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The search is on for a mascot at Illinois. Spike Albrecht talks about coming to Purdue. Looks like one Big Ten QB will redshirt. And here's another reason for Michigan State football players to carry a chip on each of their shoulders. And what's going on over at the Big 12 Conference? Catch up in Thursday's Big Ten news digest.

2016 football schedule analysis: Illinois Fighting Illini

Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program. [ MORE: Dienhart: Check out Illinois’ offseason to-do list ] Here is a look at the 2016 Illinois schedule. Toughest non-conference game: North Carolina’s visit on Sept. 10 will be a great test. Last year, the Illini waded into Kenan Stadium

Big Ten links: Satellite camps, Connor Cook draft slide & more

With satellite camps back on, Ohio State is planning to conduct one at south Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas. According to Cleveland.com, there have been other reports that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would like to attend the same day, but that’s not going to happen, as entertaining as that may sound. The only way Harbaugh or his staff is permitted at a satellite camp is if they are working it, and Ohio State isn’t going to welcome them into their own event for obvious reasons. *** Speaking of satellite camps, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio wants a level playing field for

Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes' offseason to-do list

Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. Still, Kirk Ferentz has a lot to build on moving into his 18th year on the job.

Big Ten Mailbag: How will unbalanced slate impact league?

I dig into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions about the Big Ten’s looming nine-game league schedule, Michigan State concerns and Iowa’s prospects in 2016, among other topics. Let’s go! With schools playing nine Big Ten games this year, how important will scheduling be in deciding outcomes this fall? – Larry Roehrkasse It will be big, as for the first time since 1984, Big Ten teams will have to a nine-game conference schedule. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home

Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers' offseason to-do list

Kevin Wilson is pleased with how Indiana looked in spring drills, but he knows work remains to be done if the Hoosiers want to get back to a bowl game. The last time IU went to a bowl in consecutive seasons? The 1990-91 seasons. Here is a look at Indiana’s to-do list for the offseason before opening the season at Florida International on Sept. 1. 1. Settle the QB job. Who will replace Nate Sudfeld, who leaves as the school’s all-time leading passer? JC transfer Richard Lagow looked good in the spring. The 6-6 gunslinger signed with UConn out of

Big Ten links: 2017 NFL Draft, Nebraska team unity & more

Projected Michigan and Ohio State football players for the 2017 NFL Draft. An insightful Q&A with Nebraska's Mike Riley. Michigan State's Mark Dantonio was disappointed to see Connor Cook fall in this year's NFL Draft. too. Catch up on Tuesday's Big Ten headlines.