Dienhart: Odd protest for Illini assistant coaches

News that three Illinois assistant coaches may boycott Saturday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is disappointing, as reported late Friday by the Chicago Tribune. Joe Gilbert, Chip Long and Jeff Brohm may not coach in the bowl against UCLA on Saturday because they claim they were unaware that they had signed one-year deals. Instead, the trio says it had been told it had inked two-year contracts.

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Dec. 30 Women’s Hoops Roundup

Several Big Ten women’s basketball teams played on Friday night, including Michigan State at Indiana. Kiana Johnson dished out a season high nine assists for the Spartans, as they beat Indiana, 63-49 in its Big Ten opener. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for highlights of Ohio State’s 77-61 win over Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin's Bielema Aims For Rose Bowl Title

LOS ANGELES — It’s good to be Bret Bielema, the Wisconsin football coach who is riding a wave of success that has seen him and the Badgers win consecutive Big Ten titles. And off field, life is even better, as the long-time bachelor is going to get married in March.

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News & Notes from Rose Bowl Media Day

Last year, Wisconsin saw defensive coordinator Dave Doeren leave for the Northern Illinois job prior to the Rose Bowl. This year, the Badgers are in a similar situation: offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will leave after Monday’s Rose Bowl to take the Pitt job. But like Doeren, Chryst has remained with Wisconsin for the Rose Bowl. There’s still work to do.

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Dienhart: Penn State coaching search continues

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner recently spoke about the search for Joe Paterno’s replacement. Joyner, the chairman of the search committee, offered no concrete details, mentioning no names in a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Joyner did acknowledge talking to some high quality candidates, but Joyner offered no timetable as to when a coach would be named.

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