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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Update: Penn State gets wins restored, Paterno again winningest coach

Update: Penn State’s football team is getting back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal and the late Joe Paterno has been restored as the winningest coach in major college football history. The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the 2012 consent decree it will replace. The new deal also directs a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania and resolves that lawsuit. Read more in our Penn State football section. The BTN Blast with @TaylorRooks gives details of the NCAA settlement w/ Penn

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

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.

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

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. Jones has announced a news conference for today to reveal his decision regarding the NFL Draft, and BTN & BTN2Go will carry the event live. For now, here’s a look at some of the better Jones’ photos from those three big games.

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

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. Update: Jones has announced a news conference today to make his decision. BTN & BTN2Go will carry the event live. Life changing decision at 4pm — Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) January 15, 2015 On the subject of Ohio State quarterbacks, here

Does Minnesota have one of nation's toughest 2015 schedules?

It’s never too early to look toward 2015 schedules, right? The Minneapolis Star Tribune took a gander at Minnesota’s slate for next season. And, let’s just say that it’s mighty tough–maybe one of the most difficult in the nation. It opens at home on a Thursday night vs. a TCU team that crushed Minnesota, 30-7, in 2014 and is projected by some to be the preseason No. 1 club. Wait, it gets tougher: There also is a date at defending national champ Ohio State, which also could be a preseason No. 1. In addition to the tilt with the Horned