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NCAA releases academic progress rate (APR) scores

The NCAA released its latest academic progress rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and the Big Ten received favorable results. Not only did all 12 Big Ten football and men’s basketball teams avoid penalty, Northwestern football compiled the highest score in the FBS. See how Big Ten football and men’s hoops teams did in this post.

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BTN School Days: Penn State Nittany Lions

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Cael Sanderson - Big Ten Championship Interview

It was all about the wrestling team when it came to the 2011-12 athletic year at Penn State. The Nittany Lions won their second consecutive national crown in dominating fashion, beating Big Ten rival and runner-up Minnesota by 25.5 points. What’s more, a trio of Penn State stars won the national title in his respective weight class — Frank Molinaro (149), David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (174). Taylor, a sophomore, also claimed the Dan Hodge Trophy, awarded to the National Wrestler of the Year.

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CBSSports.com ranks BCS teams since 2007

It’s anyone’s guess what the future of college football’s postseason holds. Will there be a four-team playoff? A plus-one? Or will it be the status quo? Whatever it may be, CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy posted an interesting article that ranks the nation’s top teams using final BCS Standings since 2007. Where do Big Ten teams land over the last five seasons? Find out in this post.

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Debate It: Big Ten Fans Have Spoken

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The Ultimate Montee Ball Highlight Reel

When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks.

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Have an extra schedule card? This guy wants it

Remember the uberly successful beanie babies promotional giveaway the Chicago Cubs launched in 1997? Chances are Kevin Schneider does. Schneider, like many hardcore sports fans, looks forward to any and every promotional giveaway. You might even say he circles his calendar for such days around the Chicago area.

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Big Ten, Ivy League to study head injuries in sports

The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, in conjunction with the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), have announced plans to engage in a co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports, continuing efforts dating back more than two years.

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BTN School Days: Ohio State Buckeyes

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Aaron Craft Heads to the Final Four

As easy as one, two, three. The Ohio State men’s basketball team claimed a share of its third consecutive Big Ten championship this spring to highlight the school’s 2011-12 academic season. The Buckeyes didn’t stop at the regular-season crown, though, earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tourney and advancing to its first Final Four since Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. led the way in 2006-07. Ohio State lost to eventual runner-up Kansas in the national semis, but it was another memorable season for Thad Matta and the Buckeyes.

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