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Reform is in the air: Creating a global education experience

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,

Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at Big Ten AD meetings

ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be

Breaking down the Big Ten's top 2016 NFL Draft prospects

We are one week removed from the 2015 NFL Draft, which means it’s already time to look ahead to next year. [ MORE: Big Ten stars take top three spots in ESPN’s mock draft ] As 2016 NFL mock drafts begin to emerge, it is clear that the Big Ten should be well-represented in next year’s three-day event. In fact, we have been tracking several big-name publication mock drafts, including ESPN’s, which had a total of nine Big Ten stars going in the first round. I teamed up with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart to craft a list of who

Big Ten stars take top three spots in ESPN's 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, fans can’t help but switch their attention to the way-too-early mock drafts for the following season. [ MORE: View McShay’s full 2016 mock draft ] Just last week, we put together a list of several publications that have already released their 2016 mock drafts. Now, other big-name publications are publishing their mock drafts, including ESPN. NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay released his way-too-early 2016 first-round NFL mock draft today, which includes nine Big Ten stars. In fact, three Big Ten players land in the first three picks of the mock

Big Ten West: 3 offseason areas to watch for each team

Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions. First up: The Big Ten West. ILLINOIS 1. Is the d-line better? Tim Beckman brought in Mike Phair from the NFL to coach the line and co-coordinate. He has been in the pros the last 13 years. This D needs help after ranking 94th, 105th and 107th in the nation in scoring in Beckman’s first three seasons. And it starts up front. 2. Can the offensive line get a push? This

Big Ten Links: MSU vs. Florida hoops, projected bowl landing spots & more

Looks like Michigan State is talking to Florida about playing some hoops. This is good news. Mlive.com points out that the two schools have met six times, including in the 2000 national championship game—when MSU won the Big Ten’s last title. Each team has won three times, including the Gators taking the last matchup in 2009. Who will be coaching the Gators? *** OK, Penn State A.D. Sandy Barbour offers her take on satellite camps. And, I like it. She says everyone should be able to do them … or no one should. She also recently went on to say: