Taking A Quick Run Through Big Ten Football

illiniMy April 30 column from CBS Chicago  …

(CBS) The Big Ten is in the running.

For a national championship? Well, I don’t know about that.

But come July 26, it’ll definitely be in the running in Chicago when Big Ten Network hosts its third annual Big 10K, which has grown from 5,000 runners wearing school colors in its first year to 13,000 last year, with the hopes of reaching 17,000 this season.

If only Illini football win totals rose so rapidly.

On Tuesday morning, I attended a kickoff event for the Big 10K at the BTN Studios during which network officials announced that Ohio State legend Archie Griffin – the only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy – will serve as grand marshal and how this year’s race will wrap up in the heart of a Big Ten-themed tailgate party outside Soldier Field.

But before then, with spring football now a wrap at all of the Big Ten’s soon-to-be 14 schools, I wanted to take my own quick run through the conference and share some interesting tidbits dropped by the BTN this week, along with a few of my own thoughts about each of them.

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