Presidents to Hear Football Playoff Plan

The BCS commissioners will present their four-team playoff proposal to the presidential oversight committee Tuesday in Washington. The committee is headed by Virginia Tech’s Charles W. Steger and includes one university leader from each of the 11 major football conferences, as well as independent Notre Dame. Whether approval will come quickly or the presidents will take some time to mull over the proposal, maybe toss it back for tweaks, is unknown. Read more from the Associated Press.

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Former NIU S Tommy Davis transfers to Illinois

Former Northern Illinois defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis has transferred to Illinois and is eligible for the 2012 season. Davis, who spent the past four years at NIU, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in May and will work toward a master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership (EPOL) at Illinois.

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After the Fall: Who's Coming Back From Injuries?

Injuries can have a cruel way of twisting the fate of team. Lose a key player and a team’s season can take an entirely different direction. Just ask Purdue, which has had more than its share of key players injured in recent seasons, or Penn State, which saw several key players go down in 2011.

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Catch Up With Monday's Big Ten Links

It’s Monday. And I have all the top Big Ten grid links right here, including some news on rankings. Who doesn’t love rankings? Am I right, people? Of course I am. The Lincoln Journal Star has assembled a 1-12 ordering of its “dandy dozen” Big Ten players for 2012. What do you think?

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The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to look back at the most popular stories from the week that was. Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. Enjoy, Big Ten fans.

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BTN School Days: Wisconsin Badgers

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Big Ten Icons: Barry Alvarez

No disrespect to the Wisconsin football team, which advanced to its second consecutive Rose Bowl, but the Badger men’s cross country team highlighted the school’s 2011-12 athletic year. The Badgers took their 13th consecutive Big Ten title, posting the second-lowest team score in history (17), and won the NCAA crown, the Big Ten’s first since 2005. Along the way, Mohammed Ahmed set a Big Ten record 8K time (23:18) at Big Ten Championship and won Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Mick Byrne won Big Ten Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.

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