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Michigan State is developing a concussion-detecting headband: BTN LiveBIG

The potential for concussion injuries has risen dramatically in almost every level of athletic competition. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, more than 300,000 sports-related concussions are reported annually in the United States, but a recent review states that the number of injuries could be in the millions. The disparity in reporting highlights one of the most frustrating aspects of treating concussion-related injuries: Determining when a concussion has occurred and how severe it might be. A pair of chemistry professors at Michigan State University seem to have an unlikely solution: a headband for athletes to wear during games that assesses

Watch Illinois AD Josh Whitman own JUGS machine at team practice

.@IlliniAD has still got it 🏈🙌 #Illini #WeWillWin pic.twitter.com/yoXQcKbkES — Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) August 4, 2016 Josh Whitman was a productive Illinois football player long before becoming the school’s AD. The former tight end, in fact, totaled 52 receptions, 552 yards and seven touchdowns during his Illinois career (1997-2000). Whitman, who was hired Feb. 17, still looks like can play some ball. He proved it Thursday at Illinois’ first practice of the Lovie Smith era, catching several balls off the JUGS machine. Check out the ex-tight end’s hands in the tweet above. Honest question: How many ADs could make something

Dienhart: Your Big Ten football team's toughest 2016 stretch

Every coach looks at a schedule, scanning the list of games. Which ones figure to be tough ones? Even more vital: Which stretch of games figures to be the most daunting, a potential make-or-break run of contests? [ MORE: Best chance to pull upset | Best chance to be upset | Toughest non-conference games | Toughest conference game ] I have identified the toughest stretch of games on each Big Ten schedule. Illinois. The last four games are daunting. The season-ending run begins with a visit from Michigan State on Nov. 5 followed by a trip to Wisconsin, a visit

Big Ten links: Scroll through Friday's best headlines

Believe the hype about Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell—at least that’s what his teammates and coaches say. “I think that this is the year that sort of catapults him,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said last week at Big Ten media days. “So he’s got to have a great year and I think he’s poised to do that.” The hype around McDowell is reaching massive levels. I wonder if he can live up to it. Gonna be difficult. And then there is this from LB Riley Bullough. “If you just walk in the room with Malik you’ll see he’s

Dienhart: Best chance for each Big Ten team to get upset

No coach wants to lose a game that experts think he’s supposed to win. Upsets can set a season on its ear and prove ruinous. [ MORE: Best chance to pull upset | Toughest non-conference games | Toughest conference game ] There are potholes on every schedule. And I have picked the one game on your school’s schedule in which it has its best chance to be—gulp–upset. Illinois. The visit from Western Michigan on Sept. 17 is dangerous. P.J. Fleck is an up-and-coming coaching fireball who played at Northern Illinois and is a native of the state. You know the

Ohio State paces 4 Big Ten teams in 2016 preseason Coaches poll

The preseason Coaches Poll was released Thursday, and four Big Ten teams land in the season’s first ranking. Ohio State, the 2016 Fiesta Bowl champ, paces the Big Ten, at No. 5, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Florida State. Michigan, fresh off a 10-win season in Jim Harbaugh’s first season, comes in at No. 8, giving the Big Ten two preseason top 10 teams, while reigning Big Ten champ Michigan State (No. 11) and 2015 Big Ten West champ Iowa (No. 15) round out the Big Ten contingent. Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska and