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Josh Whitman Q&A: 'We want to ignite and inspire our fan base'

New Illinois A.D. Josh Whitman is a lot of things. He’s smart, engaging and hard-working. He also is a man of action. To wit: On his first day on the job, he fired Bill Cubit and within a few days, he was introducing Lovie Smith as his new coach.

Dienhart: Lovie Smith, Illinois excited about opportunity

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Lovie Smith speaks in calm, even tones. Each word seemingly measured and given thought before being uttered. Tuesday was a big day for the freshly minted Illinois coach as he introduced his new staff, a collection of football minds that is tasked with trying to make the Illini relevant. Smith knows what’s on the line. He knows why he’s here: Illinois football is broken. And, Smith needs to fix it. “Are the players excited?” Smith asked. “Absolutely. “They want show what they can do for their new coaches. New eyes have no bias.” The work begins April

Video: Jon Crispin shares 2016-17 Big Ten players to watch

The 2015-16 Big Ten season officially came to an end Friday night, so it’s time to starting look ahead to next season. [ MORE: Read all of Jon Crispin’s Big Ten basketball coverage ] Right? Right! On Saturday night’s “B1G Finale,” BTN host Dave Revsine asked me to select my 2016-17 players to watch. Easy enough. See my super-early picks for players you should have your eye on next season in the video above.

Big Ten Football: A look at offensive line situations

Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up. Here is a look at the most critical offensive line situations in the Big Ten, listed alphabetically. Illinois Guard Ted Karras was the team’s top blocker. Now, he’s gone. This unit needs to get a better push after the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg)

Upon further review: How did our Big Ten predictions shake out?

At the beginning of the basketball season, our panel of Big Ten men's basketball experts came together and made some predictions. Some were pretty good, others not so much. See what they predicted and how it compares to the end results.

Five Big Ten stars win 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships crowns

With Penn State wrestling’s fifth NCAA title in the last six years Saturday, the Big Ten has claimed the last 10 national crowns. [ MORE: View full NCAA brackets | View final team standings ] Incredible, right? Four Big Ten teams (Iowa – 3; Minnesota – 1; Ohio State – 1; Penn State – 5) have contributed to the conference’s dominant streak, and, to no surprise, it was all Big Ten in the latest NCAA Wrestling Championships, this one at Madison Square Garden. In addition to the Nittany Lions claiming the conference’s 10th straight crown, the Big Ten put six

BTN LiveBIG: Illinois students' innovative prosthetic includes a 'nice touch'

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. To reach out and touch something, to feel how hard or soft, durable or fragile it is, is one of the basic ways that humans interface with the world around them. Yet, when a person loses a hand or arm, they’re stripped of that connection. “Losing the ability to feel is just devastating.” Aadeel Akhtar said. “You use it in every facet

Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament: All-Friday team

The quarterfinal round of the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament was filled with a little bit of everything. We saw an upset win by No. 8-seeded Michigan in the opener, blowout victories by Purdue and Michigan State in Games 2 and 3, and Maryland hold on to a win in the nightcap. With four games on the slate, Big Ten fans got the chance to see plenty of outstanding individual performances as well. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman offer their All-Friday teams from the third day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. We did it Wednesday and Thursday,