Big Ten lunch links
June, 21, 2012
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs. Are you kidding me? Playoffs?
- Yes, indeed. Check our ESPN.com's coverage here and here and here and here.
- More good takes on the playoff endorsement Wednesday here and here and here and here and here.
- Penn State reportedly parts ways with wide receiver Devon Smith. Jerry Sandusky won't testify in his trial, which could be a risky move, Dan Wetzel writes.
- Despite high hopes for 2012, Michigan State still has some areas to address this summer. Michigan State secures a recruit from the Buckeye State. The Spartans are big believers in incoming recruit Aaron Burbridge.
- Michigan, meanwhile, secures its 22nd (!) commitment for 2013, and it's only June 21. A look at Michigan's moments to remember from the 2011 season.
- Iowa players get a full dose from new offensive coordinator Greg Davis. Hawkeyes coaches are impressed with under-the-radar recruit Ike Boettger.
- Northwestern adds its eighth commitment for the 2013 class (subscription required).
- Nebraska is eying another quarterback for the 2013 class. Nebraska adds a new compliance director.
- Former Illinois player Keith Jackson has some interesting ideas about preventing head and neck trauma.
- Some Ohio State players will take part in a sports medicine research project. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is getting back to his baseball roots.
- Purdue's new president is a very big name. Former Boilers star Ryan Kerrigan is funding a football scholarship through his clothing line.
- Wisconsin football posts some strong academic numbers.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Western Kentucky Illinois 12:00 PM ET McNeese State 22 Nebraska 12:00 PM ET Akron Penn State 12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Purdue 12:00 PM ET Howard Rutgers 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Northern Illinois Northwestern 3:30 PM ET Middle Tennessee Minnesota 3:30 PM ET Ball State Iowa 3:30 PM ET Maryland South Florida 6:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 3 Oregon 7:30 PM ET Michigan 17 Notre Dame 8:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 5 Ohio State