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Video: DeAndre Levy takes wing-walk on biplane in Washington

First, there was Tom Brady jumping off a cliff, and now there’s DeAndre Levy taking a walk on the wings of a biplane. [ MORE: Video: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on tonight’s “New Girl” ] It’s safe to say two of the Big Ten’s top NFL players are enjoying their offseasons – not to mention scaring fans of their teams and schools. The former Wisconsin linebacker was recently in the Pacific Northwest, in Sequim, Washington, where he took a ride on a biplane. Levy, entering his seventh season with the Detroit Lions, was strapped in and standing on

Video: J.J. Watt to sing about stadium food on tonight's 'New Girl'

You’ve seen J.J. Watt sacking quarterbacks and catching touchdown passes on TV, you’ve seen him dancing on TV, and you’ve seen him doing interviews on TV. [ MORE: Video: DeAndre Levy takes wing-walk on biplane ] Tuesday night, you’ll see Watt singing on TV. The former Wisconsin star and current Houston Texans’ all-world defensive end will guest star as himself on tonight’s “New Girl,” and the role includes singing about stadium food. “I’m fake bad-singing,” Watt says in the video above, “but I’m a bad singer anyway, so I fit right in.” The storyline, according to FOX, has Watt getting

Big Ten mailbag: MSU's title chances, Traevon Jackson & Michigan football

This is a great time of year, with March Madness in full swing and spring football rolling. So, it’s a good time to reach into my mail bag. Here we go! Do you think Michigan State can win the national title? – Richard Cobb You have to like the Spartans’ chances to at least reach the Final Four for the first time since 2010. Tom Izzo’s team is playing well, winning six of its last seven games. And the lone loss was an overtime defeat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship tilt. Michigan State is deep and motivated. If

Video: Alvarez talks Chris Borland's retirement, improvements to safety

On our daily show “BTN Live” BTN host Mike Hall talked with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez about a variety of topics including the recent retirement of NFL and former Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Watch it all here. BTN.com will also posting segments of tonight’s episode on Twitter via @bigtennetwork and @BTNLive. “BTN Live” airs every weekday. If you don’t know by now, “BTN Live” is on Twitter and Facebook, too. Connect with our show’s producers, send questions and vote in polls.  Plus, connect with BTN social media report Taylor Rooks on Twitter.  

Dienhart: Six spring quarterback hot spots in Big Ten country

No position garners attention like quarterback. And, it’s an unsettled position at several Big Ten schools, as spring drills have begun to open. Here is what we know: Penn State (Christian Hackenberg), Minnesota (Mitch Leidner), Iowa (C.J. Beathard), Illinois (Wes Lunt), Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong), Michigan State (Connor Cook), Maryland (Caleb Rowe) and Indiana (Nate Sudfeld) all appear to have a good grasp on who will be their starter in 2015, eliminating much drama in spring drills. But the quarterback situation on some other campuses isn’t as clear. Here’s a look at the “Six Spring Quarterbacking Hot Spots” in Big Ten

Video: Who will each Big Ten football team miss most in 2015?

On Tuesday night’s “BTN Live,” Glen Mason shared who he thought each Big Ten football team would miss the most in 2015. Watch the full feature in the video above, and see his answers in the text below. ILLINOIS: Reilly O’Toole, QB “You look at Reilly O’Toole, how he hung in there, how he persevered, how he competed, and the victory against Penn State, the victory against Northwestern that enabled them to go to a bowl game, I think that next year Coach Beckman will say, ‘You know, I wish Reilly O’Toole was still around here.'” INDIANA: Tevin Coleman, RB

Stipend figures? Here's a look at potential Big Ten numbers

Much has been written about the stipend that will be granted by “Power Five” conference schools beginning in 2015-16 as part of radical NCAA reforms. David Jones of Pennlive.com put together an interesting story and graphic on the subject. Now, student-athletes will not just receive tuition, books and room-and-board but also an extra amount to be used toward incidental living expenses—Little Caesar’s crazy bread, gas for the Vespa, iTunes downloads, “Cracked” magazine subscriptions … stuff like that. It is known in university parlance as “cost of attendance.” Me? I like to call it “kicking around cash,” or “Friday night loot.”

Wisconsin spring preview: Our early look at the Badgers in 2015

For the second time since 2012, Wisconsin was rocked by an unexpected coaching defection. First, it was Bret Bielema bolting for Arkansas after the 2012 season. Next, Gary Andersen took off for Oregon State after last season. But Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez turned to a native son this time, tabbing Madison denizen, former Badger player and assistant and Wisconsin grad Paul Chryst for the post. And Chryst—who coached Pitt prior to coming home–will walk into a good situation. In fact, Chryst’s team should be tabbed the favorite to win the Big Ten West. But for that to happen, work must