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Jim Harbaugh invites every college coach to Michigan's Satellite Camp

If there was a list of Twitter All-Stars made up of college football coaches, Jim Harbaugh would probably top the list. College football “satellite camps” have been dominating headlines as of late. There has been some backlash for schools hosting these camps, which allow coaches to travel south and evaluate high school talent in that area. The key cog in the equation is that coaches in the SEC and ACC are forbidden to do this. Earlier this week, Alabama coach Nick Saban refered to the camps as being “ridiculous” and they need to be addressed by the NCAA. So, how

Big Ten links: On campus rankings, satellite football camp reaction & more

Friay's Big Ten links has more on the Big ten satellite camps in SEC and ACC country. Also, our writer was on the panel that Athlon Sports panel ranking Big ten campus towns. Other headlines touch on Penn State and the NCAA, a Big ten running back transferring, and

Big Ten announces additional football games televised in primetime

Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces

James Franklin Q&A: 'I understand our players better and Penn State better'

The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.

Which school is Big Ten Running Back U? Let's take a look at recent numbers

The trend in recent years has been for NFL teams to avoid drafting running backs in the first round. The first back didn’t come off the board in 2014 until the 54th pick. The Big Ten hasn’t been immune to that trend. [ MORE: View all of our NFL draft coverage ] In the last 10 drafts, since 2005, the Big Ten has had just three running backs taken in the first round: Minnesota’s Laurence Maroney (2006), Illinois’ Rashard Mendenhall (2008) and Ohio State’s Beanie Wells (2009). And five drafts have passed since Wells was the last Big Ten back

Big Ten links: Big Ten football satellite camps rankle one SEC coach

In Thursday's Big Ten links, Tom Dienhart looks at the simmering controversy around Big Ten football teams setting up camp in SEC country. Also, what did Jim Harbaugh say this time? And how is Michigan State football giving Western Michigan football a boost? Get the answers to these questions and more in this post.

Photo: Iowa fans will enjoy this Jack Trice Stadium sign

There must be a few Iowa fans among the construction crew renovating the sound end zone at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium. [ MORE: Read more about the stadium’s renovation at cyclones.com ] How else can one explain the “Iowa” going up before the “State” on the outside of the stadium (see above)? Sure, the letters need to be centered and we’re trained to do all things letter-related left to right, but it’s a little interesting that the “Iowa” was State-less for as long as it was on Iowa State’s stadium. (Just look at the timestamps of the tweet above