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At 217 years old and still going strong, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is nearly as old as America itself. Its storied history has included countless performances for American leaders and international heads of state, as well as being conducted by the likes of John Philip Sousa. Consequently, leading “The President’s Own” is a career highlight for the select few professional conductors who get the opportunity. But Joshua Kearney had the honor of doing that while he was still pursuing his doctorate in wind conducting at Michigan State. (At press time, Kearney had not yet completed his doctoral thesis.)

How Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio stack up to game's best coaches

Who is the best coach in college football today? It’s the million dollar question, one that doesn’t necessarily have one correct answer. But while numerous college football minds argue their points, I’m going to settle this the old-fashioned way and let the numbers do the talking. I considered a list of the guys who many believe to be the top coaches in college football and calculated numbers based on five important categories (1. winning percentage; 2. first-place finishes; 3. bowl record; 4. 10-plus win seasons; 5. national championships). I based those categories over the past FIVE seasons (2010-14), for the

Las Vegas Summer League roundup: Shannon Scott wins title

Former Ohio State guard Shannon Scott helped lead the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship on Monday. [ MORE: Get all of our coverage of Big Ten professionals ] Scott went for two points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the Spurs’ 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns. In seven games in Las Vegas with San Antonio, Scott averaged 5.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals. Scott won the title, but one-and-done Indiana star Noah Vonleh highlighted ex-Big Ten stars in action, averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in six games. Here’s

Tom Dienhart's five biggest additions to existing Big Ten football staffs

The Big Ten saw three potentially impactful coaching changes after 2014, with Michigan (Jim Harbaugh for Brady Hoke), Nebraska (Mike Riley for Bo Pelini) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst for Gary Andersen) altering leadership. But other schools made more subtle changes to their staffs that could have big impacts on their fortunes this fall. Here are the five biggest additions–listed alphabetically–to existing Big Ten staffs. Tim Beck, Ohio State. He pushed the buttons on some good offenses at Nebraska before landing in Columbus as co-offensive coordinator. Beck will work with Ed Warinner, who assumes coordinator chores after Tom Herman left to become

Check out Tom Dienhart's 2015 Ultimate Big Ten Football Road Trip

We all have dream vacations. Some of us would like to go to Aruba. Others to Spain, Australia or perhaps Japan. All good choices. But no trip could possibly top this dream junket through the 2015 Big Ten schedule.

Hungry? Here's your Big Ten school's top game-day restaurant

The Big Ten doesn't just boast some of the top fan bases, stadiums and campuses in the nation. It's also home to some of the best college eateries. See our survey's pick for every school's top establishment.

Vote Ohio State vs. Alabama & Michigan State vs. Baylor as top game of 2014

ESPN is asking fans to rank their top games of the 2014 college football season. Two of the games involve Big Ten teams, and both happened during the conference’s successful bowl season. There is Ohio State’s victory over No. 1 seed Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, part of the inaugural College Football Playoff, and there is Michigan State’s thrilling comeback win over Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Both games are extremely worthy of inclusion in this countdown. Go here to vote for Michigan State and Ohio State’s games.    

Here are some Big Ten videos to celebrate World Emoji Day

Happy World Emoji Day, Big Ten fans. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Yes, it’s a real thing. Just check out the #WorldEmojiDay hashstag, if you don’t believe us. To celebrate the day, we tweeted one video for every Big Ten team, either men’s basketball or football, with at least one emoji in the text of each tweet. We hope you enjoy the emojis – and the videos. Check ’em out below: