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WSJ: Big Ten Football Is Lousy

January 2, 2013

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Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal watched some football Tuesday and noticed that the Big Ten … well … sucks: For three quarters Tuesday, the Rose Bowl seemed like that Clint Eastwood commercial at halftime of last year’s Super Bowl about an auto-producing Rust Belt city rising up to reclaim its former glory. It […]

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Former Badger, Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton Worked As Escort

December 20, 2012

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Former University of Wisconsin track star and three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton has, well, had quite a secret: DECEMBER 20—A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding […]

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Top 10 Big Ten Stories Of 2012

December 20, 2012

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The Big Ten had an eventful 2012, marked by great basketball, lousy football, some messes off the field and lots going on with the business side of things. With that, here are the top 10 Big Ten stories of 2012: 1. The Fall – And Rise – Of Penn State Football. After Sandusky happened in […]

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New Badgers Coach Leaves Utah State With Class

December 19, 2012

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Gary Andersen, the reported new head coach at Wisconsin, is leaving Utah State in a fundamentally decent way: Hearing that Gary Andersen is still calling Utah State players this morning. Goal is to talk to every one. Not many coaches would do that. — Kevin Graham (@KevinGrahamKFAN) December 19, 2012   We noted last night […]

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Michigan Football Is No. 2! (In A Good Way)

December 19, 2012

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There are six Big Ten teams among the 20 most valuable college football programs in the country – and they are the six you would expect (though not necessarily in the order you may think). A report by Forbes shows Michigan climbed nicely while Penn State plummeted in the wake of the Sandusky mess. Ohio […]

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Tom Crean: Big Ten Twitter King

December 19, 2012

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Tom Crean is the undisputed Twitter king of Big Ten coaches. The frenetic Hoosier coach has more Twitter followers and has Tweeted more than the rest of the Big Ten coaches combined: Coach Followers Following Tweets Tom Crean 98,740 120 5,312 Tim Miles 37,025 59 2,571 John Beilein 14,895 27 314 Tubby Smith 12,487 45 […]

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New Badgers Coach Committed To Staying At Utah State 3 Days Ago

December 18, 2012

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Wisconsin appears to have a new football coach, the State Journal reports: The University of Wisconsin is set to hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as the Badgers’ next football coach. A source close to the football program told the State Journal on Tuesday night it is a done deal: Andersen is UW athletic director Barry […]

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Video: Why Wisconsin’s Job Isn’t That Attractive

December 13, 2012

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  In the video above, former Ohio State running back and current ESPN analyst Robert Smith talks about why the Wisconsin job isn’t as attractive as you might think for a school coming off three straight Rose Bowls. Hint: It has to do with  money – and how much they pay assistants, compared to other […]

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Big Bowl Bucks For Badger Barry

December 12, 2012

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Barry Alvarez, who already makes $1 million a year as Wisconsin’s athletic director, will earn an additional $118,500 to coach the Rose Bowl. Which – in the screwy world of college athletics – makes perfect sense. In virtually any other field, it is asinine. Consider: Who would pick up the slack if one of your […]

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Bret Bielema’s Arkansas Pen Pal

December 10, 2012

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In September, then-Wisconsin coach sent the following handwritten note to Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, the man who eventually hired him away from the Badgers (via Arkansas News): Jeff, Just wanted to say that this note is long past due. As I watched your press conference this past spring I wanted to reach out and […]

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SWAG: Big Ten Bowl Gifts

December 10, 2012

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Bowl season is nigh – and that means the unpaid student-athletes get free crap from the bowl organizing committees. Sports Business Daily breaks down what each bowl is handing out. Here is the Big Ten bowl SWAG: Minnesota, Meineke Car Care Bowl: Fossil watch, 32-inch flat-screen TV, belt buckle, T-shirt, lapel pin, backpack. Michigan State, […]

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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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Big Ten Power Rankings

December 9, 2012

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The Big Ten is deeper and stronger than ever: Three unbeatens. Six teams in the Top 25. A handful of the best players in the country. But which team is best so far? We take a look below at where they’ve been, what they have done well, what hasn’t gone well and what is ahead. […]

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Apply Here For Wisconsin Job

December 8, 2012

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It’s always fun when universities post their head coaching opportunities just like any other job. We saw it last year with Illinois, and now here’s your chance to apply for the Wisconsin job: It goes on to say that applications must be received by Dec. 19, 2012. Does that mean the Badgers won’t be hiring […]

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Big Ten Frosh Among Nation’s Best

December 7, 2012

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John Gasaway of Basketball Prospectus has a post up at ESPN Insider (subscription) listing the top 25 freshmen in college basketball. Here are the Big Ten guys mentioned, along with a snippet of his comments: No. 3: Nik Stauskas, Michigan: “His numbers will correct downward, but the larger point is that for a second consecutive […]

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On Wisconsin … It’s All About Barry

December 6, 2012

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The latest out of Madison: Barry Alvarez says he won’t pursue Pitt coach (and Madison native and former Badgers assistant) Paul Chryst for the Wisconsin job. It’s official: Alvarez will coach in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips said Bret Bielema lied to him (though he said it more politely). Alvarez scoffs at Bielema […]

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