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Big Ten links: Catch up with Friday's news digest

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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talks (a little) about the ongoing TV negotiations saying, “We’re interested in having great partners with great platforms who are interested in marketing and promotion.” Also, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes is stilling mulling over his NBA decision. And Jerry Kill has a new job at Kansas State. More in this post.

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2016 Football Schedule Analysis: Penn State Nittany Lions

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This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters.

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Big Ten links: Catch up with Thursday's Big Ten news digest

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Minnesota’ football coach sees eight to ten wins in 2016 – agree or disagree? The Big Ten athletic directors met this week and expansion came up, of course. Hey look – Chris Spielman is coming to Fox! And a look at one school’s plan to keep top football recruits from leaving that school’s state. Catch up with our news digest.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Ohio State Buckeyes

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Urban Meyer talks progress at spring game

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Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks.

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Dienhart: Wisconsin Badgers' offseason to-do list

Apr 23, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement (6) walks the sidelines after briefly playing during the Wisconsin spring football game at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Network

Corey Clement discusses spring game

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Paul Chryst returned home to Wisconsin last season. And, it went smashingly well. But there is work to do as Chryst begins his second season coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Northwestern Wildcats

Sep 5, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) runs past Stanford Cardinal cornerback Ronnie Harris (21) for a touchdown during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Watch Northwestern spring highlights

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Northwestern is coming off a stellar season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games. And NU is thinking big in 2016 as it looks to win what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West. And, it just may happen, as this could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet. But it faces a daunting schedule that offers little relief.

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Dienhart: Rutgers Scarlet Knights' offseason to-do list

Oct 10, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) gets off pass as he is rushed by Michigan State Spartans defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas (8) during the first quarter at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers trick play alert!

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Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the Rutgers program after taking over for Kyle Flood. Job No. 1: change the culture. Offense? Defense? Special teams? It all needs work. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven needs a lot of work, as the linebacking corps is being rebuilt and a young secondary needs to mature.

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Dienhart: Penn State Nittany Lions' offseason to-do list

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball in the third quarter against Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Georgia defeated Penn State 24-17 to win the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Get James Franklin's spring game takeaways

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Change is the theme as James Franklin begins this third season at the helm of Penn State. The staff has been altered radically. Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Dec 26, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) celebrates the touchdown in the second half against the UCLA Bruins at Levi's Stadium. The Huskers beat the Bruins 37 to 29. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Riley's thoughts on Nebraska spring game

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The honeymoon is over for Mike Riley. He knows that. Last year’s 6-7 debut was difficult to stomach, as the Huskers seemed to find a new way to lose each week. But on an up note, Nebraska finished with some momentum, going 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing season.

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Dienhart: Ohio State Buckeyes' offseason to-do list

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Spring football: One fun defensive highlight

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Ohio State and Urban Meyer won’t lack for motivation in 2016. The program failed to repeat as national champs in a largely unfulfilling season as the Buckeyes didn’t even win the Big Ten East despite having a roster loaded with 12 NFL draft picks. Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season as he looks to get back on top in the Big Ten.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Michigan Wolverines

Jan 1, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has water dumped on him after defeating Florida Gators to 41-7 to win the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Michigan Wolverines defeated Florida Gators 41-7. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh talks 2016 signing class

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Jim Harbaugh enjoyed a smashing debut in 2015, posting 10 wins. And, his second Michigan squad has a good chance for success thanks to plenty of returning talent and another year of familiarity with the system.

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