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Michigan State is establishing a scholarship fund in honor of Mike Sadler. Some compare the 2016 Buckeyes to the 2014 Buckeyes, Iowa's working on a contract extension with Kirk Ferentz. More stories in Thursday's news digest.

Dienhart: 10 bold predictions coming out of Big Ten media days

Big Ten media days are in our rearview mirror. The last cliché has been uttered. The last photo taken. The last pitcher of water drank. So, what’s left? [ MORE: Best of Day 1 | Best of Day 2 | Big Ten player survey ] How about some bold predictions for the 2016 season? Sure. Let’s go! 1. Michigan will solve its quarterbacking—and then some. Just like last year, the Wolverines have a yawning hole at QB. Last season, Jim Harbaugh and Co., transformed Iowa cast-off Jake Rudock into a Cinderella by making him one of the most effective signal-callers

Big Ten links: So many good clicks from Big Ten football media days

As expected, Ohio State and Michigan were the picks in the Big Ten at media days. But, don’t sleep on Michigan State, which continues to always be overlooked. Amazing, isn’t it? Remember, this team won the Big Ten and went to the playoff last year. When will we learn? “Based on what they’ve done, Michigan State deserves the right to be included in the conversation of the elite Big Ten football teams,” new Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. “They’ve done it, they’ve done it well for a number of years now. They made the College Football Playoff last year. If

Big Ten Media Days: A look back at the Best of Monday

BTN.com's Tom Dienhart roamed the floor of the first day of the 2016 Big Ten Football Media Days in search of the best of the best, and here's what he found. Day 2 starts at 9 a.m. ET on BTN and BTN2Go with live press conferences by Lovie Smith (Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), DJ Durkin (Maryland), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State).

Dienhart: Deaths of Foltz, Sadler remind us how life is fragile

BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart reflects on the deaths of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler this weekend. "Full of life one day. Gone the next," Dienhart writes. "I still can’t grasp the fragility of life when tragedies like this occur, and I'm pretty sure I never will."

Dienhart: 70 questions for Big Ten Football Media Days

Can the Big Ten win the national championship? Can Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers be as good at linebacker as he was at safety? Who are the sleeper teams? BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out 70 questions as he heads off to cover Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago Monday and Tuesday.

Former Northwestern coach Dennis Green passed away at 67

Long before his infamous “They are what we thought they were” rant in 2006 as coach of the Arizona Cardinals following an epic press conference meltdown, Dennis Green cut his teeth as a player and coach in the Big Ten. Now, he has passed away at age 67. A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Green matriculated to Iowa, where he was a diminutive halfback under Ray Nagel from 1968-70 who ran for 699 yards and caught 24 passes while showing a love and thirst for the game. And he channeled that love and thirst into a successful coaching career that traced

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

Who could have been the Nebraska football a few years ago? The answer may surprise you. Also, breakout players at Penn State, updates on Purdue's search for a new athletic director, and more. Read Friday's round up of Big Ten headlines.