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Greg Jones

Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Defense since 2000

The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Yesterday, I looked at the best of the best offensive players in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. Next up: Defense. Before I get to the list, I have a couple rules:  1. A player had to play at least two seasons to be considered; 2. Nebraska players prior to 2011 are not eligible. [ RELATED: See Dienhart’s All-Big Ten Offense since 2000 ] DEFENSE

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BTN announces on-air talent for 2013 season

CHICAGO – BTN today revealed its game broadcast teams and studio talent for the 2013 football season. The network’s football schedule will feature 47 games, extensive pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage on Saturdays and football-themed studio shows every weeknight. [ RELATED: Read all of our football news | View 2013 schedules ] For the seventh straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will anchor the network’s game-day studio coverage on Big Ten Football Saturday, and will contribute to additional studio shows during the week. This year’s primary broadcast teams for BTN’s football telecasts include Matt Devlin (play-by-play) and

November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA;A view of the back of Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Offense since 2000

The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Over the next couple days, I’m going to take a look at the best of the best in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. First up: Offense. Before I get to the list, I have a couple rules:  1. A player had to play at least two seasons to be considered; 2. Nebraska players prior to 2011 are not eligible. [ RELATED: See Dienhart’s All-Big

Bo Pelini

Bill Carollo: 'We have to change behavior'

Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo didn’t hesitate when I asked him what the point of emphasis was going to be for officials this fall: blows targeted above the shoulders at defenseless players. “If it happens,” Carollo said, “the player will be automatically ejected from the game.” And if officials have any doubt if a hit violated the guidelines, they have been told: “When it doubt, throw him out.” Does that seem harsh? Last year, such an infraction resulted in a 15-yard penalty. But, these are new, evolving times. And player safety is the No. 1 goal of the Big

Penn State White Out

Big Ten's best football traditions? Here's a fun list

The Big Ten is as steep in tradition as any of the nation’s conferences. Considering that, it’s a dubious task to try to rank the top traditions. Athlon Sports was bold enough to give it a stab, and like many people, it thinks Ohio State’s dotting the “I” is the cream of the crop. See the publication’s list in this post. [ AthlonSports.com: Ranking the Big Ten’s best historic traditions ] Here’s what Athlon said about the Ohio Stadium staple: “The culmination of “Script Ohio” during the pre-game festivities at Ohio State is a sight to behold. Once the word

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Big Ten releases 2016 & 2017 conference slates

Back in April, the Big Ten announced it was going to implement a nine-game conference schedule, starting in 2016. Thursday, it unveiled the first such schedule—along with the 2017 Big Ten league slate. [ RELATED: 2016 conference slate (PDF) | 2017 conference slate (PDF) ] One thing fans will notice in the 2016 and 2017 schedules is conference games being played earlier in the season. Previously, league games typically didn’t begin until October—depending on calendar quirks. But the extra league contest has pushed Big Ten action forward in the calendar, as schools will drop from four to three non-conference games

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Who wins Leaders vs. Legends All-Star Game?

With the 2013 MLB All-Star Game less than a week away, I recently got to thinking about a Big Ten football all-star game. You know, a game that pits the Leaders Division’s best vs. the Legends Division’s best. Who would be on the teams, and who would win? See both teams, which were constructed using Phil Steele’s 2013 preseason teams, in this post. [ RELATED: See who’s headed to the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon ] OFFENSE LEGENDS LEADERS QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Braxton Miller, Ohio State RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin RB Venric Mark, Northwestern Carlos Hyde,

Brady Hoke

See who's headed to Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

The Big Ten announced the 36 players who will attend the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 24-25 at the Hilton Chicago. The 42nd annual luncheon features 19 returning All-Big Ten selections and all 12 head coaches. Penn State’s John Urschel will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. [ RELATED: John Urschel “honored” to speak at Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon ] LEGENDS DIVISION IOWA Christian Kirksey, Sr., LB James Morris, Sr., LB* Brett Van Sloten, Sr., OL MICHIGAN Devin Gardner, Jr., QB Thomas Gordon, Sr., S Taylor Lewan, Sr., LT* MICHIGAN STATE Max

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) tackles Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Derrick Engel (18) in the second half at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Track 2013 NCFAA preseason award watch lists

Members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) have finished unveiling their preseason watch lists, a process that last two weeks. In all, 15 of the nation’s top 21 awards released a watch list. See the official lists in this post. Fri., July 19 Walter Camp Award | @WalterCampPR – Presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation Big Ten candidates: Taylor Lewan, MICH; Ameer Abdullah, NEB; Taylor Martinez, NEB; Venric Mark, NU; Braxton Miller, OSU; Bradley Roby; OSU. Thurs., July 18 Doak Walker Award  | DoakWalkerAward – Presented to the nation’s premier running back

Victor Oladipo

'The Journey' spotlights Big Ten NBA draft picks

Big Ten products Victor Oladipo (No. 2; Orlando), Cody Zeller (No. 4; Charlotte) and Trey Burke (No. 9; Minnesota – traded to Utah) all were selected in the first round of last month’s 2013 NBA Draft. “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013” was in Brooklyn to cover the decorated trio’s night on the big stage. Cameras followed the players around before, during and after the draft. Here’s a gallery from draft night, too: