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It is difficult to believe that former Northwestern coach Randy Walker has been gone for 10 years. I never will forget the day I heard the news of his passing. It was jolting. The suddenness … the shock … the sadness. InsideNU.com looks at Walker’s best NU squad, the 2000 club that won a share of the Big Ten title. Such a fun, explosive team. Who can forget the win vs. Michigan? *** David Jones of Pennlive.com says Penn State’s upset of Ohio State in 2005 changed how college football attacked Major League Baseball broadcasts. “That game did a 5

Dienhart: Big Ten East defensive line unit rankings

The plaudits for the Michigan d-line began in the winter. And they continued in the spring to the point where some feel this front may not just be the best in the Big Ten … but maybe the best in the nation. [ MORE: East OL | East receiving corps | East backfields | East predictions ] Here is my ranking of the Big Ten East defensive lines. 1. Michigan. This could be the best line in the nation. Four seniors are slated to start with Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley on the ends and Maurice Hurst and Ryan Glasgow

Big Ten links: Scroll through Wednesday's best headlines

Rutgers is redoing its weight room. In the meantime, the Scarlet Knights are working out in the “dungeon.” Perfect. The school’s $1.25 million renovated weight room was scheduled to be ready when players returned to campus for summer workouts on June 1. But some unexpected structural issues have delayed the construction. Despite that, most things have been good in Ash’s first six months as head coach. “We’ve been swinging really hard to get the program foundation set the way we wanted it and establish the culture that we wanted, recruit the way we wanted,” Ash told NJ.com. “I get asked

Dienhart: Ranking the Big Ten's top 7 quarterbacks

Without a good quarterback, a team has little chance to enjoy a glorious season. The Big Ten will feature several good signal-callers in 2016, led by Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett. In fact, Barrett just may be the league’s best hope to win the Heisman. [ MORE: East OL | West OL | East pass-catchers | West pass-catchers | East backfields | West backfields ] Here is a ranking of the Big Ten’s top seven quarterbacks. 1. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Jr. No competition this fall. The job is Barrett’s, as he looks to capture his 2014 form, when he was

Big Ten links: Scroll through Tuesday best headlines

In case you missed this, and I’m sure you did, Purdue DT Ra’Zahn Howard is in the upcoming NFL supplemental draft, according to reports. Yes, Howard was an underachiever, but the Boilermakers sure could have used his run-stuffing skills and size on the interior. But he didn’t take care of academics and was suspended for the spring. Now, he’s gone for good. *** Minnesota continues to add to its football team, landing a commitment from JC offensive lineman Donnell Greene. The Gopher line added two key JCs in the spring. The Star Tribune says the 6-7, 345-pound Greene, who hails

Dienhart: Big Ten West offensive backfield unit rankings

This time last year, few could have envisioned the historic season Iowa was about to enjoy. The Hawkeyes started the season 12-0, a first, and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1990 season after playing in their first Big Ten title game. This season shapes up well, too, beginning with a loaded backfield. [ MORE: West offensive lines | West pass-catchers | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here’s my ranking of the offensive backfields in the Big Ten West. 1. Iowa. Things are looking good with QB C.J. Beathard back. The senior is coming

Big Ten links: Iowa loses a legend, NBA draft notes & much more

Tribute to Radio Icon Bob Brooks https://t.co/n4ePvGMW0e — The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) June 26, 2016 It was sad to hear of the passing of Iowa broadcasting legend Bob Brooks. The Cedar Rapids Gazette assembled some nice remembrances from former Hawkeyes on Twitter, showing the impact Brooks had. It would be neat if Iowa teams wore some type of patch to honor Brooks in 2016-17. Mike Hlas has a nice tribute to Brooks here. *** I am on record as saying I think John O’Korn will win the QB job at Michigan. Recently, he turned heads at the Manning Passing Academy

Dienhart: Big Ten East offensive backfield unit rankings

The personnel losses at Ohio State were significant after 2015. Heading the list of key departures: running back Ezekiel Elliott. How will the Buckeyes replace him? [ MORE: Big Ten East OL | Big Ten East receiving corps | Big Ten East predictions ] Michigan State can sympathize, as it has lost all-time great quarterback Connor Cook. Relax. Each school appears to have answers in its backfield. Here is a ranking of the Big Ten East offensive backfields. 1. Ohio State. It was a huge loss with RB Ezekiel Elliott declaring for the draft and going fourth overall. Who will

Dienhart: Big Ten West receiving corps unit rankings

When you think of Nebraska, you think of ground-pounding offenses. Mike Riley wants to commit to the rush game in 2016. But, he’ll surely also want to take advantage of what looks like the top set of pass catchers in the West Division. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten West offensive lines | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here is my ranking of the Big Ten West pass-catchers. 1. Nebraska. No shortage of options for QB Tommy Armstrong with seniors Brandon Reilly, Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore leading the way. And speedy junior De’Mornay Pierson-El is back from injury. He

Big Ten links: Scroll through Thursday's best headlines

Count Jay Bilas among those who thinks Jarrod Uthoff can help an NBA team. He projects as a second-round pick … at best. I love the guy. He is so versatile. But, I wonder about strength and toughness. “He’s versatile and he’s got a 6-11 wing span and he can shoot it; he’s got mid-range ability,” Bilas said of Uthoff on a pre-draft teleconference. “He’s actually proved to be a really good shot-blocker on the perimeter. You wonder, though, is that going to translate on the defensive end once he gets into the NBA? “He can knock down shots, space