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CHICAGO (AP) — Urban Meyer looks like the CEO of a Fortune 500 juggernaut for good reason. After five seasons in Columbus, he's built another college football dynasty, having won a third national championship, a conference championship and two division titles. Just like Kentucky's basketball program, the Buckeyes don't rebuild, they just reload.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't just believe the Big Ten has closed the gap with the more heralded Southeastern Conference. He is convinced the race is a dead heat already. The SEC dominated the Big Ten the last two seasons, when it won six of the eight meetings between them. Meyer says he no longer sees disrespect for the Big Ten when it comes to recruiting.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Big Ten conference will triple its primetime national TV exposure during the football season thanks to new deals announced with broadcast partners FOX, ESPN and CBS. The conference's own network will also expand coverage, adding new personalities and feature a 10-year anniversary package.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern and Wisconsin each placed two players on the preseason Big Ten all-conference list chosen by a media panel. Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett and defensive end Tyquan Lewis were joined on the East Division team by Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley.
CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says his Spartans will "re-establish" themselves coming off the toughest season of his tenure in East Lansing. The team was rocked by the tragic loss of punter Mike Sadler and beset by disciplinary issues, stumbling to a 3-9 finish after three conference titles and six straight winning seasons.
CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Ferentz enters his 19th season as Iowa as the longest tenured Bowl Subdivision coach in the country. He says he is thankful he wound up at Iowa as an assistant in 1981. The Hawkeyes are coming off an 8-5 season and Ferentz has promoted his son, Brian, to run the offense. Former coordinator Ken O'Keefe is back as the quarterbacks coach in hopes of sparking what has been a lackluster offense.