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  1. Gophers' Hageman structured for success

    Adam Rittenberg

    They keep coming back to that one word: structure. Those who best know Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman say it's the thing he needs most to reach his prodigious potential. Which is hard to believe when you look at him. Few Big Ten fo...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  2. B1G country producing fewer top NFL picks

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten endured arguably the worst NFL draft in its history last month, and its struggles to produce high first-round talent are well documented. The league hasn't had a top-10 pick since Michigan's Jake Long and Ohio State's Vernon Gholston w...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  3. UW's Frederick saves B1G from historic low

    Adam Rittenberg

    Wisconsin offensive lineman Travis Frederick shouldn't be surprised if he receives a Christmas card this year from the Delany family. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany breathed a sigh of relief late Thursday night as the Dallas Cowboys selected Fred...

    Blog | April 26, 2013
  4. Big Ten mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Your questions, my answers ... Mike from Denver writes: Because it's never too early to compare....You were in East Lansing and two days later in Ann Arbor. I understand it's just Spring and only a day on site so I'm not looking for a prediction. ...

    Blog | April 09, 2013
  5. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Wishing you a great first weekend of March ... Brian from Atlanta writes: Adam, What are your thoughts on the Jim Bollman hire by Michigan State? Seems to fit the mold of a Mark Dantonio coordinator? Adam Rittenberg: He definitely fits Dantonio...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  6. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Some questions and answers before the weekend. Not surprisingly, a lot of you are weighing in on this story. CK from Seattle writes: I'm going to call it right now Adam. B1G has a good bowl season (or at least better than recent years -- not sayin...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  7. Gilbert's return boosts Badgers' defense

    Adam Rittenberg

    Wisconsin's wish list for the 2012 season certainly starts with a capable and effective quarterback. But an elite pass-rusher might come next. Although the Badgers' defense put up good numbers in 2011 -- ranking 15th nationally in total defense, ...

    Blog | July 18, 2012
  8. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Have a great weekend. I'll either be watching golf or playing it. David from Algonac, Mich. (The Venice of Michigan) writes: Hi Adam!Thank you for taking the time to rank the Big Ten facilities, as I've always wanted to see a sorta-objective take...

    Blog | June 15, 2012
  9. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Hoping everyone has a great weekend. I'll be hanging out by the Michigan-Canadian border, eh. Marcus Aurelius writes: Interesting that your list of potential reps on a playoff selection committee with Big 10 ties does not feature anyone with SEC ...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  10. Nine from B1G on Lott Trophy watch list

    Adam Rittenberg

    Nine Big Ten defenders have been named to the preseason watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The award goes to the nation's impact defender of the year, who reflects the following qualities: integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community an...

    Blog | May 07, 2012
  11. Will B1G's top-10 draft drought end in 2013?

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten hasn't produced a top-10 pick in the NFL draft since Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long and Ohio State defensive lineman Vernon Gholston went at No. 1 and No. 6, respectively, in 2008 (sorry, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh doesn't count, playe...

    Blog | May 04, 2012
  12. Big Ten NFL draft roundup

    Adam Rittenberg

    After a historically slow start to the 2012 NFL draft, the Big Ten ended up having 41 players selected during the three-day event. It's a strong overall total, one behind the SEC, the league with the most picks (42). Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsi...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  13. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Workin' for the weekend. Joe from Tucson, Ariz., writes: I liked this quote from Meyer: "If you start throwing that term around [national championships] and you lose Game 2 or Game 4, then you lose your sting," he said. "Our job is to compete fo...

    Blog | April 20, 2012
  14. Big Ten rankings: No. 4, Whitney Mercilus

    Adam Rittenberg

    Most of you have figured out the top four names in the Top 25 postseason player countdown, but the suspense is still building. As a reminder, we're basing these rankings on 2011 performance and impact, and not on other factors like NFL potential. ...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  15. Q&A: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus

    Adam Rittenberg

    In 2010, Wisconsin's J.J. Watt went from decent defensive end to All-American and first-round draft pick. Could Illinois' Whitney Mercilus follow the same track? Like Watt, Mercilus had a breakout junior season, leading the nation in both sacks (14.5...

    Blog | December 23, 2011
  16. Road toughness next step for UW, MSU

    Adam Rittenberg

    As both Wisconsin and Michigan State are finding out, the difficult step from good program to potential powerhouse must be taken in hostile territory. Make no mistake: both programs have made significant strides in the past year and a half. They s...

    Blog | November 02, 2011