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BTN unveils original programming lineup ahead of 10th year

As the Big Ten Network begins its 10th year on-air, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced the network’s new lineup of original programming at Big Ten Football media day. Fresh off an appearance in the College Football Playoff, the Michigan State Spartans football team will allow BTN behind-the-scenes for Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp. The show will follow Mark Dantonio’s Spartans through a portion of pre-season practice as they prepare to defend their Big Ten crown while replacing a number of key contributors. Green and White Days will debut on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

BTN.com's top 100 Big Ten players entering 2016: 20-1

Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season comes to a close today, with the top 20 stars. If you missed it last week, here’s our list of 100-81, 80-61, 60-41 and 40-21. View the final installment of our five-part series below. 20. DE Chris Wormley, Michigan. He’s a versatile and productive (14.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks in 2015) talent who can play tackle or end for a Wolverine front that may be the best in the nation. 19. RB L.J. Scott, Michigan State. Michigan State has a bevy of talented backs, but look for

Football world reacts to death of Big Ten's Sam Foltz, Mike Sadler

Nebraka punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a single-car crash late Saturday night in Wisconsin. [ MORE: Dienhart: Deaths of Foltz, Sadler remind us how life is fragile ] The punters were returning from Kohl’s Kicking Camp in Wales, Wisconsin. Foltz, 22, won 2015 Big Ten Punter of the Year and was named to the 2016 Ray Guy Award watch list. Sadler, 24, spent four seasons as Michigan State’s punter, finishing his career ranked among the Spartans’ all-time leaders in punts (second with 268), punting yards (second with 11,307) and punting average (sixth

Big Ten punters Sam Foltz, Mike Sadler killed in car accident

Nebraska  senior punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were tragically killed in a car accident Saturday night near Waukesha, Wisconsin. Foltz, a native of Greeley, Nebraska, was 22. Sadler, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was 24. According to reports, the sheriff’s department said the car lost control on wet pavement, left the road and struck a tree. Foltz and Sadler were student instructors at Kohl’s Kicking Camp in Wisconsin. Foltz was a three-year starter for the Nebraska football team and won the Eddelman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection las season.  Sam earned his degree

Dienhart: 70 questions for Big Ten Football Media Days

Can the Big Ten win the national championship? Can Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers be as good at linebacker as he was at safety? Who are the sleeper teams? BTN's Tom Dienhart lays out 70 questions as he heads off to cover Big Ten Football Media Days in Chicago Monday and Tuesday.

Ohio State picked to win Big Ten in 2016 media preseason poll

Cleveland.com released its sixth annual Big Ten preseason football poll Friday, and Ohio State was chosen as the Big Ten favorites in 2016. In a survey of 39 writers who cover Big Ten football, 27 predicted Ohio State as the Big Ten champ. Michigan received 11 votes, while Iowa, the favorite to win the West Division, received just one vote to win the Big Ten. Since 2011, when the Big Ten stopped publishing official preseason picks from journalists, cleveland.com has conducted the most official preseason Big Ten poll. What to make of this poll? We figured Ohio State would be

Here's how to watch & follow Big Ten Football Media Days

Get ready for 13 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2016 Monday and Tuesday. We know not everyone will be near a TV when the event is going on, so all press conferences can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go. Just click this “Watch Live” link when the events begin or make sure you have the BTN2Go app. What are the events and when will they air live? Glad you asked. We’ve got the full schedule down below. Update: Due to the weekend tragedy that took the life of Nebraska

BTN.com's top 100 Big Ten players entering 2016: 40-21

Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 40-21. Previously, we looked at 100-81, 80-61 and 60-41. Check out the fourth installment of our five-part series below. 40. OL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin. He took over at center last year when Dan Voltz got hurt, and he was so impressive that he will retain the slot with Voltz sliding over to guard on what could be a dominating Badger front. 39. OL Billy Price, Ohio State. Price has both the experience and talent to have an outstanding junior season, paving the way for