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Big Ten Geeks: Looking Ahead to 2013-14

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We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap.

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Spring Preview: Illini have work to do

Nathan Scheelhaase

2013 Signing Day - Illinois

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.

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

Urban Meyer

Tom Dienhart Nebraska Spring Game Impressions

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.

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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.

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Power Rankings: Super-early first look at 2013-14

Keith Appling

Appling Throws Down A Monstrous Dunk vs. Northwestern

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It’s never too early to look ahead to next season, right? Actually, yes, the day after the completion of one season is entirely too early to start analyzing the next. But even if we don’t know which stars will return and which ones will go pro, it’s fun to consider what next season may bring. See my super-early 2013-14 power rankings in this post. And once all the NBA decision are made, I’ll update this list.

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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.

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