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Dienhart: More Big Ten News, Notes & Tweets

I spent most of Thursday listening to Big Ten coaches and officials address the upcoming season among other topics, then I filed these reports throughout the day. Here are a few extra notes from my notebook of Thursday’s Big Ten Media Day. Also, I posted Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s Q&A above. Here’s his opening statement, as well: Depends on the view: Last year, Michigan State won the Legends Division and then lost the Big Ten title game to Wisconsin. That led the Spartans to land an Outback Bowl bid while the Badgers headed to the Rose Bowl. But Michigan

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Dienhart: NU's Fitzgerald Floats Title Idea

Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is a smart man who calls himself the “youngest ‘old school’ coach” in the nation. But he had one of the most radical ideas today to deal with the perceived competitive imbalance between the Legends and Leaders Divisions. With two Leaders teams (Ohio State and Penn State) not eligible for the postseason or Big Ten crown, Fitzgerald proposed having the Legends Division champ meet a team selected from among the other nine schools in the conference championship game. Actually, it’s not a bad idea. What do you think? Tell me below. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is

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Video Roundup: Big Ten Media Day

We’re clipping video from all four hours of our BTN coverage of the Big Ten Media Day and posting it below, as well as in other posts. We posted all available video throughout Thursday and now present the entire collection to in this post. Don’t forget: Also Friday, BTN airs a 90-minute Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysis from BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Thursday Notebook: Player Interviews & More

The first session of the 2012 Big Ten Football Media Days is in the books. Catch up on all the happenings from Thursday’s festivities at the Hyatt McCormick Place with my media day notebook in this post. Also, check out my interview with former Michigan walk-on and current standout Jordan Kovacs. And don’t forget that we’re back at it again Friday morning. Have a question you want me to ask you favorite Big Ten player or coach? Tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). BLEEDING BLUE AND WHITE: Penn State senior Michael Mauti loves Penn State. He, along with fellow senior Michael Zordich,

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Dienhart: Coaches Discuss Penn State Situation

Most coaches were asked about recruiting Penn State players after a recent report  that Illinois had assistant coaches at Penn State, presumably to recruit Nittany Lions who are eligible to transfer to any school and play immediately. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn’t doing it. Neither is Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema. But other Big Ten coaches are recruiting Nittany Lions—or wouldn’t be opposed to it. “I’m not casting doubt on anybody or questioning anything, but we made a decision that we would not actively pursue any Penn State players,” said Bielema. Purdue’s Danny Hope was asked the same question. “NCAA has

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Dienhart: Leaders Division Takes A Hit

The Leaders Division has a unique situation in that just four of the six teams will be eligible for the conference title with Ohio State and Penn State ineligible due to NCAA probation. Does that mean things will be easier for Wisconsin in its run to defend it division crown? “I’m not blind and oblivious to the fact that now we’re in a division that has six teams,” said Badgers boss Bret Bielema. “Only four of them are eligible for the Big Ten championship game. But it really won’t change our approach. But everybody’s like: Coach, why do you have

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Dienhart: Bielema Embraces Rivalry

It can be argued that Wisconsin and Michigan State have become the top programs in the Big Ten. The teams met in the inaugural Big Ten championship game and have won a combined 44 games the last two seasons. No Big Ten schools can match that. Wisconsin has advanced to the last two Rose Bowls, while Michigan State has won 11 games each of the past two seasons and claimed a share of the 2010 title. So, is this a burgeoning rivalry? “I think our players just have so much respect for the Michigan State players and the way they

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Big Ten's top 2012-13 football & hoops programs

During my time at BTN.com, I’ve done countless football and men’s basketball power rankings. But I’ve never combined the two as a way to rank the Big Ten’s football-basketball programs. Until now, that is. What criteria did I consider while ranking the Big Ten schools, you ask? I took into account how the schools fared in football and basketball during the 2011-12 season, how they will fare in 2012-13, all while putting an equal value on football and basketball success or failure. So, for example, Nebraska and Indiana figure to be solid in football and basketball, respectively, but their expected

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Dienhart: 101 questions for Big Ten media days

Big Ten media days kick off on Thursday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by the Fourth Estate, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2012 season. See all 101 of my questions in this post. Have any other ones you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post or tweet it to @BTNTomDienhart. 1. Is Andrew Maxwell the answer at quarterback for Michigan

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Go Inside Big Ten Football With Our Crew

We inch closer to another season of Big Ten football every day, and with 2012 conference games comes a fresh season of “The Journey.” If you love watching our award-winning show for moments like the videos in this post, then you’ll love “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012.” It debuts Oct. 3, but you can follow our Journey crew every step of the way on Twitter and our recently launched Facebook and Instagram (BTNJourney) pages. On Twitter, we’ll be using the Twitter hashtag #BTNJourney both during the shows and all the days in between. In previous seasons this show documented the