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The Best of 2012 Big Ten Spring Football

With 2011 Big Ten Football Championship Game participants Michigan State and Wisconsin wrapping up spring football Saturday, every Big Ten team can turn its attention to the summer. Here at BTN.com, we’re not ready to put spring football behind us just yet. That’s why we compiled this post featuring the best from this year’s spring action. And when talking the best of spring, nothing — at least in our minds — comes close to topping Sparty lining up in the backfield and taking the handoff. Watch the entertaining play now. Best performance: Ohio State WR Michael Thomas – 12 rec.

Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

The 2012 NFL Draft came and went this past weekend, with a grand total of 41 Big Ten products being selected during the three-day event. Iowa’s Riley Reiff was the first player off the board, at No. 23, while Illinois, believe it or not, accounted for four of the Big Ten’s first six draft picks. But what about those players who went undrafted? They began signing contracts immediately following the draft. Here’s a complete list of Big Ten free-agent signees. In this post, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart compiles his All-Big Ten Undrafted Team. OFFENSE WR Da’Jon McKnight, Minnesota (Vikings)

Which undrafted B1G players signed free-agent deals?

Immediately following the 2012 NFL Draft on Saturday night, undrafted players began inking free-agent deals. The list of players continues to grow, but see the Big Ten products who have signed and check out some of their tweets in this post. Here’s the official list from NFL.com. And don’t forget about the 41 Big Ten players who were drafted during the three-day event. See all the signees below: ILLINOIS K Derek Dimke, Detroit Lions Thanks for all the shout outs!!! Happy to rep the Illini nation and the lions! — Derek Dimke (@DDimke13) April 29, 2012 G Jack Cornell, Baltimore Ravens

41 Big Ten Products selected in 2012 NFL Draft

The 2012 NFL Draft came to a close Saturday night. Forty-one former Big Ten stars were selected during the three-day event in New York, including four first-rounders: Iowa’s Riley Reiff, Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, Wisconsin Kevin Zeitler and Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins. Mercilus and Jenkins were the first of four Illini drafted in the first 48 picks. Even more impressive, four of the Big Ten’s first six players off the board were Illini. Catch up on the entire draft with FoxSports.com’s Draft Tracker and see all the Big Ten picks in this post. ROUND 1 No. 23: Iowa OT Riley Reiff, Detroit

Purdue gives Motion "P" slight makeover

Purdue isn’t just tinkering with its train logo (see it here), the motion “P” also will sport a slight makeover in the 2012-13 academic year. There will be a gold one, which the school says will serve as the primary logo, and a black one. As was the case with the new train logo, the gold is a lighter shade. See the new gold motion “P” in this post. The change is nowhere near as dramatic as the changes made to the train — a look that received an 84 percent dislike in our poll. How do you feel about

BCS Takes Step Toward Football Final Four

Be prepared to say good-bye to the old Bowl Championship Series system. Or, perhaps you feel more like uttering “good riddance.” Either way, get ready to say “hello” to a college football playoff. That’s correct—a playoff. No, you haven’t died and gone to heaven. It’s true. College football could be crowning its national champion with a playoff as soon as the 2014 season, although there is plenty of work to do before that. The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame have emerged from three days of meetings in Hollywood, Fla., with a plan that will forever change the sport. It won’t

Draft Predictions: Who May Get Picked?

The NFL draft starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday with the first round, continues Friday with rounds two and three before finishing Saturday with the final four rounds. For Big Ten players, questions linger. Which one will be the first off the board? Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff? Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus? Someone else? Earlier I talked to some experts about a few bigger Big Ten names and you can find links to draft histories for all Big Ten teams over here. Following is a look at which Big Ten players may get drafted and where. TOP PROSPECTS BY

Nike tweaks Purdue's Logo

According to The Exponent, Purdue will have a new logo in the coming months. Like the old one, it still features the train, only with a few tweaks, recommended by Nike. See the logo in this post. [BTN.com: Purdue gives Motion “P” logo slight makeover] Here’s a quote from The Exponent on the new logo: “It’s really a Nike driven initiative,” Associate Athletics Director Tom Schott said. “Nike had come to us a while back with some suggestions. Nike said the train logo we used was not good on apparel. The smoke didn’t work on shirts and hats. They recommended

Delany: Rose Bowl not blocking BCS change

(AP) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says BCS officials are narrowing the field of possible changes to college football’s postseason and the Rose Bowl is not standing in the way of progress. Delany has been meeting with his fellow commissioners, Notre Dame’s athletic director and other college football officials working on overhauling the Bowl Championship Series. Among the options being discussed Wednesday is a four-team playoff that could be held separate from the bowls. Delany says there is “pretty high expectation that there’s going to be change.” He also says he wants the group to proceed with caution. He says:

Dienhart: NFL Experts on Big Ten Talents

If NFL teams are looking for linemen, they may look to the Big Ten often when the draft kicks off with the first round at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. The Big Ten’s top prospects with the best chance to hear their names called on Thursday are linemen: Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff; Wisconsin center Peter Konz; Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler; Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy; Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus. “It’s a good collection of players,” said NFL Network analyst Charles Davis. In fact, most analyst feel Reiff—who is coming out early–will be the first Big Ten player pick,