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Dienhart: Can IU take the next step?

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson speaks during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Indiana's Kevin Wilson - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

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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Dienhart: Purdue QB battle heats up

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell speaks during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Purdue's Darrell Hazell - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

Who will play quarterback at Purdue? It’s a key issue that must be answered for new Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell, who has energized a struggling program in a few scant months.

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Ohio State, Michigan highlight B1G Players to Watch

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Before Big Ten media days kick off in a couple of hours in Chicago, the conference released its official Big Ten Players to Watch early Wednesday morning. The list includes 10 players – five from both divisions – and Michigan (Devin Gardner & Taylor Lewan) and Ohio State (Braxton Miller, Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier) account for half of the representatives. See the full list in this post.

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Here's the 2013 Big Ten media days schedule

Ready for Big Ten media days? The festivities start Wednesday morning at the Hilton Chicago, so it’s time to post the two-day schedule of events again for Big Ten fans. See Wednesday’s full schedule of press conferences and view the list of standout players who are attending the event in this post.

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Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part I

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Step Into My Office: Kirk Ferentz - Best Athletic Achievement

Big Ten media days kick off on Wednesday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, 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 2013 season.

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BTN's Dave Revsine to emcee Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that Dave Revsine, BTN’s lead studio host, will serve as emcee for the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, on Thursday, July 25 at the Hilton Chicago. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. ET, with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon, which starts at 12:30 p.m.

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Twitter: Urschel 'honored' to speak at Kickoff Luncheon

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Kirk Cousins Kickoff Luncheon Speech

Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel has the honor – not to mention stress – of speaking on behalf of the players at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on July 25 in Chicago. Urschel tweeted that he’s “honored” to represent the 36 Big Ten players who will be in attendance at the Hilton Chicago.

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See who's headed to Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

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Denard Robinson Kickoff Luncheon Speech

The Big Ten announced the 36 players who will attend the 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 24-25 at the Hilton Chicago. The 42nd annual luncheon features 19 returning All-Big Ten selections and all 12 head coaches. Penn State’s John Urschel will speak on behalf of the players in attendance.

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Big Ten Media Day notebook: Dirk, Zeller & fashion

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Tip-Off Before Kick-Off - Who is Dirk Hunter?

While at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday, I walked around the mammoth Hyatt Regency O’Hare in search of some nuggets for a Media Day Notebook.See what I came up with from the event that issued more than 300 credentials, a figure Big Ten officials said was “the most in recent memory.”

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Dienhart: 26 Big Ten hoops questions for 2012-13

Iowa Hawkeyes men's head coach Fran McCaffery

2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day - Pat Chambers

The anticipation for the Big Ten basketball season is tangible for a league that looks like it may be the best in America. Five schools appear in most every significant preseason poll. Indiana leads the way, ranking No. 1 in the USA Today poll, Sporting News poll and Athlon poll, among others. Ohio State and Michigan show up in several top fives, while Michigan State and Wisconsin also are ranked in most polls.

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Smile! Nebraska's basketball coach takes group photo

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Tim Miles Puts the Media on Twitter

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, first-year Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles had a playful moment with the press. He took out his phone and took a panoramic photo of the media in the room, then posted it to the Internet via his Twitter account @CoachMiles. See the picture and the tweet in the rest of this post.

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First Four: Big Ten stars answer four questions

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2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day - Matt Painter

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post.

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Thursday's Basketball Media Day roundup

We’ll update this post throughout the morning with tidbits from Big Ten Basketball Media Day. It may not be a surprise to hear that the media picked Indiana’s Cody Zeller as the preseason Player of the Year and that Indiana is their choice to win it all. Penn State is picked to win the women’s title and Penn State’s Alex Bentley Ohio State’s Tayler Hill shared the Player of the Year pick.

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Big Ten coaches 'excited' for 2012? Better believe it

Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman speaks during the Big Ten media day at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Beckman and Kill

Isn’t late July great? Football is in the air, with kickoff a little more than a month away, and all the teams – even the perennial cellar dwellers – are tied for first place. Coincidentally, when coaches descend upon media days, everyone’s very excited. The Big Ten is no exception. According to The Wall Street Journal, Big Ten coaches uttered some form of the word “excited” 43 times during Thursday’s question-and-answer session at Big Ten Media Days. See who used “excited” the most in this post.

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Look Back At Our Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon Special

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2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Bret Bielema

We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.

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