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Big Ten links: Take a spin around Thursday's notable football stories

In Thursday's spin around the headlines for Big Ten football, we look at a story that points out how Michigan's loss to Utah is looking better and better. Plus, who's running the offense at Ohio State? How serious is Wisconsin running back Corey Clement's injury? Look - great old pictures from the 1973 Penn State-Army game! Read these stories and more in our daily digest of Big Ten news.

Coming Saturday: Feature profile of Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh

This Saturday on BTN’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” at 10:30 a.m. ET, we air a special feature on Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh, who was born in Sierra Leone, Africa just as that country’s civil war was escalating. Watch a small clip here, then tune in for the entire feature. We will also post the feature on BTN.com after it airs. In the first five years of Darboh’s life, more than 35,000 people were killed in that civil war, including Darhoh’s parents. A group of Darboh’s relatives escpaped with the boy travelling on foot to Gambia and Senegal before getting the

BTN LiveBIG: Rutgers helps young dancing star get back on her feet

Last year, 13-year-old Christina Blumstein had just returned home with her parents to their home in Old Bridge, N.J., following a summer trip to Long Island when something went horribly wrong. Though she’d felt fine moments before, she was hit with a sudden, intense pain. “Christina started screaming that somebody was stabbing her in the head with a knife,” her mother, MaryAnn Blumstein, said. Moments later, the girl slid into a coma caused by a massive stroke. An ambulance arrived shortly after that to rush her to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for emergency treatment. “Christina was very ill and

Video: A day in the life of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio

What is a day in the life of Mark Dantonio like? Michigan State football fans can find out as MSU recently released a video titled “What it Takes,” which can be seen at the top of this post. The video goes behind the scenes with Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio as he prepares for his team’s Week 4 matchup against Central Michigan. The all-access video shows everything from staff meetings, to media sessions, to a look inside player-only sessions. It concludes with highlights from the Spartans’ 30-10 victory over CMU this past Saturday. Check out the full video and also

Week 5 Big Ten Previews: Get excited, Big Ten play is here!

The first full week of Big Ten action awaits in Week 5. And all eyes will be on two Big Ten West clashes. Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota’s journey to Northwestern will help set a framework for what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West clash. And Nebraska goes to Illinois in a battle between two West teams looking to get a foothold in the division.

Watch Big Ten marching bands' Week 4 performances

Big Ten football is home to a lot more than just the nation’s top two teams. [ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Week 5 previews | Polls: Pick Week 5 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Big Ten Mailbag | Q&A: Nate Sudfeld | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Best of non-conference play ] While No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan State, among others, are delighting fans early on this season, the marching bands, per usual, are putting on incredible performances every Saturday. Below, we have collected the Week 4

Watch our Big Ten Hockey coach and player preseason video interviews

With the Big Ten men’s hockey season approaching, BTN talked at length with six head coaches and one player from each Big Ten men’s team. We’ve got all of the interviews in this post. If you’re on Twitter, get updates from each team with the following accounts: @B1Ghockey @HockeyOnBTN @umichhockey @MSU_Hockey @GopherHockey @OhioState_MHKY @PennStateMHKY @BadgerMHockey Here are a few handy links for the upcoming season: NCAA.com: Men’s hockey rankings BigTen.org: Overall men’s standings GopherSports.com: Team page MGoBlue.com: Team page MSUSpartans.com: Team page OhioStateBuckeyes.com: Team page GoPSUsports.com: Team page UWBadgers.com: Team page And now, the preseason video interviews are below.

Tonight's 'B1G Close Up' to feature Penn State and Wisconsin volleyball

On Sept. 30, BTN Originals breaks new ground with the second installment of their one-hour series “B1G Close Up” – which will feature the Sept. 23 volleyball match between Wisconsin and Penn State. Wisconsin entered the match ranked No. 16, looking to take down No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions volleyball team has built a dynasty in State College, winning six of the past eight National Championships and four in a row from 2007-2010. In the three days leading up to the match, BTN’s cameras were embedded with each program, providing viewers an unparalleled glimpse into two perennial volleyball