Dienhart: Beckman familiar with Big Ten

Tim Beckman is the new Illinois coach and arrives from Toledo, where he forged a 21-16 record (16-6 in the MAC) the past three seasons after taking over for Tom Amstutz. Beckman led the Rockets to an 8-4 mark this season and a spot in the Military Bowl against Air Force, the program’s second bowl under his stewardship. Toledo has gone 7-1 in MAC play in each of the past two seasons.

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Escape Artists

Wednesday night brought a slew of closer-than-expected games for Big Ten teams. Most were able to escape without deflating losses, but the way they played may tell us more than the final result. Let’s dive right in.

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Update: Illini to introduce Beckman at 4 p.m. ET

Illinois has hired Toledo’s Tim Beckman as its head football coach, the school announced Friday afternoon. If you get BTN2Go, you can watch the Illinois press conference from Champaign right here. It will also be available for free on the Big Ten Digital Network over here. Beckman coached Toledo for three seasons so take a look at how the Rockets fared this season on Toledo’s team report page here.

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BTN Video Profiles: A Season In Review

All football season our TV production teams rolled out some special features on the athletes and coaches in the Big Ten. The features aired across many of our programs, including our Saturday pregame show. There was the piece on Indiana’s Duwyce Wilson Jr. who grew up with two deaf parents. We profiled Michigan’s Jordan Kovacs‘ rise from a walk-on player, Illinois’ Jay Prosch and his mother’s battle with cancer, and Dan Persa’s road to Northwestern. Did you know Penn State’s P.J. Byers was in the Navy before Penn State? Want to see what Michigan State’s Arthur Ray Jr. faced down these past few years?

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Nebraska Shuts Down Creighton

Led by Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore, Nebraska women’s basketball tallied a 66-55 win against in-state rival Creighton on Thursday night at Bob Devaney Sports Center. Watch the highlights now and tune in to BTN on Saturday for a full slate of men’s and women’s basketball games.

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