We take a look at the comings and goings in the coaching ranks of the Big Ten West this offseason, where almost every program made some changes.
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Ohio State will send a contingent of 14 to Indianapolis, double the total of any other Big Ten team.
More Big Ten recruits came from Ohio and Florida than any other state in 2016, and a large majority came from the eastern schools' areas.
With national signing day in the books, the Big Ten power rankings are in need of an update.
The return of healthy WR Mikey Dudek might just be one of the most important additions in the league as Illinois tries to get back to a bowl.
Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.
A coach on a two-year contract? No AD? Bill Cubit and the Illini coaches overcame an uncertain future to land a class that can provide immediate help.
Grading the 2016 football recruiting classes in the Big Ten, which saw Ohio State deliver another top-5 class and Michigan finish with a fury.
As signing day nears we're taking a look at the highest-impact prospects each Big Ten school has signed over the last decade, starting with 2001-15.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois DE Jihad Ward was the most powerful edge rusher on the field this week at Senior Bowl workouts. With a massive frame (6-foot-5, 295 pounds), Ward can get off the ball and move bodies at the point of attack.
Illinois will have to replace T.J. Neal, the team's second-leading tackler in 2015, who has decided to pursue a graduate transfer to another program.
Former Illinois football star Curtis Lovelace faces his day in court on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his first wife.
The Illini have some concerns but wide receiver will not be one of them next season.
Barring any last-second, non-publicized surprises, 20 Big Ten players have officially declared for the NFL draft this spring.
There is a lot of playing time up for grabs in the Illinois secondary, as three of four 2015 starters will not be coming back.
The Buckeyes leapfrogged Michigan State and Iowa after the bowl games in our final Big Ten Power Rankings of the season.
The college football season just ended, but we're already looking ahead to 2016. Here's how the Big Ten stacks up, at least to us.
Our reporters pegged the Big Ten's cellar-dwellers and a Michigan rebound ... but Iowa's run to the Rose Bowl defied summer prognostications.
By the latest count, there are 14 new coordinators in the Big Ten for 2016, accounting for half the coordinator jobs available in the league.
Questions regarding Illinois heading into the offseason revolve around coach Bill Cubit, who needs to give the Fighting Illini a recruiting punch.
Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Iowa's C.J. Beathard should be among the conference's best quarterbacks heading into the 2016 season.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Confirmed some changes to Illinois' staff today: Defensive coordinator Tim Banks stepping down to pursue other opportunities. Mike Phair, who had been co-DC/line coach, will be the sole defensive coordinator. Ryan Cubit will be officially elevated to offensive coordinator, although Bill Cubit likely will remain the primary offensive play caller. AJ Ricker (offensive line) and Jeff Hecklinski (wide receivers) are joining the staff. Ricker could be involved in play calls. Bill Cubit still has two vacancies to fill on his staff.
Illinois head coach Bill Cubit is looking forward to this offseason as a chance to make his own mark on the Illini.
Bill Cubit brought the reeling Illini to the verge of a postseason berth after a tumultous offseason.
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