Packers sign Gophers product Hoese

Gopher fans and Big Ten watchers will remember Jon Hoese, the fullback who went through quite an emotional time during the 2010 Big Ten football season. Hoese’s dad slipped into a coma on a Friday, the son missed practice most of that week and then returned to play in a stirring game that following weekend for the opener. Watch the video in this post for the complete story. Hoese signed with the defending Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers as a free agent today. He had spent some time with the team this summer before being cut. Here’s the news release at and here’s his NFL player page.

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Dienhart: Michigan 2011 Season Recap

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and he’s wrtitten up team-by-team season recaps for all 12 Big Ten teams. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up first: Michigan. Watch our video from the Wolverines’ much-awaited victory over heated rival Ohio State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. Did you miss the others? They’re all right here.

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Dienhart: Let's debate all-time best bowl games

Fans love to debate it: What were the best bowl games in my school’s history? Well, with the postseason on our doorstep, here are my picks for the top three postseason efforts for the 10 Big Ten schools in action this season. Let the debate begin. You can bet there are a lot of Rose Bowl games listed in this post. What makes The Grandaddy of Them All so special?

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Did You See This? Illini sing "Jingle Bells'

It’s the Holiday season, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a Christmas song or two to get you feeling all festive? A cast of Illinois athletes might change your view on Christmas music. In a recent IlliniProductionHD YouTube video, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, breakout basketball player Meyers Leonard and a group of other Illini combine to sing Jingle Bells. Watch and hear their rendition in this post. So, what do you think?

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Dienhart: Big Ten Gets 9 on AP All-America team

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Big Ten Blast: Dec. 14th Afternoon Update

The Big Ten was well represented on the AP All-America team, with nine players tabbed. Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, Michigan C David Molk, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, Penn State DT Devon Still and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball and G Kevin Zeitler were all first-teamers, while Nebraska LB Lavonte David and Wisconsin C Peter Konz earned second-team honors, and Ohio State DT John Simon was a third-team pick. Most impressive, Mercilus, Still and Worthy represent three of the four defensive lineman on the first team. Yeah, it was that kind of year for the Big Ten in the trenches.

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