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Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek tears ACL in practice Wednesday

Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday that sophomore wide receiver Mike Dudek, a 2014 freshman All-American, suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill at practice Wednesday morning at Memorial Stadium. “This is very disappointing for Mikey, his family and our football program,” Beckman said. “He’ll have the knee surgically repaired as soon as possible and the doctors feel like he could return to the field in October. Knowing how hard Mikey works, our biggest challenge will be to keep him on pace and not let him push it too hard and too fast.” A native of Naperville,

Dienhart: Check out Michigan State's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games four times in the last five seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system. The results are prodigious, with bowl wins in each of the last four years, as Dantonio routinely turns three-star recruits into five-star studs. This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2,

Big Ten links: NCAA tourney, Caris LeVert's future & football updates

Here is a neat look at Wisconsin’s 17 consecutive NCAA trips. Since 1999, the Badgers have made eight Sweet 16 appearances, four Elite Eight trips, three visits to the Final Four, and one shot at the championship game. Very impressive. No more doubts on if this program has reached the “elite” level. It is there. *** Tom Izzo has had enough of opponents shooting more free throws than his Spartans. The loss to Duke in the national semifinal apparently was the last straw. “I’m going to drive it a little more, and then a little more after that, and then

Report: Conference title game restrictions to be relaxed by 2016

CBSSports.com is reporting that football conference title games will be deregulated in 2016. And, that’s OK. NCAA rules say a league must have at least 12 schools, and teams must play every other team in their division, if a conference wants to play a title game. The ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Pac 12 all have such a configuration, with two division winners meeting for the title. The Big 12 is the lone “major” league that lacks a conference title game, as it has only 10 schools. Now, the Big 12 and ACC want to change the rules—for different reasons,

Big Ten links: Badgers bow out, Big Ten spring football updates & more

In Tuesday's Big Ten links, we look at a few angles of Monday's national championship game and the officiating on the court. Plus, Big Ten spring football talk heats up as Urban Meyer has a recruiting idea, one writer has five players to watch at Michigan State, and there's a new tackling technique that's all the rage. Dive in.

Video: Michigan's Jim Harbaugh's spring football postgame press conference

Michigan was the first Big Ten football team to hold a spring football this year, and new head football coach Jim Harbaugh talked to reporters after the game. Watch the whole session in the video in this post. And here’s the link to next week’s spring football games on BTN & BTN2Go. See more photos and videos from the event via the links below:  

Dienhart: 'This was an appetizer for a success-starved Michigan fan base'

Beauty is in the eye of beholder. On one hand, Michigan’s spring game was difficult to watch. But, it still was a beautiful afternoon for Wolverines fans that got to see Jim Harbaugh roam the Michigan Stadium turf for the first time in decades.

Gallery: Get all of the best shots from Michigan's spring game

The Big Ten’s first spring game is in the books, and it was the Blue Team topping the Maize Team, 7-0, in Michigan’s annual event Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. Watch video highlights and interviews here! Get our favorite USA Today Sports photos from the spring game below: