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Unit Rankings: Nebraska highlights Big Ten West special teams

A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).

Dee Brown named Illinois' special assistant to director of athletics

University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced Wednesday that former Illinois basketball All-American Dee Brown will join his staff for the summer as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics. “Dee brings an enthusiasm for the Fighting Illini that is second to none,” Thomas said in a school release. “His experiences as a student-athlete on campus and in the community, his successful pro career, and now his returning to campus to give back to the Fighitng Illini speaks volumes about the positive time that he had here. Brown, the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year and

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Brandon Paul leads Illinois to 2012 win vs. Ohio State

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Illinois’ 79-74 win vs. No. 5 Ohio State from Jan. 10, 2012. Brandon Paul erupted for a career-high 43 points in the win, and he’ll be live tweeting (@BP3) during the hour-long replay. Paul shot 11-of-15 from the field (73 percent), including an incredible 3-point shot with 43 seconds left to seal the victory. Here is a breakdown of this exciting 2012 Big Ten matchup: Top moment: With Aaron Craft all of him, Brandon Paul hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to give Illinois a 74-70 lead, ultimately securing

Four Big Ten players appear in Chad Ford's two-round NBA Mock Draft

The NBA Draft is eight days away, which means teams are finalizing their draft boards leading up to the big event. [ MORE: Big Ten’s best value NBA Draft picks over last 20 years ] Several former Big Ten stars are expected to be selected early on in this year’s draft. ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford recently released his two-round NBA Mock Draft 7.0, which features four Big Ten names. The first Big Ten name Ford has coming off the board is former Ohio State standout D’Angelo Russell, who he has going No. 4 overall to the New York Knicks.

Unit Rankings: Nebraska paces Big Ten West defensive lines list

Big Ten West can’t match the star power and proven ability of its East Division counterpart. But there still is plenty of talent—and potential. And it all begins with a monster tackle tandem at Nebraska.