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Big Ten names Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten announced on Wednesday the 24 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2011-12 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 300 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university’s list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have

Wednesday's Links: Let's talk Heisman Race

The calendar hasn’t even flipped to June, but some already are talking Heisman Trophy. Why not? I found one writer who lists his top candidates. Read what he wrote and tell me what you think. Here we go: Steve Greenberg of Sporting News offers an early Top 7: 1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC 2. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan 3. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin 4. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia 5. De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon 6. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State 7. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU Hard to argue with that list. And, yes, having Robinson ahead of Ball isn’t such

Charges dropped against Purdue's Antavian Edison

Purdue announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon that charges have been dropped stemming from the May 6 arrest of Purdue wide receiver Antavian Edison in Fort Meyers, Fla. “We are pleased to know that Antavian’s name has been cleared of any wrongdoing,” Purdue head coach Danny Hope said. “Those of us who know Antavian always believed it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The Purdue Department of Intercollegiate Athletics considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 9

My preview of Week 9 in the 2012 Big Tenn football season explores a number of very intriguing angles, including the rematch between Wisconsin and Michigan State. Watch this video to relive last year’s regular season thriller and dive deeper into this post to see the Big Ten Championship highlights. All 12 schools are in action for the first time since Week 3, and this looks like perhaps one of the best weeks on the schedule. If you want to look back at my first eight weekly schedule previews, look at my Schedule Analysis section. Find Week 9 in this

Michigan State's William Gholston

Dienhart: Big Ten Assistants Primed To Move Up

In recent years, several assistants have gone directly from Big Ten schools to launch head coaching careers. Wisconsin and Michigan State have been the most fertile proving grounds of late as Pitt’s Paul Chryst (Wisconsin offensive coordinator) and Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren (Wisconsin defensive coordinator) came directly from Bret Bielema’s Badger staff the last two seasons. Miami of Ohio’s Don Treadwell (Michigan State offensive coordinator) and Central Michigan’s Dan Enos (Michigan State quarterbacks coach) came from Mark Dantonio’s Spartan staff in recent years. Others who recently have made the jump directly from Big Ten staffs to head coaching positions: Florida

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 8

I continue to explore each week of the 2012 Big Ten football season with a look at Week 8. Check out these games: Michigan State at Michigan. Penn State at Iowa. Nebraska at Northwestern. Yeah, it’s a going to be another good one. If you want to look back at the first seven weekly schedule previews, look at my Schedule Analysis section. Find Week 8 in this post. Storylines: This is one of the better weeks of the season, especially for the Legends Division. Michigan State’s 52-mile junket to Michigan is at the top of the list. And Nebraska plays

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 7

Each week of the college football season offers a variety of games for fans to watch. I’m taking a super-early look at each week of the Big Ten season as a way to preview the 2012 campaign. I’ve already completed the first six weeks – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6 – and now it’s time to take a look at Week 7. Find it in this post. Storylines: Another abbreviated Saturday, as there are only five games on the menu with Penn State and Nebraska being off. All eyes will be on

Dienhart: Ranking the 2012 Defensive Backs

The secondary looks like a strong position in the Big Ten in 2012. Four of the eight defensive backs named first- or second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches in 2011 are back: Michigan State’s Johnny Adams and Isaiah Lewis, Ohio State’s C.J. Barnett and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen. Three named first- or second-team by the media return: Iowa’s Micah Hyde, Lewis and Adams. With three selections, Michigan State is well-represented in my ranking of the top 10 defensive backs in the Big Ten for 2012. The Spartans also had three players ranked among the top 10 linebackers. Bottom line: Michigan State

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 6

Football season can’t come soon enough. To help get everyone ready for the 2012 season, I’m taking a very early look at each week’s slate of games. I’ve already done the first five weeks – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 – and now it’s time to consider Week 6. Find it in this post. Storylines: The second week of conference action lacks pizzazz. It’s also a light week of action with just five games, as Minnesota and Iowa are off. The only captivating matchup is Nebraska’s visit to Ohio State. The last time the

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 5

People keep telling me they’re ready for football.  OK, but don’t ignore summer just yet. Still, I’m going to keep rolling out my 2012 Big Ten football season schedule analysis by week with Week 5 right here. Oh, you missed the first four? Then please allow me to introduce you to Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. Storylines: Welcome to the opening Saturday of conference games. And there are two whoppers to kick off Big Ten action with Ohio State playing at Michigan State and Wisconsin traveling to Nebraska. Thank you, football gods! In case you are wondering: