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BTN's Tom Dienhart

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Michigan Wolverines to leave Adidas, join Nike next summer

The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with Nike to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership commences August 1, 2016 and will see Nike supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and Nike also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was Nike,” said interim athletic director Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Indiana's 2013 win over Penn State

At 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Indiana’s 44-24 victory over Penn State in the 2013 Big Ten regular season. This game will be remembered as one of the top victories for Indiana’s football program in recent memory, as it marked the first win for the Hoosiers over Penn State. Nate Sudfeld completed 23-of-38 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indiana to a memorable win that snapped a 16-game losing streak in the series. Perhaps even more impressive is that this victory marked the Hoosiers’ first win in a Big Ten opener since the 2000 season.

Big Ten links: Braxton Miller news, Indiana NCAA banners & much more

Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller created a stir last week when he tweeted that he had a good appointment with a doctor and his surgically repaired right shoulder looks good. Now, the question begs: Will he remain in Columbus and compete with Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett? Urban Meyer expects Miller back. Miller is expected to make a statement this week. Stay tuned. *** Indiana is moving its national championship banners in Assembly Hall. It’s all in the name of facility progress. *** Great read from Jesse Temple of FOXSports.com on how Barry Alvarez transformed Wisconsin football. It is

BTN LiveBIG: Celebrate great Americans throughout the Big Ten

To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Illinois' 2007 win over No. 5 Wisconsin

At 8 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Illinois’ 31-26 win over Wisconsin in the 2007 Big Ten regular season. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for a game-high 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois past the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers. Juice Williams added 121 yards through the air, as well as 92 yards on the ground. The victory gave the Fighting Illini their first 3-0 start in the Big Ten since 1990. It also marked the program’s second straight victory over a ranked team, as they defeated Penn State, 27-21, in the previous week. Here is a breakdown of

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Ohio State's 2006 win over Michigan

At 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, we’re airing Ohio State’s memorable 42-39 win over rival Michigan in the final game of the 2006 Big Ten regular season. This game was tabbed by many as being the “Game of the Century,” as it featured the No. 1 Buckeyes vs. the No. 2 Wolverines, the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in the rivalry. Troy Smith was outstanding, passing for 316 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Ohio State improved to a perfect 12-0 with the win, and the Buckeyes punched their golden ticket into the BCS title game. Here