Big Ten lunchtime links
November, 30, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
So the past couple of days have been good to people in Columbus, huh?
- One fateful bounce changed everything for Michigan State and Wisconsin. The case for Mark Dantonio winning Big Ten coach of the year. Rose Bowl talk is a constant around the Spartans program.
- Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson have plenty of respect for one another. Wisconsin must tighten up its third-down defense against the Spartans.
- Illinois won't be able to officially hire a coach for at least another week. Interim coach Vic Koenning wants "every oar in the water" during potential bowl practice. The Illini don't need a big-name coach, just a good one.
- Dan Mullen denied a report that he was close to becoming Penn State's next coach. A closer look at the search committee that will help choose Joe Paterno's successor. Two prominent former Nittany Lions criticized the lack of football knowledge and diversity of the committee. John Smallwood writes that the right guy for the job might be the guy who already has it: Tom Bradley.
- More experience and an advantageous nonconference schedule should help Ohio State in 2012. Athlon is already predicting a Big Ten title next year for the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer has a great track record on NCAA compliance.
- Brady Hoke expects his "makeshift" Michigan offense to continue to evolve in the offseason. The case for Hoke winning Big Ten coach of the year.
- Indiana legend George Taliaferro -- the first African-American drafted by the NFL -- received a Big Ten award.
- The Insight Bowl is not opposed to an Iowa-Iowa State rematch.
- A Minnesota recruit was named the state's high school player of the year.
- Nebraska tackle Yoshi Hardrick capped a fine senior year by getting his hands on the Heroes Game trophy. Quincy Enunwa went from being a nervous freshman to a key receiver for the Huskers as a sophomore.