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Assault charges against Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo dropped

A municipal judge dismissed an assault charge against Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo late Tuesday afternoon. This came after the alleged victim in the case said she did not wish to testify. Carroo was charged with assault under domestic violence in connection with an incident that occurred outside the Hale Center on Sept. 12, following Rutgers’ loss to Washington State. According to a report from NJ.com, Carroo will have to attend six hours of anger management, and his lawyers acknowledged that officers had probable cause to file charges. It remains unclear if Carroo, the leading returning wide receiver in the

Gallery: Here's how former Big Ten players fared in 2015 MLB season

The 2015 MLB regular season came to a close Sunday afternoon, so there’s no better time to take a look at how former Big Ten players fared. It was a strong season for several Big Ten names, in addition to a handful of Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers products who starred at their schools before they entered the conference. Seven players aren’t done playing, either. Clayton Richard (Michigan) and Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), both with the Cubs, J.A. Happ (Northwestern) and Tony Watson (Nebraska), both with the Pirates, Brett Cecil (Maryland), of the Blue Jays, Alex Gordon (Nebraska), of the Royals, and Kevin Plawecki (Purdue),

Big Ten Player Rankings: Ezekiel Elliott tops our guys' new lists

If you like offense, you will love this week's edition of Big Ten Player Rankings. See BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman's latest lists inside.

Week 6 Big Ten Previews: Ready for Northwestern at Michigan?

A full slate of Big Ten games is on tap with all 14 teams in action. And the “big one” is up in the Big House, where 4-1 Michigan will take on 5-0 Northwestern in a fascinating inter-divisional clash.

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach’s Week 6 teleconference

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here. Don’t forget: Lots of video highlights via these links, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights Northwestern football highlights Ohio State football highlights Penn State football highlights

Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday: Keep warm and carry on, Big Ten fans

We here at Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday headquarters have reviewed this week’s wide sampling of available GIFs, and we couldn’t help but realize that the weather has surely turned. More on this thought in a moment, but for now look back fondly at previous episodes from  Week 1 and Week 2 and Week 3. Oh, and Week 4. And are you into social media? Come on, everyone is doing it. BTN is on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with in-game highlights all season long. And we’re on Vine and Instagram, too. And Snapchat (bigtennetwork). Here are links to collections of available highlights on Twitter. BTN

Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 4 @NFL highlights

Drew Brees (Purdue) is the obvious headliner when it comes to former Big Ten players in Week 4 NFL action. But others, such as Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Robbie Gould (Penn State) and Charles Woodson (Michigan), to name a few, also had big days.

Photo: Kirk Cousins, wife get 'royal' treatment at Chipotle

Kirk Cousins is, and always will be, a big deal in East Lansing, Michigan. The former Michigan State quarterback is finding his professional home to his liking, too. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten standouts’ Week 4 @NFL highlights ] Cousins, the Washington Redskins starting quarterback, tweeted the picture above Saturday afternoon, soon after Connor Cook beat his all-time wins record in Michigan State’s win over Purdue. (For the record, Cousins is just fine being No. 2 now.) Hours after receiving the “royal” treatment at his local Chipotle, Cousins threw a touchdown pass (watch it!) in the final seconds to lead

Big Ten links: Iowa in the national polls, key injuries & much more

It is difficult to believe Iowa is ranked in both polls for the first time since … 2010? This is the ninth different Iowa team to get ranked during the 17-season Kirk Ferentz era. Four of those teams — 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009 — ended the season in the Top 10. This is a good sign. *** Indiana has a big game at Penn State this Saturday. How will the Hoosiers perform coming off an emotional near-win vs. No. 1 Ohio State? It will tell us a lot about this IU squad. And it would help the Hoosiers’ cause