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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman pose with the Big Ten mascots and Natioanls mascot Screech before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Big Ten reportedly set to cash in again

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The other Big Ten sports broadcast rights shoe is reportedly ready to drop, and it is full of cash for the oldest major conference.

Sports Business Daily reported Monday morning ESPN has agreed to pay $190 million per year for six years to continue broadcasting Big Ten football and basketball games.

Of course that figure gets more impressive when we recall it is for only roughly half of the conference’s games. The other half already went to Fox Sports for a reported $240 million per year, and CBS is expected to retain some basketball games for $10 million per year.

Then of course there are still the rights owned by the Big Ten Network.

How does it all add up?

SBJ offers some perspective:

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

Also of note: Fox managed to secure the first choice of which weeks it will get first choice of games, meaning the network could pluck away the storied Ohio State-Michigan game that traditionally takes place in late November as the season finale.

That game has been fixture on ESPN/ABC for decades.

Previously, ESPN generally had first pick of games with the Big Ten Network taking what was left.

Iowa depth takes hit with loss of tight end

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 14: Members of the Iowa Hawkeyes swarm the field to collect The Floyd of Rosedale trophy after defeating the Minnesota Gophers on November 14, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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The 2016 Iowa football team will have one less player at a position that has been one of its biggest strengths over the years.

Jameer Outsey intends to transfer out of the program, per an announcement from the school.

Tight end Jameer Outsey, a redshirt sophomore in 2015, has elected to transfer from the University of Iowa and the Hawkeye football program.  The announcement was made Friday by head coach Kirk Ferentz.

Outsey is a native of Somerset, New Jersey (Franklin HS).  He worked with the Iowa defense during his redshirt season before moving to tight end a year ago.  Outsey (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) played in eight games, recording one reception for 10 yards.  He also recorded one solo tackle on special teams.

Outsey was rated a three-star defensive end prospect as a high school senior.

His exit leaves coach Kirk Ferentz in an unfamiliar position following the graduation of last year’s No. 1 tight end, Henry Krieger-Coble.

As noted by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, youngsters are likely going to have to step up to support veteran George Kittle.

Can a true freshman tight end crack the lineup? Your candidates are Noah Fant (225 pounds), T.J. Hockenson (235 pounds) and, maybe, Shaun Beyer (210 pounds). You read what Kittle said. It’s not an automatic, but one of them probably has to play. It’s weird to write this, but the Iowa TE depth chart is unsettled at best.

The defending champions of the Big Ten West, who went undefeated in the regular season last year but will enter this campaign on a two-game losing streak, return six starters on offense and seven on defense.

Three-star 2017 DT has now decommitted from Iowa three times

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It’s far from unheard of when a football recruit, after pledging to one university, pulls that pledge and begins the recruiting process anew.  When he does it three times?  And to the same university?  Almost unheard of.

Almost.

On his private Twitter account Wednesday, in-state commitment Juan Harris announced that he had decided to decommit from Iowa.  And, yes, it’s the third time the 6-4, 368-pound defensive tackle has decommitted from the Hawkeyes.

“First, I want to thank the Iowa staff for being true and supportive of me this past year,” Harris wrote in his tweet. “I am de-committing and going to reevaluate. I will not do any interviews.”

Harris, a three-star 2017 prospect rated as the No. 6 recruit in the state at any position, originally committed to the Hawkeyes in December of 2014.  His initial decommitment came exactly one month later, while his second commitment came less than three weeks after that.  Less than two months later, Harris pulled a verbal a second time, while the third pledge came in late June of 2015.

Following the third commitment, Harris was resolute in vowing to stay true to this one.

I’m shutting down other schools and Iowa will be the only school I visit and camp for,” the defensive lineman said.

National Signing Day is still eight months away, so there’s still time for the Hawkeyes to secure a fourth commitment from Harris.  And a fourth decommitment, for that matter.

Pair of 2015 Iowa signees leaving Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7:  Mascot "Herky the Hawk" of the Iowa Hawkeyes takes the field before the match-up against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Iowa’s Class of 2015 signees has seen its ranks reduced by two thanks to a pair of decisions this week.

On Instagram, linebacker Justin Jinning announced that he has decided to transfer out of the Iowa football program and continue playing elsewhere.  “[I]t’s time I pursue some of my other goals in life and take advantage of new doors that have opened in other areas of my life,” a portion of Jinning’s goodbye social media statement read.

No reason was given for Jinning’s decision to leave Kirk Ferentz’s squad.

Jinning was a three-star member of the Hawkeyes’ 2015 recruiting class. He took a redshirt as a true freshman.

In addition to Jinning, it has also been reported that running back (AIRBHG!!!) Eric Graham is transferring from Iowa as well. According to Rivals.com Graham intends to drop down to the junior college level.

Like Jinning, Graham was a three-star member of last year’s class. Also like Jinning, Graham took a redshirt last season, but the latter was expected to at least make some sort of contribution in the backfield rotation in 2016.

42 defensive players named to Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

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Another day, another watch list.

One day after the Rimington Award released its initial spring watch list, the Lott IMPACT Trophy has followed suit, with the award named in honor of former USC great Ronnie Lott unveiling a watch list consisting of 42 players from seven of the 10 FBS conferences.  The trophy is handed out annually to the defensive player who most represents the qualities of the honor’s namesake – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Last year’s winner was Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.

Alabama is the only team with three players on the list. Six teams placed two players each: Michigan, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, USC and Virginia. There was also one FCS team represented — Harvard.

Conference-wise, the Big Ten paced all leagues with 10 players selected, followed by the SEC”s eight and the ACC’s seven. The Mountain West led all Group of Five conferences with two players. The only other G5 league to get an initial nod was the AAC (Houston).

Below is the complete 42-player watch list for the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Sean Ahern, S, Harvard
Joey Alfieri, LB, Stanford
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Evan Berry, CB, Tennessee
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
Josh Carraway, DE, TCU
Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Dylan Haines, S, Texas
Charles Harris, DL, Missouri
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Joshua Kalu, CB, Nebraska
Andrew King, LB, Army
Desmond King, S, Iowa
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Jourdan Lewis CB, Michigan
William Likely, CB, Maryland
Dallas Lloyd, S, Stanford
Cameron Malveaux, DE, Houston
James McFarland, DE, TCU
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Viliami Moeakiola, LB, Arizona State
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Arrion Springs, DB, Oregon
Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame
Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Jordan Whitehead, DB, Pitt
Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
A.J. Wolf, DL, Duke