Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman gets Tuck-like facemask

Not quite at Justin Tuck’s level yet, Minnesota junior Ra’Shede Hageman’s new facemask is certain to garner its share of attention this season. It won’t be the only thing drawing your eye to the mammoth defensive lineman, though, because he’s a popular breakout candidate. In fact, BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart gushed about the 6-6, 301-pound talent when they saw him at Minnesota practice last week. See the picture of Hageman’s new facemask in this post.

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Get your Facebook page ready for football

Last spring we offered up some pretty cool basketball-themed graphics for each Big Ten school that are suitable headers for your Facebook timelines, and our readers told us they loved them. Now, just in time for football season, we present to you our Big Ten football versions in case you want to dress your page up for fall.

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Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 wide receivers of BTN era

Believe it or not, BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My first list ranks the top five wide receivers of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era.

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Did You See This? Gophers go paintballing

Coaches go to great measures trying to build team camaraderie. Second-year Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill recently approved a fun and enjoyable team building activity that could only make the team grow closer. The Gophers went paintballing Sunday. And goldengophergridiron’s YouTube page has a video from the event. See the full feature in this post.

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PSU tops women's soccer preseason Coaches' Poll

The Big Ten announced its 2012 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending regular season champion Penn State earning top honors among the 12 conference teams. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 14th straight Big Ten title in 2011.

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