Big Ten lunch links
December, 14, 2011
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
The links aren't going anywhere, but the Big Ten chat starts right now.
- Illinois' offensive staff won't be retained by Tim Beckman, Bob Asmussen reports. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, meanwhile, has the option to stay.
- Recruit Bri'onte Dunn re-commits to Ohio State after meeting with Urban Meyer. Colleague Joe Schad reports Meyer will add North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers to his staff. Ohio State's Gator Bowl ticket sales, meanwhile, are going at a slow pace, Bill Rabinowitz writes.
- Several Big Ten players appear on SI.com's All-America teams.
- Navy says Penn State has not asked to speak with coach Ken Niumatalolo about its vacancy. Marketing experts say Penn State was right to cut licensing ties with Joe Paterno.
- Coordinator Greg Mattison says Michigan's defense has exceeded his expectations. Michigan's seniors select alternate road uniforms for the Sugar Bowl.
- CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd ranks the bowl games. The Rose Bowl is the second most intriguing matchup, according to Bruce Feldman.
- Randy Peterson weighs in on the Kirk Ferentz-Kansas City Chiefs talk and who will replace Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker. Oklahoma will have Iowa star wide receiver Marvin McNutt on its radar screen.
- Recruiting experts say Michigan and Michigan State must be wary of Meyer on the trail.
- With Ralph Bolden sidelined, Purdue must keep No. 2 running back Akeem Shavers healthy for its coming bowl. The Boilers' bowl appearance should boost recruiting efforts.
- Nebraska AD Tom Osborne is confident Bo Pelini will pick the right defensive coordinator. Possible DUI charges against Huskers center Mike Caputo might not be filed until after the Capital One Bowl.
- Minnesota's newest 2012 recruit explains why he decommitted from Baylor and chose the Gophers.
- As ticket sales sag, Wisconsin should do better in looking out for its fans' best interest. What do Wisconsin fans, Neil Diamond and the Kennedy Center have in common?
- Northwestern loses a defender for its bowl game and regains the services of another.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET South Florida 19 Wisconsin 12:00 PM ET Tulane Rutgers 12:00 PM ET Iowa Purdue 12:00 PM ET Wyoming 9 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Northwestern Penn State 1:30 PM ET Maryland Indiana 3:30 PM ET Minnesota Michigan 6:00 PM ET Cincinnati 22 Ohio State 9:00 PM ET Illinois 21 Nebraska