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Big Ten web links: Click on Monday's top stories

It’s the Monday following Big Ten Media Days, we’re getting closer and closer to the college football season, so there’s plenty of terrific Big Ten web links from around the web. Get all of Monday’s top clicks in this post.

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The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

We’re one week closer to the college football season, folks. If you’re counting at home, it’s five weeks away. This past week, the Big Ten held its annual Big Ten Media Days and there was plenty of news emerging from Chicago. Check out BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the week that was in this post.

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Big Ten coaches 'excited' for 2012? Better believe it

Isn’t late July great? Football is in the air, with kickoff a little more than a month away, and all the teams – even the perennial cellar dwellers – are tied for first place. Coincidentally, when coaches descend upon media days, everyone’s very excited. The Big Ten is no exception. According to The Wall Street Journal, Big Ten coaches uttered some form of the word “excited” 43 times during Thursday’s question-and-answer session at Big Ten Media Days. See who used “excited” the most in this post.

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Tim Beckman sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

It was Illinois Day on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, and as part of the festivities, first-year Illinois football coach Tim Beckman sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch. See photos, courtesy of @IlliniFootball, of Beckman taking part in the Wrigley Field staple in this post.

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.

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