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Today marks the birthdays of Mike Tyson and Lizzy Caplan, the anniversary of the merging of East And West Germany's economies and, of course, Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day.

The B1G's most underrated position group
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It goes against the offensive lineman's credo to crave attention. Despite his size, he would rather go undetected, often a strong indicator that he's doing his job well.

Big Ten Wednesday mailblog
Tackling the second of three mailblogs this week. Have questions? Send them here or tweet me here.What's on your mind?@mikemagnus via Twitter: Would there be as much pushback adding Maryland and Rutgers if they were added at the same time as Nebraska rather than separately?

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It's OK, these links don't bite. More on the Big Ten presidents' list of athlete welfare reforms here and here. A good piece from the Chicago Tribune on how Big Ten schools could afford to pay their athletes.

Gauging B1G nonleague slates not easy
This is not a ranking of the Big Ten's nonconference schedules. Repeat: This is NOT a ranking.But certain national rankings like this are out, and it got me thinking how tough it will be to accurately evaluate the Big Ten's nonleague slates for 2014.

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The World Cup's been great, but I'd still take football over fútbol any day. Maryland associate athletic director Ryan Bowles is helping to oversee Maryland's transition to the Big Ten -- and making changes and tweaks to athletics in preparation of the July 1 move.

Big Ten Monday mailbag
Brian's off this week, so I'm attempting three mailbags (today, Wednesday and Friday).Wish me luck. Better yet, send me questions. And follow us on Twitter.

Big Ten's lunch links
Back from vacation. Nice to link up again. A good look at the real reasons behind the Big Ten's latest expansion. League commissioner Jim Delany might have hurt the NCAA in the O'Bannon case.

Q&A: Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian
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Northwestern’s coming off an unusual 2013 season -- losing four straight games by one score -- and has endured quite the unique offseason with the unionization vote.

Big Ten Friday mailbag
I'm taking your questions for a third time this week, filling in the Friday time slot for the vacationing Rittenberg. I'll be gone myself next week, so this will be the last time I talk to you for a bit.

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