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Why each B1G team should feel good about 2014

It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2014 season, right? Right. Others already are in on the action, with super-early top 25 polls. So, here’s why you should be excited about your team’s prospects for next season. Smiles, everyone! [ MORE: View the final 2013 college football polls ] ILLINOIS Fans are jacked out of their mind to see Oklahoma State transfer quarterback Wes Lunt, who could take this improving offense to another level. Don’t forget about Aaron Bailey, too. RB Josh Ferguson is a special jack-of-all-trades. All of the young talent on defense that took its bumps

Penn State expects to have new coach in 'matter of days'

Penn State Director of Athletics Dave Joyner released a statement Tuesday regarding the school’s football head coaching search. Read the full release in this post. [ MORE: AP: Interim coach Larry Johnson eyes full-time job ] Here is Joyner’s release: “The search for the new leader of the Penn State football program is progressing very well. We are on schedule and I anticipate having the new head coach in place in a matter of days. The search is robust as we anticipated it would be and we have an excellent pool of candidates. I have heard from many coaches, or

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a current NFL star serving as a guest coach for Illinois basketball. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Drake being on our sideline is absolutely awesome. Only at Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/CtrVnKPxt8 — Kirk Barton (@Kirk_Barton) January 3, 2014 Our take: Celebs have been out in full force this Big Ten Bowl season. Guest coach for

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Merriman: Allen Robinson will shine in the NFL

He loves his teammates and he loves the game of football. If you’re an NFL team and that is important to you, then Allen Robinson is an ideal draft pick. He’s also 6-foot-3, has elite speed and can jump much higher than you, or anyone else reading this article. But it’s the other intangibles that are going to make Allen Robinson a successful NFL player. Once in a while, you have to throw out all the data and go with that something special. Robinson has it. He’s had it ever since he arrived at Penn State back in 2011. [

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Dienhart: What kind of coach fits at Penn State?

Penn State made it official today: Bill O’Brien is leaving after two seasons. Now, the search is on for his replacement, which was a point of today’s press conference by Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner. This is and always will be one of the best jobs in America, so there will be no shortage of quality candidates. Here are my top choices. But in reading this, it’s important to remember that O’Brien seemingly came out of nowhere when he was hired. Along those lines, keep Ball State’s Pete Lembo on your radar. Greg Roman, Stanford offensive coordinator. He interviewed

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Penn State's Allen Robinson to enter NFL Draft

Penn State first-team All-America wide receiver Allen Robinson will enter the 2014 National Football League Draft. The 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, Robinson earned seven All-America honors after a stellar 2013 season. The standout junior was selected a first-team All-American by CBSSports.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele’s College Football, a second-team honoree by the FWAA, SI.com and Athlon Sports and a third-team honoree by the Associated Press. In a statement, Robsinson said: “It was a great honor to play at Penn State. I am blessed to have played with, and for, the people in the

Sources: Bill O'Brien to leave Penn State for Houston Texans

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has reached a contract agreement to be the new head coach of the Houston Texans, according to foxsports.com and other sources. Let’s be honest about these reports: We all knew this day was coming. We all knew O’Brien was going to leave Penn State for the NFL. But most of us didn’t think it would happen this quickly. Two years? That’s it? Yep. Two years. [ MORE: AP: O’Brien reaches agreement with Texans ] But, that’s OK. Penn State owes O’Brien a debt of gratitude. He gave more to Penn State than he took. The school will

AP: Six possible candidates to replace Bill O'Brien

(AP) — Penn State is in the market for a coach again now that Bill O’Brien has jumped to the NFL. Here are six possible candidates to replace him. [ MORE: Dienhart: Penn State owes O’Brien a debt of gratitude ] -James Franklin, Vanderbilt. The eastern Pennsylvania native played at Division II East Stroudsburg and began his coaching career at Kutztown. His time as an assistant at Maryland overlapped with O’Brien in 2003-04. He has gone 23-15 at Vanderbilt, taking the perennial SEC doormat to three straight bowl games. He signed a long-term extension after last season. -Al Golden, Miami.

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Gallery: View our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team

The 2013 NFL regular season came to an end late Sunday night. That being the case, it’s time to release our 2013 All-Big Ten NFL Team. Check out our offensive and defensive teams in this post. Did someone get snubbed? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post. OFFENSE QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans (Purdue): 446-650, 5,162 yards, 39 TD, 12 INT RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (Michigan State): 244 car., 860 yards, 8 TD; 45 rec., 399 yards RB: Pierre Thomas, New Orleans (Illinois): 147 car., 549 yards, 2 TD; 77 rec., 513 yards, 3

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Morning Download

Since the beginning of November, we’ve been sharing the inspiring stories of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. In an effort to shine a light on even more wonderful Big Ten happenings, we’ll be serving up positive headlines every Monday morning, right here on the BTN LiveB1G blog. Indiana University announced a $40 million gift from Cindy Simon Skjodt for renovations to Assembly Hall. Throwback Thursday: The original Assembly Hall, build in 1896, and the current Assembly Hall, opened in 1971. #tbt pic.twitter.com/nq5Xt2y7Qv — Indiana University (@IUBloomington)