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Big Ten should say 'no' to any games with Notre Dame

So, there was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talking at a recent golf outing about how he’d like to see the Fighting Irish’s series with Michigan and Michigan State continue. (Slow, sarcastic clap.) Sure, it would be nice. Who hasn’t enjoyed the games between the Spartans and Irish, and the Irish and Wolverines? Great stuff over the years. But Michigan and Michigan State should pull the plug on all games with Notre Dame. You, too, Purdue, which has played the Irish annually since 1946. What’s the benefit to playing Notre Dame? Big Ten teams don’t need the money that a

ESPN: Big Ten approves 8-member officiating crews

According to ESPN.com, the Big Ten has agreed to increase its football officiating crews from seven officials to eight for all home games starting this fall. The added official, the center judge, will line up in the offensive backfield opposite the head referee. The Big 12 used eight officials last season and will do so again in 2014. Recently, the SEC and ACC have announced they will add an eighth official this fall. The last time the Big Ten increased its number of officials — six to seven —  was in 1983. “We’re looking for improved officiating — that’s the

Dienhart: Morgan Burke's right, it's time for stipends

Earlier this week, at the annual Big Ten spring meetings, Purdue AD Morgan Burke had some interesting—and refreshing–comments on the subject of the cost of attendance and player stipends. “It’s fundamentally the right thing to do,” Burke told reporters during the meetings at Big Ten headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. “It’s got to be done for men and women, it’s got to be done for Olympic sports and non-revenue sports. It’s the right thing to do. “The reality is, this is fundamentally fair. And so we’d better find the money. We find the money for lots of other things, we’d better

NCAA APR scores: Big Ten teams continue to shine

The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Find APR scores for every school in every sport ] Big Ten APR Scores (football; basketball) Illinois: 957; 957 Indiana: 972; 1,000 Iowa: 969; 971 Michigan: 975; 990 Michigan State: 962; 980

Replacements for every Big Ten NFL draft pick

The 2014 NFL Draft is officially in the books, which means it’s time to look ahead to who will replace the Big Ten’s freshly minted pros this fall. Thirty players were drafted, including four first-rounders, so there are plenty of big shoes to fill. Let’s check out the potential replacements for every Big Ten player selected in the draft. [ MORE: Relive all of our 2014 NFL Draft coverage ] 1. Michigan OT Erik Magnuson (Taylor Lewan) Magnuson started seven games at guard for the Wolverines last season, but is expected to take over for Taylor Lewan as Michigan’s starting

Big Ten releases 2014 homecoming kickoff times

The Big Ten office announced 2014 football homecoming kickoff times Tuesday morning. See all the Big Ten teams’ homecoming opponents, kickoff times and dates in this post. HOMECOMING KICKOFFS Illinois: vs. Minnesota, noon ET, Oct. 25 Indiana: vs. Michigan State, 3:30 ET, Oct. 18 Iowa: vs. Indiana, noon ET, Oct. 11 Maryland: vs. Iowa, noon ET, Oct. 18 Michigan: vs. Indiana, 3:30 ET Nov. 1 Michigan State: vs. Wyoming, noon ET, Sept. 27 Minnesota: vs. Purdue, noon ET, Oct. 18 Nebraska: vs. Illinois, 9 p.m. ET (BTN), Sept. 27 Northwestern: vs. Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. ET (BTN), Oct. 18 Ohio State:

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten alumni give back to Chicago kids

A sea of students proudly displaying the colors of 14 universities spent a gorgeous spring day playing with mentors and learning about the Big Ten community in Chicago. On Saturday, May 10, approximately 400 students from 14 schools took part in the annual Chicago Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) Field Day, with more than 200 alumni representing each current Big Ten university spending their Saturday playing with the students; volunteers from other universities represented Rutgers and Maryland this year. Each university’s alumni had t-shirts in their school colors, and were aligned with a group of students who also received t-shirts representing

Dienhart: A look at cross-division foes, from 1-14

The Big Ten has altered divisions for 2014, going to an East-West format that is geography based after three seasons of the “competitive-balanced” Leaders and Legends Divisions. Each school will play the six other schools in their division, plus two cross-division foes. Not all cross-division foes are created equal, though, and I rank the draws in this post. To review, here’s how the divisions will look as the Big Ten goes to 14 teams with Rutgers and Maryland coming aboard: EAST Indiana; Maryland; Michigan; Michigan State; Ohio State; Penn State; Rutgers WEST Illinois; Iowa; Minnesota; Nebraska; Northwestern; Purdue; Wisconsin Here’s

Dienhart: My 2014 Big Ten All-Undrafted Team

The Big Ten had 30 players taken in the just completed NFL draft. But plenty of good players go undrafted every year and end up making NFL rosters and often having good careers. Some notables: Kurt Warner, Tony Romo, John Randle, Priest Holmes and Wes Welker. Here’s a team of Big Ten players who went undrafted the previous three days but have signed free-agent deals—and could end up being stars. [ MORE: Dienahrt: Big Ten well-represented in NFL Draft ] OFFENSE WR: Bennie Fowler, Michigan State (Broncos) WR: Corey Brown, Ohio State (Panthers) WR: Ryan Lankford, Illinois (Dolphins) TE: Jacob

Dienhart: Big Ten well-represented in NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft is in the books. And, the Big Ten was well-represented. Things got off to a good start on Thursday during the first round, when the Big Ten had four picks. The Big Ten had 30 picks over the seven-round draft, which is up from just 22 last year with only one first-rounder. Ohio State led all Big Ten teams with six picks. Here’s a look at the draft. [ MORE: NFL Draft: 14 Big Ten players selected on day 3 ] PICKS BY SCHOOL  Illinois: 0  Indiana: 2 TE Ted Bolser, 7th  round 217th/Redskins WR Cody