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Feeling smart? Take Bill Carollo's officials' exam

I attended a clinic for officials in the Big Ten, MAC and MVC last weekend in the Chicago area. During one part of the clinic, Big Ten director of officials Bill Carollo gave attendees an exam to complete. Here is a copy (with the answers) of the exam I received. Take a look at the questions—and feel free to test the college football rules knowledge of your friends and family. [ RELATED: Bill Carollo: ‘We have to change behavior’ ] Ready to test your college football rules knowledge? I’ll warn you, these are not easy. Page 1 (PDF) Page 2

BTN's Dave Revsine to emcee Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that Dave Revsine, BTN’s lead studio host, will serve as emcee for the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, on Thursday, July 25 at the Hilton Chicago. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. ET, with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Revsine will be joined at the Kickoff Luncheon by each of the 12 Big Ten head football coaches and 36 of the conference’s top returning players. Revsine will sit down with the coaches in groups of three to discuss

Who are Big Ten's biggest home-run hitters?

The 2013 MLB Home Run Derby is tonight, so I thought it would be fun to consider the Big Ten’s best home-run hitters. On the gridiron, that is. Who’s in the running? A quarterback tops my list, which can be seen in this post. 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State – There are some players who can take it to the house every time hand meets pigskin, and Miller – he of TD runs of 37, 55, 65 and 67 yards last year – is the Big Ten’s most electrifying longball threat. 2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska – Martinez doesn’t get the

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

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

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

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,

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

Ohio State fan, 12, beats brain tumor 'Michigan'

Even the most ardent Michigan supporters can root for Ohio State fan Grant Reed. When Reed, now 12, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, he named it “Michigan.” The son of a mother and father who were both Ohio State band members, Reed recently beat the disease at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. [ Freep.com: Watch the NBC feature on Grant Reed ] And the young Buckeye fan’s immediate outlook is promising. “We’ve beaten Michigan for the short term,” Troy Reed, Grant’s father, told freep.com. “But like any rival, there’s a chance it can come back.” [

Clothes Call: Buckeye Leaves on Ohio State jersey?

Buckeye Leaves have adorned the Ohio State football helmet for four-plus decades. The Buckeye Room (@BuckeyeRoom), a retail store that specializes in Ohio State memorabilia, recently tweeted pictures of Ohio State jerseys that feature the familiar logo on the back of the collar. [ RELATED: Big Ten Writers’ Football Uniform Power Rankings ] The photos show seven leaves, the same number of national titles the program claims (1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002). Pretty cool, right? Nike and the school also have released shirts and hats that include the seven Buckeye Leaves. Question is: Will Ohio State’s 2013 jerseys