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BTN's Tom Dienhart

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Dienhart: Big Ten Media Days - Day 1 notebook

Day 1 of Big Ten media days came and went Monday, and here are several news and notes as we prepare for Tuesday's festivities.

Kevin Wilson wasn't at media days, but he was a hot topic

CHICAGO — Kevin Wilson wasn’t at Big Ten media days, but he was a hot topic. Why not? The new Ohio State offensive coordinator may be the most important assistant coach in the Big Ten in 2017. Wilson was hired by Urban Meyer in the offseason to get the Buckeye offense back on track. And, in the process, get Ohio State back on top in the Big Ten. It’s hoped Wilson can restore the roar an offense that has lost its edge since coordinator Tom Herman left to coach Houston after a run to the 2014 national championship. Ed Warinner

New programming, content and talent highlight upcoming football season at BTN

As the Big Ten Network prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary in August, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced what lies ahead of the network at Big Ten Football media days. BTN Programming BTN Tailgate, BTN’s on-campus college football pregame show, will return for its second season and expand to two hours, now airing from 10 a.m. ET to noon ET. Analyst Stanley Jackson will join the crew of Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Spice Adams for 10 shows to serve as the home for Big Ten football fans this fall. Big Ten Elite: 2016 Penn State Football will debut

BTN kicks off the 2017 season with live coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days

BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than 14 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2017. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football coaches, as well as remarks by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. From 1 p.m. ET through 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 24, BTN will televise remarks from Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Tom Allen (Indiana), Lovie Smith (Illinois), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), DJ Durkin (Maryland), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State). Immediately afterward, from 3 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET, the coaches and their students

Iowa senior OL Sean Welsh opens up about depression

Iowa senior offensive lineman Sean Welsh penned an op-ed Wednesday that chronicled his struggle with depression. Welsh started battling depression as a redshirt freshman in 2014, when the mood disorder had him eating less and spending more time in front of the TV than with friends.

Dienhart: A look at the MAC-to-Big Ten coaching pipeline

The Mid-American Conference always has been a sort of “little brother” to the Big Ten, a proving ground of sorts. The two conferences have their roots in the heartland of the nation. And the two leagues often play each other in the non-conference.

Dienhart: Predicting 1,000-yard Big Ten rushers

This could be the “Year of the Running Back” in the Big Ten, with many big-time options doting rosters across the conference. And no back is better than Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who is the league’s top Heisman contender and could be primed for a 2,000-yard season.

Take Ten Podcast Episode 8 with Darien Harris

Former Michigan State LB Darien Harris joined Alex Roux of BTN.com to discuss his football and broadcasting aspirations, his love of superheroes and Kobe Bryant, and much more.