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In Thursday’s collection of links from around the Big Ten, we spotlight an interesting look at the expected breakout players in spring football. Also, what does Iowa’s hoops win over Indiana mean (video highlights included)? And here’s an odd tale about an accidental text message sent to a football recruit. Dive in for more.
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Which college football program is the best top to bottom? It’s reigning national champ Ohio State, according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes.
Suzy Merchant and Jerry Kill both got their head coaching starts at Saginaw Valley State University, a Division II school located in Saginaw, Michigan.
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With spring practice set to begin on March 7, and the Huskers’ spring game scheduled for April 11, Nebraska released a new football hype video, which is narrated by new head coach Mike Riley.
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For the second time since 2012, Wisconsin was rocked by an unexpected coaching defection. First, it was Bret Bielema bolting for Arkansas after the 2012 season. Next, Gary Andersen took off for Oregon State after last season.
The Big Ten debut for Rutgers was a success, as Kyle Flood led the Scarlet Knights to a bowl and a fourth-place finish in the rugged Big Ten East. It was RU’s fourth postseason appearance in succession, as the Scarlet Knights finished with three wins in their last four games.