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According to reports, it looks like Michigan has a new defensive coordinator in sage Don Brown. notes that Brown was running the defense at Boston College. His style? He ran a 4-3 scheme in Chestnut Hill last season, and has been known historically as a blitz-heavy coach. The 60-year-old Brown led a Boston College defense that ranked No. 1 nationally with 254.3 yards per game allowed in 2015. BC’s rush defense allowed 83.2 yards per game (No. 2) and its pass defense was ranked No. 8 (171.2). The Eagles gave up 15.3 points per game last season, which ranked

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois professor shares passion for physics, education

Someone who’d just earned a “Professor of the Year” award from a national teaching organization would be justified in feeling a swelled sense of pride and accomplishment. But University of Illinois professor Mats Selen, who received just such an honor, definitely hasn’t let it go to his head. From a field of 300-plus nominees, Selen was selected as Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He recently traveled to Washington, D.C., for the award ceremony. “I was obviously very happy, but

Watch Samford bench celebrate 3-pointer with 'field goal'

With Monmouth and its highly popular “Bench Mob” on the Big Ten schedule Sunday afternoon, we knew there would be plenty of bench celebrations on BTN. [ MORE: Track Samford at Nebraska | Watch the game on BTN2Go ] @MonmouthBench was up to the task in its win at 73-67 win Rutgers. In fact, check out some of its best celebrations in the Vine at the bottom of this post. What we did not expect was a well-executed choreographed celebration in the Samford-Nebraska game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Channeling its inner-Monmouth, the Bulldogs pulled off the perfect celebration to a

Outback Bowl preview: Fitz, NU look for revenge vs. Tennessee

Hard to believe 19 years have passed since Peyton Manning—yes, THAT Peyton Manning—led Tennessee to a 48-28 vs. Northwestern in a New Year’s Day Bowl in Florida. Pat Fitzgerald couldn’t stop Manning on that day in the Citrus Bowl as a BMOC linebacker for the Wildcats. No shame in that. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, Fitz has another crack at the Volunteers—this time as one of the Big Ten’s

National champion Nebraska returns home to Lincoln

Hours after Nebraska swept Texas (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) in the national final Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska, it returned to Lincoln, NCAA championship trophy in hand, to a throng of adoring fans Sunday.

Watch the Monmouth bench's top celebrations at Rutgers

By now, most every college basketball fan has heard about the Monmouth bench and its popular choreographed celebrations. [ MORE: AP: Monmouth holds off Rutgers | Relive the game on BTN2Go ] After all, @MonmouthBench has been featured on all of the highlight shows this season, and it even visited The Today Show on Saturday. Big Ten fans got a first-hand look at the “Bench Mob” during Sunday afternoon’s win at Rutgers, and it didn’t disappoint. Among the fun were Star Wars- and baseball-themed celebrations. There even was a holiday-inspired celebration. Watch our favorite celebrations in the video above and the

Big Ten football beat writers pick most improved players

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ 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 ] recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s topic: Most improved players. Yesterday,

Fiesta Bowl Preview: Ohio State gears up for Notre Dame

Two schools that came oh-so-close to making the playoffs square off in what should be one of the best bowls of the season. In fact, the Buckeyes may have a better case to be in the Rose Bowl than Iowa. [ 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 ] Regardless, this is a good destination for the Scarlet and Gray, and it will be a good measuring stick playing a very talented ND squad.

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

Coming off back-to-back 8-5 seasons—including the program’s first New Year’s Day bowl since the 1961 season in 2014—Minnesota fell … hard. The Golden Gophers were thought to be a legit contender in the Big Ten West. Instead, the team sunk to near the bottom of the standings with a losing record and made a bowl only because of a good APR and the fact there weren’t enough 6-6 teams to fill a bloated postseason system that needs 80 teams. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big

BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska competition serves up a movable feast

It’s an all-out burn down the straightaway. University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering students pit vehicle vs. vehicle, vying for glory on a length of track that’s seen vanquished competitors literally fall to pieces. Whose design will reign supreme? Whose will go the extra “mile”? Which car will emerge victorious in the epic battle of hot-rod potato vs. pickle-mobile? “The Incredible, Edible Car Competition (IECC) has been run for 11 years,” said Dr. Mark Riley, head of the Biological Systems Engineering department, which oversees the event along with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “It was conceived as an exercise