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Web links: On new football stars & spring report cards

Iowa has produced some great offensive linemen under Kirk Ferentz. In fact, since 2003, 13 Hawkeye offensive linemen have been drafted—guys like Robert Gallery, Bryan Bulaga and Riley Reiff, among others. Who is the next great one? Check out tackle Brandon Scherff. In fact, I wonder if Scherff may be Iowa’s most talented player on offense. Think about it.

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Today's links: Big Ten football & hoops notes

Much was made last year about Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez working with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun in southern California. But, the results were good. Well, Martinez will be back at it in May, looking to further hone his technique for a big senior season send-off.

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Today's links: Quick hits on latest Big Ten news

Pay attention, class. And sit up and sharpen your pencils: The great Bob Flounders of the Harrisburg Patriot-News offers some Penn State Numerology 101. Among the key numbers is 3, or the number of true freshmen who are competing at the nose tackle spot next to DaQuan Jones. They are Austin Johnson, Derek Dowrey and Brian Gaia. Jones figures to be a stud. The others? More PSU: The Nittany Lions will play their spring game this Saturday. Here are six second-year players to watch.

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Today's links: Can Badgers improve passing game?

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Wisconsin will play its spring game this Saturday. And new Badgers coach Gary Andersen would like to see the passing game improve. In fact, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Andersen saw in the Rose Bowl last season that Wisconsin’s passing game needs to improve. The Badgers completed 10 of 17 passes for 83 yards in the 20-14 loss to Stanford.

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Today's links: Quick spin around Big Ten headlines

Fitzgerald Toussaint

Michigan Spring Game Highlights

Despite being limited in spring drills as he recovers from a broken leg suffered last season, Fitz Toussaint still is on track to be Michigan’s top running back. Why not? He was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2011, showing he’s capable of carrying a big load for a team’s that needs much better production from its tailbacks this fall.

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Links: Buckeyes impress as spring ball continues

Tyvis Powell & Kato Mitchell

Ohio State Spring Game Highlights

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Count Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Bill Livingston among those who are an Ohio State believer after watching the spring game. Who can blame Livingston? There is a lot to like about this edition of Ohio State. No doubt, the Buckeyes’ second spring game impressed even Urban Meyer.

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Today's links: What next for Michigan?

Trey Burke

John Beilein Talks NCAA Championship Loss

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s run for the national championship game up short. But the Wolverines have no shame in falling 82-76 to No. 1 overall seed Louisville. Have to start daily links right there. Michigan’s improbable march to the national championship game is evidence that the program is back among the nation’s elite—and it’s not going anywhere.

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Today's links: All eyes on the Wolverines

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

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Tonight’s the night when Michigan aims to win its first national championship since Glen Rice shot the Wolverines to the top in 1989. Gotta start daily link there. It has been 24 years since “interim” head coach Steve Fisher led Michigan to the Promised Land. Since then, the school has been through four coaches, one scandal and some bad basketball.

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Today's links: Burke racking up honors

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The honors keep rolling in for Michigan’s Trey Burke. And more likely are coming. Let’s start daily links there. The latest Burke bauble: AP player of the year. The only other Wolverine to win the honor was Cazzie Russell in 1966. Yes, it has been that long. And I still can’t believe those are the only two Wolverines ever to win the honor.

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Today's links: Iowa plays on, others plan ahead

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s hear it for Iowa! I said: Let’s hear it for Iowa!! The Hawkeyes beat Maryland last night in the NIT semifinals. Gotta start daily links there. When folding seemed possible, Iowa seemingly found a way to straighten up and seal the deal against the Terps, notes the great Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

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Monday's links: Final Four, Gophers' job & Alford

Michigan is off to the Final Four for the first time since 1993—I didn’t think it would be 20 years between appearances. I also thought more than one Big Ten team would be headed to Atlanta for the Final Four. Nonetheless, let’s celebrate Michigan! And, let’s start the daily links here.

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Today's links: 3 contenders remain

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Where were you when LaQuinton Ross hit that impossibly long three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left that propelled Ohio State to the Elite Eight? What a dagger. So, if you are scoring at home, that’s two last-second, game-winning shots in a row by the Buckeyes—Aaron Craft did the honors vs. Iowa State in the third round. Gotta start daily links right there. Here’s a video of Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on the shot heard ‘round the Buckeye State.

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Today's links: All eyes on Hoosiers, Buckeyes

The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight, with No. 2 Ohio State playing No. 6 Arizona in the West and No. 1 Indiana tangling with No. 4 Syracuse in the East. Let’s start daily links there. Each team survived hair-raising third-round games to advance. Are they teams of destiny?

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Today's links: Tracking opinions of Gophers' move

Norwood Teague

Minnesota Announces Tubby Smith Firing

The firing of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith resonated across Big Ten country and the nation, and most of the reaction was negative. So, I have to start daily links right there—even with postseason basketball in full churn. Legendary columnist Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says the Gophers haven’t had much success hiring big-time coaches. He’s correct, but why stop trying? And am I the only one in the galaxy who knows Smith was 46-62 in Big Ten games at Minnesota?

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Today's links: Another big tourney day

We had to wait until close to midnight for our first big upset of the NCAA tourney, with No. 14 Harvard shocking No. 3 New Mexico. What will Day Two bring? Hopefully not an upset for No. 1 Indiana, which takes its first step toward a national championship today vs. James Madison. And, it’s Final Four or bust for a Hoosiers team that has some pressure on it. But, it’s embracing it.

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Today's links: Tourney time for all

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to one of the greatest days on the sports calendar! Where to begin? How about here, with Ohio State, one of my Final Four picks? When you think of Ohio State’s sprint to the NCAA tourney, ripping off eight victories in a row, you think of an offense that has featured a steadier stream of contributors around Deshaun Thomas. But defense has been the catalyst. And one of the biggest defensive sparks has been provided by Shannon Scott.

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