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Watch ex-Illinois DL Jihad Ward throw down reverse dunk

Who said linemen can't dunk? 🤔😂 300LB CLUB lol A post shared by HADDY (@jihadward) on Feb 21, 2016 at 2:37pm PST Former Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward is looking to make a name for himself before the 2016 NFL Draft. Consider it done. Ward, who tips the scales at 296 pounds, posted a video to Instagram of himself throwing down a reverse dunk. Ward stands 6-foot-5, but it’s impressive to see a guy as big as he is do something like this. In two seasons in Champaign, Ward collected 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Ohio kids presented with Meyer-Harbaugh hypothetical case

Fourth graders at Scottish Corners Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio, received an interesting lesson about law and courts Monday. The hypothetical case presented to the children involved, of all people, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh. Even weirder: Miller and Harbaugh are “friends” in the hypothetical case, and the former is conspiring to help the rival Wolverines steal Ohio State’s plays. There’s more: Meyer knows about the friendship, plus he has proof that his former star sent Harbaugh a letter. Harbaugh and Miller weren’t on the same page about the letter. Harbaugh said Miller was

2016 spring football preview: Maryland Terrapins

Maryland turns the page on a new era with D.J. Durkin taking over in College Park. Durkin replaces Randy Edsall, who had a largely uneventful four-plus year tenure in going to just two bowls after taking over in 2011. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley took over after Edsall was fired during last season, as Maryland finished 3-9 and lost nine in a row at one time. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The staff must adapt to the personnel, so the spring will be a critical time to develop chemistry for all parties. Durkin,

Jim Harbaugh, staff attend WWE Monday Night Raw in Detroit

Earlier this month, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair attended Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” on National Signing Day. [ MORE: Ohio kids learn about courts in Meyer-Harbaugh hypothetical case ] Monday night, Jim Harbaugh and members of his staff attended WWE’s Monday Night Raw in Detroit. Harbaugh sat ringside, and the WWE cameras spotted the second-year Michigan coach getting pumped up during the action. Watch a GIF of Harbaugh in the tweet above. In case one couldn’t tell from Flair’s invitation to “Signing of the Stars” or Harbaugh’s excitement Monday night, he’s a big wrestling fan. More importantly, this

2016 spring football preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern is coming off a special season in which it won 10 games. And it was a much-needed elixir for a program that was coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons. Now, can the Wildcats continue their evolution? [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] The offense needs to get better after ranking last in the Big Ten in scoring (19.5 ppg) and last overall (327.1 ypg). The passing attack lacked big-play ability, as NU ranked—what else?—last in the conference (138.5 ypg). No staff changes were made, so any improvement will have to come through maturation.

Big Ten links: Jim Leonard's return, Michigan's spring plans & more

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Watch Penn State sports teams dance at THON 2016

Penn State sports teams flashed their dance moves on the stage Saturday at THON 2016, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. [ MORE: Follow @THON on Twitter! ] Needless to say, the student-athletes were a hit, entertaining the dancers and volunteers roughly halfway through their annual 46-hour fundraiser at the Bryce Jordan Center. THON, which started in 1977 and raises benefits for pediatric cancer patients, features more than 700 students dancing from late Friday afternoon to late Sunday afternoon. The final 2016 total raised for Four Diamonds Fund out of Penn State Hershey Medical Center? A cool $9,770,332.32, bringing the all-time total to more than