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Check out Wednesday's Big Ten Web Links

All the Big Ten-related stories fit to be linked to. And it’s all free. For instance, a “gentlemen’s agreement?” In football recruiting? Poppycock, writes Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel. And don’t forget: I’ll be chatting live during tonight’s Super Wednesday games over on the BTN Facebook page. Come on over at 5:30 p.m. ET. Iowa After waiting, waiting, waiting, Iowa finally names a defensive coordinator. And the Hawkeyes stayed in-house by promoting Phil Parker, writes Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Great hire, in my book. A shakeup of Kirk Ferentz’s staff doesn’t mean you’ll see a

Let's Take A Quick Spin Around the Big Ten

A national playoff? Proposed by the Big Ten? Maybe the Mayans are right—the world will come to an end in 2012. Until then, enjoy all the Big Ten news that’s fit to be linked to. Isn’t life great? My, my, how the times are changing: The Big Ten is mulling the idea for national four-team grid playoff, writes Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. So here’s my take on that. Also, Big Ten coaches vary on how to fill gaps in the Big Ten schedule, writes Aaron Brenner of the Quad City Times. And the  Big Ten’s dance card could

Dienhart: What's Buzzing Today in the Big Ten?

Got the “Super Bowl hangover blues” today? Have no fear. Here are some Big Ten links to perk you up after over indulging on the Rotel dip and Yoo-Hoo. National The debate about recruiting ethics rages, says Rusty Miller of the Associqted Press. Sam McKewon of Omaha World-Herald offers a nice look around the Big Ten. Illinois If faith remains in Champaign following that loss to Northwestern, it may be waning, writes Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette. On Super Bowl Sunday, the Illini were super bad, writes Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald-Review. Haven’t we seen this before? You

Surfing Across Friday's Big Ten Web Links

Tired of ex-jocks interviewing ex-jocks about the Super Bowl? So am I. Instead, in this post have a look at what other esteemed scribes are saying about the Big Ten on this glorious Friday in February. And not one of these ink-stained wretches uses hair spray. I guarantee it. And a reminder: I post my top links each day Monday through Friday so that you can keep up on the various reports across Big Ten country. You can bookmark my Daily Links archive page here and subscribe to the  the Daily Links RSS here. And, as always, you can drop

Dienhart's Mailbag: My 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Teams

You have questions, I have answers. Hey, at least you can count on something, right? There is a lot going on right now, with basketball season at its zenith and Signing Day has come and gone. Yes, life is good. Who would you put on your All-Big Ten teams, as we are at the halfway point in the season? – Phillip Here is how I would do it, trying to keep the “teams” as teams, and not just have, say, five guards on the first team. First team F Draymond Green, Michigan State C Jared Sullinger, Ohio State C Meyers

Dienhart: Check out Tuesday's Daily Links

With a big basketball game around every corner and football recruiting’s big day on Wednesday, there’s a lot going on in the Big Ten as January prepares to melt into February. I surf the Internet to stay on top of Big Ten news, then give you the links I like best. I post my batch of links each weekday morning. Find my previous daily links in my Daily Links archive, and you can also subscribe to that Daily Links RSS and have them delivered right to you whenever I post new stuff. Got a link you like? Email it to

Looking back at 'A Memorial For Joe'

From Jay Paterno’s moving tribute to his father to the various speeches from across the Penn State football family, we’ve posted videos from BTN’s coverage of Thursday’s “A Memorial for Joe” held at Penn State. Thursday’s public memorial service for the late Penn State football coach was carried live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. You can watch the entire event again on BTN2Go and on the Big Ten Digital Network. Find all of BTN’s coverage of Joe Paterno’s passing on our archive page, including older videos, recent interviews with other notables, BTN.com updates, and photos. As for Thursday’s events, we

One-on-One: Penn State's Tim Frazier

Who’s the best player in the Big Ten? It’s a spirited debate. Many feel it’s Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger. Others think Michigan State’s Draymond Green is the top talent. But what about Penn State guard Tim Frazier? That’s right: A player off of a last-place Big Ten team. Before you dismiss the notion, watch Frazier play—and look at his numbers. Neither lies. Frazier is No. 2 in the conference in scoring (18.0 ppg), No. 1 in assists (6.4), No. 2 in steals (2.3) and No. 1 in minutes (36.6). Bottom line: Few players can match the 6-1, 170-pound

Paterno Memorial to air live on TV, Web

Thursday’s public memorial service for Joe Paterno will air live on BTN, BTN2Go, and BTN.com. “A Memorial For Joe” begins at 2 p.m. ET at the Bryce Jordan Center on campus. Also, BTN will re-air the service at 10 p.m. ET Thursday after the Ohio State-Indiana women’s basketball game. Find BTN on your TV system with our easy and free BTN ChannelFinder and learn more about BTN2Go as well as the accompanying iPhone/iPad app. Also, the event will be streamed free on this page. Simply go there Thursday afternoon and click on “Live Events.” For more information on this Penn

Funeral arrangements set for Joe Paterno

The family of Joe Paterno has completed the funeral arrangements for the legendary Penn State educator, coach and humanitarian, who passed away Sunday. Two public viewings will be held, as well as a public memorial, “A Memorial For Joe,” on the University Park campus. Read all of BTN’s Joe Paterno coverage and get more from GoPSUSports.com. A public viewing is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 1:00-11:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8:00 a.m.-Noon at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, located near the intersection of Curtin Road and Allen Street on campus. Please see below for important parking information for