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Big Ten links: Missouri reaction, Tracy Claeys' future & more

The power of football (and the big, big, BIG money associated with it) never was more apparent than at Missouri, where the threat of a boycott of this week’s game swiftly brought down the school’s president. On Saturday, the team threw its support behind campus protesters who didn’t like how the president was handling complaints about racism and other student-welfare issues. A few days later, he was gone. *** Look here: Sounds like Tracy Claeys could have the “interim” removed from his title at Minnesota. That would be great … and the smart thing to do. I think the school

Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 9 @NFL highlights

It was another impressive week for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. Like usual, a pair of quarterbacks made the loudest statements, as Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue) continued to do what they do best. Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, his eighth straight game with a least two touchdown passes to open the season, to help New England roll past Washington, 27-10, and move to 8-0. Brees, one week after tossing an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes, racked up 387 yards passing and three more scoring strikes in New Orleans’

Watch Monday night's top Big Ten exhibition highlights

We had a trio of Big Ten men’s exhibition games on the BTN family of networks Monday night. [ MORE: Relive all of the 2015 men’s exhibition action ] Indiana and Michigan State carded victories over Bellarmine and Ferris State, respectively, on BTN Plus, while Nebraska had no trouble with Northern State in a special Student U production on BTN. With the exhibition season now complete, check out Jon Crispin’s power rankings and Jess Settles’ player rankings. Get our favorite highlights from the three exhibitions below: INDIANA 73, BELLARMINE 62 *** MICHIGAN STATE 93, FERRIS STATE 57 *** NEBRASKA 95,

B1G Volleyball Extravaganza debuts on BTN Wednesday night

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett expected to start at Illinois

Expect to see J.T. Barrett back under center for Ohio State on Saturday at Illinois. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums | View your team’s homepage ] Suspended last week following a citation for

Dienhart: A quick look at current Big Ten athletic directors

With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once

Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas

Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas as it prepares to release the final report from its investigation into mistreatment of football and women's basketball players.