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Film Session: Penn State DL coach Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson is a fixture on the Penn State sideline. The defensive line coach has been with the Nittany Lions since 1996, and he’s had plenty of success. Under his tutelage, six defensive linemen have been selected in the first round of the NFL draft, including No. 1 pick Courtney Brown (2000). What makes his players so successful? Here’s what Johnson told our Howard Griffith: “My philosophy is very basic: Doing the simple stuff over and over again. Keep it small, keep it fun.”

Come run in this summer's BTN Big 10K

The BTN Big 10K event in Chicago is back, and it’s on Saturday, July 27. This year’s race will be televised on the Big Ten Network so dress up in your favorite school colors and compete for your Big Ten team in the 10K race or 5K run/walk. Register at www.btnbig10k.com to make sure you get your school-themed race shirt – see the shirts in this post. Here are the shirts. And if you’re on Facebook, check out the race page at www.facebook.com/BTNBig10k. Afterward, kick-off the college football season in style with thousands of Big Ten fans at the ultimate

Dienhart: My top Big Ten spring questions

Spring football is in full bloom in the Big Ten, from Lincoln to State College. Many issues must be decided between the conclusion of spring drills and the start of the season. But, most won’t be resolved until fall camp. Until then, here are the 18—yes, 18–biggest Big Ten spring questions. 1. How will the Michigan offense look with Denard Robinson gone? We got an extended peak last season, when Robinson dealt with injury that forced Devin Gardner to take the controls. And, the results were promising. Coordinator Al Borges will implement more of his pro- and West Coast-style, taking

Video: Craig Fitzgerald 'Football Report' interview

Bill O’Brien receives much of the credit for Penn State’s surprising 2012 football season, and rightfully so. But Penn State  strength and condition coach Craig Fitzgerald played a role, as well. In his first year with the program, Fitzgerald, who previously worked at South Carolina, helped modernize Penn State’s weight room and workout regimen. Watch Howard Griffith’s interview with Fitzgerald now. Talking of Fitzgerald, who could forget this moment?

Video: Watch our Bill O'Brien 'Football Report' interview

On Monday night’s “Football Report,” BTN analyst Howard Griffith sat down with Penn State coach Bill O’Brien to talk recruiting, team goals, NFL opportunities and spring ball. O’Brien on his name being mentioned for NFL positions this offseason: “I listened, but that’s about as far as it went.” Watch Griffith’s full interview with O’Brien here. Here’s a terrific graphic on O’Brien’s impact on Penn State’s offense: Our guys discuss O’Brien in this web-only segment: And here’s a look back at Penn State’s results from Year 1 under O’Brien: Day Date Opponent Time TV Result Sat. Sep. 1 vs. Ohio 12:00

Spring Football: Previewing Big Ten Leaders Division

Snow is still on the ground in parts of the Midwest and the calendar still says “February.” No matter, Northwestern kicked off spring football on Wednesday, the first Big Ten school to take the lid off this beautiful annual rite. Yes, the 2013 season is a day closer. And, that’s a tremendous thing. Many questions loom across the Big Ten landscape, as the other 11 schools will begin practice in March. Here is a look at three things that schools in the Leaders Division must work on this spring. On Friday, I will look at the Legends Division. [RELATED: Get the

Video: Big Ten interviews from NFL Combine

BTN’s Rosevelt Colvin and Russ Lande were in Indianapolis tracking the Big Ten players who participated in the 2013 NFL Combine leading up to the NFL Draft in April. See a full gallery of Big Ten players in action and watch our collection of interviews with a handful of the Big Ten players. Watch all of the available interviews below. Purdue’s Josh Johnson talks with Colvin. *** Iowa’s Micah Hyde talks with Lande. *** Colvin talks with Illinois’ Michael Buchanan. *** Lande talks with Illinois’ Akeem Spence. *** Colvin talks with Penn State’s Michael Mauti. *** Colvin talks with Minnesota’s

Team up: Ranking football & hoops coaching combos

Fun item from esteemed ex-colleague David Fox of Athlon Sports on the top football/basketball coaching tandems in the nation. Topping the list: Ohio State’s duo of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer. Michigan’s duo of Brady Hoke and John Beilein is No. 2 in the nation, according to Athlon. Here is how Athlon ranks the Big Ten tandems. Hard to argue with Fox putting Matta and Meyer on top. Matta has taken Ohio State to two Final Fours, three Big Ten tourney titles and a share of five regular-season crowns. Meyer won two national titles at Florida and debuted with a

'Football Pioneers' show honors Black History Month

BTN will air a 30-minute special Black History Month presentation called “Football Pioneers” at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday Hosted by Howard Griffith, the show features interviews with former Northwestern head coach Dennis Green,who was just the second African-American head coach in Division I history. We also talk with Sidney Williams, a former Wisconsin quarterback who was Big Ten’s first African-American starting quarterback, and current Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell. Check our online TV schedule for future re-airing of this show, too. And remember that you can also watch if via BTN2Go. Be sure to visit the Big Ten Conference’s special Black History Month section

Dienhart: Dropping FCS foes makes total sense

Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages. This is the latest item revealed concerning Big Ten schedules, as Commissioner Jim Delany recently said the Big Ten will study a move from an eight- to a nine- or 10-game league schedule. Several FCS schools are on the schedule of Big Ten teams in