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Sprinkling the cheese: A look at Michigan softball's pizza tradition

Michigan softball

How pizza powers Michigan softball


With Michigan’s softball team rolling through the College Softball World Series, we take a look back at our feature story on the Wolverines’ pizza tradition. What’s “sprinkling the cheese” mean? How about this “rolling of the dough” and “spreading the sauce,” too? Find out in this video.

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Gerry DiNardo's exclusive interview with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

University of Michigan-Jim Harbaugh Press Conference

Harbaugh: 'Stress is life giving energy'

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He hasn’t given many one-on-one interviews since officially being named the head football coach at the University of Michigan, but BTN College Football Analyst Gerry DiNardo sat down with Jim Harbaugh to talk to him about a variety of topics in an interview on “BTN Live.” (Follow “BTN Live” on Twitter and Facebook.)

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Video: watch our feature on Kelsey Amy

Former Penn State field hockey player Kelsey Amy who now works for Nike and creates custom designed shoes.

Feature: Kelsey Amy at work

Kelsey Amy was the 2012 Big Ten offensive player of the year in field hockey at Penn State and in addition to working at Nike, she also designs custom shoes. Watch our feature and see her artistic talent at work.

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Learn about NU's Purple 'Gotcha Ball Kid Program'

Northwestern Ball kid Program

Lincoln Elementary School “Gotcha” Program

Evanston’s Lincoln Elementary School has partnered with Northwestern for the “Gotcha Ball Kid Program” that rewards students’ good behavior with opportunities to be a ball kid at Northwestern men’s and women’s basketball games. When Lincoln students display exceptional sportsmanship, teamwork and respect, they receive a special purple Northwestern “gotcha” from a teacher or school staff member.

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Next on Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey

Herb Brooks

Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota Hockey

On Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET BTN airs “Big Ten Elite: 1979 Minnesota hockey” right after the Boston College-Minnesota men’s hockey game at 8 p.m. ET. Watch it to learn more about Minnesota coach Herb Brooks and one of the best college hockey teams ever to take the ice for Minnesota’s storied program.

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Next on Big Ten Elite: 2000 Purdue football

Purdue's Drew Brees

Big Ten Elite: 2000 Purdue Football

Drew Brees is one of the most popular NFL quarterbacks of this generation. But Brees first made a name for himself during his record-setting college career at Purdue. On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, “Big Ten Elite” profiles the 2000 Purdue football team. In this documentary program, we look back at all the unforgettable moments that led to the Boilermakers’ Big Ten Championship season, the program’s first since 1966.

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Video: Watch our inspirational Darien Moran feature


Darien Moran Battles Histiocytosis, Bonds with Badgers

Darien Moran is a big-time Wisconsin football fan. He’s also a 14-year-old battling Histiocytosis, a rare autoimmune disease that causes tumors throughout his body. Moran got involved with Make-A-Wish, and his wish was to have his bedroom turned into a Wisconsin fan’s palace. The place is awesome. Even better: The Badgers did the makeover themselves. Watch the complete feature here. Plus, read Tom Dienhart’s feature on Moran and the Badgers.

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Fan makes a wish, Badgers make it come true


Darien Moran Feature Preview

Here comes Darien Moran with his red Wisconsin “W” hat flipped backward over his closely cropped hair. Typical 14-year-old, bounding with energy at the start of a new day. Anything seems possible to a teen, even something as big as overcoming a rare disease. And that’s good because that’s exactly what Darien is doing.

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Feature: What makes Tom Windle so good?

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Tom Windle Feature

When it comes to Big Ten pitchers, it doesn’t get much better than Minnesota’s Tom Windle. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree, the southpaw led the Big Ten in strikeouts and twirled the conference’s lone solo no-hitter. What makes Windle so tough to hit? “I’m confident that I can get every batter out,” he told BTN.

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Video: Nebraska's Michael Pritchard feature

Michael Pritchard

Michael Pritchard Feature

Nebraska is on pace to never miss the Big Ten baseball tournament. OK, to be fair, it’s a modest 2-for-2 when it comes to making the conference’s annual six-team, double elimination tourney. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive feat, especially when one considers all the factors a team faces when it changes conferences. All-Big Ten honoree Michael Pritchard is a big reason for Nebraska’s early Big Ten success, and we featured him in this video.

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Video: Nebraska's Tatum & Taylor Edwards profile

Taylor Edwards

Twins Tatum and Taylor Edwards Feature

It’s always a good thing when a pitcher and catcher are on the same page. Nebraska’s main battery, it seems, was born to think along the same wavelength. After all, Tatum and Taylor Edwards are twins. The former is the pitcher, the latter the catcher, and they almost always know what pitch the other wants to throw or call. Watch our Big Ten tournament feature on the twins now and catch up on all the tourney action in this post.

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