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Ranking Big Ten players who have declared for the NFL draft

The Big Ten suffered some key attrition with players declaring for the 2015 draft, which will be April 30-May 2 in Chicago. Tom Dienhart ranks the 11 Big Ten players who have declared for the NFL Draft.

Big Ten Links: Tackling the recruiting advantage of 'unofficial visits'

Interesting take from Bleacher Report that says the Big Ten needs to fight back on recruiting rules that favor the SEC. The author of this piece, Greg Couch, says unofficial visits hurt Big Ten schools, who can’t get as many from top players as SEC schools on those “unofficials” because of proximity. Unofficial visits aren’t paid for by the school, so it’s cheaper for a recruit in the south to drive to many SEC schools than it is for them to fly to a Big Ten one. The story quotes BTN’s very own Gerry DiNardo, too. “The Big Ten can advocate for

Rutgers football, Ohio State depth chart & more in Tuesday's links

How will Rutgers' QB race play out next season? What does Ohio State's 2015 projected depth chart look like? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart points out the top stories on those topics in Tuesday's Big Ten links.

Dienhart: How do college teams handle inflation of NCAA footballs?

With the sports world still buzzing about the New England Patriots and the inflation rates of NFL footballs, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart spoke with a few Big Ten coordinators about how they use their college footballs. Here's what he learned.

Tom Dienhart's top 5 Iowa Hawkeyes to replace in 2015

Kirk Ferentz and Iowa will welcome back some top talent in 2015, but they also lose quite a bit. Tom Dienhart takes a look at the players Iowa will miss most next fall.