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Sorry, Coach Saban: 10-second rule is tabled

Thank goodness the 10-second rule proposal was tabled. You see: Alabama’s Nick Saban doesn’t always get his way. The proposed change—made in the name of player safety and trumpeted by Saban–would have put the brakes on those fun, fast-paced offenses that have become the rage in college football. Instead, the NCAA Football Rules Committee has tabled the directive one day before the NCAA’s 11-member playing rules oversight panel was slated to vote to make the proposal a rule for 2014. The Big Ten school that would have been impacted the most by this change would have been Indiana, where Kevin

Video: Le'Veon Bell shows off dunking skills

The way Le’Veon Bell hurdled defenders during his final season at Michigan State, it should come as no surprise the Pittsburgh Steelers running back can dunk with absolute ease. Bell, the 2012 Big Ten rushing leader, recently posted a video of himself putting on a personal dunk contest to his Instagram account. It was an impressive showcase. Watch his dunks and hurdling runs in this post. A post shared by LeVeon Bell (@steelerrb26) on Mar 3, 2014 at 3:36pm PST *** ***

#BTNLive crew debates Friday night football games

Earlier this week, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart wrote a piece about Big Ten football games being played on Friday nights. The idea generated plenty of feedback from Big Ten fans across the country. Some fans were in favor of the idea, but the majority were against it, which can be seen by reading Dienhart’s weekly mailbag. [ MORE: Friday night football? There are ‘lots of possibilities ] On Thursday’s edition of #BTNLive, Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason and Gerry DiNardo sounded off on the idea in a roundtable discussion. “I think if you’re going to play a Friday night game,

Mailbag: Big Ten football on Friday night?

Talk of the Big Ten considering the possibility of playing some Friday night football games has created a buzz. I wrote a story about it earlier this week. In the two-and-a-half years I’ve been doing this job, I never have gotten as much email on a subject. It’s not even close. And, judging by the majority of your correspondence, the idea of Friday night football doesn’t have great appeal for fear of the high school game being impacted. Still opinions vary. Have a look. [ MORE: Friday night football? There are ‘lots of possibilities’ ] Wanna really think outside the

NFL Combine Q&A: Charles Davis on Big Ten prospects

The NFL Combine wrapped up earlier this week. And the Big Ten was represented well as players tried to impress for the 2014 draft. I talked to NFL Network analyst Charles Davis to get his thoughts on some of the top Big Ten talent that was on display in Indianapolis. Last year, just one Big Ten player was selected in the first round when Wisconsin center Travis Frederick went at No. 31 to the Dallas Cowboys. Count on more Big Ten names getting drafted in the first round this year when the NFL Draft starts May 8 through May 10

#BTNLive poll: What about Friday night football?

Earlier this week, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart wrote about an idea being kicked around where Big Ten football games could be played on Friday nights. Tonight on #BTNLive at 6 p.m. our crew will discuss this very topic, and they’re asking you to vote on the idea, too. The response to the idea on Dienhart’s post was strong – you can read the comments at the bottom here. Most of those readers not in favor of the idea didn’t want a college game to conflict with high school football, traditionally played on Friday nights. Tonight’s show hosts are Rick Pizzo, Gerry

Which former B1G player would make a good owner?

Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, a former star at Wisconsin, recently told The Wall Street Journal that he would like to be an owner of a professional sports team one day, whether it’s baseball, football, or maybe even both. “For me, I’d love to get around to as many people as I can,” Wilson said. “Because at the end of the day, I want to learn as much as I can so that way, in my future — down the road after playing 20 years hopefully for the Seahawks — I can do that.” Here he is doing that

Mark Dantonio gets new contract, assistants raises

After winning the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl Game, Michigan State has rewarded coach Mark Dantonio and his assistants, the school announced Tuesday. Dantonio, who has compiled a 64-29 record (.688) in his first seven seasons, received a revised contract and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is now the highest-paid assistant in the game ($904,583). [ MORE: MSUSpartans.com: Dantonio signs amended contract; assistants get raises ] Under the amended terms, a year has been added to the length of Dantonio’s contract, making it a six-year rollover, and his annual compensation increases from $1.99 million to $3.64 million. In addition,

Friday night football? There are 'lots of possibilities'

Talk about night football games continues to churn to the point where Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is soliciting input about playing Friday night games. Hey, it’s all about the almighty TV dollar, in case you didn’t know. We have seen some schools in recent years play season-opening games on Friday nights, including Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan State. ESPN currently airs games on Friday nights, but they typically are unappealing contests from lesser leagues. San Jose State vs. Utah State doesn’t really move the needle, if you know what I mean. The Big Ten could step in and own Friday

NFL Combine: Watch our Bullough, Hageman interviews

The NFL Scouting Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium, which means former Big Ten players are busy trying to improve their pro stocks before the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10. BTN analysts Howard Griffith and Russ Lande are in Indianapolis to report on all of the familiar names. Watch our interviews with Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman and Michigan State’s Max Bullough in this post. Max Bullough interview: Here are some tweets about the two players: Ra'shede Hageman puts up 32 reps on bench. #NFLCombine https://t.co/cWEo64wYgF — CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 23, 2014 Ra'shede Hageman's 35.5" vertical jump led all D-tackles.