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BTN's Dave Revsine to emcee Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that Dave Revsine, BTN’s lead studio host, will serve as emcee for the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, on Thursday, July 25 at the Hilton Chicago. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. ET, with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Revsine will be joined at the Kickoff Luncheon by each of the 12 Big Ten head football coaches and 36 of the conference’s top returning players. Revsine will sit down with the coaches in groups of three to discuss

Bill Carollo: 'We have to change behavior'

Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo didn’t hesitate when I asked him what the point of emphasis was going to be for officials this fall: blows targeted above the shoulders at defenseless players. “If it happens,” Carollo said, “the player will be automatically ejected from the game.” And if officials have any doubt if a hit violated the guidelines, they have been told: “When it doubt, throw him out.” Does that seem harsh? Last year, such an infraction resulted in a 15-yard penalty. But, these are new, evolving times. And player safety is the No. 1 goal of the Big

Big Ten's best football traditions? Here's a fun list

The Big Ten is as steep in tradition as any of the nation’s conferences. Considering that, it’s a dubious task to try to rank the top traditions. Athlon Sports was bold enough to give it a stab, and like many people, it thinks Ohio State’s dotting the “I” is the cream of the crop. See the publication’s list in this post. [ AthlonSports.com: Ranking the Big Ten’s best historic traditions ] Here’s what Athlon said about the Ohio Stadium staple: “The culmination of “Script Ohio” during the pre-game festivities at Ohio State is a sight to behold. Once the word

Big Ten releases 2016 & 2017 conference slates

Back in April, the Big Ten announced it was going to implement a nine-game conference schedule, starting in 2016. Thursday, it unveiled the first such schedule—along with the 2017 Big Ten league slate. [ RELATED: 2016 conference slate (PDF) | 2017 conference slate (PDF) ] One thing fans will notice in the 2016 and 2017 schedules is conference games being played earlier in the season. Previously, league games typically didn’t begin until October—depending on calendar quirks. But the extra league contest has pushed Big Ten action forward in the calendar, as schools will drop from four to three non-conference games

Who wins Leaders vs. Legends All-Star Game?

With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game less than a week away, I recently got to thinking about a Big Ten football all-star game. You know, a game that pits the Leaders Division’s best vs. the Legends Division’s best. Who would be on the teams, and who would win? See both teams, which were constructed using Phil Steele’s 2013 preseason teams, in this post. [ RELATED: See who’s headed to the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon ] OFFENSE LEGENDS LEADERS QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Braxton Miller, Ohio State RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin RB Venric Mark, Northwestern Carlos Hyde,

See who's headed to Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

The Big Ten announced the 36 players who will attend the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 24-25 at the Hilton Chicago. The 42nd annual luncheon features 19 returning All-Big Ten selections and all 12 head coaches. Penn State’s John Urschel will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. [ RELATED: John Urschel “honored” to speak at Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon ] LEGENDS DIVISION IOWA Christian Kirksey, Sr., LB James Morris, Sr., LB* Brett Van Sloten, Sr., OL MICHIGAN Devin Gardner, Jr., QB Thomas Gordon, Sr., S Taylor Lewan, Sr., LT* MICHIGAN STATE Max

Indiana to wear new adidas football cleats in 2013

They aren’t nearly as head-turning or headline-grabbing as Indiana’s collection of new helmets, but the Hoosiers will wear new cleats this fall. @IUFBEquipment tweeted a picture Tuesday of the new adidas footwear, and they’re unremarkable in comparison to the team’s new lids or the cleats adidas recently designed for Nebraska. [ RELATED: Ohio State to add Buckeye leaves to back of jersey collar? ] Unremarkable isn’t a bad thing, though; in fact, it’s a compliment in this era of gaudy, please-notice-us designs and fashion statements. White/Red #crazyquick cleats, custom made for #iufb. Thx @adidasUS. #offseason #btownbound pic.twitter.com/Rey7ehZZmr — Hoosier Equipment

Track 2013 NCFAA preseason award watch lists

Members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) have finished unveiling their preseason watch lists, a process that last two weeks. In all, 15 of the nation’s top 21 awards released a watch list. See the official lists in this post. Fri., July 19 Walter Camp Award | @WalterCampPR – Presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation Big Ten candidates: Taylor Lewan, MICH; Ameer Abdullah, NEB; Taylor Martinez, NEB; Venric Mark, NU; Braxton Miller, OSU; Bradley Roby; OSU. Thurs., July 18 Doak Walker Award  | DoakWalkerAward – Presented to the nation’s premier running back

2013 B1G writers' football uniform power rankings

What’s better than your typical Big Ten football uniform power ranking? A uniform ranking decided by 12 Big Ten writers, that’s what. BTN.com recently asked a writer for every school to rank the conference’s uniforms, from 1-12. We asked the writers to consider the uniforms as a whole, factoring in home, away, alternate(s) and helmet(s). Editor’s note: The final ranking was determined using point totals (12 points for No. 1 ranking; 1 point for No. 12 ranking; etc.) and it is listed in order, from most points to fewest points. [ RELATED: Michigan wins 2013 Big Ten Helmet Bracket ]

Dienhart: Ranking every 2013 Big Ten game

I know your time is precious in the fall. Between driving to soccer games, raking leaves, making cider and carving pumpkins, your schedule is packed. That means finding spare time to watch TV is difficult. No worries. I have ranked every game involving a Big Ten team for the 2013 season. As you can see, not all matchups are created equally. 1. Ohio State at Michigan, Nov. 30: How great could the clash be between Michigan’s Devin Gardner and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller? Heck, the winner of this battle could end up being the Big Ten Offensive Player of the