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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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BTN Announces 2015 Primetime Football Schedule

BTN’s 2015 primetime football schedule will feature the conference’s 2014 West Division Champion Wisconsin Badgers, Cotton Bowl Champion Michigan State and Michigan in its first year under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State top Athlon's best Big Ten jobs poll

Athlon Sports recently asked Big Ten personalities, including a quartet of BTN employees, to rank the conference’s best football jobs. [ MORE: athlonsports.com: Ranking Big Ten’s best football jobs ] The top three positions, shall we say, will surprise nobody: 1. Ohio State; 2. Michigan; 3. Penn State. It wasn’t that close, either, as Ohio State, the reigning national champ, received all 11 first-place votes and Michigan garnered nine second-place nods; the other two second-place votes went to Penn State. Wisconsin and Nebraska rounded out the top five, while Michigan State, arguably the Big Ten’s most consistent program over the

Dienhart: Some things learned--and not learned--from Saturday

There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star

Video: Ex-Wisconsin star defensive end J.J. Watt nails 61-inch box jump

What do Kristen Bell, Lady Gaga and Bette Midler all have in common? They’re all 5-foot-1, the same height as J.J. Watt’s new personal record in the box jump. [ MORE: Check out all of our J.J. Watt coverage ] The former Wisconsin standout and current NFL superstar tweeted the video above Monday morning that captured his incredible 61-inch box jump. Crazy. It’s even wilder to think Watt, all 293 pounds of him, could jump onto the head of any of the three aforementioned stars, from a standing position. Watt, who had cleared 59.5 inches previously, failed to clear the

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

Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 37 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had four first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with 11 selections. The offensive line and linebacker (each with seven picks) also have been production positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees April 30-May 2, with end Randy Gregory projecting as a high first-round pick. Other Cornhuskers who should be selected are wideout Kenny Bell,

Video: Relive completed Big Ten spring football games

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for Big Ten spring football. Five Big Ten teams have hosted their annual spring game, including Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern, all of which took the field yesterday. Coming up Saturday, it’s Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue’s turns. Get link to watch your team’s game on BTN2Go. The following weekend, Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers (Friday) and Wisconsin close out the Big Ten spring season. Catch up on the highlights and reaction to all of the completed spring games below. MARYLAND Senior wide receiver Marcus Leak hauled in

Video: Get dizzy! Northwestern holds latest Dizzy Bat Race

Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern know how to put a bow on practice. They have a watermelon eating contest to mark the end of Camp Kenosha, and they have a dizzy bat race to signal the end of spring drills.