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February 9, 2011
Big Ten spring primer: Something new
New coaches at Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota and a program new to the league mean spring practice in the Big Ten is going to be more intriguing than usual.
At Indiana, former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will install his offense while also trying to instill a winning attitude with the Hoosiers.
Brady Hoke takes over at Michigan, and the Wolverines are going to undergo big scheme changes, the biggest of which is scrapping Rich Rodriguez's version of the spread option and changing to a pro-style attack. New defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who arrives from the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, has a ton of work, too, as does Jerry Kill at Minnesota.
The new program, of course, is Nebraska. While the Huskers are coming off a 10-win season, they faded down the stretch and have some offensive identity issues.
Here's a look at the start and end dates for spring drills, as well as a quick look at what each team hopes to accomplish.