Big Ten lunchtime links
November, 28, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
In the future, the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will simply involve asking fans to name which teams are in either league.
- Braxton Miller is the Big Ten's offensive player of the year -- and he knows he can get a lot better. John Simon talks about winning defensive player of the year honors -- and the pain of missing the Michigan game. Jim Tressel spoke about the hero's welcome he received at the Horseshoe last weekend.
- Top defensive back recruit Gareon Conley decommitted from Michigan and now is thinking about Ohio State. An Auburn decommit is interested in the Buckeyes, too.
- Improving the running game will be Brady Hoke's top priority at Michigan. Fitz Toussaint's status for 2013 is unclear.
- Bret Bielema is excited about Wisconsin's chances because his team is getting healthy. The Badgers' only consistency on offense has been inconsistency. Jared Abbrederis was cleared to play after a concussion.
- Nebraska could get a boost from Rex Burkhead's fresh legs. Mark Pelini -- Bo's nephew -- is ready for a chance to start at center for the Huskers.
- Tim Beckman got a statement of support from his athletic director.
- The size of Kirk Ferentz's buyout still shocks people.
- Mark Dantonio can't explain why Michigan State seemed to play much better away from home this year. Dantonio promised some changes in the way the Spartans operate.
- Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague says Jerry Kill's seizures are manageable for the program.
- Bill O'Brien's agent said the coach will be back at Penn State next year. The "Supa Six" appear committed to stay, too.
- Incoming Purdue president Mitch Daniels isn't expected to play much of a role in the hiring of a new football coach.
- Indiana is looking to build on this year's progress.
- Ticket sales for the Big Ten title game are a bit sluggish.
- A former Northwestern star is running for Congress.
- Legal wrangling over Maryland's ACC buyout began, with possibly huge ramifications. A look at how the Terps went broke.
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