Big Ten lunchtime links
December, 28, 2011
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
California dreamin', on such a winter's day ...
- Purdue won a bowl game in a crazy way. Akeem Shavers and Reggie Pegram helped carry the load for the Boilers without Ralph Bolden.
- Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has reportedly emerged as the top pick for Penn State. Former teammates of Munchak are giddy about his potential hire.
- Despite some rumors, Bo Pelini insists he's not looking to leave Nebraska. Pelini liked the Huskers' focus in their first practice in Orlando on Tuesday. Nebraska's defense should be familiar with South Carolina's offensive scheme.
- Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater declined to answer questions about whether he'd been hospitalized but says he will stay hydrated in the desert. Kirk Ferentz and Bob Stoops are the only two coaches still at their schools from the hiring class of 1999. Phil Parker seems like a natural choice to be the Hawkeyes' new defensive coordinator.
- Decision day approaches for Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, though so far he's only the No. 2 achiever in his family. Both the Illini and UCLA are carrying a lot of baggage into the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
- Bret Bielema made some adjustments to his coaching staff before Wisconsin hit Disneyland. Center Peter Konz appears good to go for the Badgers in the Rose Bowl.
- Fred Jackson had a chance to coach Adrian Peterson but is glad he stuck around as Michigan's running backs coach. Receiver Martavious Odoms has elevated his game. Five position battles still raging for the Wolverines in pre-Sugar Bowl practice.
- Three equals one as far as the Michigan State running backs are concerned. Keith Nichol has sacrificed and shined for the Spartans.
- Once committed to Florida, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier wasn't going to let a knee injury keep him away from the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
- Northwestern believes it has what it takes to finally shed the "bowl monkey."