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Dienhart: Five things to watch in Ohio State spring game

Ohio State’s spring game always is a big deal. And Saturday’s festivities drip with more intrigue than usual, as the Buckeyes search for myriad answers as the program looks to get back on top of the Big Ten East. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The list of key players gone is long: CB Eli Apple; S Vonn Bell; C Jacoby Boren; DE Joey Bosa; OT Taylor Decker; RB Ezekiel Elliott; OT Chase Farris; DT Joel Hale; QB Cardale Jones; LB Darron Lee; WR Jalin Marshall; WR Braxton Miller; LB

Here's a look at Iowa in the last 10 NFL drafts

Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft.

Here's a look at Indiana in the last 10 NFL drafts

The draft pickings have been slim for Indiana over the last 10 years with just 12 selections. The Hoosiers didn’t have any selections in 2012 or 2013. And they also went pick-less in 2007 and 2009. And where are the linebackers? The last Hoosier LB picked was Van Waiters in 1988. The last time Indiana had a first-round pick? You have to go back to 1994, when wideout Thomas Lewis went No. 24 overall to the Giants. That could change this year, as offensive tackle Jason Spriggs could be a late first-round selection. The other Hoosiers most likely to be

Spring Football Q&A: Meet new Purdue OC Terry Malone

In his latest of a series of Q&A sessions this spring with recent Big Ten football coaching appointees, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talks to Purdue's Terry Malone, who was hired as the tight ends coach in 2015 and promoted to offensive coordinator this year. Is this David Blough’s quarterback job to lose? "David is holding on to it," Malone said. "And he is getting better every day."

Tom Dienhart answers your latest Big Ten questions

You have questions, and I have answers … some of the time. Here is the latest edition of my Big Ten Mailbag. As usual, the mailbag is 100 percent guaranteed. What team will be the favorite next season in Big Ten hoops? – Matt We still need to find out which players who have declared for the draft will stay in the draft. But knowing what we know, I think next year’s race should come down to three schools: Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana. The Spartans lose Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Deyonta Davis and Bryn Forbes, among others, but Tom

Big Ten links: NCAA tourney TV rights, spring football & more

What a mega deal the NCAA has inked with TBS and CBS for its basketball tourney, extending it for another eight years. The extension to the current deal — for a combined total rights fee of $8.8 billion — will keep the big game at Turner and CBS until 2032. Where does all that loot go? *** If you missed Jim Harbaugh’s rant about the banning of satellite camps, then you missed something. Per usual, he holds nothing back. And, he has many good points. *** A bummer to see Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis leave for the NBA after just

Here's a look at Illinois in the last 10 NFL drafts

The NFL Draft is fast approaching, taking place in Chicago from April 28-30. So, let’s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2006-2015. First up is Illinois, which hasn’t had any selections in the last two drafts. It marked the first time in program history that it failed to have a player selected two years in a row. (The other low point was from 1970-72, when just one Illini was selected.) The Fighting Illini also had no picks in 2006. The best bets to be picked this year are defensive end

Spring Football Q&A: Indiana defensive coordinator Tom Allen

In the first of a series of 2016 Big Ten spring football Q&A sessions, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart chats with Tom Allen, Indiana new defensive coordinator. They cover the 4-2-5 scheme, the challenges of the job in Bloomington, and who shaped Allen's coaching career.