Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
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We can lament the fact that Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party didn't win New York's governor race.
- Joe Paterno's quest for 400 wins and other Big Ten notes from the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein. A breakdown of the Big Ten race from The Associated Press' Rusty Miller.
- It looks like Michigan's cornerback curse has continued, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Many of Michigan's problems on defense can be traced to third down, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio doesn't regret reinstating cornerback Chris L. Rucker when he did, and Rucker is grateful to be back, The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau and the Detroit Free Press' Shannon Shelton write. Michigan State's new barometer should be the 1999 team, David Mayo writes in The Grand Rapids Press.
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has no issues with the Big Ten tiebreaking procedures, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. The Badgers' hobbled are getting healthier, although running back James White remains limited, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Illinois offensive tackle Jeff Allen grew as a player by getting a little bit smaller, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Coordinator Vic Koenning is getting it done with the Illinois defense, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Injuries have forced another Purdue skill player to make a position switch, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi can earn an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation if he keeps winning, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Hawkeyes defensive coordinator Norm Parker still isn't back with the team, Don Doxsie writes in the Quad-City Times.
- Northwestern linebacker Bryce McNaul remains in close contact with his brother, who is serving in Afghanistan, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald. Northwestern is the only FBS program to post the top graduation rate in its league and not have a losing record in league play, AOL FanHouse's Brett McMurphy writes.
- Indiana coach Bill Lynch doesn't seem too concerned about his job status, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Penn State can thank these five players for getting the ship righted again, Dustin Hockensmith writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. The Matt McGloin-Rob Bolden quarterback competition is one of several during Paterno's run at Penn State, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
- Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey has been humbled at times this season, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- In case you missed it from Tuesday, Minnesota has suspended three players, including defensive tackle and co-captain Brandon Kirksey.