Dienhart: Purdue, Hope to talk deal after bowl

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said on Wednesday that he will talk about extending Danny Hope’s contract after the season. Hope has three years left on his deal, which calls for a review by Dec. 31.

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Packers sign Gophers product Hoese

Gopher fans and Big Ten watchers will remember Jon Hoese, the fullback who went through quite an emotional time during the 2010 Big Ten football season. Hoese’s dad slipped into a coma on a Friday, the son missed practice most of that week and then returned to play in a stirring game that following weekend for the opener. Watch the video in this post for the complete story. Hoese signed with the defending Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers as a free agent today. He had spent some time with the team this summer before being cut. Here’s the news release at Packers.com and here’s his NFL player page.

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Dienhart: Michigan 2011 Season Recap

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and he’s wrtitten up team-by-team season recaps for all 12 Big Ten teams. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up first: Michigan. Watch our video from the Wolverines’ much-awaited victory over heated rival Ohio State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. Did you miss the others? They’re all right here.

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Did You See This? Ohio State's Craft

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

USC-Upstate at Ohio State - Aaron Craft Rubik's Cube

Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft has plenty of brains to go along with his skills on the hardwood. As it’s been reported recently, the sophomore sensation received the first “B” of his academic career last year. And it was a B-plus in chemistry, so it’s not like he should feel bad. On Tuesday, Craft was caught doing a Rubik’s Cube with one hand while conducting a phone interview with CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman. So, naturally, BTN asked Craft to give the Rubik’s Cube a try in front of one of our cameras Wednesday. He succeeded. In just more than a minute, too. Watch the video now.

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Did You See This? Ohio State's Thompson

Ohio State's Sam Thompson

USC-Upstate at Ohio State - Sam Thompson Block

Any way you define it, Ohio State’s Sam Thompson is an athlete. In fact, Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has been quoted as saying the freshman is the most athletic player he’s ever coached. Thompson hasn’t had many opportunities to showcase his talents in the Buckeyes’ first nine games, but he more than made up for it Wednesday night. In an easy win over South Carolina-Upstate, Thompson started things off by coming from behind and swatting a would-be breakaway layup. After that, he put on a dunk contest, prompting Jim Jackson to say: “He’s a highlight package waiting to happen.” Watch the block now and see his dunking ability inside.

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