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Friday links: Rodriguez slams NCAA violations

Rich Rodriguez

Bill O'Brien Joins #BTNLive

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

I know, I know … Michigan fans would just as soon put the Rich Rodriguez era in their rear-view mirror. In a word, it was “disastrous.” But Wolverine fans and others may find this interesting on an otherwise slow “Football Friday” as Michigan prepares to play Bill O’Brien and Penn State on Saturday.  It seems Rodriguez thinks the NCAA violations incurred under his watch in A-squared were, shall we say, a little smelly.

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Twitter reacts to Jerry Kill taking leave of absence

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

The University of Minnesota announced today that head football coach Jerry Kill will take a leave of absence from coaching and will focus on dealing with and treating his epilepsy. Here are some notable twitter reactions to today’s breaking news.

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Minnesota coach Jerry Kill takes leave for epilepsy

Bo Pelini & Jerry Kill

Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill Takes Leave for Epilepsy

Minnesota announced today that Jerry Kill will focus on dealing with and treating his epilepsy and not return to the sidelines for the time being. It’s not known when Kill will return to coaching, but he will be back at some point. While away from coaching, Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as acting head coach.

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Minnesota's Jerry Kill to focus on treatment

Minnesota announced today that head football coach Jerry Kill is continuing to take time to focus on his treatment and better manage his Epilepsy. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will serve as the acting head coach when Kill is away. Teague and Claeys will address the media at 4:15 p.m. ET today in the postgame press conference room at TCF Bank Stadium, accoridng to a statement from the school.

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B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Bennie Fowler via Instagram

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a video of Bill O’Brien and the Penn State football team visiting Nittanyville.

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Thursday links: What's up with the Big Ten QB play?

Michael Bennett

Matt Lepay Joins #BTNLive

Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald has watched a lot of Big Ten football so far this season. He also has watched a lot of football during his illustrious career as a writer. And he has come to this conclusion: The quarterback play in the Big Ten in 2013 has been disappointing so far. I’m certainly not going to argue with him. In fact, the quarterback play in the Big Ten hasn’t been that good for years.

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Week 7: We predict all four Big Ten games

Week 7 Picks

Big Ten Power Rankings - Oct. 7, 2013

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Six weeks in the books, Big Ten fans and Merriman are tied for the top spot, at 46-9. Nice work, fans!

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