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The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.
The final week of the regular season is here. So much is on the line this weekend, as five of the six teams in the Big Ten Lacrosse Conference are still alive for the tournament. I’ll bring you up to speed on each team in this post. Plus, you can watch our six team-by-team video reports detailing each squad.
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The Big Ten likely will end its first-round drought in this year’s draft, as Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon looks primed to be a top selection. There also is an outside chance Indiana’s Tevin Coleman could go in the opening round in what is lauded by many as a deep collection of backs available nation-wide.
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Big Ten fans have seen a number of outstanding plays on the diamond this season. On Wednesday, it was Cody Strong’s turn to join the fun.
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It has been 10 years since Illinois has won an outright Big Ten baseball regular season championship. That trend looks like it could come to an end this season, as the Fighting Illini are in the midst of a truly memorable 2015 season.
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It has been a slow, steady build at Illinois under Tim Beckman. He has made steady progress since arriving from Toledo and taking over the Illini in 2012, going 2-10 (0-8 Big Ten), 4-8 (1-7) and 6-7 (3-5) last season.