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#BTNLive poll: Who's headed back to B1G title game?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which previous Big Ten Football Championship Game participant has the best chance to get the title game back next fall? How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there. There’s another very easy way

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Recently, football players from the University of Iowa shared the importance of reading with local students. A sea turtle and snowy owl are getting much-needed care at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Northwestern University medical students are helping the homeless in Chicago. Problem behavior and school performance are being studied by an innovative new program at the University of Nebraska. Two Rutgers graduates won prestigious Soros Fellowships for New Americans. A University of Maryland professor’s remarkable impact on computer sciences was recognized recently. Finally, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne was honored at the annual Wooden Award Gala last week. 

Dienhart: Wisconsin spring football wrap

Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen inherited some good talent from Bret Bielema, riding that skill to a nine-win season in 2013 that would have culminated with a BCS bowl if not for that Senior Day loss to Penn State. But now, Andersen faces some big voids—especially on defense. That side of the ball was a major emphasis for the Badgers this spring. And, the unit showed some spark during last Saturday’s spring game. Here’s what I learned about that and other aspects of this Badger team as it heads to the offseason. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Wisconsin spring game

Spring football: See 8 games live on BTN2Go

Remember Jack Hoffman’s memorable spring football moment? Remember Sparty taking a handoff? With eight Big Ten football teams conducting spring games Saturday, BTN.com will monitor each one and post video highlights and special moments to Twitter, Facebook, and our instant highlights central page. Who’s playing? It’s Purdue (1 p.m. ET), Ohio State (1:30 p.m. ET), Penn State (1:30 p.m. ET), Nebraska (3 p.m. ET), Illinois (3 p.m. ET), Indiana (3 p.m. ET), Minnesota (3:30 p.m. ET), and Wisconsin (4 p.m. ET). Each of these games can be seen live via BTN2Go. If you don’t have BTN2Go yet or aren’t familiar with it, BTN2Go

Spring Football: What to watch for on Saturday

There will be a lot to watch at the Ohio State spring game this Saturday. How will the defense look? Is the offensive line coming together? Any good running backs with Carlos Hyde gone? Ohio State is one of eight Big Ten schools conducting spring games that day. The rest: Penn State, Purdue, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana. All of them can be seen live online via BTN2Go and find out when they air on TV via our TV schedule. As for the Ohio State game, I’m also looking forward to halftime. No, not because the band will play or

Audio: Spring football teleconferences

Coaches and players from the West and East Division football teams joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. All of Saturday’s spring games can be seen live via BTN2Go. Make sure you have BTN2Go and use these links on Saturday to see your game of choice. BTN2Go: Watch Illinois spring football BTN2Go: Watch Indiana spring football BTN2Go: Watch Minnesota spring football BTN2Go: Watch Nebraska spring football BTN2Go: Watch Ohio State spring football BTN2Go: Watch Penn State spring football BTN2Go: Watch Purdue spring football BTN2Go: Watch

Dienhart: Time for college sports to join real world

I have to admit: Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports hit the nail on the head with his recent piece about the NCAA not seeing the totality of the picture when it comes to the future of intercollegiate athletics. In sum, not all college sports are equal. It’s time to acknowledge that and take appropriate actions to a model that is woefully outdated and unfair. It’s time to exit fairytale land and embrace the cold, hard fact many don’t want to embrace in this popsicle-for-everyone-world: LIFE ISN’T FAIR. Not everything and everyone is created equally. So, they shouldn’t be treated as

Did you see this? Russell Wilson takes photo with MJ

Russell Wilson earned quite a reputation during his standout senior season at Wisconsin. Now, fresh off a Super Bowl Championship, Wilson has become one of the most popular athletes on the planet. Want proof? Wilson recently went golfing with the great Michael Jordan and posted the following photo on his Instagram account. Great time with Michael Jordan today. Greatest of all time… Great golfer too! Haha A post shared by Russell Wilson (@dangerusswilson) on Apr 4, 2014 at 2:19pm PDT Does this qualify as a selfie? Either way, this is what it looks like when basketball and football royalty unite.

Mailbag: Your tourney, spring football queries

There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that. So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it? [ MORE: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor | Big Ten Greeks: Badgers in the zone ] I am very happy to have Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. But will they be able to compete? – Ryan Eaton I think Maryland basketball has a chance to compete right away. And the football program should too, as

Wisconsin approves raise for Gary Andersen

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved a new compensation package for Gary Andersen, the team announced Monday in a press release. The new package calls for a salary increase to $2.2 million for 2014 with a $100,000 increase each year during the life of the five-year deal. The increase, according to Wisconsin, will not be funded with tax or tuition dollars. Here’s what Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said in the release: “I first began to consider an adjustment to Coach Andersen’s compensation package toward the end of the 2013 season,” Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry