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Dienhart: Nebraska Cornhuskers' offseason to-do list

Dec 26, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate their win at the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium. The Huskers beat the Bruins 37 to 29. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Hear Mike Riley's post-spring thoughts

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Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly, but hope floats as the program looks to continue evolving in Riley’s second year in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2015, it seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a vexing way to lose a game. But the squad finished strong with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise trying 6-7 season that was punctuated by myriad tough losses.

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Dienhart: Minnesota Golden Gophers' offseason to-do list

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The Tracy Claeys era has begun. And, change is brewing … it has been for several months. The program is on solid footing, having been to a bowl each of the last four seasons. But the staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach on board.

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Dienhart: Michigan State Spartans' offseason to-do list

Michigan State spring football game

Look back at Michigan State spring game highlights

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Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champ, coming off the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that MSU won double-digit games. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons.

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Dienhart: Michigan Wolverines offseason to-do list

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight (3) hands off to running back Ty Isaac (32) during the spring game at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan spring football highlights

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Jim Harbaugh’s debut was a smashing success. He inherited a 5-7 team from Brady Hoke and turned it into a 10-3 squad that punctuated the season with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl.

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Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes' offseason to-do list

Sep 26, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz congratulates quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) and wide receiver Riley McCarron (83) during the second quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Iowa spring scrimmage highlights

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Iowa is coming off a season of glory in which it raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing its final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl. Still, Kirk Ferentz has a lot to build on moving into his 18th year on the job.

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Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers' offseason to-do list

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Kevin Wilson is pleased with how Indiana looked in spring drills, but he knows work remains to be done if the Hoosiers want to get back to a bowl game. The last time IU went to a bowl in consecutive seasons? The 1990-91 seasons.

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The unintended consequences of new NBA draft rules

March 20, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (2) reacts following the 73-60 victory against Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

What if Jon Crispin was commissioner for a day?

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Back in January, the NCAA made a bold move in favor of athletes by pushing back the date that they must remove their name from the NBA Draft and allowing college players to enter the draft multiple times without penalty. But could there be some unforeseen drawbacks to this plan?

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Big Ten Football: A look at offensive line situations

Oct 3, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer waits to lead his team onto the field before a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeats Indiana 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BTN talks with Urban Meyer

Spring practices are in full swing across the Big Ten, as schools begin to answer questions as they prepare for 2016. And no position across the conference may be under more scrutiny than offensive line, which from my estimations will be a top priority for nine schools to shore up.

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Sweet 16 Preview: No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Notre Dame

Mar 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Hill (11) and his teammates celebrate after the game in the first round against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Scottrade Center. Wisconsin won 47-43. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin celebrates victory over Xavier

In early January, Wisconsin was 9-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. A ticket to the Big Dance? It seemed to be a longshot at that point. This team looked lost. But, it all changed after a loss at Northwestern that proved to be the nadir for the Badgers in their 9-9 start.

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NCAA Tournament: Maryland tops South Dakota State

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; Maryland Terrapins against South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2016; Spokane , WA, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits against Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Layman talks about Maryland's win

Maryland looked like it was going to cruise to victory over No. 12 South Dakota State. But the No. 5 Terrapins had to fight off a valiant comeback to subdue the Jackrabbits and win a first-round game, 79-74. Maryland led by 18 with 8:45 left in the game only to see South Dakota State fight back to be down by four with just over 30 seconds left in the game.

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