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Ross Els Q&A: 'The kids are eager to learn the new system'

Things have to improve at Purdue. Darrell Hazell knows this, which is why his staff has been radically altered. In all, there are five new assistants—and a holdover in a new role. Perhaps no new assistant is more vital than defensive coordinator Ross Els. He was coaching high school ball in Nebraska last year—now, he has one of the biggest rehab projects in the Big Ten. The defense Els inherits in West Lafayette is a mess. Where to begin? How about learning how to stop the run? Last year, the Boilermaker defense was shredded for a league-high 214.9 rushing yards

BTN LiveBIG: ICYMI on Twitter...

There are plenty of great stories about students, faculty and alums of the universities in the Big Ten Conference. Too many, in fact, for us to cover here on BTN.com. But many of the ones we don’t get to tell in this space still get some love through our Twitter handle, @BTNLiveBIG. We’re retweeting, responding and engaging with all of the Big Ten universities — and you, dear readers — on that site. Here’s a look at some of the stories we shared recently, and exclusively, on Twitter. Via @UMengineering: Via @PurdueUnivNews: Via Nebraska’s @SheldonMuseum: Via Wisconsin’s @UWCarbone Cancer Center: Via @EngineeringAtIL:

Read Rapheal Davis' Instagram post to Purdue fans

Rapheal Davis committed to Purdue as a freshman in high school. Needless to say, the Boilermakers have held a special place in the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year’s heart for a significant portion of his life, a fact he referenced in his senior night speech earlier this month at Mackey Arena. Late Monday night, Davis went to Instagram to offer one last “thank you” to Purdue nation. Read Davis’ full message above. Davis isn’t the first departing star to hit social media to show his appreciation, as Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell recently did

Crispin: Word association for departed Big Ten standouts

The Big Ten is losing some serious four-year talent. The list of names is nothing short of impressive, and it is, no doubt, headlined by Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine. Other top names who have exhausted their eligibility: Yogi Ferrell, A.J. Hammons, Caris LeVert and Jarrod Uthoff. Talk about a scary starting 5. You can create a strong bench, too, with the likes of Rapheal Davis, Jake Layman and Shavon Shields, among others. With all of the talent headed out the door, Lisa Byington asked me to play word association Tuesday night on “BTN Live.” Thing is,

BTN LiveBIG: From Turkey to West Lafayette, Purdue professor fuels research

Through a long and winding journey that took her from Turkey to West Lafayette and many places in between, Gozdem Kilaz hasn’t forgotten what’s most important in her teaching. “It’s all about the students,” said the assistant professor at Purdue’s school of engineering technology. “They continue to amaze me. They’re so savvy, so enthusiastic and can do so much. People think the professors are the ones who go to the labs and everything, but we’re more like the fire chiefs — make sure they don’t hurt themselves.” Still, Kilaz has quite a bit to teach them. In addition to her

Big Ten Football: A look at offensive line situations

Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up. Here is a look at the most critical offensive line situations in the Big Ten, listed alphabetically. Illinois Guard Ted Karras was the team’s top blocker. Now, he’s gone. This unit needs to get a better push after the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg)