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Big Ten Mailbag: Dark horse players, Penn State QB & more

It’s time for my latest Big Ten Mailbag, what with the basketball season in our rear-view mirror and spring football in full swing. Lots of interest in Michigan and its upcoming season. And who could be some dark horse offensive players next fall? Who do you think are some dark-horse offensive players for the 2016 season? – Joey Brown There are some interesting choices for the upcoming football season. Here are some dark horses to watch for each school. Illinois WR Mikey Dudek Indiana QB Richard Lagow Iowa RB Akrum Wadley Maryland WR D.J. Moore Michigan RB Ty Isaac Michigan

Former Iowa basketball standout Murray Wier, 89, passes away

Former University of Iowa men’s basketball standout Murray Wier passed away Wednesday at the age of 89 at his home in Georgetown, Texas. Funeral arrangements are pending. Wier, a Grandview, Iowa, native was a four-year starter on the Hawkeyes from 1945-48. He averaged 7.8 points per game as a freshman in 1945, helping lead Iowa to a Big Ten championship. As a senior, Wier became the first officially recognized Division I NCAA scoring leader and Iowa’s first-ever consensus first-team All-American, averaging 21 points per game. He set a then-Big Ten record of 272 points in conference play, earning first-team all-league

Big Ten links: Spartans disrespect, football updates & more

Just what Michigan State needed: a bigger chip on its shoulder. ESPN sent out a push notification Monday erroneously referring to newly selected basketball hall of famer Tom Izzo as “Tim” Izzo, riling many in the Michigan State fan base. You think ESPN would make this mistake for, say, Michigan’s “Joe” Harbaugh? I doubt it. This blunder comes on the heels of what seems like an uncharacteristically high rate of mispronunciations and misspellings related to Michigan State’s veteran football coach, Mark Dantonio. Mistakes happen, and all media organizations make them from time to time. But it sure seems like Michigan

Yori steps down as Nebraska women's basketball coach

After 14 seasons spent as the Nebraska women’s head basketball coach, Connie Yori stepped down Tuesday. Yori posted a record of 279-161 during her time at Nebraska, including a 52-28 mark in Big Ten play. “As some of you may know, this has been a very challenging time for my family and in the best interest of all of us, this is the right decision,” Yori said in an official statement. “I want to thank the student-athletes, assistant coaches, staff and administrators, especially Shawn Eichorst, for his leadership and support during this difficult time in my life. Finally, thank you

Predicting 2016 starting quarterbacks: West Division

On Monday, I predicted who would be the starting quarterback for each Big Ten East team. So, in an attempt to be fair, it’s time to share my Big Ten West predictions–even if most of the starting situations are settled. Here goes. ILLINOIS Wes Lunt. Tumult has been the order of the day in Champaign, where there have been three head coaches since August. But the arrival of Lovie Smith brings the prospect of better days. Smith had to be pleased to find Wes Lunt, a veteran hand who looks like an NFL quarterback. But Lunt needs to improve as

Check out where Big Ten teams land in way-too-early 2016-17 polls

The 2015-16 men’s college basketball season came to a thrilling close Monday night, which means it’s time to scour the web for the inevitable way-too-early 2016-17 top 25 polls. We took a look a seven insanely early rankings below, and the Big Ten fares quite well. Take all of this for what it’s worth – not a lot – because there are so many unknowns, starting with several to-be-determined NBA draft decisions. BleacherReport.com 5. Michigan State 11. Indiana 12. Wisconsin 20. Purdue CBSSports.com 6. Michigan State 12. Indiana 13. Maryland 15. Wisconsin ESPN.com 8. Indiana 9. Wisconsin 13. Michigan State

Andy Buh named Maryland defensive coordinator

Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin announced Tuesday that he has hired Andy Buh as the team’s defensive coordinator. Buh, who has previously served as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Nevada and Cal, comes to Maryland from the University of Kentucky, where he’s been the outside linebackers coach since 2015 and was recently promoted to also serve as special teams coordinator. Durkin and Buh were on the same staff at Stanford in 2007. “I’m excited that we were able to get a quality coach like Andy to join our staff,” said Durkin. “I’ve known Andy since our time at Stanford

Weird, but true: Somebody stole Sparty's golf cart

From the never-thought-we'd-write-this file: Sparty's golf cart has gone missing. That's right, somebody stole the sculpted Michigan State mascot's ride from the MSU Union on Sunday, according to the Michigan State University Police Department.