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Dienhart: Michigan's offense shifts gears

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Michigan's Brady Hoke - 2013 B1G Media Day

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

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BTN President Mark Silverman - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

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?

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


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


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

Brady Hoke

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

Matt Painter

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


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

Cody Zeller

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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