Big Ten lunch links
December, 30, 2011
What's on the menu today?
- Here's what Penn State interim AD Dave Joyner said Thursday about the school's coaching search. Joyner dismissed speculation that a candidate is in place.
- A good piece by The New York Times’ Pete Thamel on Urban Meyer and his fresh start at Ohio State. The Buckeyes' Johnathan Hankins has been described as an "SEC-style defensive lineman," and he'll get to show if that's true against Florida. Ohio State and Florida both understand coaching turmoil this year.
- All signs point to Rob Bolden starting at quarterback for Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl. Penn State RB Silas Redd benefited from time off, and he should do damage against Houston.
- Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald shares his 10 favorite moments as coach with ESPNChicago. More on the No. 63 monkey traveling with the Wildcats.
- Illinois has officially sold only 1,800 tickets to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase isn't shy about making his faith public.
- A final pre-bowl personnel update for Iowa, which is dealing with a bout of the flu. Breaking down the Insight Bowl in detail. Mystery still surrounds who will be the Hawkeyes' No. 1 tailback.
- Michigan defensive lineman Will Heininger hopes he has enough time to heal and play his final game in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. It's a New Orleans homecoming for Wolverines WR Drew Dileo.
- An elaborate gag involving an alligator, a trainer and a leg chomp surprised Michigan State at practice Thursday. Spartans cornerback Johnny Adams is considering skipping his senior year and going pro.
- Nebraska AD Tom Osborne likes the chemistry he sees in Bo Pelini's program. The Huskers think they'll be able to match South Carolina's speed.
- Wisconsin star Montee Ball set the tone for his big season in spring ball. Badgers linebacker Kevin Claxton (leg) plans to play Monday in Pasadena.
- Purdue adds a decorated defensive line recruit.
- Minnesota AD Joel Maturi turns down a chance to be commissioner of a new hockey conference.