Big Ten lunch links
May, 1, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Happy May Day.
- Bill O'Brien begins Penn State's coaches' caravan with a stop in Philly. O'Brien must gauge how much of the offense his quarterbacks can handle.
- SI.com's Stewart Mandel has details on the college football playoff proposals, including the fact that having games on campus is "very much alive." Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel on how the four-team playoff should be structured.
- A position-by-position breakdown of Michigan State after the spring game. The Spartans add a juco tight end to their 2012 recruiting class.
- Michigan reinstates safety Josh Furman after his acquittal. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. thinks Wolverines tackle Taylor Lewan will be an elite NFL prospect in 2013.
- Illinois' recent recruiting push continues with defensive tackle Merrick Jackson (Insider). Adding quarterback recruit Aaron Bailey is a big win for the Illini, John Supinie writes.
- Ohio State verbal commit Lewis Neal appears to be wavering a bit. Urban Meyer takes Ohio State into a new era.
- The Big Ten Network identifies the league's top offensive performers in spring ball.
- Aaron Green's transfer decision signifies Nebraska has a crowded offensive backfield,which isn't a bad problem to have.
- Purdue safety Albert Evans talks about signing with the Miami Dolphins.
- Persistence on the recruiting trail helped Wisconsin assistant Zach Azzanni land a prized receiver. A look at how Wisconsin's newest NFL products fit in with their new teams.
- Former Minnesota captain Mike Sherels is working his way up the coaching ladder.
- The recruiting calendar has moved up for Iowa, which picked up its seventh verbal commitment for the 2012 class.
- Northwestern adds a walk-on kicker who will arrive this fall.
- Several Big Ten teams appear in Dennis Dodd's list of best No. 5 squads in the BCS era.