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CHICAGO - Pac-12 football players penned an essay in The Players' Tribune under the headline "#WeAreUnited" to get the attention of Commissioner Larry Scott. They are threatening a boycott if their demands - including revenue sharing - are not met. Big Ten athletes, meanwhile, recently have been getting a more direct line to the top of the conference. Sources say Commissioner Kevin Warren has ...

Silence can't always be the answer from Mark Dantonio's program. Status quo can't always be the solution. Michigan State's football season ended a month ago with another 7-6 record and another round of speculation. Maybe Dantonio doesn't have a plan yet for the future, or has an incomplete plan, or has a plan that will be criticized and he's reticent to talk about it. Whatever the case, it's ...

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For the first time in quite some time, the Big Ten enters a football season with a level of uncertainty. The league is still reeling from being shutout of the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row and to top it off, one of its premier schools is facing a change at the top. Heading into this season, here are three questions facing the Big Ten: 1. Can the Big Ten make its way ...

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced Monday he was stepping down in 2020. Because important people think the world needs that much time to prepare for their absence. Hey, that's unnecessary. A cheap shot. Delany's contract expires next summer. He's 70. And he's only reminding us that his 30-year tenure is coming to close. Fine. Speaking of reminders, though, how about this one: Delany is ...

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No one wanted to get ahead of themselves, regardless of the water-fountain welcome Tom Izzo received when he returned to the Michigan State basketball locker room. Yes, the Spartans' win at Michigan on Sunday is pivotal in their quest for a second straight Big Ten regular-season championship. But they all pointed to three remaining games - including a rematch with the Wolverines in less than ...

Looking back at what happened in Michigan's 21-7 win at Michigan State, and a look ahead toward a bye week. What we learned vs. MSU Big Ten's No. 1 U-M will enter its bye week as the only team in the Big Ten without a conference loss, which means the Wolverines are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East with four games to go. Ohio State's collapse at Purdue gives the Wolverines ...

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As the college football season gets ready for kickoff, here are some things to keep an eye on this fall. 1. Big Ten, big problems One would think every Big Ten program had learned about proper oversight after the Jerry Sandusky and Larry Nassar scandals. Nope. Maryland, Rutgers and Ohio State, which opens the season without suspended coach Urban Meyer, have embarrassed the league. 2. Hurts so ...

College football starts in less than a month. Practice does, anyway. Games begin at the end of August, which will arrive sooner than any of us want. Not the games, per se. Just the end of summer. And so, rather than indulge in that bittersweet inevitability, let's indulge in some lists. Or rankings, if you prefer. Because they are out there. Flooding the Interwebs. Like the one from USA TODAY ...

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