Big Ten lunch links
December, 28, 2010
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
The Big Ten bowl season finally begins!
- Joe Paterno's family says the rumors about retirement and illness are all lies. Rob Bolden still plans on competing for Penn State's starting quarterback spot, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Speaking of rumors, Ohio State's Jim Tressel isn't quitting his job, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- After being suspended for last year's bowl game, Michigan State's Mark Dell is soaking in the experience, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Spartans cornerback Chris L. Rucker has his hands full with Alabama' Julio Jones, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- The firm that designed the Big Ten's new logo explains its thinking.
- It's tough to tell which Iowa team shows up tonight in Tempe, Sean Keeler writes in the Des Moines Register. Most of The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette staff thinks it'll be a rough night for the Hawkeyes.
- Tate Forcier was extremely close to leaving Michigan early this season, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Michigan's coaches are focused on the bowl game, not their uncertain futures, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- Wisconsin star J.J. Watt is bigger than life both on and off the field, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. The Badgers will maintain the same rotation at running back for the Rose Bowl, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Illinois has showed it can handle a road setting, but it needs the good version of its defense to show up against Baylor, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Northwestern will make a game-time decision on starting running back Mike Trumpy (wrist), Tina Akouris writes in the Sun-Times. Pat Fitzgerald thinks Texas Tech might actually benefit from its late coaching change, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Purdue Illinois 12:00 PM ET 20 Ohio State Maryland 2:30 PM ET North Texas Indiana 3:30 PM ET 17 Wisconsin Northwestern 7:00 PM ET Michigan Rutgers 8:00 PM ET 19 Nebraska 10 Michigan State