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BTN Tour Mailbag: Answers to your questions

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from stops along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We see Purdue practice Wednesday, and excited Boiler fans already sent me their questions. Read all of my answers to your latest Big Ten questions in this post. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart). What has Purdue done during the offseason to become a more

Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 running backs of BTN era

It’s been a fast handful of years, and on Aug. 30, BTN will officially celebrate its fifth anniversary. Crazy to think, huh? To celebrate – not to mention kill time before the season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our existence. 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 second list ranks the top five running backs of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era. Editor’s note: This list only includes

SI.com preseason poll features five Big Ten teams

Another preseason top 25 poll was released Wednesday afternoon, but unlike previous ones, it doesn’t have Michigan as the highest-ranked Big Ten team. It has the Wolverines ranked third among Big Ten teams, in fact. Evidently, SI.com is higher on Wisconsin and Michigan State, which it has ranked No. 6 and No. 8, respectively. Michigan comes in at No. 13, while Nebraska (No. 19) and Ohio State (No. 22) round out the Big Ten contingent. [SI.com: SI’s 2012 Preseason Top 25] Must say, it’s a bigger surprise to see the Badgers ranked where they are than to see them ahead

Ready, set, click Wednesday's B1G web links

The BTN tour continues Wednesday, with the tour bus stopping in West Lafayette, Ind., to take in Purdue practice. On Tuesday, we watched Northwestern in Kenosha, Wis., and here are my thoughts from that practice. Don’t forget about the Northwestern Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday. Until then, enjoy Wednesday’s Big Ten web links. IMPORTANT COG UNDER CENTER: The key to the Michigan State season? According to CBS, it’s quarterback Andrew Maxwell. I can agree with that. Maxwell has skills on par with departed Kirk Cousins and the junior isn’t a newcomer to the program. But, we still don’t

Illinois adds Nebraska OL transfer Klachko

(AP) Nebraska offensive lineman Ryan Klachko has transferred to Illinois. Illinois coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday that the 6-foot-4, 290-pound redshirt freshman was one of the top high school players in Illinois when he played at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Illinois says Klachko has started practicing with the team but under NCAA rules will have to sit out the 2012 season. He has three seasons of eligibility left.

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. Our BTN Facebook page is a popular place to get videos and updates and our brand new Facebook page for The Journey is gaining momentum as we draw closer to the season, too.  We also recommend taking the BTN Video Facebook page

Big Ten Web Links: Get Tuesday's best B1G stories

Day 2 in the great state of Wisconsin is here, as we’ve left Madison and are in Kenosha to watch Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats practice Tuesday. You can catch the Wisconsin Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday. Until then, check out these Big Ten web links. GETTING BETTER UNDER CENTER: Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray is starting to show more composure in the pocket. I noticed it when I watched the Golden Gophers practice last week. The fact he’s in his second season in the offense is huge. The senior has a calm and maturity about him that could go a

Nebraska tradition put on hiatus due to helium shortage

Ever since 1940s, Nebraska has released Big Red balloons into the sky following the Huskers’ first touchdown at Memorial Stadium. The tradition will live to see one more day, in the 2012 opener against Southern Miss, but it will be put on indefinite hiatus until a global helium shortage is solved. According to Huskers.com, the team will release 2,000 to 2,500 balloons – compared to the usual 4,000 to 5,000 – if and when the Huskers score their first touchdown Sept. 1 to give fans one last photo op. To make up for the loss of the tradition, the Huskers

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

The BTN bus tour continues to make its way across the Big Ten landscape, stopping in Madison on Monday. You can follow all of our tour coverage here and don’t forget about the TV schedule. To no surprise, much of the tour material finds its way on our top 10 stories from the past week. See the entire top 10 list in this post. 10. DiNardo: Nebraska football practice tweets On Thursday, the BTN bus tour hit Lincoln, Neb. There, our guys took in practice and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Dive inside this post and check out all of

Ready, set, click Monday's top Big Ten web links

Today, we’re at Wisconsin practice for the BTN bus tour. Here’s what I want to see from the Badgers. You can watch the Wisconsin Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday. Until then, check out Monday’s Big Ten web links in this post. BALL MEETS THE MEDIA: Star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball addressed the media for the first time since an assault earlier this month left him with a concussion. He didn’t offer any true insight into the event, as there is an on-going police investigation into the matter. But sage Wisconsin State Journal columnist Tom Oates doesn’t think