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Dienhart: Like it or not, there should be no stopping transfers

Everyone in life—yes, even college basketball coaches--is always looking for a better situation. Why should college basketball players be any different? Maybe coaches need to do a better job of selling kids on remaining in their program.

Six Big Ten teams make 2016 NCAA softball tournament

Six Big Ten softball teams made the NCAA tournament, it was announced late Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten regular season champ Michigan highlights the Big Ten participants, earning the No. 2 national seed and hosting the Ann Arbor Regional. Illinois, Big Ten tournament champ Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State round out the Big Ten contingent. See how Big Ten teams celebrated the good news in the tweets below. WE'RE IN!!!!!!! #Illini #D1softball #RoadtoWCWS pic.twitter.com/erfbqwt7N5 — Illini Softball (@IlliniSB) May 16, 2016 Wolverines will host Valpo, Notre Dame, Miami (OH) in the

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois grad finds his calling on social media

A college education is so much more than what one learns in the classroom. Extracurricular opportunities are integral to any student’s learning and professional development. Sometimes, those activities turn into a job. Or even a career. Scott Emalfarb studied sports marketing at the University of Illinois. He said that he was always interested in public relations and marketing, but his knowledge of the field really grew out of how he and his friends utilized their free time at school. “My friends and I started a promotion company where we threw hip-hop battles in Champaign,” Emalfarb said. “At first, it was

Big Ten announces 2016 homecoming game kickoff times

The Big Ten office announced the kickoff times for 2016 homecoming games Wednesday morning. See your team’s homecoming time, date and opponent below. ILLINOIS vs. Minnesota, noon ET Oct. 29 INDIANA vs. Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 15 IOWA vs. Northwestern, noon ET Oct. 1 MARYLAND vs. Purdue, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 1 MICHIGAN vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Oct. 22 MICHIGAN STATE vs. Northwestern, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 15 MINNESOTA vs. Rutgers, noon ET Oct. 22 NEBRASKA vs. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 1 NORTHWESTERN vs. Indiana, noon ET Oct. 22 OHIO STATE vs. Rutgers, noon ET Oct. 1

BTN announces 2016 primetime football schedule

Of the 10 games, seven feature teams that finished ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll, including a pair of games for 2015 Big Ten title game participants Iowa and Michigan State. View our full primetime slate inside.

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois professor sinks his teeth into research

Take a moment and picture in your mind a college biology laboratory… Did you envision a crossbow shooting arrows into ballistics gelatin? Probably not. However, that was the recent setup for Philip Anderson, assistant professor of animal biology at the University of Illinois. Anderson — along with researchers Jeffrey LaCosse from Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, N.C., and Mark Pankow of North Carolina State University — studied how various creatures in the wild use their fangs, claws, tentacles and other appendages to puncture animals and materials for food and survival. The subject matter may seem bizarre to the

Here's how to watch every game of the Big Ten softball tourney

The top 12 teams make the tournament, held at Penn State, and all 11 games air live on BTN/BTN2Go, starting with No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Rutgers at noon ET Thursday. View the complete tournament schedule and get links to watch each game on BTN2Go.

Big Ten names, past and present, send Mother's Day wishes

One of the easiest days of the year to celebrate, today is Mother’s Day. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] From all of us at Big Ten Network, here’s to wishing every Big Ten mom out there the happiest of Mother’s Days. Throughout the day Sunday, Big Ten names, both past and present, went to social media to send their mothers and/or wives Mother’s Day greetings. From former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current NFL superstar JJ Watt to ex-Purdue women’s basketball star and current BTN analyst Stephanie White, see some of the tweets