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Video: Illinois football opens fall camp with strong dance-off

How did Tim Beckman and Illinois kick off fall camp Monday? [ MORE: Get our team’s tweets from Illinois practice ] With a dance-off, of course. A pretty good dance-off, to boot. Senior offensive lineman Chris Boles started things off with some nice moves, but it was senior defensive lineman Jihad Ward’s answer that really stole the show. With the help of some of his defensive friends, Ward flashed some basketball moves, including a killer Eurostep, before going up for a lefty finger-roll in Boles’ face. Count this as another reason why we’re glad football is back.

Twitter: Get our team's tweets from Illinois football practice

Monday marked the first stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: Instagram photos/videos | Get all of our football tour coverage ] Stop No. 1 of 14 had us visiting Rantoul, Illinois, to watch Tim Beckman’s fourth Illini team. Throughout Monday’s practice, BTN.com senior editor Tom Dienhart, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo tweeted their thoughts. See our team’s tweets below: @BTNTOMDIENHART *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO  

Watch Penn State DT Anthony Zettel roundhouse-kick water bottle

Anthony Zettel is one of the Big Ten’s elite players and athletes. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] The Penn State defensive tackle also likes to have fun, and do so on camera. Earlier this summer, Zettel tackled a tree, which drew more than its share of attention. Sunday night, he was back at it, this time roundhouse-kicking a water bottle out of a teammate’s raised hand in the Penn State locker room. Zettel kicked the bottle so hard that it nearly took out a teammate. Luckily, the teammate, believed to be Saquan

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan rolls a different kind of car off a different kind of assembly line

Automotive visionary Henry Ford could see the future. The founder of the Ford Motor Company understood how assembly-line production of vehicles would forever change the transportation landscape. Accordingly, he helped launch the first revolution in automotive mass production more than a century ago. But what would Ford think of auto developers at the University of Michigan who are now attempting to fill the roadways on campus with cars created from 3D printers? The sound you just heard might be the late Ford rolling over in his grave. “We actually work with the Ford Motor Company, so hopefully he’s more applauding

Follow our Summer Football Camp Tour & watch BTN Live for updates

BTN’s annual summer football camp tour is back as we visit all 14 Big Ten training camps and count down the days to #KickoffOnBTN. Watch “BTN Live” weekdays at 6 p.m. ET for various camp coverages, and find the daily show on Facebook and Twitter. Also, follow BTN on social media for bonus coverage from the road, too. That includes: Pictures & videos on BTN’s Instagram page Camp updates via BTN’s Facebook page Camp reports from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Find us on Snapchat at bigtennetwork for stories from each stop Occasional live video reports from various stops via

BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota program 'opens' textbooks across the country

It’s a nearly universal experience for new college students — the “sticker shock” from buying textbooks for their upcoming semester. (“I have to pay $75 for a used geology textbook? Are you kidding me!?!?”) But that reaction may be less prevalent in the future, thanks to the Open Textbook Library and a growing national network of institutions to support it. Spearheaded by David Ernst, chief information officer at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and director of the school’s Center for Open Education, the Open Textbook Library marries two phenomena of modern technology. The first is

3 things Tom Dienhart will be watching at Illinois football practice

The 2015 BTN bus tour is officially underway. We will trek to all 14 schools to watch a practice and talk to coaches and players, getting one last time to “kick the tires” on each team before the season kicks off. The tour heads West first. And stop No. 1 is Illinois, which will be working out off campus in nearby Rantoul, Illinois, where the Fighting Illini will practice 14 times on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The squad lovingly refers to it as “Camp Rantoul.” Here are three things I’ll be looking for as I watch Tim Beckman’s