Dienhart: Analyzing Iowa's 2012 Schedule

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz looks at the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

Iowa Spring Game - Football Highlights

As we head into our first football-less weekend after three straight weekends of Spring Games coverage, I continue my Big Ten football team’s schedule analysis with a look at the Iowa Hawkeyes and their 2012 slate. If you missed my earlier ones, we covered Illinois here and Indiana over here. we’re rolling them all out in the coming days right here.

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BTN, Big Ten Baseball to hit Target Field


Illinois vs. Missouri - Baseball Highlights

Minnesota and Penn State will be the latest Big Ten baseball teams to play in a MLB stadium when the Gophers and Nittany Lions open a three-game series in Minneapolis. They’ll play indoors at the Metrodome on Friday and Sunday but Saturday’s game airs at 3 p.m. ET on BTN live from Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.Earlier this season, Illinois faced Missouri at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (see video in this post).

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Illini Add 2nd Transfer in McLaurin

Illinois officially announced Friday that Coastal Carolina’s Sam McLaurin will transfer to Illinois for his final season, and he will be eligible to compete immediately during the 2012-13 season under the NCAA one-time transfer exception.  The 6-8, 230-pound forward started all 31 games for the Chanticleers last season, averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. See his full player stats page here. McLaurin is the second announced transfer for new Illini coach John Groce as he added Rayvonte Rice from Drake earlier this month.

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Dream Team: Building My Best Big Ten Staff


Al Borges Film Session

You just got hired to be a head coach at a Big Ten school. Your head is spinning as you give you’re opening remarks at a press conference, but there is no time to be giddy. You must build a coaching staff—and you only can do so by taking assistants from other Big Ten schools.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan State's Dantonio

Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio reacts after they beat against the Georgia Bulldogs of the 2012 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Michigan State Spartans defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 33-30 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State Spring Game - Football Highlights

Michigan State is one of the hottest programs in the Big Ten—if not the nation. And the Spartans can thank Mark Dantonio. Since arriving from Cincinnati to assume command in 2007, Dantonio has forged a 44-22 record in six seasons, including a 27-13 mark in the Big Ten. And each season, Michigan State has gone to a bowl, highlighted by a win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl after last season. Dantonio also beat rival Michigan for a fourth consecutive season in 2011, forever endearing him to Spartan fans.

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