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Photos: Big Ten mascots tour Washington D.C.

Big Ten mascots, including newbies Testudo and the Scarlet Knight, are on the loose in the nation’s capitol to celebrate Maryland and Rutgers’ move to the Big Ten, which become official Tuesday. See some of our favorite pictures from the mascots’ visits to the White House, Washington Monument and so much more in this post. [ MORE: Gallery: Big Ten, BTN celebrate additions at New York party ] .@UWBuckyBadger shows @Testudo_UMD how it's done after a #Badgers TD. #ThinkB1G #B1GWelcome pic.twitter.com/BKH4BlabyW — Big Ten Conference (@bigtenconf) June 30, 2014 We're all just one #B1G family. #selfie #B1GWelcome pic.twitter.com/LLBerGvewI — Big

BTN, Big Ten celebrate at NYC party

BTN threw an exclusive party at Cipriani in New York Thursday for 1,000 alumni and friends of the Big Ten that featured some of the conference’s best-known celebrities along with mascots and cheerleaders. We were there to celebrate the Big Ten’s expansion to the East Coast as well as increased distribution for BTN. On Wednesday, BTN President Mark Silverman told reporters that Comcast will carry BTN on a broader level of service in New Jersey and Maryland, joining Time Warner and Cablevision in expanding the network’s availability. BTN is expected to have more than 60 million subscribers nationwide by kickoff

School-by-school: Big Ten's top BCS-era players

Goodbye, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. With the new playoff system set to debut this fall, I hit the rewind button and asked one beat writer from all 14 schools for his team’s top player of the BCS era. Here is what I got. * Responses are based on these writers’ personal opinions, and they are not speaking on behalf of the publication for which they write for. [ MORE: BCS Flashbacks: Our top BCS-Era teams by school ] ILLINOIS Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), News-Gazette: Juice Williams (2006-2009) – The BCS era didn’t exactly treat the Illini well. The program only

Video: Watch full Jim Delany O'Bannon trial interview

Jim Delany sat down with Dave Revsine to talk about the commissioner testifying in the O’Bannon trial last Friday in California. The interview aired Tuesday night on BTN. Watch the interview here and read the full transcript in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten presidents, chancellors respond to O’Bannon trial ] Revsine: There has been so much attention on the O’Bannon trial going on out in California, you testified in that trial on Friday, give us a sense of what the biggest points you were trying to convey during that trial were. Delany: Well basically I was trying to be

B1G presidents, chancellors on O'Bannon trial

ROSEMONT, Ill. — While testifying last week in the O’Bannon trial in Oakland, Calif., Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany spoke to the importance of the inextricable link between academics and athletics as part of the collegiate model, and to the value of establishing a 21st century system to meet the educational needs of current and future student-athletes. [ MORE: Watch our Delany interview and see the full transcript ] During his testimony, Delany conveyed sentiments long supported by the conference and its member institutions. Today, the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten schools issue the following statement signed

Athlon: 18 B1G stars earn preseason All-America honors

Athlon Sports released its College Football 2014 All-America Team on Monday, and 18 Big Ten stars made the cut, with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Ohio State DT Michael Bennett and Michigan State P Mike Sadler earning first-team distinction. See all of Athlon’s Big Ten preseason All-Americans in this post. [ MORE: How does Athlon’s list compare to Phil Steele’s? ] OFFENSE QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 3rd team RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – 1st team RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska – 2nd team RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State – 4th team TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State – 3rd team T:

BTN.com's All-Leaders Defensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next: BTN.com’s All-Leaders Defensive Team. As a refresher, the Leaders featured Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. [ MORE: All-Leaders Offense | All-Legends Offense | All-Legends Defense ] BTN.com’s All-Leaders Defensive

BTN.com's All-Leaders Offensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). First up: BTN.com’s All-Leaders Offensive Team. As a refresher, the Leaders featured Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. BTN.com’s All-Leaders Offensive Team QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State (2011-13). 395-666, 5,292 yards, 52

Ranking all the Big Ten games, from Week 1 to 14

I’ve spent the last few weeks offering my super-early thoughts on the  2014 football schedule. You can catch up here. Today, it’s time to compile my game rankings for all 14 weeks in one post. What’s the one game you won’t want to miss each week? Hop inside to find out. WEEK 1 1. Wisconsin vs. LSU (in Houston) 2. Cal at Northwestern 3. Penn State vs. UCF (in Dublin, Ireland) 4. Ohio State at Navy (in Baltimore) 5. Rutgers at Washington State (Thursday in Seattle) 6. Appalachian State at Michigan 7. Northern Iowa at Iowa 8. Youngstown State at

Ohio Stadium ranked No. 1 B1G venue in Athlon Sports poll

Athlon Sports is doing a series of college football stadium rankings, and it was time to consider the Big Ten homes Friday. Ohio Stadium took the top spot, garnering nine of 12 first-place votes, while Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) came in second. The voters included 10 Big Ten personalities, including BTN’s Gerry DiNardo, Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina, and a pair of Athlon experts. See the full results in this post. [ MORE: athlonsports.com: Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums ] FINAL POLL (highest vote; lowest vote) 1. Ohio Stadium – 1; 2 2. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) – 1; 5 3. Camp