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Big Ten links: Big Ten title game venue talk, Julie Hermann feature & more

Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has some good leftover notes for the recent Big Ten AD meetings. Among the topics: future site of the Big Ten football title game. Despite the league’s weather-tested image, don’t expect administrators to consider an outdoor facility. Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said a cold-weather game has too many disadvantages for both the teams and the league. “I’d have a hard time voting for a game outside. I really would,” Alvarez said. “I know purists say, ‘Hey football is supposed to be played outside.’ But one reason, I don’t want the elements to

Tom Dienhart's bottom 5 Big Ten non-conference games

On Friday, Tom Dienhart took a look at the Big Ten's top 2015 non-conference games, the first of three-part series. Now, it's time for his bottom 5 non-conference games.

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue cooks up 'Rice' supercomputer in a single day

The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is generally taken to mean that complex systems and solutions can’t be developed quickly. But whoever came up with the aphorism clearly wasn’t familiar with Purdue University’s “Install Day.” That event took place on May 8, when a veritable village of Purdue staff and volunteers assembled a research supercomputer named Rice in less than 24 hours and immediately put it to use, a shining demonstration of team-building and resourcefulness. Take that, Romans! “I think it’s novel to see a university do something in this kind of space in an organized way,” said

Big Ten takes top four spots in NFL.com's best rivalry trophies list

The Big Ten boasts some of college football’s greatest rivalries, so it comes as no surprise that it’s rivalry trophies are among the best of the bunch. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section! ] According to NFL.com’s list of college football’s best rivalry trophies, the latest installment in its popular 15 for ’15 series, the nation’s top four trophies reside in the Big Ten. That’s right, the site ranks Floyd of Rosedale No. 1, Paul Bunyan’s Axe No. 2, Little Brown Jug No. 3, and Old Oaken Bucket No. 4. The first non-Big Ten trophy

Ohio State wins third consecutive NCAA rowing championship

Ohio State rowing made NCAA history Sunday morning. The Buckeyes became the first program to win three consecutive NCAA titles, a feat Washington, Brown (on two occasions) and California were unable to pull off previously after taking back-to-back titles. Ohio State ran away with its fifth national title, which only trails Brown (6), totaling 126 points, 12 ahead of second-place California, at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, California. “It’s been amazing watching these young women grow up this season,” Ohio State head coach Andy Teitelbaum said. “Having the pressure of two consecutive titles on their backs, I

Mick Jagger starts 'O-H!' chant, sings 'Hang on Sloopy' at Ohio Stadium

The Rolling Stones returned to iconic Ohio Stadium on Saturday night, and they delighted fans with the usual hits, to go along with a couple surprises. At one point, Mick Jagger gave the crowd an “O-H!” chant. The crowd, of course, was thrilled and fired back with an “I-O!” Watch it in the video embedded in the tweet above. Jagger and the Stones weren’t done there, as they also played “Hang on Sloppy,” which just so happens to be the state’s official rock song. You can watch that in the video in the tweet below. It’s no wonder the Rolling

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois alumna’s innovative work creates new field of scientific research

A series that covers the true revolutionaries, Game Changers explores how innovators from Big Ten universities — students, faculty and alums — are inventing or reinventing their chosen fields. Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton’s groundbreaking work with genetic engineering in plants started with what seemed to her like a ludicrous theory: that particular species of bacteria could attach to plant genomes and proceed to spread DNA to them. “There was a student in the class that I taught who once told me about agrobacterium and crown gall tumors,” Chilton said. “People had the idea that there might be gene transfer from the