Dienhart: Spring Football Q&A with Illini's Beckman

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Tim Beckman - Gerry DiNardo Conversation Part 1

This is the moment Tim Beckman had been building for: To coach a Big Ten team. And the first-year Illinois coach knows the possibilities are huge, which is why he’s so excited. I recently spoke to Beckman about a variety topics as his first spring practice in Champaign was close to drawling to an end.

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Daily Links: Spring Prep Hits All Phases

A look at the football news that’s making headlines as we steamroll toward the first Big Ten spring football games this weekend. From Ohio State’s spread offense and Nebraska’s depth at linebacker to trick plays at Penn State and junior college transfers at Indiana, let’s dive in.

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Bigger returnee: Trey Burke or Deshaun Thomas?

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Trey Burke's Room

Michigan star Trey Burke announced Monday that he will return to the Wolverines after flirting with entering the 2012 NBA Draft (story). About a week ago, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas announced the same thing (story), which got us thinking the following: Which player’s return is bigger? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com blogger Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post. Also on Monday, Minnesota guard Chip Armelin announced he is transferring (story).

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Illinois to don camouflage jerseys May 6

As part of “Honor and Serve Day” on Sunday, May 6, the Illinois baseball team will wear special orange and blue camouflage jerseys in its series finale against Michigan State. The event, according to a FightingIllini.com release, is designed to honor University of Illinois student veterans and all of America’s military heroes, plus to serve the Champaign-Urbana community.

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Get Out The Vote for Wildcats' Amonte Hiller

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Title IX legislation, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) is sponsoring a contest to celebrate a trailblazer who has made significant contributions to gender equity. How can you cast your vote for Northwestern’s six-time NCAA championship-winning women’s lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller? Just watch Amonte Hiller’s YouTube video in this post.

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Meet Purdue Baseball's "Dream Team"

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Purdue Baseball - The Dream Team Feature

When you hear “Dream Team,” you think Magic, Bird and Jordan, and rightfully so. But there’s a current Dream Team in the Big Ten. The seniors on the Purdue baseball team gave themselves the nickname, and they break their huddles with the phrase. All this from a team that is trying to win its first Big Ten title since 1909. Leading the Big Ten by two games (standings) and ranked for the first time since 2001, the Boilers and their 14 seniors are on the right path. Watch our feature on the Dream Team now and catch an entertaining YouTube video of theirs in this post. Also, watch all of our Big Ten features.

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