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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

Twelve Big Ten players invited to NBA Draft Combine

The list of players invited to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine has officially been released, and a total of 12 former Big Ten standouts appear on the 63-man list. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell is also listed as an alternate. The combine is set to take place on May 11-15 in Chicago. Here is the list of the 12 Big Ten players invited to participate in the event, along with a look at their projected draft stock and a current NBA comparison. The 2016 NBA Draft rules allow underclassmen players to go through the pre-draft process all the way through the combine. Those

Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers football schedule analysis

Indiana enjoyed a breakthrough last year, earning its first bowl since 2007. Now, the Hoosiers are aiming at playing in a bowl in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990-91. IU finished 6-7, but two of its losses came in OT: to Michigan in double OT and vs. Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. So, Kevin Wilson’s crew knows it can hang with most any team. Now, it’s time to take the next step and earn some signature wins in addition to another postseason trip, as IU hasn’t won a bowl since dumping Baylor in the 1991 Copper Bowl. Here

Here's what number Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft picks will wear

With the 2016 NFL Draft in the books, several of the 47 Big Ten selections are being assigned their pro numbers. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Check out the full list below. Missing numbers will be updated as they are announced. Know a missing player’s number? Please leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. ROUND 1 3. Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Chargers – 99 4. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State), Cowboys – 21 8. Jack Conklin (Michigan State), Titans – 78 10. Eli Apple (Ohio State), Giants –

Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers' offseason to-do list

Kevin Wilson is pleased with how Indiana looked in spring drills, but he knows work remains to be done if the Hoosiers want to get back to a bowl game. The last time IU went to a bowl in consecutive seasons? The 1990-91 seasons. Here is a look at Indiana’s to-do list for the offseason before opening the season at Florida International on Sept. 1. 1. Settle the QB job. Who will replace Nate Sudfeld, who leaves as the school’s all-time leading passer? JC transfer Richard Lagow looked good in the spring. The 6-6 gunslinger signed with UConn out of

Dienhart: Check out my 2016 All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players. [ MORE: See which undrafted Big Ten players inked rookie free-agent deals ] Check it out. And count on many of these guys making rosters as undrafted players. BTN.com All-Undrafted Team OFFENSE QB Joel Stave, Wisconsin (Vikings) RB Josh Ferguson, Illinois (Colts) RB Brandon Ross, Maryland (Vikings) WR Geronimo Allison, Illinois (Packers) WR Alex Erickson, Wisconsin (Bengals)

BTN LiveBIG: Portrait of an artist as a Hoosier

Joel Washington has never let go of his dreams, and he hopes that his artwork inspires others to do the same. An employee of Indiana University for 27 years who currently serves as a custodian, Washington has been making artwork since he was a child. The primarily self-taught painter now has pieces hanging all over the Bloomington campus, including a portrait of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery in the Indiana Memorial Union. Washington originally planned on painting the portrait for himself since he went to school with Montgomery’s kids while growing up in Indianapolis. However, after a request for a new

See which undrafted Big Ten names inked rookie free-agent deals

Forty-seven former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, held Thursday-Saturday in Chicago. What about the familiar names who went undrafted? [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Well, many of them spent Saturday night and Sunday morning finalizing rookie free-agent deals. See the reported deals thus far below. ILLINOIS WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers DB V’Angelo Bentley, New England Patriots RB Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis Colts Thank you God.! 🙏🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/tvKOaSOB5R — V'Angelo Bentley (@VBentley_2) May 1, 2016 *** INDIANA TE Michael Cooper, Washington Redskins DL Darius Latham, Oakland

One fun fact for every Big Ten team from 2016 NFL Draft

Big Ten football teams have storied pasts, so it’s no surprise that many of them boast impressive NFL draft resumes. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Like, for example, did you know that three (Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska) of the five schools to have at least one draft pick in each of the last 50 drafts reside in the Big Ten? Or, that Nebraska is the only program with multiple selections in every draft during the modern era? Check out some fun Big Ten nuggets following the 2016 NFL Draft, held Thursday-Saturday