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Longtime Wisconsin assistant Gary Close leaves Badgers

(AP) Longtime Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close has resigned from the Badgers basketball program. [ MORE: Read UWBadgers.com’s full release ] Close said in a statement Wednesday that it was a difficult decision, and that he told coach Greg Gard earlier this week. Close says he plans to pursue other opportunities in basketball, but that he wants his next job to give him with more flexibility to spend time with his wife and family. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Close was on the Wisconsin staff for 13 seasons. He was hired by former coach Bo Ryan, who retired in

Big Ten links: Ohio Stadium renovations, Lovie impact & more

Ohio Stadium already is a palatial venue. And the iconic stadium is about to become more palatial. As part of a $42 million Ohio Stadium renovation that will remove 2,600 seats in B-deck and convert that seating area into new loge boxes, Ohio Stadium’s capacity starting with the 2018 season will dwindle to 102,854 fans. *** This should jack up Michigan State fans: A spring football photo gallery. *** Speaking of Michigan State, how could Illinois’ hiring of Lovie Smith hurt the Spartans? Well, MSU has made a habit of invading the Land of Lincoln for talent. But, it may

What should the Wolverines wear with their move to Jordan brand?

This past summer, the University of Michigan announced that it had reached an agreement with Jordan Brand to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider for both the football and basketball programs. So, the question becomes, what will the Wolverines wear? Do they even make Jordan Brand shoes in maize and blue? The answer is yes, and they are sharp! I went through and tracked down the top pairs of Jordan shoes that the Wolverines should sport next season. Did I miss one? Tweet me, @BTNSean, and let me know what I missed. Jordan 11 – Maize

Dienhart: Lovie Smith, Illinois excited about opportunity

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Lovie Smith speaks in calm, even tones. Each word seemingly measured and given thought before being uttered. Tuesday was a big day for the freshly minted Illinois coach as he introduced his new staff, a collection of football minds that is tasked with trying to make the Illini relevant. Smith knows what’s on the line. He knows why he’s here: Illinois football is broken. And, Smith needs to fix it. “Are the players excited?” Smith asked. “Absolutely. “They want show what they can do for their new coaches. New eyes have no bias.” The work begins April

Read Rapheal Davis' Instagram post to Purdue fans

Rapheal Davis committed to Purdue as a freshman in high school. Needless to say, the Boilermakers have held a special place in the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year’s heart for a significant portion of his life, a fact he referenced in his senior night speech earlier this month at Mackey Arena. Late Monday night, Davis went to Instagram to offer one last “thank you” to Purdue nation. Read Davis’ full message above. Davis isn’t the first departing star to hit social media to show his appreciation, as Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell recently did

Crispin: Word association for departed Big Ten standouts

The Big Ten is losing some serious four-year talent. The list of names is nothing short of impressive, and it is, no doubt, headlined by Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine. Other top names who have exhausted their eligibility: Yogi Ferrell, A.J. Hammons, Caris LeVert and Jarrod Uthoff. Talk about a scary starting 5. You can create a strong bench, too, with the likes of Rapheal Davis, Jake Layman and Shavon Shields, among others. With all of the talent headed out the door, Lisa Byington asked me to play word association Tuesday night on “BTN Live.” Thing is,

Big Ten links: Indiana's 2017 roster, spring football updates & more

There was a lot to like about Indiana’s run to the outright Big Ten title this past season. But, the Hoosiers still failed to get past the Sweet 16, something the program hasn’t done since 2002 when it made a run to the national title game under Mike Davis. Peegs.com takes a look at what next year’s team could look like. Here is how Indiana could line up if it has no early departures. G – Josh Newkirk, Devonte Green, Harrison Niego G – James Blackmon, Curtis Jones G – Robert Johnson, Collin Hartman, Grant Gelon F – Troy Williams,

Michigan edges Temple to advance to second straight WNIT semifinals

Michigan rallied from a 15-point deficit and Hallie Thome scored the go-ahead basket with eight seconds remaining to defeat Temple, 77-76, in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at Crisler Center. [ MORE: Read MGoBlue.com’s full game recap ] Michigan was down by one point, 76-75, following a Temple basket with 51 seconds remaining. U-M got six looks at the basket on its ensuing possession, capped by Thome grabbing her own miss and converting to nudge the Wolverines in front by one. Junior Danielle Williams stood in and took a charge on Temple’s next possession, giving the ball