Big Ten lunchtime links
April, 11, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Hope you're having a better week than Bobby Petrino:
- The rich get richer: Ohio State got a commitment from one of the nation's top tight ends. Not to be outdone, Michigan received a verbal pledge from a blue-chip linebacker.
- The Wolverines are already thinking about Alabama and Ohio State.
- Wisconsin lined up in practice with tailbacks Montee Ball and James White on the field at the same time and could employ that look this season. Jon Budmayr remains upbeat about returning despite a long road ahead.
- Illinois assistant Billy Gonzales refuted a report that he was attacked by Percy Harvin while he was a coach at Florida.
- The role of the tight end could be making a comeback in the Iowa offense. Reese Morgan has a mighty challenge on his hands as he moves over to coach the defensive line.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says Le'Veon Bell is his lead tailback -- for now. Receiver Keith Mumphery is drawing some high marks in practice.
- Tre Roberson still needs to get better to hold onto the Indiana quarterback job.
- Bill O'Brien has made himself at home at Penn State.
- Minnesota reached a new stage of mourning by returning to practice, including Gary Tinsley's roommate, Keanon Cooper.
- The idea of a spring scrimmage against another team intrigues some Big Ten coaches, though Bo Pelini is an opponent.
- Tim Tibesar has brought some new defensive drills to Purdue.
- Traditional power backs could be going the way of the dodo, Rob Oller writes.
- Nick VanHoose nearly went to Indiana, and now he has a chance to start at cornerback for Northwestern.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska