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Dienhart: My 4 biggest assistant coach hires in East Division

When Chris Ash arrived to help run the Ohio State defense as co-coordinator in 2014, he had an immediate impact—especially on the pass defense. [ MORE: A look at the West’s four biggest assistant hires ] Ash took over a defense that placed 112th in pass defense and 47th in total defense in 2013. In his first season, OSU’s defense ranked 19th nationally in total defense and 29th in pass defense. The Buckeyes also ranked fourth in the country with 24 interceptions en route to Big Ten, Sugar Bowl and national championships. In 2015, the Ohio State defense continued its

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten sends some of its brightest to Britain

Students from Big Ten universities accounted for an impressive five out of 15 Churchill Scholars for 2016-2017. These students will travel to the United Kingdom this fall to study their academic disciplines for a year at the University of Cambridge’s Churchill College. Each academic year, the Churchill Scholars selects a few graduate-level students from throughout the United States who excel in mathematics, engineering or hard-sciences fields. The prestigious academic program was started more than a half-century ago by the legendary British statesman Winston Churchill, who requested the scholarship be set up through the foundation that bore his name. Here are

Penn State women's lacrosse tops Penn, advances to Final Four

The #NittanyLions are advancing to their 10th NCAA Semifinal! #WeAre #PennState #ThisIsB1G #NCAAWLAX pic.twitter.com/bt2C47QqXE — Penn State Lacrosse (@PennStateWLAX) May 21, 2016 PENN STATE RELEASE — The unseeded and 11th-ranked Nittany Lions women’s lacrosse team is off to its first NCAA Semifinals since 1999 with an 8-4 victory over seventh-seeded and No. 14-ranked Penn on Saturday at Penn State Lacrosse Field. “It was an awesome win for our program and just an awesome day in general,” said head coach Missy Doherty. “Our defense just played out of their minds today. They were stopping their main threats. I was so proud

BTN LiveBIG: Penn State grad finds his roots through photography

When Jeremy Dennis came to Happy Valley about two years ago, he was hoping to expand his horizons. Already a graduate of Stony Brook University, New York, he applied for the master of fine arts in photography program at Penn State. Dennis travelled to University Park for an interview with Lonnie Graham, a professor of studio art at Penn State, totally unaware that Graham and the university would help propel his photography and artwork into a grand project titled “On This Site.” “I came to Penn State to interview with him [Graham] before I applied,” Dennis said. “He reviewed my

2016 Football Schedule Analysis: Penn State Nittany Lions

This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters. Here is my look at Penn State’s 2016 slate. [MORE: Penn State’s offseason to-do list ]

Dienhart: Like it or not, there should be no stopping transfers

Everyone in life—yes, even college basketball coaches--is always looking for a better situation. Why should college basketball players be any different? Maybe coaches need to do a better job of selling kids on remaining in their program.

Six Big Ten teams make 2016 NCAA softball tournament

Six Big Ten softball teams made the NCAA tournament, it was announced late Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten regular season champ Michigan highlights the Big Ten participants, earning the No. 2 national seed and hosting the Ann Arbor Regional. Illinois, Big Ten tournament champ Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State round out the Big Ten contingent. See how Big Ten teams celebrated the good news in the tweets below. WE'RE IN!!!!!!! #Illini #D1softball #RoadtoWCWS pic.twitter.com/erfbqwt7N5 — Illini Softball (@IlliniSB) May 16, 2016 Wolverines will host Valpo, Notre Dame, Miami (OH) in the

Day 3 Big Ten tourney recap: Minnesota claims crown in extras

They didn't play in the regular season, but Michigan and Minnesota were the Big Ten's two top teams. Saturday night, in the Big Ten tourney final, it was No. 2 seed Minnesota topping No. 1 seed Michigan, 4-3, in a 10-inning marathon.

Day 2: Big Ten softball tournament recaps & video highlights

The semifinals of the 2016 Big Ten Softball Tournament are set. It will be the top four seeds Saturday, as No. 2 Minnesota will face No. 3 Northwestern and No. 1 Michigan will take on No. 4 and host Penn State with a berth in Saturday night's tourney final on the line.