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Jay Johnson Q&A: 'This is a really neat place'

Change is brewing in the air at Minnesota. The Tracy Claeys era has begun, and he quickly put his stamp on things by shaking up the staff.

BTN LiveBIG: Kids with autism get help from Buckeyes and The Bard

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is a treasure trove for the English language. Common phrases such as “all the devils are here,” “the stuff that dreams are made of,” “the past is prologue,” “strange bedfellows” and “brave new world” are all either derived or pulled directly from the text. When it comes to expanding people’s means of communication, The Bard’s works are a

Big Ten Basketball: Jon Crispin's Top 3 players next season

The Final Four will take place on Saturday, and unfortunately for Big Ten fans, there isn’t a team from that conference left in the NCAA Tournament. Because of that, we are already looking ahead to next season. BTN Basketball Analyst Jon Crispin was put on the hot seat today and asked to pick out his top three Big Ten players heading into next season. It should be noted that this list could change as players are still able to declare for this year’s NBA Draft. With that said, here is a look at Crispin’s top three picks, and what he

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon visits University of Michigan

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon spent the day Wednesday at the University of Michigan. Gordon was on campus as part of a partnership announcement between Hendrick Motorsports, Axalta and the school that will bring research and development of coating technology to the university. According to mlive.com, the organizations have a five-year partnership that will allow the students to conduct research on a variety of challenges facing the coating industry, while also providing opportunities for the students to explore the world of professional racing. In case you were wondering, yes, Gordon found Jim Harbaugh on campus. No trip to Ann Arbor, celebrity

Josh Whitman Q&A: 'We want to ignite and inspire our fan base'

New Illinois A.D. Josh Whitman is a lot of things. He’s smart, engaging and hard-working. He also is a man of action. To wit: On his first day on the job, he fired Bill Cubit and within a few days, he was introducing Lovie Smith as his new coach.

Longtime Wisconsin assistant Gary Close leaves Badgers

(AP) Longtime Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close has resigned from the Badgers basketball program. [ MORE: Read UWBadgers.com’s full release ] Close said in a statement Wednesday that it was a difficult decision, and that he told coach Greg Gard earlier this week. Close says he plans to pursue other opportunities in basketball, but that he wants his next job to give him with more flexibility to spend time with his wife and family. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Close was on the Wisconsin staff for 13 seasons. He was hired by former coach Bo Ryan, who retired in