Big Ten lunch links
February, 28, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
We're previewing spring football in the Big Ten today and Friday. Be sure to check it out.
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- There's still no confirmation, but all signs point to Michigan State hiring Jim Bollman -- a current Purdue assistant and a former Ohio State aide -- as its new offensive coordinator. What specific role Bollman takes with the Spartans remains to be seen.
- While Purdue reportedly will lose Bollman, it will add Rubin Carter as defensive line coach. Former Boilers linebacker Dwayne Beckford is back in jail after violating his house arrest sentence.
- Bo Pelini wants Nebraska's defenders to think less and react more in 2013. The Huskers' NFL hopefuls gear up for pro day. Wide receiver Taariq Allen is progressing well in his recovery from an ACL injury.
- The number 5:03 has significance for Northwestern this spring. Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald and one of the team's top quarterbacks discuss the first spring workout.
- Bill O'Brien continues to put his stamp on Penn State's program, as the team's longtime physician is reassigned. Nick Scott's Penn State roots led the recruit to Happy Valley.
- Former Iowa coach Hayden Fry opens up about retirement, living with cancer and his days in Iowa City in this excellent interview by Josh O'Leary.
- High school teammates Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State) and William Gholston (Michigan State) reunite at the NFL combine. Hankins also has high praise for Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.
- Northwestern and Michigan were two of the nation's top overachievers, according to Pat Forde's NFL combine math. Michigan 2014 commit Mason Cole already is recruiting for his new team.
- A closer look at Minnesota defender James Manuel entering 2013. Former Minnesota coach Tim Brewster lands an assistant post at Florida State.
- Some good Wisconsin nuggets in the latest edition of Varsity magazine.