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Dienhart: Ohio State makes solid hire in Chris Ash

Joshua S. Kelly

Ohio State has officially tabbed Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. That’s a nice hire. Ash was defensive coordinator at Arkansas last season under Bret Bielema, for whom Ash worked for as DC at Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012. And Ash’s area of expertise—the secondary—will dovetail well with what has been the biggest weakness on the Buckeye defense.

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Catch up on today's 10 Big Ten headlines

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Jan. 22 Senior Bowl Report

If you aren’t on it already, you may want to jump on the Michigan bandwagon before it hits 88 mph and vanishes. The Wolverines are legit, notching another big win last night. This time, hard-charging and high-flying Iowa was the victim, as the Wolverines moved to 6-0 in the Big Ten. And, they are doing all of this without injured Mitch McGary, out with a back injury. Oh, and Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., also are gone. It’s incredible, really.

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Debate It: Who is the best team in the Big Ten?


Branden Dawson Interview

The Big Ten basketball season is approaching the midway point and the conference picture is beginning to take form. Michigan (5-0) and Michigan State (7-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the Big Ten, while Iowa is close behind at 4-1 and climbing up the national rankings. So, we ask, who is the best team in the Big Ten at this point?

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Read today's 10 Big Ten stories

Devyn Marble

Branden Dawson Interview

Big game tonight, Hoop Heads: Iowa at Michigan. And the Hawkeyes’ Roy Devyn Marble has some extra motivation. “I’m trying to knock a couple of teams off the bucket list,” said Marble, a senior and Michigan native who has never won at Michigan or Michigan State during his Iowa career. “I got both of them at home. I want to get them (on the road). It’s an important game because it’s the next one. Each game is important when you’re in the race to win a Big Ten championship.”

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Dienhart: My top 10 Big Ten running backs for 2014

2014 Big Ten Running Backs

Miller Sidearms It to Elliott for the Score

Northwestern received great news Tuesday, as running back Venric Mark was granted a medical hardship for a fifth season of eligibility. Mark’s return bolsters what will be a strong collection of running backs in the Big Ten in 2014. Here’s my ranking of the conference’s Top 10 backs for next season.

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B1G Whiteboard: Big week ahead for Michigan

Jon Horford

Caris LeVert Heads-Up Play, And-1

Another week, another raft of games that will go a long way toward shaping the Big Ten race. And this much is becoming clearer: Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa are the teams to beat. Speaking of the Big Ten’s holy trinity, it’s a big week for Michigan. BIG week. Here’s a look at the week that’s on our doorstep.

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Here are 10 Big Ten stories to check out today

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Roy Devyn Marble's 3-Pointer Leads to Dad's Slow Clap

There is so much to like about Iowa hoops. Where to start after witnessing its win over Minnesota? Let’s count the ways with this look at its remarkable depth. If Devyn Marble and Aaron White aren’t doing damage, guys like Josh Oglesby, Zach McCabe and Gabe Olaseni are. It’s quite impressive, really. Minnesota actually led Iowa on Sunday at halftime, 43-41. It lost, 94-73. Stunning.

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Survey says: Big Ten's toughest player

Keith Appling & Adreian Payne

Aaron Craft Shows Off His Motor

Toughness. It’s needed in any sport to be successful. And there are many definitions of toughness, which is displayed in various ways. Show me a successful team—and I’ll show you a tough team. Knowing that, I asked some writers who cover Big Ten hoops teams who they felt is the “toughest” player in the conference.

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Ups & downs: Reviewing & previewing hoops

Maurice Walker

Ohio State at Minnesota - Top Plays

It’s time for my Big Ten basketball 3-Pointers, my look back at the week that was in the Big Ten—with a sneak peek at what’s to come. It has been a good week to be Minnesota and Indiana. It hasn’t been such a good week to be Ohio State and Illinois. And if you’re Richard Pitno’s jacket from Thursday night, you had a little bit of good and bad this week.

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10 Big Ten stories to read this Friday

Minnesota vs UCLA

DeAndre Mathieu on Win Over Ohio State

The Ohio State tailspin continues, as the loss at Minnesota last night makes it three in a row for the Buckeyes. Weren’t they just ranked, like, No. 3 in the nation the other day? No one denies that this Ohio State team plays good defense. But the offense is struggling. More shooters are needed, among other things. And the turnovers need to be reduced. I’m looking at you, Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott.

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Big Ten letters: Your questions, Tom's answers

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Should athletes be able to transfer without penalty when their coach leaves?

Time for me to reach into my mail bag that runs deep with a thicket of letters from you, passionate readers. Thanks for your thoughts! Lots to get to, with many questions about football, even though we are neck-deep in hoops season.

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One look back at Big Ten's best BCS era teams


Big Ten Elite: 2002 Ohio State Football

The BCS era is over, and to me that is a very good thing. The era ran 16 seasons stretching from 1998-2013. As a way to celebrate the end of the BCS and with an eye on the first college football playoff after next season, I present to you my 10 best Big Ten teams of the BCS era.

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10 Thursday Big Ten stories to read up on

Matt Painter

Jan. 15 East-West Shrine Game Practice Report

Great win for Purdue at Illinois last night. In fact, the Boilermakers may look back on that cold January night in Champaign as a turning point in a 2013-14 season that just wasn’t getting off the ground. Watch this video to learn three things Purdue beat writer Nathan Baird learned about the Boilermakers’ victory in Champaign. I learned this – OK, I already knew it – but When A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson play well, Purdue is difficult to beat. And, don’t look now, but Purdue soon could be 4-2 in the Big Ten after an 0-2 start.

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Dienhart: Big Ten to lose just 4 stars early to NFL draft

Allen Robinson

Shazier Forces Safety

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January 15 is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft. And, the Big Ten isn’t taking too many big hits, which would seem to bode well for the conference in 2014. Just four players have declared: Indiana WR Cody Latimer; Penn State WR Allen Robinson; Ohio State CB Bradley Roby; Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier.

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