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It is difficult to believe that former Northwestern coach Randy Walker has been gone for 10 years. I never will forget the day I heard the news of his passing. It was jolting. The suddenness … the shock … the sadness. InsideNU.com looks at Walker’s best NU squad, the 2000 club that won a share of the Big Ten title. Such a fun, explosive team. Who can forget the win vs. Michigan? *** David Jones of Pennlive.com says Penn State’s upset of Ohio State in 2005 changed how college football attacked Major League Baseball broadcasts. “That game did a 5

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Purdue

At Purdue University, the sky is hardly the limit. The school, colloquially known as “Astronaut U,” is regarded as one of the top institutions globally for future stars in aerospace engineering, aviation and space exploration. It’s also one of the best universities for computer science, education and entrepreneurship. Below, we’re featuring some of the brightest recent LiveBIG stories to come out of West Lafayette. Boiler up! Purdue Space Day aims to inspire astronauts of tomorrow Boiler up, up and away at the Hangar of the Future   Purdue partners with second graders on space science project Kids get hands-on with

Watch John O'Korn, Wolverines reenact 'Circle of Life' scene

It's the circle of life… #summer16 pic.twitter.com/6LPupLizZd — John O'Korn (@JohnOKorn) June 29, 2016 Jim Harbaugh is a The Lion King fan. We know this thanks to a soundbite from a press conference last fall. [ MORE: Watch Chris Ash go 1-on-1 with DE at team meeting ] Several of Harbaugh’s players seem to be fans of the Disney classic, too. John O’Korn, the Houston transfer who is battling to replace Jake Rudock as the starting quarterback, tweeted (entertaining) proof of it Wednesday. Watch O’Korn and other Michigan players reenact the movie’s iconic “Circle of Life” scene in the tweet

Dienhart: Big Ten East defensive line unit rankings

The plaudits for the Michigan d-line began in the winter. And they continued in the spring to the point where some feel this front may not just be the best in the Big Ten … but maybe the best in the nation. [ MORE: East OL | East receiving corps | East backfields | East predictions ] Here is my ranking of the Big Ten East defensive lines. 1. Michigan. This could be the best line in the nation. Four seniors are slated to start with Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley on the ends and Maurice Hurst and Ryan Glasgow

Big Ten links: Scroll through Wednesday's best headlines

Rutgers is redoing its weight room. In the meantime, the Scarlet Knights are working out in the “dungeon.” Perfect. The school’s $1.25 million renovated weight room was scheduled to be ready when players returned to campus for summer workouts on June 1. But some unexpected structural issues have delayed the construction. Despite that, most things have been good in Ash’s first six months as head coach. “We’ve been swinging really hard to get the program foundation set the way we wanted it and establish the culture that we wanted, recruit the way we wanted,” Ash told NJ.com. “I get asked

See every jersey Jim Harbaugh wears on his satellite camp tour

.@UMichAthletics' 2015-16 Men's Coach of the Year is… @CoachJim4UM!! #GoBlue » https://t.co/4FPfaUk03W — Michigan Football (@umichfootball) June 24, 2016 Are you a Jim Harbaugh fan? [ MORE: Ranking the Big Ten’s top quarterbacks ] No matter what your answer is to that question, we can all agree on one thing — Harbaugh has an outstanding collection of jerseys. The Wolverines’ head coach has made it a point to wear a jersey honoring a local sports star on every one of his stops along his cross country satellite tour. We have seen Harbaugh honor legends such as Hank Aaron and Cal

Big Ten hoops family reacts to legend Pat Summitt's death

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who lifted the women’s game to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most. “Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest