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2013 Big Ten Football Commitments

December 10, 2012

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National Signing Day is just 57 days away (Feb. 6, if you choose not to do the math), and Big Ten classes are beginning to take shape. While there are plenty of commitments, de-commitments and switches to be made, here’s an early look at where each Big Ten team stands as signing day approaches (click […]

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Former Illini Jerry Brown Dies In Car Crash

December 8, 2012

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Former Illinois defensive lineman Jerry Brown was killed early Saturday in a one-car accident, and a teammate has been charged in his death. From ESPN: DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was arrested early Saturday morning for intoxication manslaughter after a one-vehicle accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about […]

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Big Ten Football Twitter Follower Rankings

August 3, 2012

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Big Ten football programs are increasingly turning to Twitter to share news, pictures and manage issues. But which schools have the greatest reach? Is it purely a function of the biggest fan bases? Or the best use of Twitter? Or a combination of both? As you see below, it’s a combination of both – with […]

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Big Ten Picture Of The Day

August 3, 2012

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Illinois center Graham Pocic signs a small human (Photo via @BTNBrentYarina).

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Outrage in Happy Valley!!!

July 26, 2012

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Controversy is brewing in Happy Valley, and the outrage coming from the Penn State athletic department seems to be equal to or greater than the concern over a former coach serially raping young boys and using the university facilities to do so. A rational person might assume this new concern must be over something truly […]

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Coaches Trolling State College For Players

July 26, 2012

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It’s a surreal time in Happy Valley: In the 48 hours since the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against the program, an extraordinary recruiting frenzy has played out on Penn State’s campus, where players are working out. At noon Wednesday, several groups of coaches from opposing teams were waiting in the Lasch Football Building parking lot […]

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B1G Betting: Big Odds On Big Ten BCS Champion

July 13, 2012

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OK, degenerates, ready to make some bets on the college football season? At Vegas Insider, these are the odds you can get on Big Ten teams to win the BCS championship on Jan. 7: Nebraska: 40/1 Wisconsin: 40/1 Michigan: 50/1 Michigan State: 50/1 Illinois: 300/1 Iowa: 300/1 Penn State: 300/1 Ohio State: Off, feeling shame […]

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Which Big Ten School Produces Best NFL Offense?

July 13, 2012

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Off the top of your head, which Big Ten school would you say produces the best professional offensive players? Using ProFootballReference.com, we took a look at six categories – passing touchdowns, total touchdowns scored, total points, rushing yards, passing yards and receiving yards. The chart below shows the totals for each of the Big Ten […]

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Blotter: Justin Staples Faces Suspension For DUI

March 6, 2012

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More news about naughty Big Ten football players: CHAMPAIGN — While Justin Staples served a two-week suspension from winter workouts for an arrest last month, Illinois football coach Tim Beckman said the defensive lineman will be out more time when the season starts. Staples, 22, was arrested on Feb. 9 for a DUI on Neil […]

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National Signing Day: Illinois

February 1, 2012

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New coach Tim Beckman, who joined the Illini less than a month ago, is bringing in his first class to Champaign – and he’s spent all of his time trying to hold on to Ron Zook’s commits while securing a few of his own: CHAMPAIGN — While introducing his staff at a news conference Tuesday, […]

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Illinois Is Pondering New Football Lids

January 30, 2012

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The Big Ten Network reports that Illinois is considering getting new helmets for next year: The Illinois football team may have a much different look when it takes the field in 2012. Already with a new head coach, Tim Beckman, the Illini could also have new helmets. According to Illinois SID Derek Neal, the team […]

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Recruiting: Illinois Steals One From Western Michigan

January 30, 2012

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The Illini are keeping Lincoln-Way West linebacker BJ Bello at home, after he had initially committed to Western Michigan. The Chicago Tribune reports: “I called up the coaches at Western Michigan and told them I was going to sign with Illinois,” said Bello, who committed to Western Michigan in September. “… It was something I […]

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Where Do Successful Big Ten Coaches Come From?

January 24, 2012

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Could the college football coaching carousel get any more confusing? Todd Graham is the coach at Tulsa, then at Pitt. Blink again and the guy is at Arizona St. What the …? Not only is Joe Paterno gone, gone also are the days when larger then life legends roamed the same sidelines for 20, 30 […]

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Do Good Recruiting Classes Guarantee Success?

January 19, 2012

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Signing day is only two weeks away! That’s right, Big Ten fans. It’s time to pour all of our hopes and dreams into 20 or so 17 or 18 year old high school seniors who have committed to our favorite school. We have just recently heard of them and have likely never seen them play outside of […]

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Illinois Fullback Transfers To Auburn

January 18, 2012

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The Illini are losing a fullback, but he has a very good reason for wanting to transfer: Illinois fullback Jay Prosch will transfer to Auburn, the Illini announced Wednesday. Prosch had told the Alabama Press-Register that he wanted to transfer to be closer to his mother who is recovering from brain cancer and to find a system […]

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Reports: Banks Will Be Illinois Defensive Coordinator

January 16, 2012

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Have the Illini finally found their man to lead the defense? Looks like it, according to media reports: Illinois will name Cincinnati’s Tim Banks as its defensive coordinator, completing new football coach Tim Beckman’s staff, according to reports. Banks served as the Bearcats’ co-defensive coordinator last season, when the team ranked first nationally in tackles for […]

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