Big Ten lunch links
Can you smell it? Football is in the air again.
- Penn State star linebacker Navorro Bowman plans to make the most of his second chance, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The (Harrisburg) Patriot News' Conor Nelson outlines the hard truths for Penn State football.
- Population growth in the South and West has hurt Big Ten football, Darren Everson writes in The Wall Street Journal.
- After a rough week, Michigan simply needs to get it done on the field Saturday, and The Detroit News' Bob Wojnowski predicts a victory. The NCAA is getting involved in Michigan's investigation into alleged time-limit violations, Mark Snyder and Michael Rosenberg write in the Detroit Free Press. Getting back to football, Michigan's Tate Forcier was groomed for the quarterback position, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes.
- Michigan State's compliance director feels for her counterpart at Michigan and sheds some light on the difficulties of enforcing time limits, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal.
Smith and her three full-time assistants try to get out and make sure MSU's 25 sports are being operated by the rules, she said, but scattershot observations are all her department can manage.
"We just don't have the manpower," she said. "If a [football] coach wanders out during the summer to watch seven-on-seven [passing] drills, there's nothing I can do about it. I can't legislate someone's morality. If they want to go and cheat, they're going to do that. No amount of education is going to change that. Every institution is one booster or one athlete away from a major violation. That's how we live our life in compliance."
- Tons of good stuff in The Columbus Dispatch's college football preview, including Big Ten forecasts from Ken Gordon, Tim May and Bob Baptist. Despite the BCS title game a few years ago, the state of Florida has been good to Ohio State, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Iowa players agree with most of their Big Ten counterparts that 20 hours per week on football simply isn't enough, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Same goes for Purdue players, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Minnesota linebacker Simoni Lawrence doesn't lack confidence, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens spends a day with Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell.
- A favorable schedule should help a middling Wisconsin team this fall, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.