Familiar faces return to Illinois, Minnesota, Rutgers as assistant coaches

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The Illini coaching staff will be joined by former All-American outfielder Kyle Hudson.

 

In the week leading up to the start of preseason practice, three Big Ten programs announced additions to its coaching staff.

All three finding familiar faces returning home, Illinois, Minnesota and Rutgers rounded out their respective coaching staffs for the 2015 season with former players, Kyle Hudson, Lou Clemente and Scott Matyas.

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Sights, sounds and reports from day 1 of practice

Ohio State head coach Greg Beals addresses his team during practice.

Ohio State head coach Greg Beals addresses his team during practice.

Baseball is back.

Friday marked the first day of team practice around college baseball, with pings, the pop of the catcher’s mitt and slams of first base resonating throughout. Warmer than usual weather throughout the Midwest allowed many teams to practice outside, a fortunate start to the season with opening day three weeks away.

Here’s a roundup of news, photos and videos of the first day of practice from College Park to Lincoln.

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The B1G Baseball Beat: Polls, Rutgers facility update

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Patrons of Hawks Field will see a consensus preseason top-40 club in Nebraska.

Another week closer to the season and we find another week full of news regarding Big Ten programs. As teams begin practices today, this week provided insight on where Big Ten teams are relative to those across the country. While polls mean little, and the increasing total of polls to six making it hard to find anything close to a consensus, two noteworthy polls were released this week with several teams in positions expected to compete for regional bids.

Elsewhere, news on recruiting classes and a potential new facility highlight the latest from Big Ten programs.

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The B1G Baseball beat: Quartet named Iowa captains, Perfect Game’s top 100 by class, quick previews

Nebraska right-hander Chance Sinclair was named one of Perfect Game's top 100 seniors.

Nebraska right-hander pitcher Chance Sinclair was named one of Perfect Game’s top 100 seniors.

With four weeks until opening day, the volume of news and notes regarding Big Ten programs continues to increase. The latest roundup of news in the Big Ten world is led by 19 of the conference’s best players, four players picked to honor their program, and three quick previews.

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Early January recruiting wrap

Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad picked up another class of 2016 commitment.

Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad picked up another class of 2016 commitment.

Opening the new year, Big Ten programs Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska have new commitments to celebrate. Each of the three adding a member to its 2016 recruiting class, here’s a look at the latest baseball players to pledge to a Big Ten program, as well as news stories on two committed prospects.

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The B1G Baseball Beat: Two named All-Americans, Hill enters Hall of Fame, CBC previews the Big Ten

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Michigan junior two-way player Jacob Cronenworth picked up his second preseason All-America honor.

From an icon of the game to today’s best players, a preview of the Big Ten heading into the season, what’s to come at Duane Banks and a new face in the Big Ten, here’s the B1G Baseball beat as we stand five weeks from opening day.

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