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Friday's Hard Takes: A closer look at the Big Ten coaching changes

It’s the last Saturday in October tomorrow. That means it’s time to take one last deep breath as we point toward the finish line. And, already, before the first Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, the Big Ten has three job openings. I look at coaching tumult and other topics in my Hard Takes. It has been a strange year for coaches in the Big Ten. Three schools have seen coaching changes before Halloween. It began with the stunning firing of Illinois’ Tim Beckman a week before the season started, and then Maryland canned Randy Edsall following the Oct. 10 game at

Have a look at the Big Ten women's soccer tourney bracket

BTN’s women’s soccer tournament coverage will begin with Illinois at Penn State on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 6, with the second game to follow at 6 p.m. ET. The championship game will air live at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 8. Rutgers, Penn State and Wisconsin are ranked No. 9, No. 10 and No. 25, respectively. Wisconsin will aim to win its second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament title and fourth overall. Here’s the full tournament bracket.

Big Ten Player Rankings: Elliott and Cook top our list

Ezekiel Elliott or Connor Cook? [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Both Big Ten stars had outstanding individual performances this past weekend. But who takes the top spot in this week’s Big Ten Player Rankings? Let’s find out! It’s time for BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Sean Merriman to release their updated Big Ten

Best of Week 9: Who's on upset alert now? Read that & more

With Jerry Kill gone from Minnesota, the Gophers take on Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. BTN's Tom Dienhart takes his weekly look at the best of Saturday's games complete with an upset alert, best coaching matchup, player on the spot, and more.

BTN to Provide Extensive Coverage of 2015 Big Ten Fall Championships

BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2015 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, as well as delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. BTN’s women’s soccer tournament coverage* will begin with Illinois at Penn State on Nov. 1 at 3 P.M. ET. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 3:30 P.M. ET on Friday, Nov. 6, with the second game to follow at 6 P.M. ET. The championship game will air live

What's it like to golf with PSU's Zettel? Watch 'The Journey'

This week on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015” at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, we profile Penn State senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, and on one day our crew followed Zettel pursuing his favorite hobby. “His golf game, it kind of brings out the funniest parts of Anthony,” one teammate says. “But he’s also extremely overly obnoxious and competitive.” For instance, before teeing off, Zettel announces his presence to anyone within earshot. “You guys want to watch this drive?” Zettel asks the other golfers. “It’s going to be spectacular.” Later, after a partner hits, Zettel makes another crack. “Nice,”

Ranking top Quarterback-Wide Receiver duos in the Big Ten

Every year around this time, I put my thinking cap on and come up with a list of the top QB-WR duos in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] There are plenty of good options to chose from this season. In fact, three Big Ten quarterbacks have already surpassed the 2,000-yard mark heading into Week 9 of the season. A

Thirty-three former Big Ten names on 2015-16 NBA rosters

The 2015-16 NBA season tips off Tuesday night. Thirty-two former Big Ten players, not including three former Maryland stars, are listed on NBA rosters, according to NBA.com team pages.