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Big Ten Links: One look at the Big Ten the day after Signing Day

National Championship-Ohio State Celebration

Watch Urban Meyer discuss signing class

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

In Thursday morning’s roundup of Big Ten stories from beat writers, we collected a number of interesting “day after Signing Day” links, including one that says Ohio State’s offensive coordinator is certain Braxton Miller will return. Also, who flipped? And which two schools had surprisingly good days? All that and more in this post.

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Big Ten Links: Tackling the recruiting advantage of 'unofficial visits'

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Interesting take from Bleacher Report that says the Big Ten needs to fight back on recruiting rules that favor the SEC. The author of this piece, Greg Couch, says unofficial visits hurt Big Ten schools, who can’t get as many from top players as SEC schools on those “unofficials” because of proximity.

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Big Ten links: Purdue's hot, football offseason ponderings & more

Purdue celebration

Watch Purdue's locker room celebration

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In Thursday’s look at Big Ten headlines, we review Purdue’s win over Indiana – did you see the locker room celebration in the video above? Also, read about one Super Bowl coach who thinks Jim Harbaugh will thrive again in the college game. Find lots more in this post.

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Big Ten links: Illini hoops toughs it out, football staffs fill out & more

Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Great gutsy win by Illinois at home last night vs. Purdue. Freshman bull Leron Black was the best player on the court. The Illini have won three games since top player Rayvonte Rice suffered a season-ending injury. Oh, and Illinois also didn’t have injured Tracy Abrams and Aaron Cosby last night—and it still won. Very impressive. John Groce can flat-out coach.

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Big Ten links: Jones stays, no changes at Iowa & more football news

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Watch: 'My decision was very simple'

In Friday’s Big Ten links, we review the surprising news that Cardale Jones is staying at Ohio State. Plus, one writer looks at Kirk Ferentz’s latest plan for Iowa while another looks at Mike Riley’s desire to own the state of Nebraska in recruiting. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart looks at all of these stories and more.

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Big Ten links: NFL Draft deadline looms for OSU QB Cardale Jones

National Championship-Ohio State vs Oregon

Jones talks after title game

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Today is the day that Ohio State QB Cardale Jones must decide if he’ll return for his junior season or turn pro. I think he should return to Columbus. Three starts aren’t enough even if they were incredibly impressive. Jones needs more seasoning. Then again, his stock never will be higher—and he risks sliding back to third-string. An interesting conundrum.

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