Big Ten lunch links
March, 28, 2011
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Hoping Shaka Smart (Madison, Wis., native) finds his way back to Big Ten country some day. Great coach.
- Spring football begins this week in Columbus despite all the Jim Tressel turmoil, and The Columbus Dispatch's Tim May and Ken Gordon examine key questions facing Ohio State. Despite the latest layer to the Tressel situation, Ohio State's administration hasn't changed its view of the coach, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- The Omaha World-Herald has a thorough breakdown of Nebraska in spring practice. Huskers coach Bo Pelini is embracing his role as CEO, Steven M. Sipple writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- A good look at spring practice around the Big Ten from the Omaha World-Herald's Rich Kaipust.
- Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips continues his rapid recovery from knee surgery, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times. A 24-year-old Iraq war veteran is trying out for the Badgers, Polzin writes.
- Purdue's offense prevails for the third consecutive scrimmage, while Antavian Edison showed off his versatility Saturday, Mike Carim writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Minnesota running back Duane Bennett makes a good early impression on coach Jerry Kill, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Some Illinois spring questions and answers with GateHouse News Service's John Supinie.
- Michigan adds its second recruit for 2012, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez drops in on Oklahoma spring practice.
- Indiana's defensive linemen are adjusting to several changes this spring, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- JoePa got knocked over in a recent practice drill but hopped right back up, Matt Fortuna writes in the Altoona Mirror.