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Big Ten links: Purdue quarterbacks, Caleb Swanigan impact & more

Quarterback play has been an issue for Purdue for a few seasons. Who is the best option in 2015? Austin Appleby? Danny Etling? David Blough? Elijah Sindelar? Would Darrell Hazell consider a rotation? “No,” said Hazell. “No. Absolutely not.” Appleby figures to be the guy, but he may be little more than “pedestrian.” Ditto Etling. Would the staff have the guts to turn over the reins to a greenhorn like redshirt freshman Blough or true freshman Sindelar? I have my doubts, seeing as how this is a critical season for Hazell who needs to produce more in his third season

Taylor Martinez creates social media app for people with disabilities

Wondering what Taylor Martinez is up to these days? His football days over, the former Nebraska quarterback has turned his attention to a social media app for people with disabilities and diseases. The app is called “Journey: A Positive Social Network,” and it’s the first IOS app exclusively dedicated to connect real-life heroes battling courageously with mental and physical challenges worldwide. “Journey is going to help change lives one connection at a time,” Martinez said in a press release. “This is more than just an application, it’s a community. It celebrates and honors the heroic journey of every struggling individual.

Jim Tressel, 13 others to be enshrined into OSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Ohio State announced Wednesday that former football coach Jim Tressel and 13 others will be enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. The class, consisting of two coaches and 12 former student-athletes, will be inducted Sept. 18 and introduced to the public at halftime of the football game vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. In addition to Tressel, the 2015 class includes Tim Anderson (football), Justin Cook (men’s soccer), Terence Dials (men’s basketball), Lara Dickenmann (women’s soccer), Natalia Diea (women’s diving), Annabelle Fago (rowing), Joey Galloway (football), Therese Hession (women’s golf coach), J Jaggers (wrestling), Perry Martter (wrestling),

Video: Urban Meyer pumps up Cleveland fans at Game 3 of NBA Finals

Urban Meyer knows championships. We know this. You know this. And the Cleveland Cavaliers know this. [ MORE: Check out all of our Gone Viral posts ] The Cavaliers, seeking their first NBA crown, had the Ohio State football coach and owner of three national titles address the crowd during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. Meyer didn’t deliver some motivational speech to the crowd; instead, he was straight and to the point, saying, “One thing to say: O-H!” The fans at Quicken Loans Arena, in response, erupted in an I-O. Seconds later, “Hang on Sloopy,” the

Big Ten links: Brady Hoke's house for sale, top Big Ten games & more

If you need a house near Ann Arbor, Brady Hoke has put his $3 million digs up for sale. Imagine the thrill you’ll get telling dinner guests you sleep where Brady used to sleep. Mlive.com says the five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home was built in 2013 and has an assessed value of $956,500, giving it an estimated fair market value of roughly $1.9 million. The home has a finished basement and a 1,900-square-foot attached garage. It has 16 rooms and an outdoor patio features a built-in grill and a waterfall. *** I know Penn State has a soft schedule—probably the easiest in

Ohio State graphic lets Michigan fans know who led nation in attendance

Michigan’s football program had led the nation in average home attendance for 16 straight years heading into the 2014 college football season. [ MORE: Ohio State assistant reacts to Michigan recruiting graphic ] Not anymore. Ohio State, which averaged more than 105,00 fans per game during its 2014 national championship season, holds the torch after leading the nation in home attendance (105,911) last season. The popular Ohio State Twitter handle @BrutusBuckeye, which currently has just under 100,000 followers, sent out multiple tweets on Tuesday letting Michigan fans know who holds the record. The first one, embedded above, was phrased as