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Players and signees forgo pros on deadline day

While a pair of right-handed pitchers from the Bluegrass State shocked the college baseball world and carried the news as top 75 draft picks Kyle Cody and Kyle Funkhouser announced their respective returns to Kentucky and Louisville, all was quiet in the Big Ten as Friday’s 5 p.m. Eastern deadline for players drafted in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft to sign came and pass without any last-minute deals down, an anticipated quiet afternoon did not offer any surprises.

As college players return for another year, high school players set to join a Big Ten program for at least three years, unless they turn 21 within 45 days of the draft following their sophomore year, coaches can now exhale and turn all attention to the 2016 season.

Here’s a collection announcing their decisions to hear, or return to Big Ten programs.

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Illinois extends Dan Hartleb’s contract 5 years

MAIN Primary Orange IA source close to the University of Illinois’ athletic department has informed B1G Baseball the university will extend the contract of head baseball coach Dan Hartleb five years, with an official announcement from the university set for 4 p.m. Central.

During the best season in program history, Hartleb helped Illinois to a No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, guiding the program host its first ever NCAA regional, advancing to its first super regional. En route to a 50-10-1 season, Illinois enjoyed a nation-best 27-game winning streak and went 21-1 in Big Ten play to capture its second conference championship under Hartleb. The season concluded with nine Illini selected in the MLB Draft, a program record and third-most in the country.

The American Baseball Coaches Association’s Mideast Region Coach of the Year, and 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Hartleb has 326 career victories in his 10-year Illini tenure, leading to program to Big Ten champions in 2011 and 2015, to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Further details of Hartleb’s extension will follow as announced.

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Jake Kelzer announces return to Indiana

Right-handed pitcher Jake Kelzer announced Tuesday he will return to Indiana for his redshirt-junior season, bypassing an opportunity to enter professional baseball for a second consecutive season.

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The week that was B1G Baseball, July 4


Former Ohio State catcher Eric Fryer (2005-07) will be on the U.S. roster for the Pan American Games

A special Independence Day edition of the week that was in Big Ten baseball is highlighted by a pair of products from Big Ten schools selected to Team USA in the Pan Am games.

From those two former sluggers to a pair of future Big Ten players as one program has a banner day on the recruiting trail, he’s the latest regarding Big Ten programs.

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Maryland extends Szefc, Reynolds joins NU staff

Two Big Ten programs announced news relating to their coaching staffs on Thursday.

In a mid-morning release, Maryland announced head coach John Szefc agreed to a five-year extension, lengthening the commitment the university has with the coach who led them to back-to-back 40-win seasons.

Shortly after noon Central, Northwestern announced Kansas State pitching coach Josh Reynolds will serve as associate head coach and pitching on the staff led by first-year head coach Spencer Allen.

Their futures in the Big Ten announced on the same day, Szefc and Reynolds are familiar with each other.

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B1G League Report, June 28

Former Gopher Glen Perkins leads Major League Baseball with 24 saves. (Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Gopher Glen Perkins shares the MLB lead with 24 saves. (Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY)

It’s time to catch up with alums of Big Ten programs in the big leagues, highlighted by a pair of past Big Ten Pitcher of the Year standouts.

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