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Purdue is looking for a breakthrough in its fourth season under Darrell Hazell.
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Justin Wilcox. Jay Johnson. John Parrella. Ross Els. If you don’t know their names now, you will next football season. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart writes why these four are the biggest assistant coach hires in the West Division this year.
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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talks (a little) about the ongoing TV negotiations saying, “We’re interested in having great partners with great platforms who are interested in marketing and promotion.” Also, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes is stilling mulling over his NBA decision. And Jerry Kill has a new job at Kansas State. More in this post.
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This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters.
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Minnesota’ football coach sees eight to ten wins in 2016 – agree or disagree? The Big Ten athletic directors met this week and expansion came up, of course. Hey look – Chris Spielman is coming to Fox! And a look at one school’s plan to keep top football recruits from leaving that school’s state. Catch up with our news digest.
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Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks.