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On this date: Jim Delany becomes Big Ten commish

On July 1, 1989, Ohio Valley Conference commissioner Jim Delany took the helm as commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. The then-41-year-old Delany became the fifth commissioner in Big Ten history, succeeding the retiring Wayne Duke, who held the position for 18 years. Duke, now a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, notably spearheaded the growth of men’s basketball through the expansion of the NCAA tournament. Duke was also at the forefront of affirmative action within the conference and the increased inclusion of women’s sports. Since Delany took over, Penn State and Nebraska have joined the conference,

Dave Aranda: 'You'd like to have 11 Chris Borlands'

Change was the key word at Wisconsin in the spring, with Bret Bielema off to Arkansas and Gary Andersen arriving from Utah State to assume command. While Andersen will introduce some new wrinkles on offense, the Badger attack will largely continue to be built around a physical running game. But big changes are coming on defense. A 4-3 scheme is out, replaced by an aggressive 3-4 alignment installed by coordinator Dave Aranda, who followed Andersen from Utah State but not before being wooed by Cal. Aranda was the architect of an Aggies defense that ranked eighth in the country in

Week 14 preview: It's Michigan vs. Ohio State week

And, we’ve reached the finish line! That’s right, my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten football slate has hit Week 14, a week highlighted by the annual end-of-the-year Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 14 in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 ] Game of the week: Ohio State at Michigan. This could

Week 13 preview: Down the stretch they come!

It’s time to consider Week 13 in my early week-by-week analysis of the 2013 Big Ten football season. This is a busy week, with all 12 teams in action, and it’s one that figures to feature games that impact the Legends and Leaders championship races. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 13 in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 ] Game of

Week 12 preview: Big-time Legends Division games

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 12 today. This Saturday’s slate of games is heavy at the top, with big-time Legends Division matchups between Michigan-Northwestern and Michigan State-Nebraska. Get all my Week 12 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 ] Game of the week: Michigan at Northwestern. To have a good shot

B1G to face Pac-12 in Kraft Fight Hunger, Holiday bowls

The Big Ten announced six-year bowl partnerships with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Holiday Bowl on Monday. Check out the official releases on both bowls in this post. KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL Two of college football’s premier conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, will face each other in the Bay Area’s post-season bowl game beginning in 2014. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl today announced six-year agreements that will establish a new partnership with the Big Ten and significantly improve the Bowl’s selection rights in the Pac-12. Both pacts will run from 2014 through 2019. Effective with the new

Week 11 preview: This might decide Legends Division

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 11. This is a week highlighted by the massively huge Legends Division battle between Nebraska and Michigan at Michigan Stadium. It also features one nonconference game: BYU at Wisconsin. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 11 in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 ] Game of the week: Nebraska at Michigan. Going to

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Running Back of the Year?

Wisconsin has its fingerprint all over the Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year award. Not only is the award named after two Badgers, former Wisconsin standout Montee Ball is its lone recipient, taking home the honors in both 2011 and 2012. Will another Wisconsin back win it in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post. [ RELATED: OPOY? | DPOY? | QBOY? | Debate It archive ] Previous Ameche-Dayne Winners 2011: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin 2012: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin Tom: Even without Le’Veon Bell and Montee Ball, the Big Ten has a nice

Dienhart: Most 'Hard Knocks' worthy Big Ten teams

HBO recently announced that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the subject of this year’s edition of Hard Knocks. Yawn. The Bengals were featured on the program in 2009. An encore? For the … Bengals? And you thought “Caddyshack II” stunk. If it’s this difficult to get fresh teams, then I say punt the “Hard Knocks” series. Besides, how many times can we watch some poor sap get cut? Still, this got me thinking: Which Big Ten teams would provide the most entertainment and lead to the most intrigue if BTN produced a similar training camp series? Here are the six

Week 8 preview: Will one of these matchups surprise?

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 8. This is a week light on marquee matchups, with predicted Big Ten title contenders Michigan and Ohio State taking on Indiana and Iowa, respectively, and Nebraska and Penn State on byes. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 8 in this post. [ RELATED: Week 1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 ] Game of the week: Minnesota’s trip to Northwestern could be interesting. Yes, this could