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BTN's Tom Dienhart

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Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

What a difference a year makes. This time in 2017, Jeff Brohm was about to embark on his first spring practice at Purdue. He faced myriad questions and personnel shortcomings as he began the process of sweeping up the wreckage left by the former regime. Expectations were minimal: Just win two or three games … and don’t get embarrassed. Well, Brohm exceeded everyone’s wildest dreams, grinding out a 7-6 record that included the school’s first bowl appearance since the 2012 season and first bowl win since 2011. Along the way, Brohm showed deft roster management and coaching acumen by adjusting

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

These are happy days in Evanston. Northwestern is coming off its second 10-win season in the last three years and its third under Pat Fitzgerald. The program is rolling and may be on the precipice of a breakthrough to a Big Ten West title as it has gone to bowls each of the last three seasons. And so, Northwestern is the latest of our 2018 Spring Football previews. A sparkling facility is rising on the banks of Lake Michigan. And talent is abundant in Evanston. More good news: Many key players will be back in 2018, but keep an eye

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Bill Callahan couldn’t do it. Neither could Bo Pelini nor Mike Riley. Maybe Scott Frost can bring Nebraska its first conference title since Frank Solich delivered a Big 12 championship in 1999. Here's a look at three positions to watch during spring ball.

Penn State's THON 2018 raises $10,151,663.93 for pediatric cancer

THON, Penn State's student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer, raised $10,151,663.93 during its annual 46-hour dance marathon Friday-Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Michigan State Spartans

What can Mark Dantonio do for an encore after taking Michigan State from a 3-9 mark in 2016 to a 10-3 finish in 2017? It was the biggest single-season improvement in school annals.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Maryland Terrapins

DJ Durkin is looking for a breakthrough as he begins his third season at Maryland. The program took a step back in his second year, going 4-8 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten. But Durkin still continues to recruit well, offering hope for big things in the future.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Michigan Wolverines

Jim Harbaugh has work to do this spring. And the heavy-lifting is on offense, as he looks to push Michigan up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East coming off his worst season in Ann Arbor.

Big Ten Spring Football Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

The 2018 season will be the 20th in Iowa City for Kirk Ferentz, matching the number of seasons for predecessor Hayden Fry. The 2017 season was another strong campaign for Ferentz, who capped an 8-5 season with consecutive wins including a victory vs. BC in the Pinstripe Bowl.