Big Ten lunch links: Forcier catches on fast
February, 9, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
National signing day is complete and spring ball doesn't start for more than a month, so good links are few and far between. Here are a few to whet your appetite.
- The population shift to the South and Southeast has changed and arguably hindered Ohio State's recruiting efforts, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
"Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and his staff have done an excellent job of identifying the best players in Ohio and keeping them here, and because OSU has been so successful in recent years, Tressel has landed some of the best players in surrounding states, as well. But in the end, that's not a huge issue in Florida or Texas."
- Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier is catching on quickly at Michigan and could have an edge in the competition to become the starter, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
"A Californian, Forcier has immersed himself in Michigan football, working out three times a week with the strength and conditioning program, participating in 7-on-7 drills twice a week and throwing on a daily basis.
'I've learned more from [quarterbacks] coach [Rod] Smith and coach [Rich Rodriguez] in a week or two than I've learned my whole life,' he said. 'They're going to make me such a better player.'
- Former Big Ten supervisor of officials Dave Parry reflects on his career with the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein. Some good stories here.
- Illinois is getting a jump start on 2010 recruiting, and head coach Ron Zook switched the responsibilities of assistant Kurt Beathard, who will now tutor quarterbacks, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Budget concerns at Minnesota have put head coach Tim Brewster's contract extension on hold for the time being, Sid Hartman writes in the Star Tribune.
- Penn State's 2009 recruiting class drew a wide range of reviews, Philip Cmor writes in The Altoona Mirror.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska