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BTN LiveBIG: Illinois faculty achievements add up to big impact

Imagine you’re highly skilled in software coding or the finer aspects of machine learning. You’d be a sought-after commodity in today’s employment market, and the odds of finding a fulfilling job that allows you to make a good living would be pretty good. Now imagine you live in Kenya or Bangladesh. Though there might be opportunities available to you in those countries, it’s just as likely that you’ll find yourself in a job in which you’re over-skilled or doing something completely removed from your talents. Furthermore, there are many others in a similar situation throughout the country, creating a ripple

Dienhart: Like it or not, there should be no stopping transfers

Everyone in life—yes, even college basketball coaches--is always looking for a better situation. Why should college basketball players be any different? Maybe coaches need to do a better job of selling kids on remaining in their program.

2016 football schedule analysis: Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State Buckeyes’ offseason to-do list ] Now, Ohio State has myriad holes to fill as it looks to become Big Ten kings again. And it faces a tough schedule that will make ascending back to the top a challenge. Here is a look

Dienhart: Wisconsin Badgers' offseason to-do list

Paul Chryst returned home to Wisconsin last season. And, it went smashingly well. But there is work to do as Chryst begins his second season coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West.

Big Ten links: It's time for Wednesday's top headlines!

The Michigan State d-line needs help, having lost talent like Shilique Calhoun, Joel Heath and Lawrence Thomas. So the arrival of Nebraska grad transfer DT Kevin Williams is perfect timing. Williams was granted a sixth year of eligibility last fall, after missing two full seasons, in 2011 and 2013, due to injury. He had already earned a bachelors and a master’s degree from Nebraska and will seek a second master’s degree from Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Williams played in 23 games during his five years at Nebraska, recording 27 tackles, including 10 for loss. *** It was sad to

Big Ten gets four teams in NCAA Rowing Championships

O-H-I-O! #B1GRowing champs. 🏆#GoBucks #RowBucks pic.twitter.com/Ouuf9YJPXl — OSU Women's Rowing (@OhioState_WROW) May 15, 2016 Four Big Ten teams were selected for the 2016 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships, the NCAA Rowing Committee announced on Tuesday. Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin earned berths into the national event, marking the seventh time in the last eight years four conference teams have participated in the NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes earned the conference’s automatic berth into the field after winning their fourth-consecutive Big Ten Championship last weekend. Ohio State aims for its fourth straight national title after earning the conference’s third NCAA Rowing

Looking back at Big Ten lottery picks in last 10 NBA drafts

The 2016 NBA Lottery is Tuesday night, which got us thinking about recent Big Ten lottery picks. There’s been a dozen from the Big Ten in the last 10 drafts, none higher than Ohio State’s Greg Oden (No. 1; 2007); three Big Ten names have gone No. 2 (Evan Turner, 2010; Victor Oladipo, 2013; D’Angelo Russell, 2015). A couple more Big Ten lottery factoids: Indiana and Ohio State pace the conference with four lottery picks apiece since 2006. The 2013 draft was the most fruitful lottery for the Big Ten, with three picks. See all of the Big Ten lottery

Bruce Feldman ranks four Big Ten teams in way-too-early top 25 poll

Stewart Mandel released his way-too-early top 25 college football poll earlier this month, and now it’s time for another respected FOX Sports personality to do so. Bruce Feldman shared his list Monday, and, like Mandel, he has Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State included. Both put Michigan and Ohio State at No. 5 and No. 9, respectively. They disagree on Iowa and Michigan State, though, with Feldman placing Iowa at No. 14. See where Feldman ranks the Big Ten teams, plus get a portion of his team-by-team analysis, below. 5. Michigan: Jim Harbaugh won 10 games in his debut

2016 football schedule analysis: Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern is coming off a stellar season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games. And NU is thinking big in 2016 as it looks to win what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West. And, it just may happen, as this could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet. But it faces a daunting schedule that offers little relief. [ MORE: Dienhart: Northwestern’s offseason to-do list ] Here’s a breakdown. Toughest non-conference game: vs. Duke, Sept. 17. The Wildcats waded into Durham, North Carolina, last year and took a 19-10 decision. This was a good Blue Devil squad that would