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Media day pop quiz: B1G stars answer 5 questions

CHICAGO – How often do some of the best players from all 12 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, I conducted a Big Ten poll Thursday that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the most exciting Big Ten player? What’s the toughest Big Ten road venue? See all the results in this post.

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Clothes Call: 2013 Big Ten media days edition

CHICAGO – There’s no better time or place to get an up-close look at the latest changes to Big Ten uniforms and helmets than at the annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. Teams deck out their designated areas with all of the latest, greatest threads and equipment. Take a look at all the new looks the Big Ten will debut this season in this post.

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Cap off Big Ten week with Friday's 'Kickoff' show

BTN’s Dave Revsine hosts our two-hour “Kickoff Luncheon Special,” which airs at 8 p.m. ET Friday. Revsine, who also served as the emcee for Thursday’s Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, will be joined by analsysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith as they look ahead to the 2013 season.

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Q&A: Fox rules analyst Pereira on new penalty

A new penalty for targeting defenseless players goes into effect this season. Now, instead of a 15-yard infraction, a player will be ejected. It’s a change that could have a big impact on the game. I wrote about the rule after attending a Big Ten official’s clinic earlier this month.

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Video: Jeff Budzien crashes Big Ten media day

CHICAGO – Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien didn’t get an invite to the Big Ten media days at the Hilton Chicago. Coming off a season in which Budzien made all but one kick, he decided to crash the event. Not in a bad way. The Northwestern communications and media department thought it would be fun to have the kicker attend the event and cover it in a self-deprecating and humorous way. Budzien and Northwestern nailed it.

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GIF alert! Big Ten mascots are such posers

Our friends at Huskers.com had a little fun with a collection of photos of the Big Ten mascots attending this week’s Big Ten media festivities and Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. Who better to be the topic of an animated GIF than a bunch of animated Big Ten super fans?

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Video: Watch Big Ten media day pressers

As is the case every year on the first day of Big Ten media days, Big Ten head coaches and commissioner Jim Delany had their time on the podium.  All 12 coaches met the media, starting with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and ending with Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz.

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Video: Ohio State Urban Meyer's 360 Vine

CHICAGO – Urban Meyer is a big draw under normal circumstances. Add Ohio State’s recent player discipline to the equation, and the two-time national championship coach easily had the largest throng of media following him at Wednesday’s Big Ten media day. Meyer knew the attention was coming. He also knew he’d be answering plenty off-the-field questions despite being the coach of a popular preseason pick to make the BCS title game.

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Big Ten media day notebook: Updates, video & tweets

CHICAGO – Big Ten media days are underway at the Hilton Chicago. Thirty-six players and all 12 coaches are here and meeting the media. Get caught up on Wednesday’s happenings in this Day 1 Notebook.

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Illinois' Scheelhaase ecstatic about tying the knot

CHICAGO – Nathan Scheelhaase is a happy man. For the first time in his Illinois career, the senior quarterback can finally forget about Skype and get some real face-to-face time.

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Dienhart: Stability in backfield key to Iowa's season

Iowa fans are aching for a good season. Who can blame them? The Hawkeyes have seen their win total drop each of the last four seasons, from 11 wins to eight, to seven to four.

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Dienhart: Michigan's offense shifts gears

The spread offense is all the rage. Just look around. More and more schools are using the scheme—and playing at an up-tempo. Oregon is the standard. But not at Michigan. Nope. It officially is dumping the spread now that Denard Robinson is gone. Truthfully, the Wolverines began a transition to a more pro-style attack in 2012 when Robinson got hurt and Devin Gardner took over for a program whose trademark for years before Rich Rodriguez was hired in 2008 was a conventional scheme.

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BTN2Go available on all BTN's top distributors

CHICAGO – BTN announced Wednesday that BTN2Go, the network’s website and smartphone/tablet app featuring 24/7 live streaming, is the first TV Everywhere service of an ad-supported network available to virtually its entire viewer base. The announcement was made by BTN President Mark Silverman.

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Dienhart: Can IU take the next step?

Kevin Wilson is making progress at Indiana. He debuted with a 1-11 mark in 2011 and improved to 4-8 last season. This season, Wilson’s Hoosiers are a trendy pick to be a Cinderella team in the Big Ten. It’s true. Indiana, a team that hasn’t been to a bowl since the 2007 season, is viewed by many as a team on the rising.

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New penalty concerns Nebraska's Bo Pelini

One of the biggest early-season stories in 2013 will be the new penalty for targeting a defenseless player. Last year, the penalty was a 15-yard infraction. This year, the penalty is ejection from the game. It’s all about player safety. But Nebraska’s Bo Pelini has some concerns.

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