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Tracking Monday's top Big Ten web links

Start your week off right with some of the latest Big Ten football stories. I post my daily links every weekday morning, and you can see the complete archive here. Have a worthy link? Send it to me in the comment box at the bottom of the post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart). Enjoy Monday’s sampling! SO LONG PAC-12 AGREEMENT: I was disappointed to see that the plug has been pulled on the scheduling agreement set to begin in 2017 between the Big Ten and Pac-12. With the agreement, the Big Ten squads could have remained with eight conference

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

Between the Freeh Report and the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing that they will suspend their scheduling plan across all sports, there was no shortage of news this past week. Check out our top 10 stories from the week that was in this post. 10. Big Ten, Pac-12 to suspend schedule plan The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off. 9. Team USA: Who’d fill out a Big Ten-only roster? Team

Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part V

My ranking of all 96 2012 Big Ten football games has reached the finish line. It was a fun journey (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV), but now it’s time to take a look at the season’s top 20 games. Here’s an interesting fact: nine of the top 10 games involve a team from the state of Michigan. But which one is No. 1? Find out in this post. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. 1. Michigan at

Big Ten, Pac-12 to suspend scheduling plan

(AP) The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off. The leagues had agreed to the partnership in December, well before a four-team football playoff set to begin in 2014 was approved by a committee of university presidents last month. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said the league recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two leagues by 2017 proved to be

Track 2012 NCFAA preseason award watch lists

Members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) have begun unveiling their preseason watch lists, a process that will go through Friday, July 20. In all, 15 of the nation’s top 21 awards will release a watch list. See the official lists in this post. Mon., July 9 Maxwell Award | @MaxwellFootball – Presented to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club Big Ten candidates: James Vandenberg, Iowa; Denard Robinson, Michigan; Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan; Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State; Rex Burkhead, Nebraska; Braxton Miller, Ohio State; Silas Redd, Penn State; Montee Ball, Wisconsin. Bednarik Award |

Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part IV

Another day, another step closer to the finale of my countdown of the top 2012 Big Ten football games. Today, I’m looking at games 21-39. And tomorrow, of course, it will 1-20. Which game will be No. 1? You’ll have to wait. Earlier this week, I did games 40-59, 60-79 and 80-96. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. 21. Wisconsin at Penn State, Nov. 24. The Nittany Lions may be fighting for bowl eligibility under first-year coach Bill O’Brien, while

Big Ten releases names to attend Kickoff Luncheon

On Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference released the list of student-athletes who will attend the 2012 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Three players from every team will be in attendance, as well as all 12 head coaches. See the complete list of players in this post. LEGENDS DIVISION IOWA James Ferentz, Sr., C* Micah Hyde, Sr., DB* James Vandenberg, Sr., QB MICHIGAN Jordan Kovacs, Sr., S* Taylor Lewan, Jr., OT* Denard Robinson, Sr., QB* MICHIGAN STATE Max Bullough, Jr., LB* Andrew

Dienhart: 12 Newcomers to watch in 2012

Every season, there are fresh faces that make impacts–true freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers from four-year schools, junior-college transfers. And often times, the newcomers seemingly come out of nowhere to make big impacts. Perfect example: Lavonte David two seasons ago. Following is a look at one newcomer from each Big Ten team who has a good chance to make a significant impact this season. Consider this your chance to learn about these guys now. ILLINOIS Josh Ferguson, RB – The diminutive redshirt freshman (5-10, 180) has a burst and extra giddy-up that make him a threat to score each time he

Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part III

The countdown of my top 2012 Big Ten football games continues with games 40-59. That’s right, I’m ranking all the Big Ten games for this upcoming season. Yesterday, I did games 60-79, and the day before it was 80-96. I’ll continue to work my way to the top games each of the next two days. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here. 40. Purdue at Notre Dame, Sept. 8: Notre

Ready, set, click Wednesday's top B1G web links

All the Big Ten football news that’s fit to link to is below. You are welcome. BLACK AND GOLD: It has been said time and again: This looks to be Danny Hope’s best Purdue team, as he enters his fourth season in West Lafayette. There are myriad things to like, including a revamped defensive coaching staff, momentum from the program’s first bowl trip since 2007 and 15 starters back. But I’m most interested to see how Hope and his staff handle the quarterback situation, which I think will tell the tale of the 2012 season. The Boilermakers don’t have one