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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


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.’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

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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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Big Ten links: More on Harbaugh, takes on Pelini & Bosa scores honor

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The buzz around Michigan’s reported blockbuster offer to Jim Harbaugh still has many talking. And with good reason. If the Wolverines somehow could land Harbaugh, it would be huge. Ex-players at the University of San Diego have high praise for him, with one saying it’s this simple: Harbaugh takes losers and makes them winners.

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Big Ten links: Stunning report of Michigan offer, Pelini's outburst & more

The NFL Network reported that Jim Harbaugh has made a stunning offer to coach the Michigan football team. It appears Bo Pelini didn’t leave Nebraska quietly, and that’s a shame. And Mark Dantonio knows that assistant coach Pat Narduzzi will be a head coach someday and that’s a good thing. ERead all that and more in today’s Big Ten links.

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