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Big Ten links: Hot Hoosiers, Braxton Miller, inflated footballs & more

In Friday's Big Ten links we take a look at Indiana's big win, a story on Braxton Miller's status at Ohio State, and an interesting look at the NCAA's procedure for checking the inflation of college football. Dive on in and get up to speed.

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

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. Where does Purdue go from here? This team may be lucky to earn an NIT bid. Even that may be a monster stretch. If you are scoring at home, the Boilermakers went 16-18 overall (8-10 Big Ten) two years

Big Ten links: Badgers rolling & a look at the 'Year of the Injury'

In today's Big Ten links we look at the stories on the resilience of the Badgers and Wolverines' hoops teams as well as a testy exchange over two incidents at Iowa last night. Also, is over-use leading to more basketball injuries? Tom Izzo thinks it's worth considering.

Big Ten hoops race, bowl game attendance & more in Tuesday's links

I think we all can agree to an extent with Rick Brown of that the Big Ten race is missing some buzz. There just are few elite teams. Maryland and Wisconsin are the closest thing to that. But after that, there is a drop to the likes of Iowa, Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan State. *** Which brings me to this gem of a quote from Tom Izzo, who thinks the Big Ten is “almost too good” this season with increased depth. What? Am I missing something? Izzo went on to say: “The league is not as good at

Ohio State hot topics, Joe Paterno reaction & more in Monday's links

Here is a good podcast with Doug Lesmerises of, discussing all things Ohio State football. Among the topics: Cardale Jones’ decision, Urban Meyer’s future, Braxton Miller’s position/school and who should start at quarterback next season. My opinions? Jones made the right decision … Meyer wouldn’t consider the pros … Miller should switch positions … J.T. Barrett should start. *** News of the NCAA restoring Joe Paterno’s victories resonated across the nation. Opinions, as you may expect, vary. Here is a good recap of what some people are saying. *** Speaking of Penn State, look who was at the Nittany

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

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.'s Tom Dienhart looks at all of these stories and more.

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

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. Update: Jones has announced a news conference today to make his decision. BTN & BTN2Go will carry the event live. Life changing decision at 4pm — Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) January 15, 2015 On the subject of Ohio State quarterbacks, here

Ohio State's final TD, Michigan's staff & more in Wednesday's Big Ten links

Interesting debate in the aftermath of the national title game. Should Ohio State have scored that last touchdown—or should it have taken a knee? The Buckeyes had first-and-goal at the 2-yard line with a minute left and leading 35-20. Instead of taking a knee, Urban Meyer opted to punch in a final TD. “You know, I didn’t even think about taking a knee,” Meyer said. “I can’t tell you the situation. … I’m trying to visualize what happened. But, we play to win, we play to be aggressive in what we do. … I certainly didn’t think about it at

Big Ten links: Mariota vs. Jones, Harbaugh's rooting interest & more

The hype continues to build for Monday night’s national championship game. No doubt, the play of the quarterbacks will play a big role in the outcome. takes a look at how Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones stack up numbers-wise. On the subject of Ohio State, how good of a job has Urban Meyer done this year? It has to be one of the all-time best coaching jobs ever, right? The way Meyer has managed an injury-riddled quarterback spot and improved the defense has been remarkable. *** Who is Jim Harbaugh rooting for to win the national

Big Ten links: Big Illini win, Riley builds Huskers staff & more

If this is what life without Rayvonte Rice (out indefinitely with a broken hand) is going to be like for Illinois, then things may be A-OK in Champaign. The Illini got a monster effort from Malcolm Hill en route to shocking Maryland on Wednesday night. This was a huge win for Illinois—it also was its first of Big Ten play after suffering some tough losses earlier in league action. This could be a spark. *** The staff of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley is taking shape. And it has an “Oregon State” feel, if you know what I mean. Including