Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is a genius–at least when it comes to spicing up spring football games. Let’s face it: These spring “games” often are little more than glorified scrimmages to appease and tease fans. The interest? Minimal—aside from the true cognoscenti. Many coaches don’t like them, preferring to run a scrimmage or just conduct another practice for fear of injury. Lack of depth is another reason many coaches don’t like intrasquad scrimmages, as it often makes it difficult to split teams into even squads.
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Several Big Ten baseball teams were in action Wednesday night including Ohio State and Iowa. The Buckeyes came up short against Cincinnati, losing 6-5. Watch the recap now and jump inside for a Student U wrap-up of Iowa’s 7-3 loss to Bradley.
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One of the best things about college football bowl games is the inter-sectional matchups we typically never get to see. Well, it’s only April but the Big Ten features some non-conference games that already have the look and feel of bowl games. So I compiled my top 15 non-conference football games coming our way next fall, the first in a series of occasional off-season “Rank It” posts.
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On Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Dave Revsine interviewed first-year Penn State coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien, the former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, and the Nittany Lions hold their spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday. Find out how to watch the game. Saturday, of course, will mark fans’ first chance to see the new-look Nittany Lions, who are under the guidance of someone other than Joe Paterno for the first time since 1965. How has O’Brien and his staff put their stamp on the program? Watch Revsine’s interview with the head coach now.
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Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sat down with Dave Revsine on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report” to discuss former teammate Gary Tinsley’s passing (story), the Gophers’ running back position and his improvements as a passer, among other topics. Gray and the Gophers play their spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go. Find out how to watch the game. Gray, entering his second season as the starting QB, completed just 50.7 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions in 2011. Hear why the senior is excited about Minnesota’s 2012 offense now.
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On Tuesday’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Gerry DiNardo took you inside the film room with new Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis. In the feature, Davis, who coached at Texas from 1998-2010 and won the 2005 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, hit up the whiteboard to talk about the offensive philosophy he brings to the Hawkeyes. Watch the entire segment now.
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