Big Ten lunch links
June, 23, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straight ball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.
- Jaamal Berry is participating in Ohio State's summer program, but his status for the 2009 season will hinge on what happens with his legal issues, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
"As the legal process proceeds, he will be attending class and maintaining his orientation preparation academically and athletically," OSU coach Jim Tressel said yesterday. "The privilege of playing will be determined by the outcome of the legal situation."
- Iowa recruit Louis Trinca-Pasat is heading Down Under to play football this summer, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz, meanwhile, might want to take a page from predecessor Hayden Fry on handling disciplinary problems.
- After losing several committed recruits to other programs, Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez found himself on the receiving end with Courtney Avery, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press. Avery's migration to the defensive side in high school helped earn him a Michigan offer, Mark Snyder writes in the Free Press.
- Penn State's linebackers and Illinois' defensive line (huh?) make Matt Hayes' list of the nation's top defensive units. Perhaps he confused Illinois' line with Ohio State's.
- Wisconsin's student tickets sold out in record time for 2009, though everyone wasn't happy with the process.
- Indiana hopes it has found the next John Clay in running back recruit Xavier Whitaker, Chris Korman writes in The (Bloomington) Herald Times (subscription required).
- Ohio State cornerback Devon Torrence apparently has decided to stick with football after several summers of minor league baseball, The Columbus Dispatch's Ken Gordon writes in his blog.
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