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Senior Bowl: Latest on Short, Simon & Thornton

Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice is in the books, and BTN host Rick Pizzo and BTN NFL Draft expert Russ Lande have the latest updates from Mobile, Ala. For starters, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year John Simon was a no-show Tuesday, this after practicing with the linebackers Monday. Also, our guys talk about Kawann Short’s prospects and Hugh Thornton’s improving stock.

Dienhart: Purdue staff coming together

Purdue announced the official hirings of six assistants for new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Hudson; offensive line coach Jim Bollman; linebackers coach Marcus Freeman; cornerbacks coach Jon Heacock; receivers coach Kevin Sherman; running backs coach Jafar Williams. It’s a nice blend of youth and experience, giving Hazell a good base to build from. Freeman, Heacock and Williams worked for Hazell at Kent State. Bollman comes from Boston College but worked with Hazell at Ohio State as offensive coordinator under Jim Tressel. Sherman was at Virginia Tech. Hudson was at Florida State and has no direct ties to Hazell.

Dienhart's early 2013 football power rankings

The final punctuation mark has been put on the 2012 season and we closed that latest chapter. Now, we turn the page and look toward 2013. Before you know it, spring football will be here. In anticipation of the fall of 2013, here’s my early, early—and I mean EARLY—look at how the Big Ten could stack up from 1-12. 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes welcome back lots of talent from a team that went 12-0 in Urban Meyer’s debut. What can Meyer do for an encore? Most of the talent is on offense. And the schedule is very manageable. Bottom

Kent State wears crazy helmet in Hazell's finale

Sunday night’s GoDaddy.com Bowl marked new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell’s final day on the job at Kent State. Here’s to guessing college football fans won’t soon forget it. Interestingly, it had nothing to do with the close 17-13 decision. No, it had everything to do with Kent State’s head-turning helmets. [ RELATED: Catch up on all the 2012-13 bowls ] The Golden Flashes debuted a solid yellow lid, complete with a set of eagle eyes on the front, located just above the players’ eyes. The helmet also featured the school’s “K” prominently on the back. However, it was the eagle

How did we do? Big Ten bowl predictions revisited

Every week this season, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and myself (@BTNBrentYarina) offered our predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We continued it this bowl season, and BTN.com fans and Dienhart each went 7-0, meaning the former claims the 2012 crown. Dienhart was two games off the pace, while yours truly finished a distant seven games out. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] FINAL RECORDS BTN.com fans: 82-22; .788 Tom: 80-24; .769 Brent: 75-29; .721 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 Tom’s pick: Texas Tech, 35-21 – The Gophers

Oklahoma State flattens Purdue, 58-14

Clint Chelf threw three of Oklahoma State’s five touchdown passes and the Cowboys shook off a disappointing Big 12 finish by dominating Purdue 58-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday. The Cowboys, a year removed from a Fiesta Bowl win that capped the best season in school history, forced five turnovers and had another short touchdown drive after a 64-yard punt return from Josh Stewart. Get the AP recap, video and Tom Dienhart’s Snap Reactions in this post. The rout was Oklahoma State’s biggest bowl win since coach Mike Gundy was the quarterback in a 62-14 rout of

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Purdue will arrive in Dallas without head coach Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons despite guiding the Boilermakers to a second bowl in succession. This is a chance to punctuate a second consecutive season with a bowl win, which hasn’t happened since winning back-to-back Alamo Bowls in 1997-98. And the Boilermakers arrive with some momentum, having won three in a row. Sunday at 7 p.m. ET Watch the one-hour “BTN Football Report: Bowl Preview” on BTN TV and BTN2Go as our analysts look at the five New Year’s Day bowl games involving Big Ten teams. Conversely, Oklahoma State

Big Ten Tales: Rosevelt Colvin looks back

Over the past 15 years, Purdue has developed a “Den of Defensive Ends” by producing an outstanding group of defensive ends that include nine future NFL players. That tradition started with Rosevelt Colvin, who racked up a school-record 35 sacks in his four years at Purdue. Drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft, Colvin spent four seasons with the Bears and six more with the New England Patriots, where he was part of a team that won two straight Super Bowls. Colvin will always be remembered as one of Purdue’s greatest defensive players, but his

Dienhart: Let's rank the Big Ten bowls

It’s the holiday season. Time is precious. There are many options when it comes to Big Ten bowl games but there are also five of them on Jan. 1 alone. Which ones should you watch? What should you watch for in each? That’s where I come in with my nifty ranking of the Big Ten bowls from 1-7. So, sit back, put down the remote, pick up your eggnog and candy cane and read on. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] 1. Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. Wisconsin vs. Stanford. It’s the “Granddaddy of ‘em All!” Need I type more?

Which Big Ten team needs bowl win the most?

Seven Big Ten teams are playing in bowl games, beginning with Minnesota vs. Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28 and ending with Wisconsin vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Which Big Ten team needs to win their bowl game the most? BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have two different choices, and host Dave Revsine chimes in with a third possibility. Vote your choice in this post. When asked for one team, DiNardo listed three: Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Nebraska. Pressed to choose one, he takes Wisconsin, but DiNardo added, “Those other two are