Big Ten lunch links
July, 30, 2013
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
On my way to the Mothership. The Big Ten coaches' car wash is on tap.
- Barry Alvarez and other Big Ten big wigs know the league must upgrade its talent.
- Ohio State must replace its heart and soul on defense in John Simon. E. Gordon Gee can buy plenty of bow ties with his $5.8 million retirement package from Ohio State.
- Athletic directors Dave Brandon (Michigan) and Mark Hollis (Michigan State) want no part of the Playoff selection committee. Michigan State star LB Max Bullough respects Michigan but dislikes the Wolverines.
- Don't expect a Michigan-MSU night game any time soon. After nearly playing as a true freshman, Michigan guard Kyle Kalis likely will start this season.
- Wisconsin's secondary is a primary concern this season. The Badgers' running back group, conversely, is once again a strength.
- Penn State faces a largely unknown Syracuse squad in the opener. The Lions lack quantity but boast quality at quarterback. A good look at how Penn State's ticket prices stack up in the Big Ten.
- Minnesota WR Devin Crawford-Tufts drops football to focus solely on track. Offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover says his unit has no more excuses. Berkley Edwards provides a boost for Minnesota's run game.
- A look at three Purdue position battles entering camp. In-state recruiting is a bigger priority under new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell. The Boilers will mix up their offensive and defensive formations.
- Nebraska's wide receivers are starting to grab more attention. One of them, Quincy Enunwa, is all about effort. Huskers QB Taylor Martinez has plenty at stake as a senior. Tom Dienhart looks at the best case/worst case for Nebraska.
- Michigan State likely will turn to a true freshman kicker this fall.
- Former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary testifies that Joe Paterno thought the university erred in its response to McQueary's allegation against Jerry Sandusky. Credibility remains a question for McQueary.
- A closer look at Iowa entering preseason camp. Some good Iowa/Big Ten nuggets in the "On Iowa" podcast.
- Indiana football fans need to remain patient, John Mutka writes. The Hoosiers have eight home games this season, but there's a catch (subscription required).
- After a very healthy 2012, Northwestern could see its fortunes turn this fall.
- Profiling one of Illinois' top weapons, RB Josh Ferguson.