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Reader Mail: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

A statue of Joe Paterno

PSU Board of Trustees Press Conference

You have questions, I have answers in the latest installment of my Big Ten reader mailbag. And this week, you want to discuss the bombshell developments out of the Freeh Report at Penn State in addition to some questions about the college football playoff and football schedules scheduling in the wake of the Big Ten/Pac 12 alliance dissolving. Read on and send me your thoughts and questions at the bottom of this post.

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Big Ten Links: Rounding Up Penn State Reactions

General view of Beaver Stadium as the lights illuminate the field to remember former Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The Freeh Report

With the release of the Freeh Report and all of its damning revelations yesterday, reaction was swift and blunt.You know how I feel about the whole story. If you missed it, you can read it here. Each weekday I usually post a collection of links and tweets about stories worth a read – you can find my daily posts here. Today’s edition of my daily links focuses on Penn State. Here’s a look at how the Big Ten’s and nation’s leading pundits reacted. And, as you would suspect, it wasn’t pretty.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Nebraska OC Tim Beck

Nebraska's Taylor Martinez

Film Session with Nebraska's Tim Beck

The numbers last year for the Nebraska offense were decent. The Cornhuskers ranked fifth in the Big Ten in total offense (379.9 ypg); third in rushing (217.2 ypg); fourth in scoring (29.2 ppg) during a 9-4 season. The number that wasn’t so pretty? Passing, as Nebraska ranked 10th in the Big Ten (162.7 ypg). Only two schools (Penn State and Minnesota with 10 apiece) threw fewer touchdown passes than the Huskers’ 13 in 2011. Coordinator Tim Beck knows that. And he knows the overall numbers can be better.

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Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part IV

Northwestern's Kain Colter

Northwestern at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Another day, another step closer to the finale of my countdown of the top 2012 Big Ten football games. Today, I’m looking at games 21-39. And tomorrow, of course, it will 1-20. Which game will be No. 1? You’ll have to wait. Earlier this week, I did games 40-59, 60-79 and 80-96. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units.

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Get Ready for The Hockey City Classic

Hockey City Classic square

Talking Hockey City Classic with Zach Budish

It’s official: That college hockey doubleheader called the Hockey City Classic at Chicago’s Soldier Field, featuring a game between Wisconsin and Minnesota, is set for February 17, 2013. Watch our interview with Minnesota’s Zach Budish now and check out the event’s website, Twitter account (@HkyCityClassic), and Facebook page for more updates and information. Also, check out our interview with Wisconsin’s Frankie Simonelli in this post.

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Big Ten releases names to attend Kickoff Luncheon

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Kirk Cousins Kickoff Luncheon Speech

On Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference released the list of student-athletes who will attend the 2012 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Three players from every team will be in attendance, as well as all 12 head coaches. See the complete list of players in this post.

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