Big Ten lunchtime links
December, 17, 2012
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com
Well, that was a wild "Homeland" finale.
- Illinois is seeking an identity for 2013.
- Iowa handed out some season-ending awards. The Hawkeyes lost a four-star recruit to Michigan.
- Michigan's true freshmen offensive linemen look promising. The Wolverines picked up two big commitments from the same high school.
- Michigan State took a look at some young players at bowl practice. The Spartans' offense hopes Le'Veon Bell and Dion Sims come back, but they're not holding their breath.
- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill didn't like the way he was portrayed in a New York Times article.
- Bo Pelini says Nebraska doesn't need to apologize for winning 10 games -- even if the three losses were ugly. The Huskers could be fielding three new starters at linebacker next year.
- Freshman superback Dan Vitale has blossomed into a threat.
- Reserve wide receiver Verlon Reed is leaving Ohio State. Buckeyes AD Gene Smith is a polarizing figure for some.
- Penn State picked up a junior college QB to give itself some much-needed depth at the position. The Nittany Lions were recognized for academic achievement.
- Purdue receiver Dolapo McCarthy found out he'd earned a scholarship shortly after his father passed away.
- Barry Alvarez pondered naming himself full-time Wisconsin coach to help keep assistants on board but decided he couldn't do it. Badgers defensive lineman Brendan Kelly will be getting another chance next year.
- The Big Ten needs to shake off its bowl rut, Drew Sharp writes.
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