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Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's football headlines

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Athlon ranked the top 25 football players in the Big Ten – can you guess who is No. 1? Also, Jim Harbaugh got some more attention on Twitter. One writer says Minnesota made a mistake keeping Jerry Kill involved in the program. These stories and more in Friday Big Ten news digest.

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Big Ten links: Report says Badgers prep long-term offer for Gard

Mar 2, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Wisconsin Interim Head Coach Greg Gard talks with his team as they play the Minnesota Gophers in the second half at Williams Arena. Wisconsin wins 62-49.

Highlights: Gard, Badgers roll past Gophers

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There is a report that Wisconsin is preparing an offer to Greg Gard for the full-time job. Did you see the Ivy League has removed hitting from football practice? And it looks like Michigan has a new position for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jabril Peppers. Get caught up on Thursday links in today’s news digest.

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Mailbag: Unbalanced schedules, Coach of the Year & more

Mar 1, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers center Thomas Bryant (31) celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Indiana won 81-78. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Watch the final seconds and celebration

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The basketball season is winding down. Who is the league coach of the year? And all hail Indiana! Spring football also is on the minds of readers. Could Nebraska win the West? I look at those questions and others in my mail bag.

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Big Ten links: Indiana's title tops Wednesday's headlines recap

Mar 1, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean and the Hoosiers bench react during the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Indiana won 81-78.

Tom Crean talks to his team after the win

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Indiana clinching the men’s basketball title means Tom Crean should be Coach of the Year. Iowa’s lost four in a row, so what is going on? Michigan’s Caris LeVert is shut down for the season, and Nebraska agreed to a home-and-home with a Big 12 powerhouse. Those are a few of the basketball and football headlines in today’s news digest.

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2016 spring football preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) receives congratulations from offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Barrett runs for touchdown at Michigan

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Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State.

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Game Rankings: Last week of season loaded with intrigue

Mar 3, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Jarrod Uthoff (20) drives to the basket against Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11) at Assembly Hall. Iowa defeats Indiana 77-63. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrod Uthoff hammers home highlight dunk

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This is it – the final week of the regular season before the Big Ten Men’s Tournament tips off in Indianapolis. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart lays out all of the remaining games as the Hoosiers aim for at least one more win and the outright crown.

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Big Ten links: Take a spin around Tuesday's latest headlines

Feb 24, 2016; Iowa City, IA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Khalil Iverson (21) shoots the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wisconsin won 67-59.

Check out these #BTNStandout plays

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Michigan State is two games behind first-place Indiana in men’s hoops, but are they best team in the nation? Bronson Koenig’s shooting is sparking Wisconsin. Spring football drills have begun at more schools. And we’ve got five pretty strong #BTNStandout plays from the last week in the video above, too. Dive in, read and watch, and get caught up.

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2016 spring football preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Oct 17, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Terrell Newby (34) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Terrell Newby runs for long TD at Minnesota

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Optimism bubbles in Lincoln. Yes, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. It seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a new way to lose a game. But the squad finished with some mojo, going 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Can Indiana make it an outright Big Ten crown?

Feb 2, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5) reacts to a foul in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Williams throws it down at Illinois

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It’s finally here, the last week of the regular season. And Indiana already has wrapped a share of its 22nd Big Ten title and second in the last four years. Can the Hoosiers win the outright title? Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin all hold out hope to take a share of the title.

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Big Ten links: Iowa's struggles, Big Ten football updates & more

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What on god’s green earth is wrong with Iowa? The Hawkeyes are letting a Cinderella season derail from the tracks, losing three in a row and four of five. It’s threatening to torpedo the program’s quest for its first Big Ten title since 1978-79. Jarrod Uthoff addresses the team’s confidence after a gut-punch loss at Ohio State on Sunday in this video.

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Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

Feb 25, 2016; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Jalen Coleman-Lands (5) shoots defended by Indiana Hoosiers forward OG Anunoby (3) and forward Juwan Morgan (13) during the first half at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Indiana-Illinois highlight

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There is a week to go in the season, and Indiana already has clinched a share of the Big Ten title, by virtue of Ohio State upsetting No. 8 Iowa on Sunday night. Can the Hoosiers win the title outright? Or can someone grab a share of it?

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