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BTN LiveBIG: Mateen Cleaves helping Michigan families

Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State hockey raising awareness

At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million.

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BTN LiveBIG: Archie Griffin's Heisman legacy

Tonight, college football’s most elite club will welcome a new member when the winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy is named.

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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa soccer sharing Gems of Hope

In 2004, a nine-year-old girl named Tory accompanied her mother, Shiela, to the hospital while she received treatment for breast cancer. Tory wrote notes of encouragement and drew pictures for her mother that made an enormous impact on Shiela’s daily battle with the disease.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska students learning by giving

A decade ago, Doris Buffet – Warren Buffet’s older sister – started the Learning by Giving Foundation. Her goal was to teach a new generation about philanthropy though experience, providing young people with the opportunity to learn about charity and make a financial impact on a worthy cause.

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BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin senior wins Rhodes Scholarship

Funny how some of the most important moments in life go by in the blink of an eye.

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BTN LiveBIG: Mike Alstott giving back

Though he hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2006, Purdue-grad Mike Alstott is one of the most beloved players in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history.

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BTN LiveBIG: MSU's "Great Dane" helping military families

These days, the average career of an NFL player is less than four seasons, according to the NFL Players Association. A kicker from Michigan State nicknamed “The Great Dane” spent an unheard of 25 seasons employed by the NFL and remains the all-time leading scorer with 2,544 points.

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BTN LiveBIG: Tim Brasic leading Illini off the field

In the coming weeks, students on every campus in the Big Ten Conference will return home for the holidays. The idea of returning home, whether it’s at the end of the calendar year or the conclusion of a student’s collegiate career, is one that often brings mixed emotions.

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BTN LiveBIG: Marlin Jackson helping kids beat the odds

In the United States, 22 percent of children under the age of 17 live in poverty, 36 percent live in single- or no-parent households, and 46 percent live in inadequate housing. Former University of Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson was once a textbook example of the large number of underserved youth in this country.

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BTN LiveBIG: Jeff Budzien making a special impact

On the football field, Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien’s collegiate career will be remembered for its consistency. He is now the university’s all-time scoring leader, and on Monday he was named the 2013 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year.

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BTN LiveBIG: Golden Gophers giving to the max

Today, Tuesday, Dec. 3, is the second annual #GivingTuesday, a national day to kick off “giving season.” People all over the country will take a moment in the midst of their holiday spending to give time or money to those in need.

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BTN LiveBIG: Spice Adams craving for a cause

Recently, a former Penn State football player was inducted into a hall of fame in Ohio, but it had little to do with his athletic ability.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeyes excite a special fan

Today, the Ohio State Buckeyes will try to finish the regular season undefeated for a second consecutive year when they play “The Game” in Ann Arbor. For one young fan, a few moments of camera time on the scoreboard at Ohio Stadium, earlier this year, made the 2013 season one he’ll never forget.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska professor joins elite fellowship

For 20 years, Xiao Cheng Zeng has been leading innovative research at Nebraska. Earlier this month, he was recognized by the one of the oldest scientific societies in the world.

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BTN LiveBIG: Nick Hardwick helping military families

At the start of the 2013 NFL season, Dollar Shave Club announced a season-long initiative to promote its new male hygiene product, “One Wipe Charlies,” that broke from the football-advertising norm of featuring popular quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in ads.

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BTN LiveBIG: Kirk and Mary Ferentz making an impact

As Iowa prepares to face Nebraska this weekend, Kirk Ferentz will be extra focused on the important rivalry game. Representing the University of Iowa well, on and off the field, is something Ferentz stresses with all of his players, and it’s something he practices as much as he preaches.

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BTN LiveBIG: Burish family supporting Badger hockey

Mark Burish may have had his doubt about being a hockey parent, but much to the benefit of University of Wisconsin athletes, he eventually warmed up to the idea.

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BTN LiveBIG: Orange Krush impacting local organizations

In John Groce’s first year at the helm of the Illini men’s basketball program, his team relied on the deep threat. And that mindset — 280 made three-point field goals — helped the Illini reach the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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BTN LiveBIG: Wolverines providing hope in Florida hometown

In last January’s Outback Bowl, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney produced the highlight of the year when he hit Michigan running back Vincent Smith, sending Smith’s helmet flying.

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BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota microscope first of its kind

Big research can require looking at incredibly small things. Soon, the University of Minnesota will be able to examine the smallest materials in detail never seen before.

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BTN LiveBIG: Penn State wins bacteria battling partnership

In late October, “Frontline” aired an alarming report titled “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” A couple weeks later, research being done at Penn State to combat this problem won an international competition.

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BTN LiveBIG: Napoleon Harris tackling politics

One former football player lost his battle, but a Northwestern grad stepped in to make a long-term impact in his honor.

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BTN LiveBIG: Voting made easier at Michigan State

Every November, millions of Americans express their political beliefs by taking part in the democratic process. Unfortunately, voting can be difficult for those with mobility issues.

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BTN LiveBIG: NASCAR made SAFER at Nebraska

If you search for “NASCAR crash wall” on Google, dozens of stories and videos appear that show fiery crashes. You will also find headlines featuring driver reactions to these crashes, as was the case for Jeff Gordon earlier in November.

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