Why is turf being removed at TCF Bank Stadium?

TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and is, far and away, the Big Ten’s newest football stadium. That doesn’t mean it can’t undergo some updates. Thanks to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, who will share the stadium for the next two seasons while its new $1 billion home is under construction, the turf is being torn up make way for a hydronic heated field.

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Dienhart: Illinois spring football wrap

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V'Angelo Bentley's Easy 92-Yard Interception Touchdown

If you watched closely, you could see the improvement in Illinois this spring. Good thing, because Tim Beckman needs to pad his win total as he embarks on this third season in Champaign. He is 6-18 overall and 1-15 in the Big Ten. And that one league win came vs. arguably the worst Purdue team in that school’s history. But, I digress. All eyes in Champaign this spring were on the quarterback derby and defense.

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ESPN selects Big Ten prime-time football games

ESPN/ABC tabbed its Big Ten prime-time games, and the list of six games includes the first November night game in the history of Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes will host Illinois at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 1. BTN/BTN2Go will announce its prime-time selection next Tuesday. See the full ESPN/ABC list of games in this post.

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Twitter: Jim Tressel tweets Tupac quote

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When one thinks Jim Tressel, he or she inevitably thinks national championship, sweater vests and khakis, among other things. The former Ohio State football coach gave us another thing to associate him with Tuesday: Tupac. Yes. Tressel, now the vice president at Akron, tweeted a Tupac quote.

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BTN LiveBIG: An out of this world reunion at Purdue

Purdue University graduates have walked on the moon, worked in the Mir Space Station, and flown the Shuttle. They also have contributed many others who work at NASA or in the burgeoning private space programs.  And eight of the Purdue astronauts came back on campus to talk about their careers and experiences.

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