Football Roundtable: Talking Illini

Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (2) throws a pass during the annual Orange and Blue spring game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Heinz-US PRESSWIRE

Illini Insider: Spring Football Report - QB's

Illinois is the midst of spring practice under first-year head coach Tim Beckman, who was hired from Toledo to take over for Ron Zook. Beckman’s goal: Lead the Fighting Illini to the Big Ten championship, which they haven’t won since 2001 under Ron Turner. Zook couldn’t do it, going 34-51 overall and 18-38 in the Big Ten with three bowl bids in seven seasons. He was dismissed after a bizarre 2011 that saw the Illini open 6-0, then lose six in a row before winning their bowl game.

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Softball opens Big Ten slate this weekend

After six weeks of non-conference play, the Big Ten softball schedule opens this weekend for all 12 teams. Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue all host conference-opening series this weekend.

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Lucas leads Lady Lions past LSU

(AP) Maggie Lucas scored 30 points, three short of a career high, and fourth-seeded Penn State moved on to the third round of the women’s NCAA tournament with a 90-80 victory over No. 5 seed LSU on Tuesday night.

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MSU adds Oregon to 2014-15 schedules

Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced Tuesday that the Spartans have agreed in principle to a home-and-home football series with Pac-12 power Oregon. The two-game series will kick off Sept. 13, 2014, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., and conclude Sept. 12, 2015, at Spartan Stadium.

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NU's Shurna to compete in 3-point contest

Northwestern all-time leading scorer John Shurna made 274 3-pointers during his illustrious career. He isn’t done yet. While the triples won’t count on the final ledger, Shurna will be flinging 3s in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at the Final Four, it was announced Tuesday.

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BTN coverage includes live shows, press conferences

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Head to Saginaw with Draymond Green

With the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament about to arrive, here’s a good reminder of what you can find on BTN TV: Full game previews and breakdowns and post-game press conferences. And yes, this goes for ALL teams playing Big Ten teams, too. We’re talking to you, Wildcats, Cardinals, Orange and Bearcats fans. Find the full schedule below in this post.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Gophers QB Gray

Minnesota's MarQueis Gray

Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota - Football Highlights

Minnesota kicks off spring practice Thursday. As part of our daily spring “Football Fix” feature, I caught up with MarQueis Gray, the Golden Gophers quarterback who is trying to build on a breakout 2011 season and lead Minnesota to a bowl. Gray started 10 games last season after splitting time between quarterback and receiver earlier in his career. The focus on quarterback benefited Gray, who hit 108-of-203 passes (50.7 percent) for 1,495 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Read the Q&A in this post.

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