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How successors to legendary Big Ten coaches have fared

After flirting with retirement in the offseason, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan made it official tonight: He’s retiring with long-time assistant Greg Gard taking over as interim head coach. [ MORE: Top Twitter reactions to Bo Ryan’s retirement announcement ] “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement. “This was a decision months in the making. I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me

Photos: Take a look at Big Ten football uniforms debuted in 2015

The Big Ten introduced/reintroduced several alternate uniform designs during the 2015 football season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Several of the designs were of the new-school variety (Indiana helmets, Minnesota going all gray or Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State going all-black), while others were nods to history (Northwestern’s Rose Bowl throwback and Michigan’s all-white road uniform). Here’s a look at my top 5 2015 Big Ten designs (Yes, I’m a

Player Rankings: Purdue puts three guys on Jess Settles' list

Purdue is rolling. Anyone who has seen the Boilermakers play or has taken a look at the Big Ten standings knows it. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Boilermakers are 11-0, all 11 wins coming by double digits, good enough to match No. 1 Michigan State’s perfect start. Why all this talk about a team in a post all about players? Because the undefeated Boilermakers place three players on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

Drew Brees passes Dan Marino on NFL passing touchdowns list

Another week of NFL action, another opportunity for a former Big Ten quarterback to pass Hall of Famer Dan Marino on the all-time passing touchdowns list. One week after Tom Brady (Michigan) surpassed Marino’s 420 career scoring strikes vs. Philadelphia, Drew Brees (New Orleans) did the same Sunday afternoon in a win at Tampa Bay. Brees tossed a pair of touchdowns in the 24-17 victory to give him 421 in his brilliant career. The total trails just Peyton Manning (539), Brett Favre (508) and the aforementioned Brady (425) in NFL annals. Kind of cool that two of the four all-time

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten student-athletes shine in the classroom

If you look at the NCAA Division I rankings for any collegiate sport, chances are you’re going to see multiple Big Ten universities in the mix. They’re also well-represented in another ranking: the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American awards. The list, which came out earlier this month, measures student-athletes across all sports, as of June 2015. Eight Big Ten universities made the top 25 for all-time honorees, more than any other conference, with Nebraska coming in at No. 1. Here are the Big Ten universities that made the list: 1. Nebraska (320 all-time Academic All-Americans) 5. Penn State (189) 14. University

Best of the first month of the Big Ten men's basketball season

We’re officially one month into the 2015-16 college basketball season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The first month saw a lot of good, from Michigan State and Purdue’s perfect starts to Spartans star Denzel Valentine’s across-the-board individual performances. But what has been the best of the best of the opening month? BTN.com writer Sean Merriman and BTN analyst Jess Settles break down the best teams, players, coaches and more from an entertaining first month. Best team: Michigan State (11-0) The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the

Video: Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

No football, no problem. The first Saturday sans Big Ten football features 11 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action. Earlier on BTN, Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe in its return to Rec Hall, No. 6 Maryland cruised past Maryland Eastern Shore, and Indiana topped McNeese State. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Ohio State lost to Connecticut, Michigan cruised by Delaware State, Wisconsin came up short against Marquette, Illinois got by UIC, Purdue beat Youngstown State, Rutgers fell to George Washington, and Michigan State remained unbeaten with a win over Florida. Catch up on all of today’s action