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A look at Big Ten players who caught Peyton Manning TD passes

It’s official: Future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning has retired. The former Indianapolis and Denver signal-caller made the announcement Sunday, nearly one month after leading the Broncos to Super Bowl 50. Manning finishes his career with a laundry list of NFL records, including all-time touchdown passes (539). For a little fun, and to put a Big Ten perspective on Manning’s retirement, let’s take a look at the Big Ten names who caught at least one of the quarterback’s 539 career scoring strikes. Dallas Clark (Iowa): 44 Eric Decker (Minnesota): 24 Ken Dilger (Illinois): 7 Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio State):

Dienhart: 'This is a fun, exciting ... and scary time for Illinois'

Illinois is turning the page … again. [ MORE: Miss Josh Whitman’s press conference? Watch it on BTN2Go ] New A.D. Josh Whitman isn’t wasting any time in putting his stamp on the program, dropping a bomb by firing Bill Cubit on Saturday, his first official day on the job. What’s next for Illinois, a school that since 2011 will have had four football coaches, three athletic directors and two hoops coaches? Illinois’ football program remains mired in tumult. Just last August, then A.D. Mike Thomas fired Tim Beckman a week before the season started amid allegations he had mistreated

Jim Harbaugh's traveling road show draws 5k to Michigan practice

Michigan's spring break at IMG Academy, a one of a kind trip in college football that might never be allowed again, came to an end Friday night with an open-to-the-public practice that about drew about 5,000 members of Harbaugh Nation to the boarding school's campus.

2016 Spring Football Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Change is the operative word at Rutgers, as Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the program after taking over for Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Ash has work to do after arriving from a gig as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Good thing his area of specialty is defense, as the Scarlet Knights need a lot of help on that side of the ball. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven

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

Athlon ranked the top 25 football players in the Big Ten - can you guess who is No. 1? Also, Jim Harbaugh got some more attention on Twitter. One writer says Minnesota made a mistake keeping Jerry Kill involved in the program. These stories and more in Friday Big Ten news digest.

2016 Spring Football Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

For Purdue this spring, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will be watching three areas for the Boilermakers: Quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line. And there is work to do in all three areas.

Big Ten links: Report says Badgers prep long-term offer for Gard

There is a report that Wisconsin is preparing an offer to Greg Gard for the full-time job. Did you see the Ivy League has removed hitting from football practice? And it looks like Michigan has a new position for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jabril Peppers. Get caught up on Thursday links in today's news digest.

2016 spring football preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

Change is the theme as James Franklin begins this third season at the helm of Penn State. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The staff has been altered radically. Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row. Is this a cause for alarm? No matter your spin, there is no denying that 2016 is a big

Watch Penn State RB Saquon Barkley power-clean 390 pounds

Saquon Barkley is a beast, on and off the field. The Penn State running back dropped plenty of jaws during his true freshman season, racking up 1,237 total yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. On Tuesday, Barkley wowed football fans, and people all over social media, with a weight room video of him power-cleaning 390 pounds (!). Keep in mind, Barkley weighs 222 pounds. With strength like this, coupled with his elite speed, agility and athleticism, it’s no wonder Barkley is such a dangerous weapon every time he touches the ball. Enjoy the video above. Whatever you do, though,