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Big Ten's Jim Delany eyes true balance between athletics & academics

When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for the biggest challenge ahead, Delany pointed to the "sweet spot" for student-athlete that balances the educational experience and the rich athletic experience. But that's just one of several challenges, including the new game scheduling outlines.

Big Ten football stars show their faces in BTN's Twitter Mirror

If you’re active on Twitter, you know about Twitter’s Mirror. It’s a fun experience that shows up at big events across the entertainment and sports industry. Photo subjects can even autograph their own pictures before they tweet them. We rolled the Twitter Mirror out on the first day of Big Ten Football Media Days, and we got some great shots. Find some of them them in this post and then follow @BigTenNetwork and see them all on Twitter today for more pictures of Big Ten football players and coaches. Have a look at a few of Thursday’s top shots.

Big Ten football players offer freshmen to watch in 2015

A total of 21 Big Ten football players gathered at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on Thursday for the opening day of Big Ten media days. [ MORE: Watch Drew Ott eat raw egg | Watch Shilique Calhoun play reporter ] Players from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin were in attendance. I went around and asked one player from all seven schools to give me a true freshman who has stood out to them thus far, and who could potentially make an impact. Here’s what I got. Mason Monheim, LB, Illinois: Gabe Megginson. He’s a

Watch Iowa DE Drew Ott eat raw egg at Big Ten media days

How’s your stomach feeling? If you’re the least bit queasy, you might want to avoid the video above. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Yes, that’s Iowa defensive end Drew Ott eating a raw egg during an interview with ESPN at Big Ten media days Thursday. Why, you’re almost certainly asking yourself? He said he’s eaten eggs right out of the carton ever since he had to start making his own breakfast, adding that he’s lazy. But why the shell, and how hard is it to crack the thing and throw the egg

Watch Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's Big Ten Media Day press conference

Here’s Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz’s full media conference from Big Ten Football Media Days. BTN/BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage, more than double last year’s total, at the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, Thursday and Friday at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. [tweet https://twitter.com/IowaOnBTN/status/626822186645372928]

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa students research water and wildlife in the 'Big Muddy'

In the writings of Mark Twain, one of the activities Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn enjoyed most was doing a little fishing down on the mighty Mississip’. But Tom and Huck might have been flabbergasted if they’d seen one of the ways University of Iowa students are catching fish down on that “Big River.” It’s called electrofishing, and it involves a special boat operated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that sends electrical currents into the water, temporarily stunning the fish and allowing them to be netted, weighed, measured and released. Electrofishing is just one method students use to