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Big Ten Whiteboard: An early look at the Big Ten week ahead

Jan 9, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Jared Nickens (11)  at the Kohl Center. Maryland defeated Wisconsin 63-60. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Melo Trimble beats the buzzer, Badgers

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, college basketball season officially has begun. Of course, I jest. But, no doubt, the second half of the season is gaining steam. This week’s slate has some key games that will shape the conference race. It’s a huge week for Indiana.

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Big Ten links: Could Iowa get medical redshirt for DL Ott?

NCAA Football: Northern Iowa at Iowa

Kirk Ferentz discuss this year's recruiting class

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Could Iowa’s Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let’s get into all of Friday’s Big Ten headlines now.

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Big Ten links: Dive into Thursday's Signing Day news roundup

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Mark Dantonio on a big Signing Day

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Michigan and Jim Harbaugh stole the show on Signing Day 2016 with their big “Signing of the Stars” gala. Ohio State flexed its recruiting muscle once again. Penn State got much-needed help on the offensive line and Mark Dantonio just put the finishing touches on his best signing class since 2007. We round up Thursday’s Big Ten headlines.

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Which new commits make the 2016 All-Big Ten Signee Team?

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Check out Nick Bosa's high school highlights

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So, what type of team could you build if you assembled the highest-ranked players at each position who signed with Big Ten teams? A pretty good one. Check back in four or five years to see how many of these guys are first-team All-Big Ten in 2019 and 2020.

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Dienhart: A look back at Big Ten's last four recruiting classes

Oct 10, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Jabrill Peppers (5) celebrates  during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Watch past Signing Day moments

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Signing Day is a day when rosters are stocked and every recruit looks like a can’t-miss prospect. I took a look back at the last four years of recruiting in the Big Ten to see which schools have lived up to hype generated on National Signing Day as compared to their record over that same span.

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Dienhart: Michigan Wolverines have their man in Warde Manuel

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Watch Warde Manuel's press conference

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Michigan’s new Athletic Director is Warde Manuel, a former Wolverine defensive tackle and a rising star in college athletics administration. He cut his teeth as an athletic director at the University of Buffalo and UConn. Now, he’s back at Michigan, where it all began as a student-athlete (1986-89) and administrator from 1998-2005.

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