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Big Ten links: Catch up on today's hoops & football headlines

The search is on for a mascot at Illinois. Spike Albrecht talks about coming to Purdue. Looks like one Big Ten QB will redshirt. And here's another reason for Michigan State football players to carry a chip on each of their shoulders. And what's going on over at the Big 12 Conference? Catch up in Thursday's Big Ten news digest.

Sophomore Kameron Chatman to transfer from Michigan

MICHIGAN BASKETBALL RELEASE — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Tuesday, May 3) sophomore forward Kameron Chatman requested and was granted his release from the university and plans to transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility. “Kam is a wonderful young man with the potential to mature into a fine college player,” said Beilein. “We have enjoyed coaching him over the past two years and wish him nothing but the best.” “I honestly don’t think I could have had a more quality life experience than I did in Ann Arbor,” said Chatman. “I am

Big Ten, Big East announce matchups for 2016 Gavitt Games

The Big Ten and Big East Conferences have officially announced the matchups for the second annual Gavitt Tipoff Game. See all eight of the games, to be played Monday, Nov. 14-Friday, Nov. 18, this upcoming season.

Draymond Green shuts down odd question about Houston floods

After another strong all-around performance vs. Houston in the NBA playoffs Sunday, former Michigan State star Draymond Green faced an odd question in the postgame press conference. It was an awkward and insensitive query, something trying to relate Golden State’s success from the 3-point line (it made a single-game playoff record 21 treys) to the tragic flooding that has hit Houston. Green, the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, nailed his response. See part of it below, and watch the full question and answer in the video above. “People are losing their homes, losing their cars, losing their lives,

Big Ten links: Reports of a new TV deal has Big Ten buzzing

Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.

Jamal Crawford wins Sixth Man of the Year for record third time

This is cool: Jamal Crawford has done something no player in NBA history has done. [ MORE: Eighteen Big Ten names on 2016 NBA Playoff rosters ] The one-and-done Michigan star and current Los Angeles Clippers guard claimed the 2016 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the award’s first three-time winner. Crawford also earned the honor in 2010, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and in 2014, also with the Clippers. Something else cool: At 36, Crawford is the oldest player to win the award, which was created before the 1982-83 season. Crawford averaged 14.2 points,