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Big Ten links: Nothing wrong about spring football drills in Florida

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is taking his football team down south for spring practices, and it's causing a bit of a stir. Also, we've got a few more recruiting updates from a variety of Big Ten football teams. And could a really fast Big Ten football player win a really big prize at the upcoming NFL Combine? Dive into Wednesday's Big Ten headlines.

SEC trying to prevent Michigan from spring break practices

(AP) The Southeastern Conference is asking for a rule preventing football teams from holding practices during spring break. [ MORE: Get more coverage at FOXSports.com ] The move comes nearly a week after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on national signing day that the Wolverines would practice in Florida over spring break starting later this month. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Tuesday that ”intentionally public and prominent” decision seems to be a move in ”the wrong direction” amid the talk about easing time demands on athletes. CBSSports.com first reported the SEC’s request presented to the new NCAA Football Oversight Committee,

Bennie Fowler gives 2-point conversion ball to Peyton Manning

Former Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler didn’t register an official catch in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, but he’ll likely be on the receiving end of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning’s final NFL pass. [ MORE: Here’s how Big Ten names fared in Super Bowl 50 ] Confused? Don’t be. Fowler caught the two-point conversion that gave Denver a 14-point lead in the final minutes of its 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium. But, for whatever reason, two-point conversion attempts don’t count in the official stats. Still, everyone knows the play happened. Fowler certainly

Jim Harbaugh tweets photo with MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays

Just a few days ago, Jim Harbaugh was rubbing elbows with future MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter at Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Monday, he was hanging out with MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Harbaugh, dressed in a throwback baseball jersey, tweeted the photo above from his time with one of baseball’s greatest players. Here’s what Harbaugh said in the text of the tweet: “Feel like I’ve died & gone to heaven. Spending time with baseball’s greatest player & my friend, Willie Mays.” Yet

Super Bowl 50: Jordan Norwood highlights ex-Big Ten names

Who has the longest punt return in Super Bowl history? [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] After Sunday night, the answer is former Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who returned a punt 61 yards in Denver’s 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Norwood was one of 16 former Big Ten stars competing in Super Bowl 50, and one of nine, not including Vernon Davis, who played at Maryland before the school entered the Big Ten, to win an NFL championship ring. Here’s how all

Super Bowl 50: A Big Ten-centric look at the official rosters

Super Bowl 50 is just hours away. A total of 16 former Big Ten names will be playing for an NFL championship, not including former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, as NFC champ Carolina faces AFC champ Denver at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Ten of the Big Ten’s 14 schools have at least one representative in Super Bowl 50, headlined by Ohio State, which features a nation’s best five players (4 Carolina; 1 Denver). Don’t have a horse in the race? For what it’s worth, Denver has nine former Big Ten stars, compared to Carolina’s seven. Check out

Tony Dungy, Orlando Pace selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

The latest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame was released Saturday night, the eve of Super Bowl 50, and two of the eight inductees are Big Ten personalities. [ MORE: Get all of our latest Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Minnesota quarterback Tony Dungy, who played and coached in the NFL, and ex-Ohio State offensive lineman Orlando Pace, the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and the inventor of the pancake block, were selected for enshrinement along with a group headlined by Brett Favre and Marvin Harrison. Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super

Whose recruiting fortunes rose/fell most from 2015 to 2016?

Let’s turn the clock back one year and look at the Big Ten recruiting rankings for from 247Sports. Whose fortunes rose? Whose fell? Eight of the 14 teams rose in the ranking by 247Sports from 2015 to 2016. The team that made the biggest jump was Michigan, which went from No. 48 to No. 5, a rise of 43 places. Having over a year to woo this class was a boon for Jim Harbaugh. Will he one day land the nation’s No. 1 class? He may. The next biggest jump was made by Minnesota, which made a jump of 15

Big Ten links: Could Iowa get medical redshirt for DL Ott?

Could Iowa's Drew Ott get a fifth season of eligibility? Nebraska looks like it upgraded their pass coverage defense. There is QB news at Ohio State and Wisconsin. Plus, No Big Ten school inked a better collection of wideouts than Michigan State. Let's get into all of Friday's Big Ten headlines now.