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Dienhart: Six spring quarterback hot spots in Big Ten country

No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten

Video: Who will each Big Ten football team miss most in 2015?

On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB

Stipend figures? Here's a look at potential Big Ten numbers

Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”

Here's the full 'BTN Live' guest list for tonight's show from Michigan State

We have the guest list for tonight’s two-hour special “BTN Live” airing from Michigan State’s Breslin Center at 5 p.m. ET before the Spartans men’s basketball game against Minnesota on BTN/BTN2Go at 7 p.m. ET. Click this link to watch “BTN Live” live at 5 p.m. ET via BTN2Go, and then use this link to watch the basketball game  live on BTN2Go, too. BTN.com will also posting segments of tonight’s episode on Twitter @BTN_Michigan_St, @bigtennetwork, and @BTNLive. Among the scheduled guests: 5:10 p.m. ET: Michigan State’s men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo 5:25 p.m. ET: Michigan State Radio Commentator and former basketball

Six Big Ten teams land on ESPN's list of College Football's Top 24 jobs

If every college football head coaching job became available tomorrow, which would be the most desirable? ESPN.com’s Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) recently headed a project, which ranked each of the 65 college football jobs at the Power 5 level. He released them in three categories: Bottom of the barrel jobs, middle of the road jobs, and top 24 jobs. According to the article, the list includes factors such as location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc. Our friends over

@FauxPelini congratulates viral friend, ex-Spartans P Mike Sadler

After a great #SWT2015, the tributes keep pouring in for @Sadler_3, this time from his friend @FauxPelini pic.twitter.com/qi3mHCPkdl — West MI Spartans (@WMISpartans) February 25, 2015 @FauxPelini is at it again. The parody Twitter account of former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini sent viral buddy Mike Sadler a congratulations letter for his stellar Michigan State career and academic laurels. On Tuesday night, Sadler (@Sadler_3) was named @WMISpartans‘ top student-athlete, so @FauxPelini decided to send him a fun note. Read the full note in the tweet above. These two made headlines last season for engaging in entertaining Twitter back-and-forths. Remember this? The

Dienhart: Reviving freshman ineligibility is not the way to go

There is a growing buzz around the idea to make freshmen students ineligible to play football and men's basketball, and that buzz stems from recent reports that several conferences - including the Big Ten - want to discuss the idea.