Big Ten lunch links
July, 24, 2014
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com
Guess who's coming to the Big Ten kickoff luncheon on Tuesday in Chicago? Former players.
- Rutgers might face an uphill battle this season in adjusting to the Big Ten, but at least its uniforms aren't the worst in the nation. Eric LeGrand is set to join the BTN roster of talent.
- Exploring the relationship between the Fake Urban Meyer and the real Shelley Meyer. Countdown to kickoff in Columbus.
- An insightful look at Michigan State strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie, entering his 20th season in East Lansing. Previewing the Michigan State tight ends.
- A breakdown of the Michigan receivers and tight ends -- in other words, the positions manned by Devin Funchess.
- James Franklin and a group of Penn State players visit the Hershey Children’s Hospital and the coach reveals that his 5-year-old daughter is fighting a blood disorder.
- The 10 most important players to Illinois this season.
- Indiana agrees to a home-and-home series with Cincinnati. The Hoosiers make a list of most improved teams for this year.
- An interesting claim about Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
- Preseason practices at Purdue are again open to the public.
- LeBron James’ return to Cleveland thrilled Nebraska defensive end Greg McMullen, who formerly played in the King’s AAU hoops program.
- Northwestern is offering Purple Pricing on tickets for home games against Nebraska and Michigan. What’s that, you ask. It’s a “modified Dutch auction” system. Got it?
- Four position battles to watch at Wisconsin.
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