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Big Ten mailbag: Bielema, Hazell, & expansion

Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing. Read all about that—and more. And send me your latest questions and comments at the bottom of this post. I think Bret Bielema is the first Big Ten head coach to leave for another job since Nick Saban bolted Michigan State for LSU in 1999. Why are some writers making it out like there’s a mass exodus of coaches from the conference? – Jonathan I can’t speak

Watch Purdue introduce Hazell live tonight

BTN/BTN2Go will air the live press conference introducing Darrell Hazell as the Purdue Boilermakers’ new head football coach. The event will start at 7 p.m. ET tonight. Find BTN on your TV system with our BTN ChannelFinder. If you have BTN2Go, here’s a link to watch it live on BTN2Go.com. BTN.com will also stream the same event live for free through the end of the event. Here’s the link for the free Internet stream. Rick Pizzo, Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo will host BTN’s coverage. Kent State’s 2012 results Date Opponent Result / Time 8/30 vs. Towson W 41 – 21 9/8 at Kentucky L 14 –

Dienhart: Purdue lands Kent State's Hazell

After failing to land Cincinnati coach Butch Jones, Purdue was able to grab Kent State coach Darrell Hazell. Hazell went 16-9 in two seasons at Kent State, a notoriously bad MAC program. He went 11-2 this season, including an 8-0 mark in MAC play, on his way to claiming the East Division title and MAC Coach of the Year. The Golden Flashes just missed out on a likely BCS bowl bid when they lost a 44-37 double-overtime thriller to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. Kent State is headed to the GoDaddy.com Bowl to play Arkansas State, which just

Dienhart: Purdue's search & other coaching rumblings

It’s apparent that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones is the top target for the Purdue job. Colorado also is in hot pursuit of Jones. Jones was reported to be in West Lafayette on Sunday interviewing to replace Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. Outlets also report that Jones was in Colorado on Monday to interview. Colorado is reportedly offering a five-year deal for $13.5 million. Jones, a hot commodity last year when he was linked to jobs at North Carolina, UCLA and Illinois, makes $1.57 million at Cincinnati. [RELATED: Boilers react to Hope’s firing on Twitter]

Photos: Meet Big Ten bowl opponents' key players

We found out where the Big Ten’s seven bowl teams were headed Sunday night. Read Tom Dienhart’s early thoughts on each game here. Now, it’s time to familiarize ourselves a little more with the seven opponents. Who is the key player for each team, and why should we keep our eye on him during the bowl game? [RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule] Meet the Big Ten opponents’ key players in this photo gallery below. Click on any picture for player stats and analysis.

Quick look at Big Ten's 7 bowl game matchups

The bowl matchups are set as the Big Ten filled seven of its eight bowl slots. Four of the matchups are rematches of previous bowls. Here is a quick take on each bowl, with more analysis in coming days. We’ll get to breaking down the games in some detail in the coming weeks, but who do you think wins? Let us know in the comments at the end of the post. Or fire me a note via my weekly Big Ten mailbag. [RELATED: View the final 2012 BCS Standings] Rose Bowl: Wisconsin (8-5) vs. Stanford (11-2) The teams met in

2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Teams

The 2012 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Chris Martin and interviews with several of the Big Ten’s individual award winners, including Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. See both of the teams in this post. Earlier Monday, BTN.com released its 2012 All-Big Ten teams. Here’s a look at the Coaches Team: 2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team as Selected by Conference Coaches FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Running Back Ameer Abdullah,

BTN.com's 2012 All-Big Ten teams

BTN will announce the 2012 Big Ten All-Big Ten teams at 7 p.m. ET Monday. Before the lists are made official on our 60-minute special, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their first-teams and superlative winners. See who made the teams in this post. Who did we miss? Tell us your teams in the comment section at the bottom of the post. ALL-BIG TEN OFFENSE BRENT TOM QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State* Braxton Miller, Ohio State* RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State WR Allen Robinson, Penn State Allen Robinson,

Dienhart: My latest Big Ten bowl projections

The regular season is over. All that’s left is the Big Ten title game, which could alter the Big Ten bowl projections at the top of the pecking order. We know this for sure: seven teams will go bowling, as Purdue and Michigan State punched their tickets with wins on Saturday to join Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Northwestern and Minnesota. That means the Big Ten won’t be able to fill its eighth and final bowl spot in the Little Caesar’s Bowl. If Ohio State and Penn State weren’t on probation, the Big Ten bowl ranks would swell to nine. The Big

Dienhart: Hope never got Purdue over proverbial hump

After four seasons, Purdue has seen enough of Danny Hope. He officially was fired Sunday. The school also announced wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as the interim coach for the team’s bowl game. Hope, who receives a $600,000 buyout, compiled a 22-27 overall record and 13-19 Big Ten mark, never getting the program over the proverbial hump after following the glorious Joe Tiller era. This was supposed to be the season that happened, as Hope said this was his best team yet with more starters returning than any other Big Ten squad. Alas, it didn’t happen. “I wish