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Dienhart: Purdue could use win over No. 24 Notre Dame

The hoop season continues to gain speed and momentum, as a bit more clarity is apparent with each passing week. Still, there are many unknowns. And that will remain so, as this is a slow week of action with many schools in finals week. Here’s a look at the week ahead, with the best games coming on Saturday.

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Monday's links: Expansion buzz & hot hoops starts

Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.

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Dienhart: Pitt-Penn State renewal just the latest

It wasn’t long ago that news broke about Oklahoma and Nebraska agreeing to renew their rivalry. Now, Penn State and Pitt have reached an accord to extend an earlier agreement that renewed their great series.

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Big Ten Links: Well, that was an interesting week

What a week in the Big Ten! Purdue hires a coach. Wisconsin sees a coach bolt. The Silver Football is handed out. At least the Big Ten didn’t expand this week. But that didn’t stop the discussion about future growth.

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Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record.

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Latest links: Purdue's Hazell faces challenges

It’s true: There is other Big Ten news NOT involving Bret Bielema shocking the hemisphere by ditching Wisconsin for Arkansas (Arkansas?!). I have some below in my daily links. Really. The headliner: Purdue took the wraps off a new era with a press conference to announce the hiring of … ta-dah! … Darrell Hazell as head coach.

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Sound off: Should B1G keep Legends & Leaders?

With the recent additions of Maryland and Rutgers, the Big Ten will feature 14 teams in the near future. Here at BTN, we’re asking fans for their answers to the key questions surrounding conference expansion.

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Dienhart: Give the Heisman to Johnny Football

When it comes to Heisman races, this one is a yawner. And do you know why that’s funny? Because the 78th Heisman ceremony will be historic.

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Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing.

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Dienhart: Purdue lands Kent State's Hazell

After failing to land Cincinnati coach Butch Jones, Purdue was able to grab Kent State coach Darrell Hazell.

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Dienhart: News of Bielema's move shocking

Three days after leading Wisconsin to its third consecutive Rose Bowl, Bret Bielema agreed to become Arkansas’ head coach. Yahoo! Sports and “Big Ten Football & Beyond” correspondent Pat Forde first reported the news.

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Postseason brings Big Ten bowl swag

One of the perks of going to a bowl is the gifts players receive. The Sports Business Daily recently chronicled what each bowl gives to participating players. Here’s a look at the swag that Big Ten players will receive at each game.

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Tuesday's Links: Miller deserved Heisman invite

The Heisman Trophy announced the finalist for the greatest individual trophy in sports: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o,  Kansas State’s Collin Klein, and … that’s it. No Braxton Miller. Read about that and other top Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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Dienhart: Purdue's search & other coaching rumblings

It’s apparent that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones is the top target for the Purdue job. Colorado also is in hot pursuit of Jones. Jones was reported to be in West Lafayette on Sunday interviewing to replace Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. Outlets also report that Jones was in Colorado on Monday to interview.

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Huskers vs. Sooners: Better later than never

The announcement last week that Nebraska and Oklahoma were renewing their rivalry was great news. The teams will meet on Sept. 18, 2021 in Norman, Okla., and in Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 17, 2022.

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