Big Ten lunchtime links
December, 19, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Lunch links roasting on an open fire ...
- Luke Fickell is waiting on word from Pitt about its head coaching job. Six reasons to care about Ohio State's game against Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
- Penn State might have to start a walk-on quarterback in its bowl game. Colleague Joe Schad reports that Penn State is interested in Baylor assistant Brian Norwood. A former detective recalls the 1998 investigation into Jerry Sandusky and says he thought there was enough at the time to file charges.
- Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst isn't talking about his interview at Pitt. Patrick Butrym delivered a stirring halftime message to his Badger teammates at the Big Ten title game.
- New Illinois coach Tim Beckman is making the rounds at the local high schools.
- Kirk Ferentz says he won't be going to the Chiefs or anywhere else next year. A former Iowa player says Norm Parker saved his life, long after his football career ended.
- Allstate Sugar Bowl officials say they "hit the mother lode" with Virginia Tech and Michigan, even if most of the rest of the world disagrees. Freshmen made an impressive impact on the Wolverines' defense this season.
- Michigan State's offensive line finished the season strong after a shaky start. The Spartans are eager for some bowl redemption under Mark Dantonio.
- Nebraska's defensive ends are trying to live up to the legacy of that position at the program. Andrew Green is still working to become a complete player at cornerback for the Huskers. Mike Caputo's DUI situation demands clarity, Sam McKewon writes.
- Northwestern must find a way to stop Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
- Purdue will likely be missing two starters -- suspended receiver O.J. Ross and recently-arrested linebacker Dwayne Beckford -- for the Little Caesars Bowl.
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