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Michigan to host first Big Ten night game Oct. 11

Michigan announced Monday that it will host its first Big Ten night game against Penn State on October 11. The Wolverines have played just two night games in the history of Michigan Stadium, both vs. Notre Dame, in 2011 and 2013. It’s a new thing, and Michigan is 2-0 under the lights. [ MORE: MGoBlue.com: Michigan to host its first Big Ten night game ] So, now it’s time bring the lights to Big Ten play. “The night game atmosphere created by our fans has been electric and we expect that same type of energy for our first-ever conference night

Dienhart: Thoughts from Michigan spring game

This will be Michigan’s fourth season under Brady Hoke. And, make no mistake about it: It’s a crossroads campaign. No one in Ann Arbor was satisfied with the 7-6 record last season. And heads rolled, as offensive coordinator Al Borges was fired. Hoke looked to Alabama for a replacement, tabbing Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Nussmeier has installed a pro-style approach that involves tight ends, a power rushing game and some more complex pass concepts. Hard to say things looked much different on Saturday during what essentially was more of a scrimmage than a game. Here are some thoughts

Video: Michigan spring game highlights

BTN/BTN2Go aired Michigan’s spring practice Saturday afternoon, and we clipped all the top moments and interviews from Michigan Stadium. Relive all of the top highlights and all of our interviews in this post. [ MORE: AP: Michigan looks shaky in spring finale ] VIDEO: @umichfootball coach Brady Hoke offers his thoughts on today's spring game. WATCH – http://t.co/uVgaK2yhh5 — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) April 5, 2014 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @umichfootball DT Willie Henry nearly stole the handoff on this play. Impressive! WATCH – http://t.co/xwDuBBAnHk — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) April 5, 2014 INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Jordan Lewis picks off Devin Gardner in

Photo: Michigan QBs go all-maize in spring game

The way uniforms change nowadays, nothing is out of the question. Like, could adidas one day outfit the Michigan football team in an all-maize uniform? Possibly, although the school and company have not announced any such plans. For what it’s worth, Devin Gardner and the rest of the quarterbacks were in all-maize for Saturday’s annual spring game. [ MORE: Watch all of our Michigan spring game highlights, interviews ] This is not exactly news, but it is interesting, especially considering the maize tops featured the “B1G” patch and nameplates. Gardner’s jersey even included his familiar Tom Harmon patch. So, for

BTN interviews Heisman winners Howard, Woodson

There was some serious talent and royalty on the sideline Saturday afternoon at the Michigan spring game.  Heisman winners Desmond Howard (1991) and Charles Woodson (1997) were at Michigan Stadium to get a sneak peek at the 2014 Wolverines. Our Lisa Byington caught up with both during the action to see their thoughts on what they were seeing. [ MORE: Watch all of the Michigan spring game highlights and interviews ] VIDEO: Here's our interview with @umichfootball's 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard WATCH – http://t.co/1m6iCZjmMK — Michigan on BTN (@BTN_Michigan) April 5, 2014 VIDEO: Hey, look! Heisman winner Charles

How to watch Michigan's spring football game

BTN/BTN2Go will air the Michigan spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, with a re-air at 8. The Wolverines are coming off a frustrating 7-6 season, one that started with many experts pegging them for the Big Ten title game. There’s a clear sense of urgency in Ann Arbor, as Michigan has gone from 11 to eight to seven wins in Brady Hoke’s first three seasons. [ HOW TO WATCH: This game airs live on BTN at 2 p.m. ET. Also watch live via BTN2Go ] BTN.com will clip all of Saturday’s top highlights and moments and tweet them out

Mailbag: Your tourney, spring football queries

There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that. So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it? [ MORE: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor | Big Ten Greeks: Badgers in the zone ] I am very happy to have Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. But will they be able to compete? – Ryan Eaton I think Maryland basketball has a chance to compete right away. And the football program should too, as

BTN experts discuss early signing day idea

On Tuesday’s #BTNLive show Mike Hall, Gerry DiNardo and Stanley Jackson had a length discussion examining the positives and negatives of an early signing period in college football. Right now, prospects can’t sign a letter of intent with any school until the first Wednesday in February, a day when football offices are busy and fans track every announcement. If an early signing period were to be established, high school players wouldn’t have to wait until February and could make their verbal commitments official at an earlier date. Watch DiNardo, a former coach, and Jackson, a former player, discuss the ramifications

Sorry, Coach Saban: 10-second rule is tabled

Thank goodness the 10-second rule proposal was tabled. You see: Alabama’s Nick Saban doesn’t always get his way. The proposed change—made in the name of player safety and trumpeted by Saban–would have put the brakes on those fun, fast-paced offenses that have become the rage in college football. Instead, the NCAA Football Rules Committee has tabled the directive one day before the NCAA’s 11-member playing rules oversight panel was slated to vote to make the proposal a rule for 2014. The Big Ten school that would have been impacted the most by this change would have been Indiana, where Kevin

Video: Gerry DiNardo sits down with Doug Nussmeier

Doug Nussmeier spent the last two seasons as the Alabama offensive coordinator. What drew him to Michigan, to replace the fired Al Borges? Gerry DiNardo sat down with the freshly minted Michigan play-caller to get that answer and so much more. He even quizzed Nussmeier on who the Wolverines play in the final week every season. Hint: Brady Hoke would be very happy with Nussmeier’s response.