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  1. B1G's early entries and their replacements

    Adam Rittenberg

    A record number of underclassmen elected to take the NFL plunge this year, but the Big Ten barely made a splash. Only four Big Ten juniors are entering the draft, continuing a recent downturn after just six left early a year ago. Several stars certai...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  2. Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon provides instant imp...

    Adam Rittenberg

    Melvin Gordon is the latest in a long line of Wisconsin running backs to burst onto the national stage. What makes this instant-impact back different from his Badgers peers? He doesn't need many carries to leave his mark.

    Story | Conversation | September 25, 2013
  3. Segregation led star players to the Michigan State Spartans in th...

    Adam Rittenberg

    Michigan State built itself into a national power in the 1960s by recruiting black players from the segregated South who didn't have many opportunities to play closer to home.

    Story | Conversation | February 20, 2013
  4. Jordan Lynch proves he belongs as Northern Illinois Huskies quart...

    Adam Rittenberg

    Jordan Lynch, who has led Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl, has become a star at the only school to offer him a scholarship.

    Story | Conversation | December 28, 2012
  5. Big Ten programs doing more with less

    Adam Rittenberg

    Recruiting is an inexact science, and it seems like for every cluster of five-star players, only one or two actually evolves into a star at the college level. It's one reason why I'll never obsess about recruiting as much as, say, many of you folks d...

    Blog | February 28, 2012
  6. Iowa star Chuck Long reflects on career

    Adam Rittenberg

    Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry famously dubbed quarterback Chuck Long "destined for greatness" after spring practice in 1982, before Long had started a game for the Hawkeyes. Fry turned out to be right, but it was a statement from one of Long's othe...

    Blog | June 28, 2011
  7. Big 12 lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Greetings from Big Ten country. Spent the past two days in Lincoln, and Nebraska fans send their best wishes (riiiight). Let's see what's going on in the Big 12. All the attention on Oklahoma State star Justin Blackmon could mean big things fo...

    Blog | March 30, 2011
  8. J.J. Watt's rapid rise takes him to draft

    Adam Rittenberg

    Wisconsin fans, you probably won't see anything like this for a long, long time. It doesn't make you feel much better about losing star J.J. Watt to the NFL draft. But Watt's rise from MAC tight end to Badger walk-on to All-American defensive end ...

    Blog | January 06, 2011
  9. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Question of the day: Do you have enough patience to wait for Big Ten expansion? Colleague Ted Miller recaps Day 2 from the BCS meetings. The Big East is prepared to fight if the Big Ten tries to poach its teams, Tom Luicci writes in The Star-Le...

    Blog | April 22, 2010
  10. Minnesota's Fisch reportedly NFL bound

    Adam Rittenberg

    All signs continue to point toward Minnesota offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch leaving his post to join Pete Carroll's staff with the Seattle Seahawks. The Star Tribune reported Monday afternoon that Fisch will become Seahawks quarterbacks coach an...

    Blog | January 19, 2010
  11. Iowa Hawkeyes' All-Big Ten OT Bryan Bulaga entering NFL draft

    Adam Rittenberg

    Less than 24 hours after helping Iowa to a win in the FedEx Orange Bowl, star left tackle Bryan Bulaga announced he's entering the NFL draft.

    Story | Conversation | January 06, 2010
  12. Gophers' Decker still expects return to gridiron

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Breathe easy, Minnesota fans. At least for now. Decker Golden Gophers star wide receiver Eric Decker reiterated his intention to return for his senior season in football,...

    Blog | June 08, 2009
  13. Big Ten lunch links: Stars shine at pro days

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg The madness is here, and so are these links. Defensive end Aaron Maybin and his Penn State teammates dazzled at pro day, while cornerback Vontae Davis led the way at Illinois. Former Michigan State bac...

    Blog | March 19, 2009
  14. Former Gophers star barred from leaving state

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg A judge in Minnesota ruled Wednesday that former Golden Gophers star Dominic Jones would not be allowed to leave the state to participate at Ohio State's Pro Day on Friday. Jones, a standout safety a...

    Blog | March 12, 2009
  15. Big Ten lunchtime links: Beanie could be NFL-bound

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Happy hump day to all. Once you finish reading these links, the weekend will be a few minutes closer. Chris "Beanie" Wells isn't a senior, but the Ohio State star running back could be playing his final game...

    Blog | November 19, 2008