Preseason Big Ten Player Rankings: Ball, Short on top

Big Ten media days kick off Thursday in Chicago, so I thought I’d release my preseason Big Ten player rankings. I’m going to do these a little different this year. In previous years, I’d rank the top 10 players, which often became a tough task with all the talent on both sides of the ball. To account for both sides, I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Sending Off Our Big Ten 2012 Olympians

The Big Ten Conference and member schools released their official lists of all Big Ten names past and present competing in the upcoming 2012 London Summer Olympics, which open this Friday. The list includes the handful of Big Ten athletes contributing Olympic journals to BTN.com, featuring an entertaining band of Big Ten swimmers. Find the official list by school in this post and click on the linked names to find the latest journals from those athletes.

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Mascot Update: Purdue Pete, Willie Answer Back

You may recall a few weeks ago when a band of Big Ten Conference mascots made a spoof video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video, the latest in a long line of spoofs. It was funny, it drew plenty of attention, and it all seemed innocent enough. That is, until someone noticed the video didn’t include Purdue Pete and Northwestern’s Willie the Wildcat. And now Pete and the ‘Cat have responded.

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B1G Championship Game tickets go on sale Saturday

Tickets for the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. ET. The second annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 1, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will begin at 8:17 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Olympic Journal: NU's Grevers Checks In

The latest update to our Big Ten Olympic Journal is in, and it comes from Northwestern swimmer and U.S. Olympian Matt Grevers, who details a fun race he had with a U.S. teammate at practice. You should also know that Grevers likes cantaloupe – lots and lots of it. Earlier this week, U.S. swimmer and Michigan student-athlete Connor Jaeger posted about life leading up to the Olympics before some team introductions from Peter Vanderkaay and Davis Tarwater’s first post.

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