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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Michigan

Michigan Practice

Brady Hoke - Fall Practice Interview

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has just 10 scholarship seniors as Brady Hoke enters his fourth season in Ann Arbor. He hasn’t been able to replicate his 2011 debut, when he went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl. Needless to say, the Wolverines will be scrutinized this fall.

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Michigan camp preview: Is the o-line better?

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Brady Hoke Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

It’s no secret: This is a big year for Michigan and Brady Hoke, who last year saw a 5-0 start melt into a 7-6 finish. The offense floundered, so coordinator Al Borges was dismissed. Hoke tabbed Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to take over. What new wrinkles will we see? It won’t really matter unless the line improves.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Penn State

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Penn State Head Coach James Franklin - BTN Live

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – There is much anticipation for the start of James Franklin’s maiden voyage at Penn State. But he faces big depth hurdles due to NCAA sanctions. And attrition could prove hazardous to the program as it continues to deal with scholarship limits.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Penn State practice

Penn State Helmets

Tom Dienhart Talks with PSU LB Mike Hull

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Our annual summer football bus tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are on hand at Penn State practice Saturday morning. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Penn State camp preview: Will the o-line hold up?

NCAA Football: Penn State-Spring Game

James Franklin Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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James Franklin has created a buzz around the Penn State program with his electric personality and general bombast. The guy is a high-wire act of energy and enthusiasm. No doubt, the former Vanderbilt coach has “won” the offseason. But how will his first team do?

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Rutgers

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Kyle Flood - Fall Practice Interview

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Rutgers is an interesting squad as it enters the Big Ten. The schemes are more traditional, as the Scarlet Knights to a degree have the look of a Big Ten squad. The team has new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen has brought his multiple West Coast attack with him as the program’s fifth OC in five years.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Rutgers practice

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Darius Hamilton - Fall Practice Interview

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Our annual summer football bus tour is onto the next stop. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are on hand at Rutgers’ football practice Friday afternoon. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Rutgers camp preview: Will the trenches hold up?

NCAA Football: Norfolk State at Rutgers

Kyle Flood Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

As Rutgers embarks on a new era, big changes loom with new coordinators on both sides of the ball. Before the last dirty uniform was washed in 2013, defensive coordinator Dave Cohen was fired. Joe Rossi was promoted to take over. Ralph Friedgen was hired to run the offense. This is an intriguing squad coming off a six-win bowl season that has 15 starters back. Challenges loom in the rugged Big Ten East.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Maryland

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BTN Live - Maryland Coach Randy Edsall

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – I was eager to check out this Maryland squad to see if my high thoughts were merited. I wasn’t disappointed. This is a veteran squad that’s well-coached. Few are more disciplined than Randy Edsall, the ultimate task-master. The Tom Coughlin protégé is a stickler for details. His teams never are out prepared.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Maryland practice

Maryland Practice

Jeremiah Johnson - Fall Practice Interview

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Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are taking in Maryland’s practice Thursday afternoon. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Maryland camp preview: How do the star wideouts look?

Randy Edsall

Randy Edsall Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Maryland’s debut season could be surprisingly successful, as veteran talent runs deep for Randy Edsall as he enters his fourth season in College Park. In fact, this could be the third-best team in the East. Edsall guided Maryland to its first bowl since 2010 last season. Another bowl figures to be in the offing for a program that has 18 starters back from a 7-6 team.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Ohio State

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Urban Meyer - Fall Tour Interview

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Motivation shouldn’t be an issue for Ohio State as camp unfolds. The Buckeyes are riding a two-game losing skid, losing the Big Ten title game to Michigan State and the Orange Bowl to Clemson, this after a 24-0 start under Urban Meyer.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Indiana

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Kevin Wilson - Fall Tour Interview

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Beautiful day for practice in Bloomington for an Indiana program that enters a critical Year Four under Kevin Wilson. This was practice No. 2 for Indiana, which worked out in shorts and helmets during a spirited three-hour session.

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Ohio State camp preview: What about Braxton's backup?

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Urban Meyer Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Will this be the year Ohio State wins its first Big Ten title since 2009? Perhaps. Urban Meyer has enjoyed some big success his first two seasons in Columbus, ripping off 24 wins in a row to start his tenure before ending 2013 with consecutive defeats to Ohio State and Clemson. No doubt, Ohio State will be motivated.

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Indiana camp preview: How does the defense look?

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Tevin Coleman 75-Yard Touchdown Sprint vs. Illinois

The BTN 2014 camp tour begins on Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind., where we will check out Kevin Wilson’s fourth Indiana squad in the first of 14 stops. Hopes are high in southern Indiana, as Wilson looks to punch the Hoosiers’ first postseason ticket since 2007. Indiana came close to a bowl last season, finishing 5-7 with narrow home losses to Navy and Minnesota proving to be costly.

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Tour preview: What I'll watch, and where I'll eat

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2014 Big Ten Football Media Days - Day 1 Wrap-Up

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The sparkly BTN tour bus chugs away from our glistening headquarters on 600 West Chicago Ave., on Monday, as a near-three-week journey that will span from Lincoln, Neb., to New Brunswick, N.J., begins. I can’t wait to see driver Kevin, drink Red Bull, shop for mesh hats at remote truck stops and see if Gerry DiNardo is still the last human on the planet who carries a handkerchief.

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Dienhart: Best of the 2013 BTN Football Tour

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Ciante Evans Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

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After 15 nights in 12 hotels and 12 cities, stretching from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa., the BTN bus has come to a stop. It was a fun ride, visiting all the Big Ten schools to watch practices. It was the BTN crew’s last chance to kick the tires on each team before the start of the 2013 season.

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That's a wrap: 2013 BTN bus tour

The BTN bus tour concluded the 2013 trip with this morning’s Hawkeye practice. After returning to home base, the BTN studios, I had the chance to catch up with some of the B1G travelers.

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Dienhart: Myriad questions loom for Hawkeyes

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Iowa Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

As Kirk Ferentz enters his 15th season in Iowa City, he finds himself looking to get his program back on track. The Hawkeyes’ win total has gone from 11 to 8 to 7 to 4 last season. Myriad questions loom for Iowa as it winds down training camp, as the halcyon days of the early-2000s fade further into the rear-view mirror. But Ferentz and Co., often do their best work when expectations are low.

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Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Iowa practice

Iowa Practice Facility

C.J. Fiedorowicz Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Believe it or not, the 2013 BTN Football Tour has reached its 12th and final stop. The guys took in Iowa practice Tuesday morning, and they live tweeted throughout the day. Find some of their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Iowa Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Dienhart: Huskers have one of 'best-looking' fronts

Nebraska Practice

Nebraska Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Tour

LINCOLN, Neb. – It’s difficult to believe that this is Bo Pelini’s sixth season in Lincoln. Time flies. He has done many good things, highlighted by last year’s trip to the Big Ten title game. But to get over the hump and to the program’s first league title since 1999, the defense needs to improve.

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Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Nebraska camp

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Ameer Abdullah Interview - 2013 Fall Football Tour

The BTN Football Tour is approaching the finish line, but not before stops to Nebraska and Iowa. Today, our guys were at Huskers’ camp to check out the reigning Legends Division champs. Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine live tweeted from the practice, and we posting some of their best tweets right here.

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Dienhart: Kill, Gophers closer to turning corner

Minnesota QBs

Minnesota Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Tour

MINNEAPOLIS – Jerry Kill is getting closer to turning the corner in his third season at Minnesota. This team looks noticeably bigger—and more athletic—than when I was here last August to watch practice. And Kill told me afterward that the players are now leading themselves better—and buying in.

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