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Big Ten links: Jones stays, no changes at Iowa & more football news

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Watch: 'My decision was very simple'

In Friday’s Big Ten links, we review the surprising news that Cardale Jones is staying at Ohio State. Plus, one writer looks at Kirk Ferentz’s latest plan for Iowa while another looks at Mike Riley’s desire to own the state of Nebraska in recruiting. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart looks at all of these stories and more.

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Gallery: Photos of Cardale Jones' postseason run with Ohio State

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Cardale Jones’ run at the end of the 2014-2015 season as Ohio State’s quarterback was short but very sweet as the one-time third-string passer went 3-0 in the three biggest games of the season for the Buckeyes. He led the Buckeyes to wins in the Big Ten Football Championship, the Sugar Bowl and the CFP Championship.

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Big Ten links: NFL Draft deadline looms for OSU QB Cardale Jones

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Jones talks after title game

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Today is the day that Ohio State QB Cardale Jones must decide if he’ll return for his junior season or turn pro. I think he should return to Columbus. Three starts aren’t enough even if they were incredibly impressive. Jones needs more seasoning. Then again, his stock never will be higher—and he risks sliding back to third-string. An interesting conundrum.

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