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Dienhart: Big Ten's big, bold move East

NEW YORK — Jim Delany is a man on the move. Catch him if you can. The Big Ten commissioner is tugging a big black bag behind him as he walks toward a waiting Amtrak train that’s headed from New York’s Penn Station to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Train 2109 departs at 8 a.m. And Delany is ahead of schedule. He has a big announcement to make. There is no time to be tired. Only time to think about what’s next. The Big Ten is changing before our eyes. Oh, we all knew this was coming. We have known

Merriman: Best of 2014 Big Ten NFL Draft class

The NFL draft kicks off  Thursday evening, and it’s time to take a look at what NFL teams can expect from some of the top Big Ten prospects in this year’s draft class. Here is a list of 10 superlatives to get you ready for the much-anticipated NFL Draft. [ MORE: How Big Ten’s NFL Draft class stacks up to recent ones ] 1. Best passer: Kenny Guiton, Ohio State 2013 stats: 75-of-109, 749 yards, 14 TD, 2 INT Projected draft round: Late to undrafted 2. Best hands: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin 2013 stats: 78 rec, 1,081 yards, 7 TD Projected

#BTNLive poll: Want a B1G football title game out east?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Would you like to see an East Coast B1G Football Championship Game? The choices: #BTNyes or #BTNno. How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. There’s another very easy way to vote via Twitter or Facebook – just use click on the poll below.  

How B1G's NFL draft class stacks up to recent ones

Le’Veon Bell, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt. All three are former Big Ten standouts, and all three are current stars in the NFL. With the 2014 NFL Draft starting Thursday night, I was wondering if there any future NFL stars in this year’s Big Ten draft class? If so, how does this year’s class compare to recent Big Ten classes? Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft and a look at how they stack up to the past three Big Ten NFL Draft classes. [ MORE: Dienhart: My Top 10Big Ten NFL Draft

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download NFL Draft Edition

With the 2014 NFL Draft set to begin on Thursday, let’s look back at how some of the players we have featured this year continue to represent their alma maters well on – and off – the football field. Tom Brady (Michigan) continues to be active with Best Buddies in Hyannis Port. Their annual Best Buddies Challenge is coming up at the end of this month! Since we featured Matt Light (Purdue), his foundation added a new event – Fool’s Night Out. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (Penn State) continues to make an impact on communities in Illinois with his Goulden

Gallery: Top 25 Big Ten NFL Draft prospects

The Big Ten is set to make a splash in this week’s NFL Draft, which will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has six Big Ten prospects being selected in his most recent mock draft. Here is a photo gallery of the Big Ten’s top 25 prospects in the 2014 draft class.  

NFL Draft: Which B1G player is the most NFL-ready?

Big Ten football fans might want to catch Thursday’s NFL Draft as a flurry of Big Ten players are expected to come off the board early. Names such as Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard, Ryan Shazier, Ra’Shede Hageman, Bradley Roby, Allen Robinson and Cody Latimer have all appeared in the first round of various NFL Mock Drafts. That got me thinking: Which of these former Big Ten standouts is the most NFL-ready right now? I debated that with our NFL Draft expert Russ Lande. [ MORE: The comparison game: Big Ten draft hopefuls to pros ] Russ Lande WR Allen Robinson,

The comparison game: B1G draft hopefuls to pros

The NFL draft is quickly approaching – May 8-10, to be exact – and it looks like there could be plenty of Big Ten love in the first round. We have all heard the names like Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Ryan Shazier. We know their strengths, and we know their weaknesses. But, which current NFL players do draft experts compare these incoming rookies to? Here’s what BTN NFL draft guru Russ Lande says. [ MORE: Top Big Ten NFL-Producing teams of last 5 years ] 1. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Comparison: Nate Solder, New England Patriots 2. Darqueze Dennard,

Meyer, Dantonio ranked in top 10 of coach rankings

Two Big Ten coaches land in the top 10 of SportingNews.com’s 2014 ranking the coaches. To little surprise, it’s Urban Meyer (No. 3) and Mark Dantonio (No. 9). For the curious minds, former Michigan State coach Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier top the list. See what the site says about Meyer and Dantonio, plus see where they rank the rest of the Big Ten’s 12 coaches, in this post. [ MORE: SportingNews.com: Ranking the coaches ] 3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State As good as it looked for Meyer the first 24 games at Ohio State, it was far from complete

#BTNLive asks: How many teams should make playoffs?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many schools should qualify for the college football playoff? On tonight’s show,  our experts talk about how the new college football playoff committee set parameters for its inaugural season. We’ll debate what makes sense and what needs some tweaking. How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. There’s