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No. 1 Penn State paces six Big Ten teams in preseason AVCA poll

Two-time defending national champ Penn State paces sits atop the the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, released Wednesday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are one of four top 10 Big Ten teams, as Nebraska and 2014 Big Ten regular-season champ Wisconsin are tied for No. 5 and Illinois comes in at No. 8. Ohio State (No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 19) round out the Big Ten teams in the opening poll. Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue each received votes.

Big Ten football beat writers pick 2015 breakout players

The first installment of our four-part Big Ten football preview series asks a beat writer from every school for his/her team's potential breakout player. See their picks inside.

Penn State tops Big Ten women's soccer preseason Coaches Poll

The Big Ten Conference announced its 2015 women’s soccer preseason coaches poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Penn State tabbed as the preseason favorite among the 14 conference teams.

Times, television networks set for 2015 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Big Ten and ESPN have announced the tip-off times and television network information for the 2015 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. See your team’s time and network information in this post. [ MORE: Ranking 2015 ACC/Big Ten Challenge games ] Monday, Nov. 30 Wake Forest at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) Clemson at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2) Tuesday, Dec. 1 Michigan at NC State (7 p.m., ESPN2) Northwestern at Virginia Tech (7 p.m., ESPNU) Virginia at Ohio State (7:30 p.m., ESPN) Miami at Nebraska (9 p.m., ESPNU) Purdue at Pittsburgh (9 p.m., ESPN2) Maryland at North Carolina (9:30 p.m., ESPN) Wednesday, Dec.

Three Big Ten schools will be sporting 'Week Zero' college football shoes

My BTN.com colleague Brent Yarina is at the top of the list when it comes to reporting on updated Big Ten uniform designs. While Brent handles the uniform designs, I have taken it upon myself to be our “shoe guy,” a role I am more than happy to have. Last month, I came up with an ideal shoe for every Big Ten basketball team. Now, it looks like we have some more news regarding Big Ten shoes. Champs Sports, via Nike, posted a photo today of the new “Week Zero” college football shoe designs, which will hit the market tomorrow.

Follow our Summer Football Camp Tour & watch BTN Live for updates

BTN’s annual summer football camp tour is back as we visit all 14 Big Ten training camps and count down the days to #KickoffOnBTN. Watch “BTN Live” weekdays at 6 p.m. ET for various camp coverages, and find the daily show on Facebook and Twitter. Also, follow BTN on social media for bonus coverage from the road, too. That includes: Pictures & videos on BTN’s Instagram page Camp updates via BTN’s Facebook page Camp reports from BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) Find us on Snapchat at bigtennetwork for stories from each stop Occasional live video reports from various stops via

BTN Hits the Road to Open 2015 Football Season Coverage

CHICAGO – BTN kicks off its 2015 football coverage with the season debut of BTN Live on Monday, as the ninth annual football bus tour departs for all 14 Big Ten campuses. BTN Live, airing at 6 PM ET Monday through Friday and simulcast on select Fox Sports Radio affiliates, will include analysis and interviews from the various campuses over the duration of the bus tour. Complete tour details can be found on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. BTN Live throughout the month of August is presented by Culligan. Also included in BTN’s studio coverage this season is B1G Football and

Tom Dienhart's top Big Ten East coach hires the last 40 years

Wednesday, I took a look at the best hires in the last 40 years at schools in the Big Ten West. Today, I do the same for the Big Ten East. INDIANA Bill Mallory. The farther we get from his tenure, the greater it looks. Mallory had all the flash of a pair of wing tips, a do-the-right-thing throw-back coach who forged the Hoosiers into a strong program built around a physical offense and honest-to-goodness defense. He went 68-77-3 (39-65-1 in the Big Ten) from 1984-1996 with six bowls after arriving from Northern Illinois to replace Sam Wyche—who was in