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Tom Dienhart answers your latest Big Ten questions

You have questions, and I have answers … some of the time. Here is the latest edition of my Big Ten Mailbag. As usual, the mailbag is 100 percent guaranteed. What team will be the favorite next season in Big Ten hoops? – Matt We still need to find out which players who have declared for the draft will stay in the draft. But knowing what we know, I think next year’s race should come down to three schools: Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana. The Spartans lose Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Deyonta Davis and Bryn Forbes, among others, but Tom

Ohio State ties record with five players invited to NFL Draft

When one thinks of Ohio State football, one often thinks of records, right? Well, the Buckeyes set yet another record today as five OSU players were invited to the 2016 NFL Draft, which will take place April 28-30 in Chicago at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. Eli Apple, Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee were all invited by the NFL to attend the draft. Alabama also had five players invited to the event in 2012. Here is a look at the 25 NFL Draft invites. CB Eli Apple, Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State DT Vernon Butler,

Ohio State to honor late Will Smith at spring game Saturday

Ohio State will honor former defensive end Will Smith at its spring game Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game at 1:30 ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The Buckeyes will wear a “WS” helmet decal that features a Buckeye leaf in between Smith’s initials, plus they’ll hold a moment of silence prior to kickoff. Smith, 34, was shot and killed following a minor car accident late Saturday night in New Orleans. A champion in college (2002 BCS title, Ohio State’s first football crown in 34 years) and the NFL (Super Bowl XLIV), Smith was a team captain

Big Ten announces extension of baseball tournament in Omaha

With the Big Ten Baseball Tournament set to return to Omaha, Nebraska, this season and 2018, the conference announced an extension for TD Ameritrade Park to serve as the host venue from 2019 through 2022, it was announced Tuesday.

No new bowl games until 2019, at the earliest, is great news

This just in from the “What On God’s Green Earth Took So Long” department: According to an ESPN report, the NCAA has approved a ban on the creation of new bowls until 2019—at the earliest. Can I get an “amen”? This is about 10 years too late. But, at least this day has arrived, as the bowl excess has ended … for now. You see, it isn’t true: If a little is good, more is better. Look, I love blocking, tackling, eye black, neck rolls, chicken wings and marching bands as much as the next cargo-shorts-wearing American. But, the bowl

Urban Meyer calls new unlimited texting rule 'ignorant'

The NCAA passed an unlimited texting rule Friday, which allows college football coaches to send as many electronic messages as they wish to high school recruits. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t a fan, and he let his opinion be known in his weekly press conference Monday morning. “That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said. The coach worries about the recruits, about how they will be receiving texts from no shortage of coaches every day, with no ability to control who they hear from and no option to block the communication as they would on Facebook and

Former Ohio State, NFL star Will Smith, 34, shot to death

Former Ohio State and NFL standout Will Smith was murdered following a traffic accident late Saturday night in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. Smith, a father of three, was 34. [ MORE: Read OhioStateBuckeyes.com’s full release ] According to New Orleans Police, Smith’s car was struck from behind by an orange Hummer H2, and his vehicle then struck the car in front of his as well. Police say Smith and the driver of the Hummer “exchanged words,” before the driver of the Hummer pulled out a gun and shot Smith multiple times. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the leg.

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State professor is picking up good vibrations

Sometimes the smallest things can make big differences. The sway of a bridge or building caused by wind is barely perceptible for most people, for instance, but Ryan Harne sees a major potential source of energy in what few others even notice. An assistant professor in Ohio State’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Harne has studied vibration-energy harvesting for several years. His research examines how the movements of large structures, like skyscrapers and bridges, could translate into usable energy. “If a bridge weakens steadily over time due to swaying, nowadays it’s quite common to go ahead and either retrofit