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BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers gives all kids a sporting chance

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. When we think of memorable sports moments, our minds generally turn to jaw-dropping performances by elite athletes or the historic victories of our favorite teams. But truly meaningful moments in the world of sports don’t always involve big names and big wins. One of the best examples of that is the work of the Young Athletes Program. Developed by Rutgers University physical

Merry Christmas! Here's one Big Ten football fact for every bowl

Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Purdue's 2015 season

Saturdays in the fall in West Lafayette are long, as Darrell Hazell can’t seem to flip a losing script. He now stands 6-30 in three seasons. And three of those victories have been vs. FCS programs. How many Big Ten wins does Hazell have? Two, against 22 losses. And the defeats are often lopsided. Is progress being made? Are players being developed after they arrive? There is a lack of dynamic playmakers across the board. And then there is the quarterback position where Hazell has switched signal-callers during the season each of his three years. Purdue is desperate for stability under center.

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State has 'LASER' focus on educational opportunities for Latinos

To inspire his work in providing educational opportunities to young Latinos, Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama doesn’t need to look any further than to the memory of his late mother. “My mother dedicated her life to educating the Latino community in [California’s] Central Valley,” Aldama said. “So, it’s in my blood and spirit.” Aldama is the founder and director of The Ohio State University’s Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research, or LASER. Founded in 2009, LASER is a comprehensive program that takes a two-part approach to education both for and about Latinos and Latin culture. As a first

Top plays from Wednesday's Big Ten basketball games

Six Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action on Wednesday night, highlighted by two games on BTN. Caris LeVert had 19 points and eight assists and Zak Irvin added 16 points as Michigan finished its non-conference schedule with a 96-60 rout of Bryant in the first game of the evening. Nigel Hayes scored 24 points and interim head coach Greg Gard picked up his first career win as Wisconsin topped Green Bay, 84-79. In other Big Ten action: Illinois got by Missouri, 68-63, Rutgers cruised by Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-64, Minnesota fell to Milwaukee, 74-65, and Penn State topped Kent

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Penn State's 2015 season

Penn State remains a work in progress, but James Franklin continues to make progress in his second season. He has the program in a bowl for a second season in a row. But personnel shortcomings are apparent as the effects of probation are still being felt from a depth standpoint. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The offensive line remains an issue, as the front is unable to get a consistent