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Big Ten links: Reports say IU's Wilson, Illini's Beckman staying on

Big reports at Illinois and Indiana, where Tim Beckman and Kevin Wilson both will be back—Beckman for his fourth season and Wilson for his fifth. Good to hear. Beckman rallied the Fighting Illini to bowl eligibility. Wilson has the Hoosiers on the rise and may have stamped a postseason ticket if not for an injury to quarterback Nate Sudfeld. IU A.D. Fred Glass has thrown his support behind Wilson. *** Without a doubt, this wasn’t an easy sophomore season for Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg. He has tossed 15 interceptions and been sacked over 40 times. But he’s not gonna blame

Big Ten Links: Looking ahead to Saturday's big West showdown

In this Friday's Buig Ten Links, Wisconsin's Gary Andersen previews Saturday's game against Minnesota, we spotlight an amazing story about Minnesota defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli, and we sprinkle in a few basketball, notes too.

Michigan-Ohio State, Penn State defense & more in today's Big Ten links

We all know sports are big business … which brings us to this: Why isn’t there a title sponsor for the Ohio State-Michigan game? Doug Lesmerises of notes the Buckeyes and Wolverines could sell a title sponsorship. But this is basically what life as a college athletic director entails at the moment – the constant balance between business and passion, between commerce and tradition, what Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called “a very fine line.” Bottom line: Just because you can make a buck off of something doesn’t mean you should do it. *** Michigan almost pulled off

Minnesota's run, Urban Meyer's warning & more in Tuesday's links

Minnesota was picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten West. Now, the Gophers are a win away from playing for the conference title. Amazing, huh? A big key to Minnesota’s hopes at Wisconsin? David Cobb, who hurt a hamstring in the second half last week at Nebraska. Jerry Kill says he’s ready to hold Cobb out, if necessary. Good thing the Gophers have depth at running back. Still, Cobb is a special talent. *** Remember when Ohio State and Michigan fought last year? Sure you do! Well, Urban Meyer has warned his team about it this year. He’ll have

Melvin Gordon, Ohio State in the polls & more in Monday's Big Ten links

So, Melvin Gordon had the FBS single-game rushing mark for one week, as Oklahoma’s Samaja Perine broke it on Saturday with 427 vs. Kansas. Here he is talking about it. Of course, loss of the record doesn’t do a thing to diminish what Gordon has done. Just ask Tom Oates of Oates notes that Heisman candidacies aren’t constructed solely of numbers. They also consist of clutch performances, tough performances, winning performances. Gordon’s fourth quarter Saturday at Iowa had a touch of all three. It was very impressive. *** Tough loss for Michigan on Saturday, which fell at home to

Big Ten Links: Big backs in Badgers vs. Hawkeyes tops today's roundup

In today's Big Ten links, we look at how Wisconsin vs. Iowa will feature two workhorse running backs, how good Penn State could be in a few season, and how Ohio State's streak without a major award winner could change. Dive in and catch up.

Big Ten links: Gordon's Heisman outlook, Coleman vs. OSU & more

Melvin Gordon’s 408-yard rushing effort last week against Nebraska has him squarely in the Heisman hunt. Indiana's Tevin Coleman eyes Ohio State's front seven. Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford looks back at his days as cornerback and receiver. We touch on these stories and more in Thursday's Big Ten links.

Northwestern bowl hopes, Nebraska big-game blues & more in today's links

It’s win-out or stay home for Northwestern, which faces the first of two must-win games to go bowling this Saturday at Purdue. The win at Notre Dame is a nice boost for NU. But Pat Fitzgerald has reminded his players what transpired in 1995 after the Wildcats pulled off a 17-15 shocker at Notre Dame Stadium. They lost at home to Miami of Ohio. *** You know you have arrived if you have a sandwich named after you. Well, it has happened to Iowa hoops coach Fran McCaffery. Applebee’s is offering the “Hoiburger,” named after Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg,

Kenneth Kirskey celebration, J.T. Barrett resume & more links

Pretty cool video here of Rutgers nose tackle Kenneth Kirksey doing a backflip, a signature move for the 275-pounder. Impressive to see a big man do this. *** Bill Landis of takes a look at how Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett stacks up vs. other Heisman candidates. Urban Meyer declared Barrett a Heisman contender on Monday. I agree. No one is really running away with the race. In my mind, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Alabama’s Amari Cooper are in the hunt, along with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. I think Barrett’s credentials stack up