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Big Ten finally has reason to smile

For years, the Big Ten had to defend itself while others made jokes and said the league couldn't win national titles. Not any more. Now the league can celebrate its place in the football landscape.

Rutgers captain geeks out over One Direction; calls roommate out (1:07)
Shell Shocker: Iowa lineman eats entire egg (1:15)
Buckeyes and Ott steal the show on day 1 (3:22)
Connor Cook finds inspiration off the field (0:39)
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Deontae Cooper's six keys to fall camp

The Washington RB is embarking on his sixth fall camp during an injury-plagued career. His advice can serve anyone, not just football players.


Joe Schad @schadjoe

Michigan WR Jehu Chesson said QB Jake Rudock has bonded with teammates through games of Monopoly

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Mike Riley said nearest In-N-Out burger is 500 miles away but he’s asked “what’s possibility of getting 1st one in Lincoln?”

David Ching @ESPNChing

Just filed to ESPN news desk: East Baton Rouge DA dropping charges against QB Anthony Jennings, DB Dwayne Thomas, DL Maquedius Bain.

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Mike Riley asked about 1-15 Chargers team in 2000 when he was coach, Jim Harbaugh was QB: “It was brutal. We don’t talk about that”

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Mike Riley on Nebraska: “It’s an easy place to recruit to.” I’m guessing Bo Pelini would disagree w/this

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Purdue WR Danny Anthrop (knee) is 100 pct cleared for contact. He’s allowed his brother and roommate to tackle him in preparation.

Kevin Gemmell @Kevin_Gemmell

Mike Leach said he was surprised Connor Halliday stepped away from football. Thought he had the skills to succeed in NFL.

Ted Miller @TedMillerRK

Whittingham says return of starting CB Dominique Hatfield is "unlikely". Still working thru things despite clearing up legal issues.