Big Ten lunch links: Paterno deserves record
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Slim pickings today.
- The academic fraud scandal at Florida State is unfortunate, but Penn State's Joe Paterno deserves the all-time coaching wins record, Ron Cook writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"It would be a crying shame if [Bobby] Bowden ended up with that record. It would be one of the most fraudulent records in sports, right up there with Barry Bonds' home run record. Paterno's 383 career wins are legitimate, Bowden's 382 are not."
- By going after Bowden's wins total, the NCAA is making the coaching victories race even messier, CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd writes.
- Ohio State offensive linemen Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts can breathe easy after a possession of drug paraphernalia charge against them was dropped, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Cory Zirbel's playing days are over, but the former Michigan offensive lineman will begin his coaching career this weekend when spring ball kicks off for the Wolverines, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and his staff will shave their heads Wednesday to raise money for childhood cancer research, Fred Mitchell writes in the Chicago Tribune.