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Big Ten links: Jones stays, no changes at Iowa & more football news

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Watch: 'My decision was very simple'

In Friday’s Big Ten links, we review the surprising news that Cardale Jones is staying at Ohio State. Plus, one writer looks at Kirk Ferentz’s latest plan for Iowa while another looks at Mike Riley’s desire to own the state of Nebraska in recruiting. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart looks at all of these stories and more.

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Big Ten links: NFL Draft deadline looms for OSU QB Cardale Jones

National Championship-Ohio State vs Oregon

Jones talks after title game

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Today is the day that Ohio State QB Cardale Jones must decide if he’ll return for his junior season or turn pro. I think he should return to Columbus. Three starts aren’t enough even if they were incredibly impressive. Jones needs more seasoning. Then again, his stock never will be higher—and he risks sliding back to third-string. An interesting conundrum.

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Dienhart: For Ohio State, 2015 is a time to dream really big

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Cardale Jones talks about NFL option

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BTN’s Tom Dienhart writes: “Ohio State is on the precipice of becoming an “it” program, a college football bellwether and 10,000-pound beast. Urban Meyer’s program is 38-3 in three years and has yet to lose a Big Ten regular-season game en route to posting a 24-0 mark. This win last night may be first of a run of national championships for the Buckeyes.”

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