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Dienhart: Purdue staff coming together

Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from.

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Badgers QB Curt Phillips gets sixth year

News that Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips received a sixth season of eligibility is good for the Badgers—and for Phillips, who has endured a lot in his career.

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Dienhart: NFL's allure strong for coaches

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East-West Shrine Game Preview

Competitive people like challenges. And that’s exactly what Chip Kelly is going to get when he takes over the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly is the latest college coach to make the move to the NFL. It’s becoming a trend in the NFL, the ultimate copycat league.

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Today's links: Gophers, Wolverines clash tonight

Trey Burke

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 17th Afternoon Update

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

If it’s Thursday, it must mean there is a big game in the Big Ten, right? Yep. Brace yourself for No. 5 Michigan visiting No. 9 Minnesota. Let’s begin daily links right there. This will be the first meeting of top-10 teams in the venerable Barn since—are you ready for this?—1977.

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Dienhart's early 2013 football power rankings

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Football Report - Jan. 14, 2013

The final punctuation mark has been put on the 2012 season and we closed that latest chapter. Now, we turn the page and look toward 2013. Before you know it, spring football will be here.

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Today's links: Stunning win shakes up Big Ten race

Christian Watford & Traevon Jackson

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 16th Morning Edition

Wisconsin’s win at No. 2 Indiana was impressive. Not only that, but the victory pushed the Badgers into sole possession of first place in a Big Ten race that looks to be wide open now. And, get this: Wisconsin isn’t even ranked, while six other Big Ten teams are: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois. Let’s start the daily links there.

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Super Seven: Ranking the Big Ten's best big men

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Great Block by Zeller

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We all know that come March, college basketball becomes all about the guards. In fact, whatever teams have the best guard play typically advance the farthest in the NCAA tourney. But, every coach loves to have a big man–especially a GOOD big man. And, look around: They typically are few and far between. But this year, the Big Ten has a plethora of good players who are 6-10 or taller—and three of them are freshmen.

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Leaders & Legends: Name change ahead?

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Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions

It seems the moment the Big Ten announced in 2010 that it would name its divisions “Leaders” and “Legends,” there was an outcry from people who found names are pretentious, arrogant and just downright confusing. Others preferred simple geographic names like, say, East and West.

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Today's links: Here comes Badgers vs. Hoosiers

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 15th Afternoon Edition

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Indiana has a big game tonight with Wisconsin visiting (read the preview here). Will the Hoosiers experience any sort of hangover following an emotional home victory over Minnesota on Saturday? Hmmm. This battle of Big Ten unbeatens seems like a good jumping off point for daily links.

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Dienhart: My top 10 games for this week

Aaron Craft & Thad Matta

Who Throws a Shoe?

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This is a good but not a great week of games in the Big Ten, with three notable matchups: Michigan at Minnesota, Ohio State at Michigan State, and Wisconsin at Indiana. Why? And how do I rank the  games this week?

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Another big week in Big Ten hoops

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Slam Dekker: Great One-Handed Dunk

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How can you top last week in the Big Ten, which saw Minnesota play at Indiana and Michigan travel to Ohio State? You can’t. Still, this week has some nice matchups. The top tilt is Michigan’s trip to Minnesota. But there also is Wisconsin at Indiana on Tuesday and Ohio State at Michigan State on Saturday, making this another key week in the Big Ten schedule.

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Today's links: Sort through another big hoops weekend

Trey Burke & Aaron Craft

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 14th Afternoon Update

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

What a big weekend of hoops in the Big Ten, with Titanic games between Minnesota and Indiana and Michigan and Ohio State. Great place to start daily links. Esteemed Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz came away impressed with Indiana freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell following the Hoosiers’ hang-on-for-dear-life win over Minnesota on Saturday.

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Who's climbing & who's dropping this week?

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Dunks of the Week - Jan. 7th, 2013

There is a big weekend on tap, with several games that will go a long way in helping shape the Big Ten race. The headliner is Minnesota’s visit to Indiana on Saturday (noon ET on BTN/BTN2Go). And Michigan’s junket to Ohio State on Sunday also will tell us a lot about both teams—especially the Buckeyes, who must defend their home court to remain among the leaders.

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Reader mail: How will Gophers fare at Indiana?

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Will Sheehey: One-on-One Interview

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It is time to reach into my weekly BTN.com bag of mail and deliver my answers. With hoops heating up, basketball is on the mind of many of you, but I continue to get several lingering questions from the bowl season. Keep them coming either via the submission box at the bottom of this post or on my mailbag page.

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Today's links: Iowa faces uphill battle

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 11th Morning Edition

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Iowa is off to a rough start in the Big Ten, an 0-3 start vs. three very good teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State). The latest setback was a 62-59 defeat at home to the Spartans that the Hawkeyes had their chances to win. Let’s start the daily links right there in Iowa City, shall we? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s more evidence that Iowa isn’t out of the Big Ten lowlands yet.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Nebraska's Brandon Ubel

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Brandon Ubel Spin Move

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Brandon Ubel knows building a team is a process. That’s one reason why he relishes being a part of the construction of the Nebraska program under first-year coach Tim Miles.

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Dynasty debate: Alabama's titles, Nebraska's run

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Big Ten Elite: 1994 Nebraska Football

It’s a healthy debate and it’s a fun debate: Which of the two most recent college football dynasties is most impressive—Alabama or Nebraska? Alabama’s third national championship in four seasons has placed this current run into the “dynasty,” category, no matter what Nick Saban says. And more chapters may be added in 2013, 2014, and beyond. If so, that would render this debate moot.

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Today's links: More challenges ahead for Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 10th Afternoon Update

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Minnesota’s full power and glory was on display during its romp over Illinois last night. So, let’s start there with the daily links, shall we? The Golden Gophers showed they are a true top-10 team that will compete for the Big Ten title—and thus a Final Four bid—with the 84-67 victory.

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Lewan surprises, announces return to Michigan

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Taylor Lewan Staying at Michigan

It was a surprise to some that Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan opted to return for his senior season. But it’s great news for the Wolverines, as Lewan will be among the top linemen in the nation in 2013.

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Dienhart: Let's drop cupcakes from football schedules

On Tuesday, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany suggested the notion of not having victories over Football Championship Subdivision opponents count toward a Football Bowl Subdivision team’s bowl eligibility, and that sounds good to me. A team needs six wins to be eligible for a bowl, but the NCAA currently allows one of those wins to be a victory over a FCS team. Without that “cupcake win,” there would be schools that don’t reach that six-victory minimum.

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Today's links: Huge stretch for high-flying Gophers

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 9th Morning Edition

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It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow!

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