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Dienhart: Minnesota Golden Gophers' offseason to-do list

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The Tracy Claeys era has begun. And, change is brewing … it has been for several months. The program is on solid footing, having been to a bowl each of the last four seasons. But the staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach on board.

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Dienhart: Michigan State Spartans' offseason to-do list

Michigan State spring football game

Look back at Michigan State spring game highlights

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Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champ, coming off the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that MSU won double-digit games. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons.

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Dienhart: Michigan Wolverines offseason to-do list

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight (3) hands off to running back Ty Isaac (32) during the spring game at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan spring football highlights

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Jim Harbaugh’s debut was a smashing success. He inherited a 5-7 team from Brady Hoke and turned it into a 10-3 squad that punctuated the season with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl.

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Rutgers football coach Chris Ash: We are on 'The Hunt'

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Follow Chris Ash for one day at Rutgers

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Chris Ash arrived at Rutgers from Ohio State and immediately went to work to build up the Scarlet Knights program. With spring football behind him, he talked with BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart about the challenges ahead. “We are at the bottom of the Big Ten looking up,” Ash said. “We are on ‘The Hunt.'”

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Big Ten links: Catch up on today's hoops & football headlines

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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.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Illinois Fighting Illini

Sep 5, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass at Memorial Stadium. Illinois beat Kent State 52-3.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Wes Lunt reacts to Lovie Smith hiring

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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.

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Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes' offseason to-do list

Sep 26, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz congratulates quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) and wide receiver Riley McCarron (83) during the second quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Iowa spring scrimmage highlights

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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.

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Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers' offseason to-do list

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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.

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

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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.

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Dienhart: Check out my 2016 All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Alex Erickson (86) during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium.   Northwestern won 13-7.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Erickson comes up clutch on 4th down

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Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players.

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