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Illini's Mercilus Wins Hendricks Award

Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus won the Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, it was announced Wednesday. The junior leads the nation in sacks (14.5), sacks per game (1.2) and forced fumbles (9) while ranking sixth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.6). The award makes Mercilus the first Illini to win a national honor since Dana Howard (1994) and Kevin Hardy (1995) won the Butkus Award in back-to-back years. Mercilus beat out finalists Frank Alexander (Oklahoma), Andre Branch (Clemson), Vinny Curry (Marshall), Sam Montgomery (LSU) and Nick Perry, Jr. (USC), garnering over 50 percent of the vote from current

Dienhart: Nebraska looks to name new assistant

With Carl Pelini off to replace Howard Schnellenberger as Florida Atlantic coach, Nebraska will need a new defensive coordinator. Pelini, the brother of Husker head coach Bo, won’t coach with the 9-3 Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina Former Arizona head coach Mike Stoops has been mentioned as a possible replacement. Stoops, who also has been mentioned as a possible member of Urban Meyer’s new Ohio State staff, and Cornhusker head coach Bo Pelini grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended Cardinal Mooney High School. Nebraska beat Stoops’ Arizona team in the 2009 Holiday Bowl, 33-0. But

Five keys to Saturday's Big Ten Championship

The first meeting between Michigan State and Wisconsin was an epic encounter that most consider to be the game of the year in the Big Ten. The Badgers raced to a 14-0 lead before seeing the Spartans go on a tear to lead 23-14 at halftime. Michigan State pushed its lead to 31-17 early in the fourth quarter before Wisconsin rallied to tie the game, 31-31. But on their last play of the contest, Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins called “Rocket,” and saw his 44-yard desperation heave caught by wideout Keith Nichol just outside the goal line before he wrestled his

Big Ten Bowl Selection Special Airs Sunday

For a fifth straight year, BTN will present the Big Ten Bowl Selection Special, with the 2011 edition at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night live from Chicago. Dave Revsine will host the show alongside Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith as they preview each Big Ten bowl matchup and discuss key post-season factors. Select coaches also will be interviewed during the 60-minute program. Winners of 10 games each this season, Michigan State, representing the Legends Division, and Wisconsin, representing the Leaders Division, will compete Saturday in the in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. The Spartans and Badgers look to claim

Counting Down to Saturday's Title Game

With the Big Ten Football Championship just days away, we’re dialing up our coverage on TV and online. Have a look at what we have planned for TV here, including details on our Saturday shows when we air a special BTN LIve (@BTNLive on Twitter) at 11 a.m. ET and full pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET. And yes, we will re-air the title game on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET. But before all of that, catch Big Ten Football & Beyond tonight at 10:30 p.m.. Also, in the latest reader mailbag from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart our senior writer answers

IU's Taliaferro, OSU's Griffin honored

(BigTen.org) PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Indiana’s George Taliaferro was honored with the Big Ten’s Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award, while Ohio State’s Archie Griffin was named the first recipient of the Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, the conference announced on Tuesday. The awards recognize Big Ten football players that have achieved success in the areas of humanitarianism and leadership after their college careers have ended. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten halfback, Taliaferro is the Chairman Emeritus of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Taliaferro has been honored

Mbakwe tears ACL, will miss rest of season

(GopherSports.com) University of Minnesota Medical Director Dr. Brad Nelson confirmed Monday that senior forward Trevor Mbakwe suffered an ACL tear to his right knee. Mbakwe will be lost for the remainder of the season. Surgery to repair the injury will be scheduled in the upcoming weeks. “My family and I would like to thank everyone for their support,” said Mbakwe. “Trevor’s done everything we’ve asked him to do in his time here at the University of Minnesota. He’s been through an awful lot,” said Gopher head coach Tubby Smith. “That says a lot about his toughness to be able to

Dienhart: Previewing Saturday's Games

This is it, the final weekend of the season. Penn State will play at Wisconsin to decide which school will represent the Leaders Division vs. Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten title game. Michigan is looking to end Ohio State’s run of seven wins in a row in their iconic rivalry. Purdue is looking to win back the Old Oaken Bucket and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. Iowa and Nebraska kick off the start of what could become a great rivalry. And Illinois is looking to end a five-game losing streak before the postseason. Following

Dienhart: Week 13 Best Suggestions

The Michigan-Ohio State game is the annual exclamation mark on the Big Ten season. This year’s storyline: Can the Wolverines end the Buckeyes’ seven-season run of dominance? A Wolverine victory not only would ease the pain for Michigan fans, but it also will enhance the team’s resume in its bid to earn a BCS at-large bowl slot. While Michigan-Ohio State will take a big stage this Saturday, it still must play second fiddle to the Penn State at Wisconsin tilt when it comes to importance on the 2011 season. The Nittany Lions already have claimed a share of the Leaders

Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

The bowl picture is firming up, but the Big Ten may feel a squeeze if it gets 10 bowl eligible teams, as the conference has just eight bowl slots guaranteed. A win by Purdue at Indiana would give the league 10 bowl eligible squads, meaning the Big Ten would need other leagues to fail to have enough bowl eligible teams to accommodate all of their schools. The pinch could be lessened if the Big Ten sends two teams to BCS bowls, which could happen if Michigan finishes with 10 victories and earns a BCS at-large bowl berth. An automatic BCS