Big Ten weekend news roundup
July, 30, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
The season is within view now, and several teams will start practice later this week. So soon we'll be going to seven-day-a-week coverage on the blog. But for now, let's catch up on some of the news from the weekend in the Big Ten:
- Iowa suspended running back De'Andre Johnson after the sophomore was cited for speeding and failing to pull over on Saturday night. That probably wouldn't have been a big deal if Johnson hadn't been ticketed two days earlier for maintaining a disorderly house (a charge I admit I'd never heard of before last week) after neighbors complained about a loud party. Head coach Kirk Ferentz made light of the first incident when asked about it Friday in Chicago. But Johnson showed poor judgment by acting recklessly just a couple of days after getting into trouble. I don't know that we can come up with any more to say about Iowa's running back troubles at this point. Getting suspended right before fall practice begins is not a wise career move for Johnson. It looks like Damon Bullock and freshmen Greg Garmon and Barkley Hill will be the leading candidates for carries early on.
- Georgia prep running back Keyante Green switched his commitment from UCLA to Purdue this past weekend. It's a nice pickup for Danny Hope and the Boilermakers, as Green is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 25 overall running back in this class by ESPN.com. Green said he liked the opportunity for early playing time at Purdue, whose top two running backs -- Ralph Bolden (assuming he's healthy) and Akeem Shavers -- are both seniors. This is the ninth 2013 commitment for Purdue.
- You didn't think we'd get through this without some Penn State updates, did you? The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that quarterback Rob Bolden visited LSU over the weekend and may transfer there. Bolden has started 16 career games for the Nittany Lions but could well be the third-string quarterback this season behind Matt McGloin and Paul Jones. So his possible transfer wouldn't do much but hurt the depth at the position for Penn State, and you'd have to wonder how Bolden could get any playing time at LSU unless Zach Mettenberger gets injured.
- This happened Friday but got lost in the shuffle of media day madness. Michigan defensive tackle Will Campbell was sentenced to three months of probation and one day of community service for damaging a car hood back in April. The best part of the sentencing was when judge Chris Easthope asked Campbell, "Have you taken a physics class? Do you know what happens when 308 pounds slides across thin metal?" But Campbell can now put this behind him, as Michigan coach Brady Hoke said the senior would face no further punishment. That's good for the Wolverines, who desperately need Campbell to live up to expectations in the middle of their defensive front.