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  1. NCAA, Northwestern AD react to union idea

    Brian Bennett

    The idea of a union for college football players, which is being spearheaded by Northwestern student-athletes, is one that is making major news throughout college sports -- and likely making administrators very nervous. The NCAA has issued a respo...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  2. How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

    Brian Bennett

    Neither Adam nor I vote in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' or Harris polls. We do get a lot of customer service satisfaction survey emails, though. And we have a say in the weekly ESPN.com power rankings. Here's what we said this week: Ad...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  3. Q&A: New Rutgers AD Julie Hermann

    Brian Bennett

    Needing to clean up the mess left behind by the abuse scandal involving basketball coach Mike Rice, Rutgers made a bold move. The school hired Julie Hermann as its new athletic director, making her just the third active woman AD at a major-conference...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  4. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Do you know what the realm is? It's the thousand blades of Aegon's enemies: a story we agree to tell each other over and over until we forget that it's a lie. Ohio State AD Gene Smith talks about Urban Meyer and other issues in this wide-ranging ...

    Blog | May 06, 2013
  5. More expansion looms over AD decisions

    Brian Bennett

    As we've written for the past several days, Big Ten athletic directors have a whole host of decisions to make over the next few months, including how many league games they should play, how to align the divisions, the next bowl lineup and even what t...

    Blog | February 01, 2013
  6. Division names not high on ADs' agenda

    Brian Bennett

    Can Legends stand the test of time? Will Leaders fall by the wayside? The Big Ten's division names, which have been subject to mocking and ridicule since the day they were announced, might be on their last legs. Commissioner Jim Delany has said th...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  7. B1G ADs weigh number of league games

    Brian Bennett

    Big Ten athletic directors will meet several times over the next few months to hammer out some key decisions for the 2014 season and beyond. The most pressing, and arguably most important, issue will involve figuring out how many times to play each o...

    Blog | January 28, 2013
  8. Neutral-site league games in B1G future?

    Brian Bennett

    Big Ten athletic directors have a lot of decisions to make for the future, including the possibility of playing nine or even 10 conference home games per season starting in 2014. If the league does go that route, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smi...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  9. Purdue AD wants offensive-minded coach

    Brian Bennett

    Anyone interested in applying to become the next Purdue football head coach had better have one thing on his resume: a proven record of knowing how to score points. In his news conference following the firing of Danny Hope, Boilermakers athletic d...

    Blog | November 25, 2012
  10. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Rejoice: no more political ads! Illinois insists it still has a lot to play for this season. Indiana goes with the hot hand at quarterback (subscription required). The Hoosiers will have a small cast for Senior Day. James Ferentz has been the...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  11. Syracuse AD talks scheduling

    Brian Bennett

    One of the most persistent questions I get from Syracuse fans in my mailbag is whether I agree with the scheduling philosophy that has the Orange playing one of their marquee home games in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. This year, Syracuse hosts U...

    Blog | June 19, 2012
  12. Mark Hollis of Michigan State Spartans gets new contract

    Brian Bennett

    Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis was awarded a new contract Monday that could nearly double his current salary and could renew every year.

    Story | Conversation | June 18, 2012
  13. More from Big Ten ADs on building boom

    Brian Bennett

    Earlier today, I wrote a story about the construction craze gripping college sports, including the Big Ten. Even in a long story, I didn't have room for all the good notes and quotes from the reporting process. Luckily, that's why we have this blo...

    Blog | June 14, 2012
  14. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Hump day linkage: Michigan AD Dave Brandon not only doesn't favor using campus sites for semifinal games, he doesn't think they should be played in the Midwest anywhere, not even indoors. Huh? Pat Harty argues that the Big Ten should go to geog...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  15. Big Ten Thursday mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    There's a lot going on, even for May. Let's get to your emails and talk about it all. Andrew from Brooklyn writes: I know you've been over this ad nauseum, but can you explain one more time, how [Jim] Delany and the ADs justify allowing the bow...

    Blog | May 17, 2012
  16. Temple AD Bill Bradshaw finalist for award

    Brian Bennett

    Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw has been named one of five finalists in the athletic director of the year category for the 2012 Sports Business Awards. The Awards, presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness ...

    Blog | March 20, 2012