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New Wisconsin RB coach: 'This is Tailback U'

New Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown is excited about his new role, and for good reason. Brown, previously at Marshall, gets to coach star Melvin Gordon, in addition to Corey Clement, who produced as a freshman. Brown is so impressed by Wisconsin’s backs and its history of standout backs, from Alan Ameche to Ron Dayne to Montee Ball, that he called the Badgers “Tailback U” in a team’s YouTube video. “This is an unbelievable place,” Brown said. “I’m really excited about it. This is Tailback U.” What do you think? As far as the Big Ten is concerned, the

Gerry DiNardo sounds off on unionization efforts

There is a movement afoot to unionize Northwestern football players, with on-going hearings taking place on the subject in Chicago. The NU players are being supported by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). And former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter is spearheading the cause, having already testified before the National Labor Relations Board. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified today. I talked to BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo—a former head coach at Vanderbilt, LSU and Indiana–about the unionization effort. [ MORE: Dienhart: Football player union case worth watching ] Here is DiNardo in his own words (read more on his Twitter timeline, @gerrydinardo):

Tonight: Big Ten commits appear on #BTNLive

We have a number of special guests in the studio for tonight’s “#BTNLive” and Big Ten football fans will want to get to know them. On tonight’s show hosted by Rick Pizzo, Glen Mason, and Howard Griffith, we talk to nine Chicago area high school football players who have committed to play for Big Ten football teams next fall. Here’s the list of players on tonight’s show at 6 p.m. ET: TE Ian Bunting – Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, IL) Michigan RB Matt Domer – Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL) Illinois OL Jamarco Jones – De La Salle (Chicago, IL) Ohio State

Photo: 10 other rules Bret Bielema wants implemented

In case you’re so focused on basketball and missed the news, college football is considering a new rule to slow down offenses. Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, now starting his second year at Arkansas, is one of the proponents of the new rule. To have some fun with Bielema, our friends at LostLettermen.com came up with a hilarious list of 10 other rules Bielema would like implemented. [ MORE: LostLettermen.com: 10 other Bret Bielema CFB rules changes ] Bret Bielema's 10 other rule proposals for betterment of himself, er, CFB: http://t.co/jMSLiFDdAJ pic.twitter.com/E2OFQDVLyP — LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) February 17, 2014 This is

Big Ten coaches critique proposed rule change

The college football world is abuzz with the recent NCAA Football Rules Committee proposal to recommend a change that will allow defensive units to substitute within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock, with the exception of the final two minutes of each half, starting with the 2014 season. Some think the rule is horrible, that it is intended to slow down these exciting spread/no-huddle offenses that work at a fast pace. Schools like Oregon and Texas A&M are among the best at running such offenses. In the Big Ten, Kevin Wilson has made Indiana competitive with a

Andersen, Alvarez release statements on NFL inquiry

Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen and Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez released statements today regarding the former recently interviewing for the now-filled Cleveland Browns head coach position. Anderson led Wisconsin to a 9-4 record in 2013, his first season in Madison. See both statements in this post. Andersen’s statement: “Officials from the Cleveland Browns contacted me to talk about their head coaching vacancy. After our initial conversation, I decided not to pursue the position. I am committed to the University of Wisconsin and the student-athletes in our program. I love the city of Madison and am grateful for all the

MSU paces 5 B1G teams on ESPN's Post-Signing Day Poll

Because everyone gobbles up those way-too-early top 25 polls the day after the college football season ends, there’s such a thing as post-Signing Day top 25s. There can never be enough college football coverage, right? ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach recently released his post-Signing Day Top 25, and it includes five Big Ten teams. [ MORE: ESPN.com’s post-Signing Day Top 25 ] Schlabach’s top two Big Ten teams are no surprise. Reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl Game champ Michigan State leads the way at No. 4, while Ohio State comes in at No. 7. The other three teams: No. 14 Wisconsin,

36 Big Ten prospects competing at NFL Combine

It’s February, and the Super Bowl is over. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is finished. Up next is the Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis from February 22-25. The official invite list is out, which includes 85 underclassmen. As for schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way for the Big Ten with six invites each. Check it all out here. [ MORE: Big Ten to lose just four stars early to NFL Draft ] Here is NFL.com’s complete list of players invited to the combine. Illinois Jonathan Brown Indiana Cody Latimer Iowa: 5 Conor Boffeli C.J. Fiedorowicz

Ranking Big Ten schools on recruiting appeal

I was on a radio show in Omaha today and was asked to rank the top five Big Ten schools on their recruiting appeal. That got me thinking about how I would rank the schools 1-12 based on what they have to offer from a recruiting standpoint. Here is a fun, interesting exercise with Signing Day in our rear-view mirror. [ MORE: What’s the success rate of Big Ten recruits ] 1. Ohio State. Urban Meyer has the complete package to sell to prospects: incredible facilities, great fans, bottomless resources fueled by a vault of money, boffo tradition, massive recruiting

Big Ten links: Signing Day reviews rolling in

The dust has settled on National Signing Day. Have you recovered from the frenzy? Ohio State was the big winner. No surprise. Urban Meyer has loads of momentum and mojo. In fact, he’s three for three when it comes to winning Big Ten recruiting titles. Now, he just needs to win his first on-field championship. That may be coming this fall. The cool thing about Meyer: He admits recruiting rankings matter to him. Kinda nice to see a coach publicly say that. And know this: No one finishes like the “Urbanator.” He’s the ultimate deal-closer. [ MORE: Read all of