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Photo: Gene Smith has matryoshka to commemorate national title

Anytime Gene Smith wants to relive Ohio State’s memorable 2014 national championship run, he has the doll for it. The Ohio State athletic director tweeted a picture Wednesday afternoon of a 16-piece matryoshka laid out on a desk. The biggest doll is in an Ohio State uniform and holding the inaugural College Football Playoff trophy, followed by Oregon, Ohio State’s national title game opponent. The dolls continue to get smaller in the opposite order of the 2014 schedule, all the way down to Navy, the Buckeyes’ 2014 season-opening foe. All of the dolls, decked out in the uniform/helmet combination the

Purdue football strength coach Doug Davis, 33, dies

Purdue senior associate director of sports performance Doug Davis, 33, has died following an illness. Davis joined the Purdue staff in 2013 after spending the previous two seasons with head coach Darrell Hazell at Kent State. Davis also served as an assistant strength coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Ohio State, starting in 2007, where he trained seven Buckeyes selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, including first-round picks Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Wells. “My heart and the heart of the Purdue family is saddened by the loss of Doug Davis,” Hazell said in a team release. “He will surely

Twitter: Minnesota punter Peter Mortell hosts fun Q&A

Minnesota punter Peter Mortell is one of the best in the business. [ MORE: Like this post? Visit our Gone Viral section ] The unanimous 2014 All-Big Ten first teamer needs no introduction when it comes to Minnesota and Big Ten fans, and that was evident during his Twitter Q&A on Wednesday afternoon. Mortell took over the @GopherFootball account for an hour, answering fans’ – and a former teammate’s – questions with plenty of humor and wit. See our favorite questions and answers from Mortell’s Twitter Q&A below. Again, Mortell’s responses are from the @GopherFootball account. *** *** *** ***

Iowa City tops list of best cities for college graduates in 2015

Big Ten towns are fantastic places to call home for both students and recent graduates. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart analyzes Iowa’s 2015 schedule ] According to American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), the Big Ten boasts four of the top 10 best cities for college grads in 2015. Even more impressive: Iowa City comes in at No. 1 and Ann Arbor No. 3. Only Ithaca, New York, stands in the way of Big Ten towns staking claim to the top 2. “A growing technology corridor has improved economic opportunity in Iowa City, and low rents, more restaurants and bars, as

Big Ten links: Bobby Bell, 74, to graduate, Ohio State DL & more

This is pretty neat: at 74, former Gopher star Bobby Bell is ready for graduation. You see, it’s never too late! The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Bell came just 13 credits short of finishing his college degree when he left school after getting drafted by the Chiefs in 1963. So Bell returned to school last year, at age 74, and finished. Fulfilling a promise he made to his late father, he took three classes and earned his degree in recreation, park and leisure studies. He will be honored Thursday along with the rest of the graduates from the University’s

Photo: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh featured on regional SI cover

We’re in the thick of NBA and NHL postseasons and baseball season is starting to hit its stride, however sports fan can never get enough football. It’s true, no matter the time of the year. The latest proof: Jim Harbaugh is featured on a regional Sports Illustrated cover this week. The cover includes a close-up shot of Harbaugh, wearing his Bo-inspired Michigan hat, a quote of his about enemies and the following text: “Michigan’s Coach Comes Home.” Harbaugh, of course, played quarterback at Michigan before enjoying a long NFL career and going on to become a coach. He’s been a

Big Ten links: Shot clock news, Nyeem Wartman name change & more

It looks like the shot clock in college hoops likely will move from 35 to 30 seconds. The men’s basketball rules committee will meet this week to discuss, among other changes, shortening the shot clock. Committee chairman Rick Byrd, the head coach at Belmont, told ESPN recently that he believes the shorter clock will be approved. “Anything that brings more speed to the game has to be evaluated and given serious consideration,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “This would be a great step in that direction.” *** Many people felt Maryland was the favorite to win the Big Ten next