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Title IX: Profiling Dr. Christine Grant

On last week’s episode of “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” we showed you the first part of a two-part series on former Iowa women’s athletic director Dr. Christine Grant and how Title IX changed the landscape of women’s athletics. Update: We’ve posted that first part here online as well as the second part (see below). Also on today’s show, analyst Michelle McMahon breaks down recent volleyball highlights while Kara Lentz looks at the latest in Big Ten field hockey.

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Friday's Links: No Mauti on Lombardi list?

Is there a conspiracy theory as to why Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti was snubbed by the Lombardi Award in the quarterfinal round of balloting? Or maybe it wasn’t a snub. Maybe it was just plain, good old incompetence. David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News explores as only David Jones can. That’s one of the many Big Ten Links I present to you on this wonderful Friday. On the topic of Mauti’s snub, here’s one thought offered by Jones: The award doesn’t want to be associated with the “supposedly soiled brand of Penn State.” I have a Lombardi vote. And

Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Week 7 Previews: Leaders Division battle tops list

Having taking a long, hard look at each Saturday’s five Big Ten football games, I’m offering up my weekly rankings of the games here. Wisconsin at Purdue is a big one in a weird season for the Leaders Division while Iowa at Michigan State offers up two Legends Division teams looking to stabilize their seasons. I’ll be tracking all of the games and filing my usual Snap Reactions. Follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart and drop me any questions at the bottom o this post. Be sure to also bookmark any of these links and get in-game updates on Saturday: Illinois


BTN offers 6 'Midnight Madness' events live online

Big Ten basketball is almost here as a handful of teams plan for opening night events traditionally known as “Midnight Madness.” Fans can watch six of these events at Big Ten schools live online via the Big Ten Digital Network. The first three happen Friday night: Minnesota’s “Gopher All-Star Friday Night” goes live at 8:20 p.m. ET, Purdue’s “The Tip-Off Before the Kickoff” goes on at 8:30 p.m., and Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” starts at 10:30 p.m. Go to and click on the “Live Events” tab for the full schedule. Here’s a look at Michigan State’s introduction video from

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Debate it: Your Big Ten Coach of the Year would be ...

We’re officially halfway through the 2012 Big Ten football regular season. That means it’s a good time to start debating such things as early Big Ten Player of the Year and Coach of the Year candidates. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter. Is it Urban Meyer? Bill O’Brien? Someone else?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post, plus we included a handful of fan tweets. Tom: I have to go with Bill O’Brien, who already has overcome myriad obstacles in forging a 4-2 start. Honestly, I thought the Nittany Lions would win four

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BTN profiles 'Team Jack' & fight against cancer

On this Saturday’s “Big Ten Football Pregame Show” presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, our crew profiles the touching story of a young brain cancer patient who is also a big Nebraska football fan. Jack Hoffman and Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead have formed a special relationship, and the two have worked together on “Team Jack.” In this post you can see  portion of the full profile that airs Saturday on our 11 a.m. ET TV show. Read more about this at and at Jack Hoffman’s page at Randy York at posted this recent update, too.  Also, be sure

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Big Ten Links: Rounding up the latest headlines

The Wisconsin offense appears to perhaps be turning a corner after some early season tumult that saw the offensive line coach fired and the staff make a quarterback change. There have been many keys to the slow ascent. One key: quarterback Joel Stave is given the option to “tweak” plays—not necessarily totally change them—at the line based on the defense he sees. Now, the Badgers find themselves perhaps a win away at Purdue from taking control in the Leaders Division. Speaking of the Badgers, how much progress have they made since that uneven beginning that included a 10-7 loss at

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates with his players after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 63-38 at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
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Revsine: Crunch these Week 7 football stats

Is it me, or has this Urban Meyer fellow had a bit of an impact at Ohio State?  I know there are still some issues with this team – a bit too reliant on Braxton Miller, a tad shaky at times on defense – but that was still a pretty impressive performance on Saturday night. I really thought going into the game that you could construct an argument that Nebraska was the best team in the Big Ten. I thought wrong. Though most teams are a pretty safe bet to win when they score 63 points, it turns out the

Rex Burkhead

Watch our Abdullah-Burkhead 'Journey' feature

On Wednesday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Football,” we put the spotlight on a few of the Big Ten’s best running backs, including Nebraska’s talented I-backs Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead. Watch a clip from the show on the Huskers’ dynamite one-two punch out of the backfield now and check out a couple bonus clips in this post. **

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Week 7: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After six weeks, it’s fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 44-13, while Brent sits two games back. See our Week 7 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS fans: 44-13; .772 Tom: 44-13; .772 Brent: 42-15; .737 Iowa (3-2, 1-0) at Michigan State (4-2, 1-1) – noon ET, ESPN Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The