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BTN School Days: Purdue Boilermakers

When a team gives itself the nickname “Dream Team,” it better deliver on the hype. The Purdue baseball team did just that in 2012. The Boilermakers (45-14, 17-7) won their first Big Ten crown since 1909, claimed the their first Big Ten tournament and advanced to their second NCAA tourney, their first as a regional host. That’s a lot of firsts, and it’s the reason the baseball team’s memorable season highlights Purdue’s 2011-12 athletic year. Want more? The program had a record seven players selected in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Catch Purdue Day on BTN all day Thursday.

Commissioners reach consensus on playoff plan

(AP) The BCS commissioners reached a consensus Wednesday on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents next week for approval. All that’s left is for the presidents to sign off and major college football’s champion will be decided by playoff come the 2014 season. The commissioners have been working on reshaping college football’s postseason since January. The meeting Wednesday was the sixth formal get-together of the year. They met for four hours and emerged together with a commitment to stand behind a plan. [AP: College football closes in on playoff — finally]

NCAA releases academic progress rate (APR) scores

The NCAA released its latest academic progress rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and the Big Ten received favorable results. Not only did all 12 Big Ten football and men’s basketball teams avoid penalty, Northwestern football compiled the highest score in the FBS. See how Big Ten football and men’s hoops teams did in this post. For a point of reference, any score of 930 or below results in penalty, ranging from scholarship reductions to a postseason ban. FOOTBALL Northwestern: 995 Ohio State: 988 Wisconsin: 975 Penn State: 971 Nebraska: 966 Indiana: 964 Purdue: 950 Illinois: 953 Iowa: 949 Michigan State: 943 ranks BCS teams since 2007

It’s anyone’s guess what the future of college football’s postseason holds. Will there be a four-team playoff? A plus-one? Or will it be the status quo? Whatever it may be,’s Brett McMurphy posted an interesting article that ranks the nation’s top teams using final BCS Standings since 2007. Where do Big Ten teams land over the last five seasons? Find out in this post. Big Ten – Since 2007 2. Ohio State 79 13. Wisconsin 46 20. Penn State 35 22. Michigan State 34 28. Nebraska 19 33. Iowa 17 38. Illinois 13 38. Michigan 13 52. Northwestern 3

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Debate It: Big Ten Fans Have Spoken

When senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks. Big Ten Fans’ 2012 Statistical Leaders SCORING: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – 46 percent of votes My take: Easy choice. If anything, it’s a surprise Ball

Big Ten, Ivy League to study head injuries in sports

The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, in conjunction with the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), have announced plans to engage in a co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports, continuing efforts dating back more than two years. This historic collaboration brings together two prestigious academic and athletic entities, and allows for the coordination of ongoing efforts by each conference to research and address various aspects of head injuries in athletics, including concussions. The world-class academic and research capabilities of the institutions will help to promote a collaborative and collegial atmosphere

Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema hoists the Big Ten Championship trophy after defeating the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin won 42-39. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Your 2012 BTN Awards Show Winners

BTN aired its fifth annual BTN Awards Show on Monday night. The biggest winners: Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Christina Manning, the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Jesse Owens and Suzy Favor Awards, respectively. Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo hosted the hour-long special, which also handed out awards for categories such as “Breakout Performer” and “Game of the Year,” to name a couple. See all the award winners and watch video from each category in this post. Suzy Favor Award: Ohio State’s Christina Manning Most Courageous Performance of the Year: Michigan State’s Arthur Ray Best

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

Happy Monday! Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. A quick conclusion: people are longing for football and love to debate their fall obsession. Not a big surprise with it being the middle of June. Only a couple more months, Big Ten fans. 10. Did You See This? Mark Titus’ Groom Cake Former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus loves many things in life. Atop the list are basketball and wrestling, it would seem. The ex-Buckeye nicknamed “The Shark” incorporated those two loves into his groom’s cake, which featured Larry Bird and Shawn Michaels in

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten tackle leader

On Friday, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten sack leader, the 10th in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Tackles. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader, too. TACKLES 2011 leader: Mike Taylor, 150 Returning leaders: Mike Taylor, 150; Chris Borland, 143; James Morris, 110; Christian Kirksey, 110; Jonathan Brown, 108. Brent: More than any other category we’ve addressed in this series, tackles features the most returning talent. Seven of

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BTN Awards Show: My award winners

BTN will air its fifth annual BTN Awards Show at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday. You also can watch it live on BTN2Go. On the one-hour special, we’ll announce the winners of the Big Ten’s prestigious Suzy Favor Award and Jesse Owens Award, in addition to crowning our picks for several different categories, including “Breakout Performer” and “Best Finish,” to name a couple. See web editor Brent Yarina’s superlative winners in this post, plus vote for your choices. Breakout Performer: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois – The other three contenders here were known names entering last year — even Cody Zeller, who