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Big Ten links: NCAA tourney TV rights, spring football & more

What a mega deal the NCAA has inked with TBS and CBS for its basketball tourney, extending it for another eight years. The extension to the current deal — for a combined total rights fee of $8.8 billion — will keep the big game at Turner and CBS until 2032. Where does all that loot go? *** If you missed Jim Harbaugh’s rant about the banning of satellite camps, then you missed something. Per usual, he holds nothing back. And, he has many good points. *** A bummer to see Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis leave for the NBA after just

Ohio State ties record with five players invited to NFL Draft

When one thinks of Ohio State football, one often thinks of records, right? Well, the Buckeyes set yet another record today as five OSU players were invited to the 2016 NFL Draft, which will take place April 28-30 in Chicago at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. Eli Apple, Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee were all invited by the NFL to attend the draft. Alabama also had five players invited to the event in 2012. Here is a look at the 25 NFL Draft invites. CB Eli Apple, Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State DT Vernon Butler,

Ohio State to honor late Will Smith at spring game Saturday

Ohio State will honor former defensive end Will Smith at its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes will wear a “WS” helmet decal that features a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials, plus they’ll hold a moment of silence prior to kickoff. Smith, 34, was shot and killed following a minor car accident late Saturday night in New Orleans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and the NFL (Super Bowl XLIV), Smith was a team captain

Big Ten announces extension of baseball tournament in Omaha

With the Big Ten Baseball Tournament set to return to Omaha, Nebraska, this season and 2018, the conference announced an extension for TD Ameritrade Park to serve as the host venue from 2019 through 2022, it was announced Tuesday.

Here's a look at Illinois in the last 10 NFL drafts

The NFL Draft is fast approaching, taking place in Chicago from April 28-30. So, let’s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2006-2015. First up is Illinois, which hasn’t had any selections in the last two drafts. It marked the first time in program history that it failed to have a player selected two years in a row. (The other low point was from 1970-72, when just one Illini was selected.) The Fighting Illini also had no picks in 2006. The best bets to be picked this year are defensive end

Spring Football Q&A: Indiana defensive coordinator Tom Allen

In the first of a series of 2016 Big Ten spring football Q&A sessions, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart chats with Tom Allen, Indiana new defensive coordinator. They cover the 4-2-5 scheme, the challenges of the job in Bloomington, and who shaped Allen's coaching career.

Injured Kyle Schwarber gets loud ovation in Cubs home opener

Former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber had so much to look forward to heading into the 2016 MLB season. Not only was it going to be his first full season in the bigs, but he was expected to be one of the key cogs in helping the Chicago Cubs end their much-talked-about and historic run of futility. Sadly, in just the third game of the season last week, the slugger tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee in a scary outfield collision at Arizona. Schwarber won’t play again this season, instead spending the summer and fall rehabbing the knee.

Big Ten links: Spring football news, depth charts & much more

What are the biggest questions about Penn State before its Blue and White game? For me, quarterback, d-line and o-line are big questions. *** If you listen to Rutgers DE Quanzell Lambert, the Scarlet Knights will be more aggressive on defense. “The defensive scheme is definitely a lot more aggressive up front,” redshirt senior defensive end Quanzell Lambert said. “It’s more of a north game for the D-line instead of east-west and stunting and everything.” *** It seems the rule that has deregulated texting has caused some concern, as now schools can text a prospect as often as they want.