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Dienhart: Big Ten Media Days - Day 1 notebook

Day 1 of Big Ten media days came and went Monday, and here are several news and notes as we prepare for Tuesday's festivities.

Kevin Wilson wasn't at media days, but he was a hot topic

CHICAGO — Kevin Wilson wasn’t at Big Ten media days, but he was a hot topic. Why not? The new Ohio State offensive coordinator may be the most important assistant coach in the Big Ten in 2017. Wilson was hired by Urban Meyer in the offseason to get the Buckeye offense back on track. And, in the process, get Ohio State back on top in the Big Ten. It’s hoped Wilson can restore the roar an offense that has lost its edge since coordinator Tom Herman left to coach Houston after a run to the 2014 national championship. Ed Warinner

Take Ten Podcast Episode 9 with Lou Henson

A very special guest joined BTN's Take Ten Podcast as Alex Roux sat down with legendary former Illinois head coach Lou Henson for an in-person interview.

Dienhart: A look at the MAC-to-Big Ten coaching pipeline

The Mid-American Conference always has been a sort of “little brother” to the Big Ten, a proving ground of sorts. The two conferences have their roots in the heartland of the nation. And the two leagues often play each other in the non-conference.

Dienhart: Predicting 1,000-yard Big Ten rushers

This could be the “Year of the Running Back” in the Big Ten, with many big-time options doting rosters across the conference. And no back is better than Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who is the league’s top Heisman contender and could be primed for a 2,000-yard season.