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Big Ten teams announce 2015 homecoming games, kickoff times

Big Ten football teams announced 2015 homecoming opponents, dates and kickoff times Thursday afternoon. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] If you’re counting at home – we know many of you are – there’s 111 days until Thursday, Sept. 3, when Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. TCU) kick off the Big Ten football season. See homecoming opponents, dates and kickoff times below. We will add remaining teams’ dates when they are released. ILLINOIS vs. Wisconsin – Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET *** INDIANA vs. Rutgers – Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET *** IOWA vs. Illinois

Maryland schedule analysis: Taking an early look at Terps' 2015 slate

Maryland’s Big Ten debut was a success by most measures, as Randy Edsall navigated the Terrapins to a third-place finish in the Big Ten East that saw them go 7-6 overall and reach a bowl. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Highlights included wins on the road at Michigan and at Penn State. The Terps have a good chance to build on that 2014 mojo, but the 2015 schedule is filled with challenges. Here is a detailed look at Maryland’s to-do list for the fall. Toughest non-conference game: at West Virginia, Sept. 26. These

Illini, past and present, tweet support for program, Tim Beckman

Illinois football players, past and present, took to Twitter on Thursday to show their support for the program and head coach Tim Beckman. Last Sunday, former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic sent out a flurry of critical tweets that accused Beckman of running a culture of player mistreatment. Cvijanovic, who tore his meniscus vs. Ohio State on Nov. 1 and missed the rest of the 2014 season, stopped playing football because, “I was asked to push myself past pain until I didn’t want to play anymore.” The offensive lineman started 29 games at Illinois during his final three seasons. He was

Illinois baseball 'enjoying the ride' during historic 2015 season

Three more games. That’s all that remains in Illinois’ historic 2015 regular season. Winners of a program-record 24 consecutive games, including six straight Big Ten series sweeps, the Illini (43-6-1, 19-1) host Nebraska on the season’s final weekend. Illinois’ magic number is two, so it could clinch the Big Ten title as early as Thursday night, with a victory and an Iowa (37-12, 18-3) loss at Rutgers. Before the Illini open up their final series, BTN.com caught up with Illinois beat writer Scott Richey, of The News-Gazette, to get his take on the special season. Follow Richey on Twitter (@srrichey)

Big Ten links: Countess, Sims' transfers, top 2015 storylines & more

This isn’t great news: Michigan CB Blake Countess will transfer and play his fifth season elsewhere. Mlive.com notes that Countess becomes the sixth player to transfer from Michigan’s program since Brady Hoke’s firing. Countess’ departure from the program comes two days after Michigan formally announced the addition of Stanford graduate transfer Wayne Lyons, a 6-foot-1 corner who is expected to compete for a starting job opposite presumed starter Jourdan Lewis this fall. *** Speaking of departures, Michigan State recently saw WR Andre Sims, Jr. bolt. Mlive.com says Sims was a projected reserve and an experienced option in the return game.

Ohio State looks to defend title at 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships

The 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships take place Saturday-Sunday at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, the fifth consecutive season that the course has hosted the event. The 2015 Big Ten Rowing Championships are a prelims and finals event. Ohio State enters the event after winning its second consecutive Big Ten Championship and NCAA title last season. The Buckeyes recorded 164 points at last year’s event on the strength of five first-place finishes. Michigan posted a second-place effort (140 points), while Wisconsin finished third (109 points). Wisconsin boasts four top-seeded boats entering the championships, while Ohio State claims three top seeds.

Michigan State to host 2015 Big Ten track & field championships

Michigan State will host the 2015 Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday-Sunday. Get BigTen.org’s previews for the men’s and women’s events below. Men’s Preview Michigan State University and Ralph Young Track and Field will host the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled to begin Friday and run through Sunday. Wisconsin looks to repeat as the conference champion after totaling 121 points at last year’s championships to earn its 19th Big Ten title. The Badgers were followed by Illinois in second-place, third-place Nebraska, Ohio State in fourth-place and fifth-place Purdue. In the