaching news—even though hoop season is starting to hit full-stride.

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Today's links: On football, hoops & expansion

No better way to get caught up with your daily Big Ten news fix than by surfing my daily links. And there’s no better way to start than by you checking out The Roundup with Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-News. Not familiar with it? It’s a chat where Lee hits all the hot topics. And you’re gonna want his opinion. The guy is good. Really good.

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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout?

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Dienhart: Big Ten coaching news roundup

All eyes are on Wisconsin as it continues to search for a replacement for Bret Bielema. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week he’d prefer to hire someone with head coaching experience, but some in the  industry have suggested that might be because he doesn’t have the time and/or energy to devote to grooming a young coach like he did with Bielema. Just something to consider.

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7 Big Ten names make AP All-American

The Big Ten had seven players make the AP All-American squads. Hard to not agree with these selections, as I don’t think there were any notable omissions.

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Tuesday's links: Here comes Lewan vs. Clowney

It’s getting cold outside across the Big Ten, but you’ll find plenty to warm you up in my daily links, beginning with one of the hottest individual matchups in the bowl season pitting Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. This is Coke vs. Pepsi, Balboa vs. Lang, Coyote vs. Roadrunner big. I can’t wait.

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Super Seven: Ranking Big Ten's best starts

It’s a new season. So, it’s time for a new feature. Welcome to the “Super Seven.” Each week, I will look at different aspect of Big Ten basketball—and rank it from 1-7. The seven best coaches, seven best arenas, seven best shooters, etc. To kick things off, I’m looking at the seven most impressive starts to the season.

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Dienhart: No surprise Hankins will enter NFL draft

It was no surprise to see Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announce he’s bypassing his senior season to turn pro. He’s a likely first-round draft choice, and he spent most of the season atop BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s Big Board.

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Dienhart: Purdue could use win over No. 24 Notre Dame

The hoop season continues to gain speed and momentum, as a bit more clarity is apparent with each passing week. Still, there are many unknowns. And that will remain so, as this is a slow week of action with many schools in finals week. Here’s a look at the week ahead, with the best games coming on Saturday.

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Monday's links: Expansion buzz & hot hoops starts

Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.

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Dienhart: Pitt-Penn State renewal just the latest

It wasn’t long ago that news broke about Oklahoma and Nebraska agreeing to renew their rivalry. Now, Penn State and Pitt have reached an accord to extend an earlier agreement that renewed their great series.

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Big Ten Links: Well, that was an interesting week

What a week in the Big Ten! Purdue hires a coach. Wisconsin sees a coach bolt. The Silver Football is handed out. At least the Big Ten didn’t expand this week. But that didn’t stop the discussion about future growth.

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Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record.

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Latest links: Purdue's Hazell faces challenges

It’s true: There is other Big Ten news NOT involving Bret Bielema shocking the hemisphere by ditching Wisconsin for Arkansas (Arkansas?!). I have some below in my daily links. Really. The headliner: Purdue took the wraps off a new era with a press conference to announce the hiring of … ta-dah! … Darrell Hazell as head coach.

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Sound off: Should B1G keep Legends & Leaders?

With the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten will feature 14 teams in the near future. Here at BTN, we’re asking fans for their answers to the key questions surrounding conference expansion.

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Dienhart: Give the Heisman to Johnny Football

When it comes to Heisman races, this one is a yawner. And do you know why that’s funny? Because the 78th Heisman ceremony will be historic.

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Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing.

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Dienhart: Purdue lands Kent State's Hazell

After failing to land Cincinnati coach Butch Jones, Purdue was able to grab Kent State coach Darrell Hazell.

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