Big Ten lunch links
March, 28, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
You're never off the court!
- Iowa features new faces, position changes and a new position (Y-back) as spring ball begins. Iowa's challenge on offense is simple: make more plays. The good still outweighs the bad with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, Pat Harty writes. A look at the Hawkeyes' spring two-deep.
- Don't expect a sophomore slump from Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes, who has no desire to leave Happy Valley. Penn State has a much greater comfort level in Year 2 under coach Bill O'Brien.
- Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges finally can use his preferred system, Andy Staples writes. Michigan will host Cincinnati in September 2017 (no return game). Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner models his game after dual-threat signal callers like Colin Kaepernick.
- Purdue's Robert Kugler has made a smooth transition from tight end to center. Two former Boilermakers must pay a combined $150,000 in damages stemming from a fight at a nightclub that resulted in the stabbing of one of the players.
- Former Ohio State offensive lineman Joey O'Connor officially lands at Colorado State. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer has some concerns about his defense.
- Former Illinois player Brian Scott, now a state trooper, helped save an Illinois student's life with a heroic road rescue. Check out how Illini quarterbacks are working with new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit this spring.
- Indiana is focused on upgrading its defense this spring. Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson has to reclaim his starting job (subscription required).
- Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones is on the mend following knee surgery. Spartans cornerback Trae Waynes makes a push for a starting job. A former Spartans player avoids jail time after being arrested for drunken driving and carrying a weapon while drunk.
- Nebraska defensive end Jason Ankrah aims to stand out in his senior season. Huskers offensive lineman Cole Pensick shows his versatility. Check out video interviews of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, quarterback Taylor Martinez and receiver Kenny Bell.
- Minnesota's richest booster is very much a football man. A look at questions and answers facing Minnesota this spring.
- Wisconsin is opening two spring practices to the public before the spring game.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Purdue Indiana 12:00 PM ET Michigan 6 Ohio State 3:30 PM ET 10 Michigan State Penn State 3:30 PM ET 18 Minnesota 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Maryland