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B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a current NFL star serving as a guest coach for Illinois basketball. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Drake being on our sideline is absolutely awesome. Only at Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/CtrVnKPxt8 — Kirk Barton (@Kirk_Barton) January 3, 2014 Our take: Celebs have been out in full force this Big Ten Bowl season. Guest coach for

Gallery: View our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team

The 2013 NFL regular season came to an end late Sunday night. That being the case, it’s time to release our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team. Check out our offensive and defensive teams in this post. Did someone get snubbed? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post. OFFENSE QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans (Purdue): 446-650, 5,162 yards, 39 TD, 12 INT RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (Michigan State): 244 car., 860 yards, 8 TD; 45 rec., 399 yards RB: Pierre Thomas, New Orleans (Illinois): 147 car., 549 yards, 2 TD; 77 rec., 513 yards, 3

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Morning Download

Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog. Indiana University announced a $40 million gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt for renovations to Assembly Hall. Throwback Thursday: The original Assembly Hall, build in 1896, and the current Assembly Hall, opened in 1971. #tbt pic.twitter.com/nq5Xt2y7Qv — Indiana University (@IUBloomington)

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a photo of former Illinois football player Mike Hopkins on a Christmas Eve spacewalk. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: RT @rosebowlgame: Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren is sporting his Google Glass for today's press conference. #RoseBowl100 pic.twitter.com/FvIGcg4Rcv — Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 27, 2013 Our take: Fancy. Will Michigan State OC Dave Warner follow suit

Let's watch 2013's top 10 B1G football games

The holidays can be a time for reflection, so over Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, BTN is airing our top 10 Big Ten football game from the past season. Five games air on Tuesday and the other five air on Wednesday. Over the past week BTN viewers and BTN.com readers voted for their favorite games, then we compiled the top 10 list. RANK AIRS (all times ET) GAME | HIGHLIGHTS No. 10: Dec. 24, Noon. Nebraska at Michigan – 11/9/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS No. 9: Dec. 24, 2 p.m. Wisconsin at Ohio State – 9/28/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday links: Forbes.com ranks football teams

This is a great place to start daily links. Forbes.com has ranked the “most valuable” college football teams of 2013. A pretty interesting exercise. The most “valuable” Big Ten franchise: Michigan at No. 5. Next is Ohio State at No. 9; Nebraska No. 10; Penn State is No. 15; Wisconsin is No. 16. I guess I am a bit shocked that Ohio State isn’t No. 1 among Big Ten schools. I don’t care what metrics you use, how can the Buckeyes not be No. 1? Oh, well. It doesn’t really matter. *** The most emotional sports moment of the year?

Season Review: Illini struggle, but snap B1G skid

Year Two under Tim Beckman brought hope in the form of an improved won-loss record, as Illinois went from two victories to four. The credit goes to a revived offense, as new coordinator Bill Cubit altered the scheme and maxed out the skills of senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois averaged 29.7 points and 426.7 yards in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in 2012. The team opened with a 3-1 mark, buoying hopes of a bowl. Alas, Illinois lost seven of its last eight games, including a second consecutive loss and fourth in six games to Northwestern. But

Illini extend OC Bill Cubit through 2015 season

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced today that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has agreed to a one-year contract extension that includes an increase in annual salary to $500,000 per year and keeps him on the Fighting Illini sideline through the 2015 season. The extension becomes official pending UI Board of Trustees approval. “Bill Cubit proved to us why he is considered one of the top offensive coaches in the nation after our offense made dramatic improvement from 2012,” Beckman said. “His coaching and play-calling experience was a terrific addition to the program a year ago, and this assures continuity at

Clothes Call: A look back at new 2013 uniform designs

With the year quickly coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the new basketball and football uniform designs that debuted in 2013. Don’t worry, 2014 is certain to include just as many, if not more, new designs. Actually, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Either way, enjoy the look back. ILLINOIS Tim Beckman and Illinois showed off plenty of new designs in 2013. Prior to the season, the Illini unveiled a new orange primary helmet. It went on to wear a blue helmet, white jersey and blue pants combination for the first time ever,

#BTNLive asks: Which non-bowl team makes biggest leap?

So, which Big Ten football team not playing in a bowl game this season will improve the most in 2014? If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our latest Big Ten Twitter poll for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On today’s show, we look ahead to 2014 and debate which of the non-bowl teams will make the biggest leap. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote.Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The