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Mailbag: Our expert answers your questions

Time for me to wade through those cards and letters you are firing off to me. I appreciate your thoughts. Keep reading and emailing, because I’m answering your questions throughout our football tour across the Big Ten. Now, on to your questions. Get Tom Dienhart’s latest Big Ten coverage: What is your five-year prediction for Maryland football in the B1G? – SwaggerTerp I think the program is on solid footing as it embarks on its maiden voyage. This is Year Four of the Randy Edsall era. He has done a good job straightening out the program and building depth. Now

Jim Delany

What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

The NCAA’s model for amateurism took another hit with Friday’s ruling that the NCAA violated anti-trust law in the Ed O’Bannon suit. This, ladies and gentlemen, is maybe the most important ruling in the history of the NCAA. But things may not be as bad you think for the NCAA. In essence, this ruling says the NCAA no longer can prevent schools from giving student-athletes money based on their names, images and likenesses (NIL). It also isn’t allowed to impose a salary cap below $5,000. That money can be put in a trust. The NCAA scored a win, however, in

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon lawsuit

(AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA can’t stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. She issued an injunction prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing its rules on money given to athletes when it comes to their names, images and likenesses.

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Autonomy for 'Power 5' is here, so what's next?

We saw this coming. It was no shock that the NCAA passed legislation that grants autonomy to the “Power Five” conferences. In fact, it probably had to happen for the current collegiate model not to be comprised. In essence, the richest and most powerful 65 schools from the nation’s top leagues—Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12–now will have power to enact rules that are pertinent to the high level they function at, giving athletic directors and student-athletes a larger role in the legislative process. The new structure likely will go into effect in 2015. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Board adopts

Top 10 offensive players B1G teams will face in 2014

If you take a look up and down the Big Ten, you will find a number of high-profile offensive stars. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah are both preseason All-American candidates at running back, and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff is being talked about as the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. While it is clear the Big Ten is stacked on offense, so, too, are many of its non-conference opponents. Some of college football’s elite playmakers fill the non-conference slate with names

Ezekiel Elliott

Countdown to kickoff: East breakout player?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East breakout player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Darian Hicks, CB, Michigan State. Darqueze Dennard’s departure has created a spot in the Spartans’ stingy and much-talked-about “No Fly Zone” secondary. Hicks is the one tabbed to start alongside Trae Waynes. He’s a perfect fit, too, because he’s a top athlete with the cover skills

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Mailbag: Travel allowances, B1G on upswing & more

Here is how it works, America: You have questions … you email them to me … I answer them. Well, I answer the good ones! Here’s another batch from you. Thanks for reading. And keep writing and pressing the “send” button. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark my diary for updates from every stop on the BTN football tour. Get Tom’s latest football tour coverage: Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio brought this up, but do you think leagues or perhaps the NCAA are at least thinking about supplementing or helping families travel to league championship games and/or bowls? With the

Russell Wilson

Which conference produces most NFL starting QBs?

During last week’s Big Ten football media days, I asked one player from all 14 Big Ten teams this question: If you were an NFL GM and could pick one Big Ten player to start a franchise with, who would it be? I heard many players go with Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff. But there was one answer, in particular, that caught me by surprise, and it came from non-other than Nebraska’s Kenny Bell, who has gained the reputation for dropping some outstanding quotes. “I would take Ameer Abdullah,

Photos: Big Ten football Jell-O molds

What does every Big Ten football tailgate need? A school-themed Jell-O mold, of course. The people over at Jell-O have added 16 schools to their “University Mold Kits” line, which includes Big Ten members Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. This is sports marketing at its finest and it makes for a great treat for your Saturday tailgate. [ MORE: Amazon.com: Buy your Big Ten JELL-O molds! ] Check out our other Gone Viral posts: Here is a look at the available Big Ten molds and their flavors. Team allegiance aside, which flavor sounds the best? Now, we

Top 10 2014 Big Ten nonconference foes

This year’s non-conference schedule for Big Ten teams is one of the best in recent memory. College football royalty fills the must-see slate with teams such as Oregon, LSU, Miami (FL) and Notre Dame scheduled to take on the Big Ten’s best. Here is a countdown of the top 10 non-conference teams on Big Ten schedules this season. 10. Cincinnati (at Ohio State, Sept. 27) Coaches Poll ranking: Unranked (honorable mention) 2013 record: 9-4 (6-2) Returning starters: 16 Breakdown: There are big expectations surrounding this Cincinnati program in Tommy Tubberville’s second year at the helm. The Bearcats return an abundance