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Dienhart: Lots of quarterback questions in Big Ten

The resume of Michigan State’s Connor Cook glistens. A three-year starter who finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories (34-5 overall record, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents), Cook did it all for the Spartans during a spectacular career. The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Unitas Award winner in 2015, Cook left campus as an all-time great. Now, the Spartans’ BMOC is gone. What’s next? Michigan State is one of several Big Ten squads that face a yawning hole under center. In fact, there are no less than nine schools with some

Big Ten links: Iowa spring to-do list, Michigan QB race & more

Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com has 10 things on Iowa’s spring to-do list. Keep an eye on the linebackers, as Iowa has to replace second-leading tackler Cole Fisher on the weak side. On the outside, starter Ben Niemann is out for the spring. *** Michigan State has a “best kept secret.” And his name is Andrew Dowell, who is emerging at linebacker. Dowell was the surprise of Michigan State’s camp last fall, and after earning playing time as a true freshman, he begins spring as a projected starter at linebacker, according to Mike Griffith of Mlive.com. The Spartans’ linebacking corps is

James Franklin dresses up as Easter Bunny, tackles pinata

Happy Easter, Big Ten fans! [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] James Franklin was feeling the holiday spirit Saturday afternoon, hosting an Easter celebration for his Penn State staff and families at his home. The head coach even donned an oversized bunny suit to add to the experience. There was a pinata, too, and when the Easter Bunny stepped up to it, Franklin, a former Division II quarterback, showed he knows how to tackle. Watch Franklin leave his feet to tackle the pinata, much to the delight of the squealing children and adults,

Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's football & hoops headlines

Michigan State basketball is already talking about next year. Michigan football says it's open to renewing one special rivalry. Wisconsin football is holding a spring practice not in Florida but some place north. These football and basketball stories and more in Friday's Big Ten news digest.

Big Ten Football: A look at offensive line situations

Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up. Here is a look at the most critical offensive line situations in the Big Ten, listed alphabetically. Illinois Guard Ted Karras was the team’s top blocker. Now, he’s gone. This unit needs to get a better push after the Illini ranked last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg)

Big Ten links: Offseason Ohio State-Michigan spat? Let it go

An apology from Ohio State to Michigan. One Big 12 coach isn't a fan of a TV network. Who's in the running to replace Christian Hackenberg at Penn State? And by one measurement, a Northwestern product topped all others at the NFL Combine. All of this and more in Thursday's Big Ten news digest.

Ohio State AD Gene Smith apologizes for Michigan comment

So, the latest drama in the heated Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is an interesting one. Here’s the full timeline, if you missed any of it the last 24-plus hours: Tuesday afternoon: Ohio State AD Gene Smith, while at a soccer press conference, was asked about the possibility of the football team taking a portion of a future spring practice to Florida, as rival Michigan did this earlier month. Smith shot the idea down, saying, “If we were jump starting our program, I’d probably try to do that too.” Tuesday night: After hours of speculation that Smith’s comment was a jab at

Big Ten links: Can Iowa football build off of 2015 success

Can Iowa football follow up a 12-2 season with sustained success? Josh Whitman made a splash hiring Lovie Smith, but here's what Illinois' new athletic director has on his plate. And spring football is rolling along. Have a look at Wednesday's Big Ten news digest.

Gene Smith doesn't see Ohio State taking spring practice to Florida

Who knows if college football teams will be permitted to take parts of spring practice to, say, Florida in the future, as Jim Harbaugh and Michigan did earlier this month. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] If the rules allow for it, don’t expect Michigan’s fierce rival Ohio State to leave Columbus, Ohio, for spring break. Ohio State AD Gene Smith alluded to this while speaking to the media Tuesday. See his direct quite in the tweet above. Urban Meyer seems to agree, although he did previously seem open to the idea. Interesting

New number signifies fresh start for Wisconsin RB Corey Clement

(AP) A fresh start for Wisconsin running back Corey Clement called for a new number in spring practice. Foregoing his familiar No. 6 jersey for No. 24, Clement also has a different outlook looking ahead to his senior season as he puts the drama of 2015 behind him. “Me and Coach (Paul) Chryst are really talking about … changing my mindset and attitude toward how I approach practice each day,” Clement said after practice Tuesday. “He kind of made a joke out of it. `Can you handle 24, because 24 is really the workload number.” As in the number that