Big Ten lunch links
December, 23, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Check back later this afternoon for updates on the Ohio State situation as AD Gene Smith addresses reporters in Columbus right now.
- Here's the latest on the autographs-for-tattoos investigation at Ohio State.
- Speaking of autographs, Michigan players are aware of folks trying to profit off them, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. You can now get married on the 50-yard line at Michigan Stadium, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- The Big Ten's image is at stake in the bowl season, and the league faces an uphill climb, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
- Iowa players say they've moved forward from a rough few weeks, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register. Hawkeyes quarterback Ricky Stanzi doesn't put much stock in his improved stats because of his inferior record, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Former Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger thinks Scott Tolzien has what it takes to lead the Badgers to a Rose Bowl title, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Vuvuzelas are among the items banned from the Rose Bowl, Rob Hernandez writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Michigan State's turnaround this season started with the offensive line, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- New Indiana assistant Mark Hagen shoots down rumors that he recruited negatively against Indiana while at Purdue during Terry Hoeppner's illness, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times.
- The Star Tribune's Phil Miller explains why there aren't heating coils under the field at Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.
- Penn State could have had a major coaching staff overhaul if Temple had hired defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror. David Jones weighs in on the latest Joe Paterno illness/retirement rumors. JoePa, meanwhile, sees the Outback Bowl as a springboard toward 2011.
- The Texas Bowl is more than just another game for Illinois, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Purdue star Ryan Kerrigan heads to the O.C. to begin training for the NFL draft, Jesse Temple writes in The (Muncie) Star Press.