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Spring football: Previewing Big Ten Legends Division

Spring football has kicked off in Big Ten territory, with Northwestern the first to take off the wraps this past Wednesday. Yesterday, we posted spring previews for the Leaders Division teams. Today, we take a look at the Legends Division, which is filled with many interesting story lines: How will Nebraska’s defensive front seven take shape? Will Michigan’s offense transition smoothly from the Denard Robinson era to a more conventional attack? How will the overhauled staff work at Iowa? There’s that and more here. Tell me what you’re looking forard to seeing from your team in this post, on Twitter,

Team up: Ranking football & hoops coaching combos

Fun item from esteemed ex-colleague David Fox of Athlon Sports on the top football/basketball coaching tandems in the nation. Topping the list: Ohio State’s duo of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer. Michigan’s duo of Brady Hoke and John Beilein is No. 2 in the nation, according to Athlon. Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems. Hard to argue with Fox putting Matta and Meyer on top. Matta has taken Ohio State to two Final Fours, three Big Ten tourney titles and a share of five regular-season crowns. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and debuted with a

'Football Pioneers' show honors Black History Month

BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. Check our online TV schedule for future re-airing of this show, too. And remember that you can also watch if via BTN2Go. Be sure to visit the Big Ten Conference’s special Black History Month section

Did You See This? Northwestern Harlem Shake

Have you heard of the Harlem Shake? If not, it’s a recent internet phenomenon based on viral videos that feature a lot of dancing. Usually, it starts with one person dancing alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by others unaware of the person. And 15 seconds later, when the bass drops, the entire group joins in and starts dancing for the next 15 seconds. The Northwestern football team recently recorded its own Harlem Shake, and it’s terrific. Watch the YouTube video above. Here’s the Indiana student body’s Harlem Shake, too:

Dienhart: Dropping FCS foes makes total sense

Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages. This is the latest item revealed concerning Big Ten schedules, as Commissioner Jim Delany recently said the Big Ten will study a move from an eight- to a nine- or 10-game league schedule. Several FCS schools are on the schedule of Big Ten teams in

Dienhart: Get ready for 9- or 10-game league schedule

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement to the Big Ten Network on Tuesday saying the league will look into a nine- and 10-game league schedule in the future. Here’s the release: “After meeting with coaches and athletic directors, the Big Ten will look at nine- and 10-game options for future conference football schedules. As a conference we want to play each other more, not less, and an increase in the number of games will help accomplish that goal. The Big Ten will continue meeting with school representatives in the coming months to present a proposal to the Council

Plan ahead: Spring football dates are in

Are you ready for some spring football? Hey, it’s not the real thing with packed stadiums, marching bands, tailgaters and cheerleaders all pouring their hearts into a regular season game. But, it’s the next best thing to cure your football fix. Northwestern is the first to start, opening spring drills on Feb. 27. Minnesota is the last to open, starting on March 26. Following is the spring start date for each school and the date for the spring game. Mark your calendars accordingly. And stayed tuned to BTN.com for coming updates on how to watch these events. SCHOOL PRACTICE STARTS

Dienhart's 2013 National Signing Day Notebook

The fax machines have stopped spitting out letters-of-intent. In fact, they have been unplugged to prevent from overheating. Now, it’s time to take a look at what happen amid a Signing Day frenzy, with schools stocking their rosters for the future. Here’s a spin around Big Ten Signing Day 2013. [ RELATED: What’s in a name? Big Ten’s top 12 names from signing day ] TOP CLASS: Ohio State The Buckeyes inked a boffo class on the heels of last year’s impressive haul, with defense being an emphasis. In fact, no Big Ten school signed more defensive players than the

What's in a name? Best Big Ten names from signing day

Every year on National Signing Day, the college football world is introduced to some spectacular names. The Big Ten is no exception. This year’s group includes a “Taco,” a “Warfield,” a “Spearman” and a “Sprinkle,” among other gems. Check out my top 12 new Big Ten names in this post. 1. Michigan’s Taco Charlton, DE, 6-6, 249, Pickerington, Ohio (Central) 2. Nebraska’s Courtney Love, LB, 6-1, 225, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney) 3. Nebraska’s Chongo Kondolo, OL, 6-4, 290, Weston Fla. (Cypress Bay) 4. Illinois’ Marchie Murdock, WR, 6-1, 180, Arlington, Texas (Legacy) 5. Iowa’s Solomon Warfield, DB, 6-0, 185, Cleveland,

2013 National Signing Day: Northwestern

One month removed from completing a 10-win season, Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced the addition of 21 newcomers to the Wildcats football program for the 2013 season — 19 inked to National Letters of Intent along with two walk-ons admitted during the early decision process. [ RELATED: Dienhart’s National Signing Day Notebook ] Among the19 signees, 10 are slated to find a home on the offensive side of the ball, with eight on defense and one on special teams. Sixteen of the 19 signees hail from either Illinois (5), Ohio (5), Texas (3) or California (3), with the remaining three coming