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Tracking down Thursday's top spring headlines

Here’s a look at some of the happenings on Big Ten gridirons, as the fallout from Danny O’Brien’s decision to attend Wisconsin continues. Poor Penn State. While Danny O’Brien’s decision was celebrated in Madison, Wisc., fans in Penn State were left wondering: What if? So, the picture at quarterback remains the same in State College, Pa., according to Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Matt McGloin, Rob Bolden and Paul Jones will continue to battle this spring for No. 1 honors. But don’t expect the new staff to make a decision right now. “There won’t be a starter named until

Wisconsin's Bret Bielema

See Wednesday's best B1G spring football links

Big doing today, as the Danny O’Brien sweepstakes have ended with the Maryland quarterback picking Wisconsin. This is two years in a row the Badgers will welcome an ACC QB transfer. Russell Wilson from N.C. State worked out pretty good. If O’Brien is anywhere close to Wilson, 2012 will be a fun year in Madison. Fire up the grill and open the brats! Find more on that and other happenings in this post. PLENTY TO SMILE ABOUT: If you see Bret Bielema smiling today, here’s why: The aforementioned O’Brien has committed to the Badgers. The Badgers have a gnawing void

Ex-Maryland QB Danny O'Brien picks Badgers

Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema announced Wednesday that former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien has committed to the Badgers. O’Brien, who started 17 games for the Terps the last two seasons, also visited Ole Miss, Penn State and Vanderbilt. He was just at Penn State on Tuesday, in fact. [AP: Wisconsin signs Maryland QB Danny O’Brien] O’Brien’s commitment marks the second consecutive year Bielema and the Badgers have turned to an ACC QB transfer. A year ago, of course, Wisconsin lured ex-North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson away from minor league baseball, and that turned out pretty well. Wilson led the

Dienhart: Tuesday's best B1G web links

Lots buzzing around Big Ten football gridirons on this day, with Michigan State taking the wraps off its spring drills. And questions loom, as you’ll see in this post. I talked to Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald today, and he has some pretty passionate feelings about protecting the sanctity of the bowl experience for student-athletes. More to come from Fitz later. Here’s some interesting items that I came across today. MEET THE NEW COACH: Brian Bennett of ESPN.com did a Q&A with Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. The new Nit boss offers some good insights as he digs into his first spring

Six Football Headlines Worth A Look

Took a spin around the Internet and found a few solid pieces. With spring ball here, it’s time to rearrange the puzzle at Wisconsin; at Michigan, offensive coordinator Al Borges would like more depth on the Wolverines’ offensive line. Who will win the Penn State quarterback job? What’s new on the Iowa defense? And MarQueis Gray is the starting quarterback at Minnesota ‘right now.’ ON WISCONSIN: With spring ball here, it’s time to rearrange the puzzle at Wisconsin, writes Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal. “We are going for our third consecutive Big Ten championship, that’s what it is,”

Get Wednesday's Big Ten web links

In Wednesday’s web links, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart sends you to some of the best Big Ten spring football stories and offers his perspective on each one. Among the topics: Kirk Ferentz and his offense in need of a fix, a pair of receivers who need to prove something and an update on Maryland transfer QB Danny O’Brien, among other things. See the links, plus Dienhart’s take, in this post. Kirk Ferentz admits that the Iowa offense needs to be fixed. This is an offense that has gone in fits and starts in recent years under Ken O’Keefe, who

Michigan State's Andrew Maxwell

Dienhart: Top Spring Questions

Spring football is in full swing across the Big Ten. And each day, BTN.com will be the place to stop by for your daily gridiron fix as we roll toward spring games in April. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will provide analysis, previews, videos and Q&As—among other things. So be sure to stop by each day. To kick things off, here are 27 key questions that must be answered. 1. How will Penn State respond to a new coach in Bill O’Brien and his new schemes? 2. Who will catch passes for Ohio State? 3. Can Wisconsin find an answer

March Madness: B1G Football Uniform Bracket II

The votes are in, and we’ve reached the second round of BTN.com’s 2012 Big Ten football uniform bracket. Much like the NCAA tourney, there were a couple early upsets, including No. 10 Illinois taking down No. 3 Ohio State. Not to be outdone, No. 9 Purdue also stunned No. 4 Nebraska. Check out all the first-round decisions. Also, cast your Round 2 votes in this post. Remember, because the second round features an odd number of matchups (3), the uniform with the highest number of Round 2 votes will get an automatic berth into the championship, while the other two

Michigan's Denard Robinson

March Madness: B1G Football Uniform Bracket

The word bracket overtakes our vocabulary every March — much to the delight of sports fans across the nation. Brackets don’t begin and end with the NCAA tournament, though. Every year around this time, people create brackets for pretty much everything, including coolest name. Here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to put together a Big Ten football uniform bracket. Cast your votes in this post. Here’s how it works: Vote for the winner of the six first-round matchups, and I’ll advance the winners Sunday night. Next week, I’ll post the next three matchups, let you all vote, and then

Did You See This? Bielema's Wedding Cake

The goal of Big Ten football teams every season is simple: Play in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin and Bret Bielema have had the honor of playing in the “Granddady of Them All” each of the past two seasons. While neither visit to Pasadena yielded a win, the lure of the rose is impossible to resist. As you can see from this photo, Bielema and his better half, Jennifer Hielsberg, incorporated his favorite flower into their wedding cake following Saturday’s private ceremony. Look at all those roses! Via @LostLetterman Brent Yarina is a web editor and blogger for BTN.com. Find all