Big Ten lunch links
June, 3, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'm a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule.
- Big Ten expansion is still on the brain, and SI.com's Andy Staples offers three solutions for the league to add a team.
- Rich Rodriguez's barbecue at the Big House appears to have been another strong recruiting move for Michigan, Josh Helmholt writes in the Detroit Free Press. Rodriguez's boss sounds willing to be patient with the program, Scott DeCamp writes in the Kalamazoo Gazette.
"There's no specific benchmark," athletic director Bill Martin said. "Historically, we've won 75 percent of games, the winningest program in sports. ... I think what you need to do is, 10 years from now, look at his entire body of work."
- Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald discusses strategy, adjustments and momentum in an interesting Q&A with the Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite.
- Penn State picked up its sixth verbal commitment for 2010, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Meanwhile, Joe Paterno's victories race with Florida State's Bobby Bowden could be nearing an unfortunate end, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Purdue comes in at No. 94 on The New York Times' countdown of FBS teams.
- A statue of former Illinois great Red Grange will greet fans at Memorial Stadium this fall.
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