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Big Ten mailbag: On recruiting, Joey Bosa & our expert's campus rankings

Mail time! You know the drill. You email me nice questions while at work sipping a Macchiato … and I answer them while sipping Sanka. It’s fun. And, it’s free. How can you send me fresh questions? Lots of ways. Tweet at me @BTNTomDienhart. Or use the box at the end of this post to drop me a note. Or bookmark this page and hit me up whenever a question or idea pops into your head. Why would a quarterback of Torrance Gibson’s caliber sign with a team (Ohio State) loaded with quality quarterbacks? Conversely, why would Ohio State even sign

Big Ten Links: One look at the Big Ten the day after Signing Day

In Thursday morning's roundup of Big Ten stories from beat writers, we collected a number of interesting "day after Signing Day" links, including one that says Ohio State's offensive coordinator is certain Braxton Miller will return. Also, who flipped? And which two schools had surprisingly good days? All that and more in this post.

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State attempts to break the cycle of poverty in Columbus

One of the long-standing beliefs in America is the classic Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches narrative — that is, no matter what someone’s circumstances are when they’re growing up, they can achieve success through a combination of hard work and persistence. But those kinds of stories are the exception, not the rule, even in the land of opportunity. According to Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, children who are born and raised in destitution often find their opportunities are severely limited throughout their lives. Part of Ohio State’s historical mission as an

Video: Watch your Big Ten coach's National Signing Day interview

BTN interviewed all 14 Big Ten football coaches on Wednesday’s two-hour “BTN Football & Beyond: Signing Day Special.” [ MORE: Signing day roundup | Our favorite new Big Ten names ] Mike Hall conducted all of the talkbacks, to get an idea about how each Big Ten coach felt about his latest signing class. Spoiler alert: The coaches really like their new players. Also, you can get all of our 2015 National Signing Day coverage here. Watch all of our interviews, from Illinois’ Tim Beckman to Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, below. How did @IlliniFootball close so strongly this recruiting season? @CoachBeckman

Stephanie White: Beware of the Big Ten's middle of the pack

In our latest “5 Things I Know” with BTN women’s basketball analyst Stephanie White, the former Purdue star and current WNBA head coach discusses the role of spoiler, the Iowa-Northwestern shootout, Michigan State’s Aerial Powers recent play and more. Here’s what White told BTN.com this week: 1. Beware of the middle of the pack Even though the middle of the Big Ten is five or six games out of first place in the conference race, they certainly have opportunities to spoil things for those at the top and increase the possibilities of winning the conference tournament. Teams in the league