Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
A lot of people won't be happy if the Big Ten moves The Game.
The game is the game because they don't play twice a year. You get one crack and that's it. It can make or break the season. Careers, both playing and coaching, are defined by it because the lack of a rematch raises the stakes. The single game increases the urgency of the present. Then the location on hallowed grounds -- either the glorious Horseshoe or the brilliant Big House, not some corporate event at Lucas Oil Stadium -- adds the perspective of the past. As such, the nature of the rivalry should be protected at all costs.
- Two L.A.-based screenwriters on opposite sides of the rivalry also are doing their part, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- The Big Ten Network's Gerry DiNardo forecasts a big year for the league, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- After suffering a concussion in a recent practice, Wisconsin safety Jay Valai realized the tough guy routine wasn't worth it, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Injuries have forced Wisconsin to shuffle its offensive line, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Penn State running back Brandon Beachum will redshirt this fall as he's still recovering from a torn ACL, Matt Fortuna writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. It's in Joe Paterno's best interests to step aside soon, as he might not make it through the season, Ron Cook writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Northwestern finishes training camp at the U.S. Navy's boot camp, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers writes. The team's practice at Naval Station Great Lakes hits home for C.J. Bryant and other Wildcats players, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Indiana's already-thin secondary suffers a big loss, as cornerback Chris Adkins will miss part of the season with an ankle injury, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Michigan State has some big shoes to fill after losing All-Big Ten kicker Brett Swenson, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- Purdue coach Danny Hope feels a bit better about some of his team's big question marks after camp, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Running back Brandon Wegher is enrolled at classes at Iowa but still not practicing, Andrew Logue writes in the Des Moines Register.
- Better health could give Mike Adams the edge for Ohio State's starting left tackle spot, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Michigan defensive backs coach Tony Gibson has a tough job between now and Sept. 4, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Minnesota hopes to cut down on penalties by simplifying its signals for plays, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.