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Big Ten links: Jim Delany's plan, Ohio State spring game & much more

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has laid out his plan for freshman ineligibility. In a 12-page letter titled “Education First, Athletics Second: The Time for a National Discussion is Upon Us” and sent to media members Friday, Delany reiterated why he believes a so-called year of readiness would be beneficial at this “critical moment in the evolution of intercollegiate athletics.” The letter is not a proposal, he wrote. He did, however, lay out a plan to raise scholarship limits in FBS football and Division I men’s basketball and add scholarships in women’s sports to stay compliant with Title IX. Under

BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State scientist studies the largest explosions in the universe

Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work. It’s nature’s greatest fireworks display: the supernova death of a bright, rare supergiant Wolf-Rayet star — already several hundred times larger in diameter than our own sun — which sends white-hot astroparticles flying millions of miles in multiple directions at close to the speed of light. For Mauricio Bustamante, a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP),

Gallery: Our favorite photos from Ohio State's spring game

Reigning national champ Ohio State hosted its annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Football Game on Saturday afternoon in front of a spring game record 99,391 fans. [ MORE: Watch replay of Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Take a look at our favorite USA Today Sports photos from the spring game below.

#BTNStandout: Ohio State's Noah Brown snags one-handed catch

Ohio State football fans heard all about Noah Brown during spring practices. In Saturday’s spring game, the sophomore wide receiver showed what all the talk was about. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] Expected to be Ohio State’s next breakout offensive player, Brown made a terrific one-handed grab on a Cardale Jones pass thrown behind him. Running a slant pattern over the middle, the sophomore wide receiver, somehow, was able to adjust to the errant toss, reach his left hand up behind him and bring it in for the reception. This catch took

BTN.com's top moments & plays from Saturday's spring games

There were five Big Ten spring football games Saturday, including reigning national champ Ohio State taking the field for the first time since winning the crown. Relive our favorite moments and plays.

Video: See who Troy Smith would pick as Ohio State's starting QB

Everyone wants to know who Urban Meyer and Ohio State will start at quarterback in 2015. [ MORE: Watch replay of Ohio State spring game on BTN2Go ] The options are terrific, and one can make the argument there is no wrong choice. If former Ohio State star Troy Smith had the option of a healthy J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller, who would he pick? That’s one of the several questions Lisa Byington asked the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner during halftime of Ohio State’s spring game Saturday afternoon. His answer: “The guy that has the majority of the

Video: Get all of Saturday's top Big Ten spring football game highlights

It was a day full of spring football on BTN/BTN2Go Saturday afternoon. There were five games in all, including Ohio State and Penn State. Ohio State, the reigning national champ, highlighted the day’s festivities with a national spring game record 99,391 fans at Ohio Stadium. A couple other highlights: Cardale Jones threw a football 74 yards in a halftime Quarterback Skills Challenge, and Penn State fans gave Devon Still a warm ovation during the coin toss. Catch up on all of the day’s top highlights in the videos below. ILLINOIS [ MORE: Watch replay of the Illinois spring game on