Big Ten lunch links
January, 13, 2011
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Because of all the Brady Hoke coverage, we'll once again split things up into two easy-to-read sections.
BIG TEN LINKS
BIG TEN LINKS
- The Big Ten's best coaches often aren't big names when they arrive, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Check out where Big Ten teams appear in the way-too-early Top 25s by colleague Mark Schlabach and SI.com's Andy Staples.
- Linebacker Gerald Hodges is one of the non-starters at Penn State who will play bigger roles in 2011, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. It looks like everyone (players, JoePa, assistants) will end up staying at Penn State, statecollege.com's Mike Poorman writes.
- Explaining the rationale behind Tyler Sash's departure to the NFL draft, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and defensive lineman Mike Daniels testify in the Cedric Everson sexual assault trial.
- Ohio State's Jim Tressel doesn't have much in common with his new opponent in The Game, Rob Oller writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Despite two knee surgeries, Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips eyes a return in the fall, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Some details on Kevin Wilson's contract at Indiana from The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's LaMond Pope. Wilson could be adding two former Michigan assistants to his staff.
- In a classy gesture, Minnesota is trying to help Tim Brewster's assistants find new jobs, Charley Walters writes in tthe (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Jim Harbaugh likes Michigan's hiring of Hoke, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- The Detroit News' Bob Wojnowski: "Personal — that's what this is about. After three dismal seasons under Rich Rodriguez -- who had no idea what he was getting into here -- someone is wildly eager to take personal responsibility for rebuilding Michigan, for uniting factions, for leading the way."
- Hoke undoubtedly landed his dream job at Michigan, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
- The Detroit Free Press' Drew Sharp: "Michigan will staunchly deny this, still content in a delusional world of national football importance, but Tuesday's hire only confirms that the Wolverines lean more toward regional than national in their competitive scope. Michigan doesn't possess the cast iron stomach necessary for doing everything necessary to field the best team for contending for BCS national championships, as they do in the SEC. U-M can talk a big game about paying big salaries and truly being a national player, but in the end, U-M opted for what's safe, solid and sturdy."
- Hoke isn't making the Michigan situation about himself, Jim Carty writes in The New York Times.
- Denard Robinson's high school coach thinks the Michigan star will stay put, colleague Joe Schad reports. Hoke will meet with "Shoelace" again today, Mark Snyder writes in the Free Press.
- The Grand Rapids Press' David Mayo: "What matters now is the work ahead, the top employee's familiarity with the region and unchecked belief that winning football at Michigan is part of the natural order, his extensive first-hand experience in doing just that, and his full comprehension that is something much bigger is at play here."
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