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Seven Big Ten teams ranked in AVCA preseason poll

If you needed any reminder of the Big Ten’s volleyball prowess, consult the AVCA preseason poll. Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 16 of the poll, released Monday afternoon, headlined by No. 1 Penn State, the reigning national champion. National runner-up Wisconsin comes in at No. 6. See where all the Big Ten teams land in this post.

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What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

Jim Delany

Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

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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.

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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.

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

Jim Delany

Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

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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.

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Top 10 offensive players B1G teams will face in 2014

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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.

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Countdown to kickoff: East breakout player?

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Miller Sidearms It to Elliott for the Score

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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.

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Mailbag: Travel allowances, B1G on upswing & more

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Tevin Coleman Fall Practice Interview

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.

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