Big Ten lunchtime links
April, 27, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Happy birthday to Rogers Hornsby, Ulysses S. Grant, Enos Slaughter, George "Iceman" Gervin, Chris Carpenter, Sheena Easton and ... I know I'm forgetting somebody. Who could it be?
- Illinois scored its first major recruiting victory with a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Aaron Bailey. A.J. Jenkins was caught off guard when he joined teammate Whitney Mercilus in the first round.
- Iowa got the go ahead to build phase two of its new football facility. Riley Reiff followed in the footsteps of Bryan Bulaga.
- Ryan Van Bergen has been told he'll go in the sixth round.
- Michigan State fans will get a long look at Connor Cook in the spring game, because there's no other quarterback to look at.
- Lavonte David will have to wait another day to be drafted.
- For just the fifth time in 14 years, Ohio State didn't have a first-round pick.
- Is Paul Jones getting too much hype at Penn State? Fourth-string, senior quarterback Shane McGregor still has hope of making an impact.
- Tom Dienhart has a Q&A with Indiana coach Kevin Wilson.
- Lloyd Carr as Wisconsin coach? It might have happened, had Barry Alvarez turned down the Badgers. Wisconsin defensive tackle Jordan Kohout shares his Muslim views on Twitter.
- A high school kicker accepted a preferred walk-on position at Northwestern.
- Scroll down this Sid Hartman column to find an item about high season-ticket renewals at Minnesota.
- Purdue's Ricardo Allen challenged his Twitter followers to play him on NCAA Football 2012, and so far he's beat them all.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Purdue Illinois 12:00 PM ET 20 Ohio State Maryland 2:30 PM ET North Texas Indiana 3:30 PM ET 17 Wisconsin Northwestern 7:00 PM ET Michigan Rutgers 8:00 PM ET 19 Nebraska 10 Michigan State