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DiNardo: Purdue football practice tweets

Six stops down, we’re officially halfway through the 2012 BTN summer bus tour. On Wednesday afternoon, the BTN crew was in West Lafayette, Ind., taking in Purdue practice. With practice now complete, it’s time for DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across the Big Ten. Watch our Purdue Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Next stop: Bloomington, Ind., where we will watch Indiana practice Thursday. BTN Bus Tour #Boilerup – Impressive team that has closed the gap between them and Wisconsin. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) August 16, 2012 BTN Bus Tour

Purdue DT Kawann Short signs BTN tour bus

The BTN tour bus was in West Lafayette, Ind., on Wednesday so our crew could watch Purdue practice and get a chance to talk to the coaching staff and top players. One of those players, Kawann Short, also added a little something to the BTN tour bus. As is tradition this summer, the player from each team represented on our bus signed their likeness. See a picture of Short, the highly hyped defensive tackle, autograph our bus in this post. [BTN.com: Tom Dienhart’s thoughts from Purdue practice] Check out similar shots of Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Michigan State’s William Gholston, Ohio

BTN Tour Mailbag: Answers to your questions

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from stops along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We see Purdue practice Wednesday, and excited Boiler fans already sent me their questions. Read all of my answers to your latest Big Ten questions in this post. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart). What has Purdue done during the offseason to become a more

Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 running backs of BTN era

It’s been a fast handful of years, and on Aug. 30, BTN will officially celebrate its fifth anniversary. Crazy to think, huh? To celebrate – not to mention kill time before the season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our existence. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My second list ranks the top five running backs of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era. Editor’s note: This list only includes

Ready, set, click Wednesday's B1G web links

The BTN tour continues Wednesday, with the tour bus stopping in West Lafayette, Ind., to take in Purdue practice. On Tuesday, we watched Northwestern in Kenosha, Wis., and here are my thoughts from that practice. Don’t forget about the Northwestern Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday. Until then, enjoy Wednesday’s Big Ten web links. IMPORTANT COG UNDER CENTER: The key to the Michigan State season? According to CBS, it’s quarterback Andrew Maxwell. I can agree with that. Maxwell has skills on par with departed Kirk Cousins and the junior isn’t a newcomer to the program. But, we still don’t

Football Tour: Previewing Purdue practice

The BTN bus heads south down I-65 toward West Lafayette, Ind., to watch Purdue practice Wednesday. Check out the Purdue Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Danny Hope’s fourth Boilermaker squad may be his best. Purdue has a Big Ten-high 19 returning starters. I can’t wait to get a load of the defense, which could be among the Big Ten’s best. New coordinator Tim Tibesar’s 4-3 defense will feature the ability to morph into a 3-4. What other wrinkles will we see? [BTN.com: 10 reasons for Purdue to be excited in 2012] I want to check out

Get your Facebook page ready for football

Last spring we offered up some pretty cool basketball-themed graphics for each Big Ten school that are suitable headers for your Facebook timelines, and our readers told us they loved them. Now, just in time for football season, we present to you our Big Ten football versions in case you want to dress your page up for fall. Our BTN Facebook page is a popular place to get videos and updates and our brand new Facebook page for The Journey is gaining momentum as we draw closer to the season, too.  We also recommend taking the BTN Video Facebook page

Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 wide receivers of BTN era

Believe it or not, BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great football careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My first list ranks the top five wide receivers of the last five seasons, aka the BTN

Big Ten Web Links: Get Tuesday's best B1G stories

Day 2 in the great state of Wisconsin is here, as we’ve left Madison and are in Kenosha to watch Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats practice Tuesday. You can catch the Wisconsin Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday. Until then, check out these Big Ten web links. GETTING BETTER UNDER CENTER: Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray is starting to show more composure in the pocket. I noticed it when I watched the Golden Gophers practice last week. The fact he’s in his second season in the offense is huge. The senior has a calm and maturity about him that could go a

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

The BTN bus tour continues to make its way across the Big Ten landscape, stopping in Madison on Monday. You can follow all of our tour coverage here and don’t forget about the TV schedule. To no surprise, much of the tour material finds its way on our top 10 stories from the past week. See the entire top 10 list in this post. 10. DiNardo: Nebraska football practice tweets On Thursday, the BTN bus tour hit Lincoln, Neb. There, our guys took in practice and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Dive inside this post and check out all of