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Dienhart: New wrinkles in Illini offense

Here are my observations from Friday night’s Illinois spring game, as Tim Beckman moves toward his second season leading the Fighting Illini coming off a 2-10 season. There were 40 players going through their first spring game, showing the youth of this squad. Here’s what I saw: 1. Most were curious to see how the offense looked. After all, this was a moribund attack that ranked last in the Big Ten and 119 in the nation in scoring (16.7 ppg). New coordinator Bill Cubit is changing things up. Illinois will run a quick-passing spread offense with most passes being of

Video: Watch Illini spring game highlights

Friday night’s Illinois’ Orange & Blue Spring Game was played under the lights at Memorial Stadium and on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch all the game’s best plays and other notable moments in this post. Remember: All of our Spring Football video clips can be found in our BTN.com video vault. Watch the clips below. Donovan Young scores first for the Blue team. *** Ryan Lankford hauls in the second touchdown for Blue. *** Taylor Barton intercepts the trick pass. *** Kara Lentz talks with 1965 All-American Jim Grabowski. *** Taylor Barton gets his second interception, takes it to the end zone. ***

Spring Preview: Illini have work to do

Year One under Tim Beckman was difficult. A lack of depth was a major issue in the transition from the Ron Zook era. But, Beckman didn’t stand pat, making wholesale staff changes that include a new offensive coordinator along with new offensive and defensive line coaches. This spring has been about developing chemistry, improving horrid special teams and developing a winning attitude—among other things–as Beckman continues to put his stamp on the team. BTN provides live coverage of Illinois’ spring game at 9 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go only. Track the Illini football chatter on our BTN.com Illinois Connect page. BACK

Listen to this: Spring Q&A with coaches, players

How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on. If you’re not familiar, we post these weekly teleconferences during the season. Find previous posts here for some examples. We’ll do it again this

Debate it: Will Bill Cubit fix Illinois' offense?

To put it mildly, the Illinois offense struggled last season under co-coordinators Chris Beatty and Billy Gonzales. It’s Bill Cubit’s unit now, and the veteran coach has had success on various stops across the nation. Will it continue in Champaign, and as soon as this season? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address the Illini offense in this post, and they’ll continue to do so throughout the spring football season. All of our spring football coverage is here, and the 2013 Spring Football Schedule is here. BTN provides live coverage of Illinois’ spring game at 9 p.m. ET Friday on

Come run in this summer's BTN Big 10K

The BTN Big 10K event in Chicago is back, and it’s on Saturday, July 27. This year’s race will be televised on the Big Ten Network so dress up in your favorite school colors and compete for your Big Ten team in the 10K race or 5K run/walk. Register at www.btnbig10k.com to make sure you get your school-themed race shirt – see the shirts in this post. Here are the shirts. And if you’re on Facebook, check out the race page at www.facebook.com/BTNBig10k. Afterward, kick-off the college football season in style with thousands of Big Ten fans at the ultimate

Dienhart: My top Big Ten spring questions

Spring football is in full bloom in the Big Ten, from Lincoln to State College. Many issues must be decided between the conclusion of spring drills and the start of the season. But, most won’t be resolved until fall camp. Until then, here are the 18—yes, 18–biggest Big Ten spring questions. 1. How will the Michigan offense look with Denard Robinson gone? We got an extended peak last season, when Robinson dealt with injury that forced Devin Gardner to take the controls. And, the results were promising. Coordinator Al Borges will implement more of his pro- and West Coast-style, taking

Spring Football: Previewing Big Ten Leaders Division

Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing. Many questions loom across the Big Ten landscape, as the other 11 schools will begin practice in March. Here is a look at three things that schools in the Leaders Division must work on this spring. On Friday, I will look at the Legends Division. [RELATED: Get the

Video: Big Ten interviews from NFL Combine

BTN’s Rosevelt Colvin and Russ Lande were in Indianapolis tracking the Big Ten players who participated in the 2013 NFL Combine leading up to the NFL Draft in April. See a full gallery of Big Ten players in action and watch our collection of interviews with a handful of the Big Ten players. Watch all of the available interviews below. Purdue’s Josh Johnson talks with Colvin. *** Iowa’s Micah Hyde talks with Lande. *** Colvin talks with Illinois’ Michael Buchanan. *** Lande talks with Illinois’ Akeem Spence. *** Colvin talks with Penn State’s Michael Mauti. *** Colvin talks with Minnesota’s

Team up: Ranking football & hoops coaching combos

Fun item from esteemed ex-colleague David Fox of Athlon Sports on the top football/basketball coaching tandems in the nation. Topping the list: Ohio State’s duo of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer. Michigan’s duo of Brady Hoke and John Beilein is No. 2 in the nation, according to Athlon. Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems. Hard to argue with Fox putting Matta and Meyer on top. Matta has taken Ohio State to two Final Fours, three Big Ten tourney titles and a share of five regular-season crowns. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and debuted with a