Monday, December 13, 2010
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
The Big Ten divisions need names. They'll get 'em today.
- Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren will become Northern Illinois' head coach. One of his star pupils, defensive end J.J. Watt, has won the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Badgers AD Barry Alvarez asks Wisconsin's athletic board for raises for the football coaches, Andy Baggot writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- An interesting take on how the BCS didn't help the Big Ten this season from The Columbus Dispatch's Michael Arace.
- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is No. 25 on Sports Business Journal's list of the 50 most influential people in sports business.
- A recent Facebook message from Iowa running back Jewel Hampton has folks concerned that he's gone, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Running back Brandon Wegher is officially transferring, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register.
- San Diego State's president knows coach Brady Hoke views Michigan as his dream job, Brent Schrotenboer writes in The San Diego Union-Tribune. An extensive Q&A with Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon from The Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis.
- Ohio State has gone to six consecutive BCS postseason games, but Buckeyes players wouldn't mind a playoff in college football, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- New Indiana coach Kevin Wilson doesn't sound concerned with the program's losing history, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- Two Penn State assistants are in the mix for head-coaching positions, Brendan Monahan writes in The Daily Collegian. Joe Paterno wants Lions quarterback Kevin Newsome to wait a little longer before deciding his future plans, Jeff Rice writes in the Centre Daily Times.
- Illinois receiver Jack Ramsey hasn't been practicing with the team as he mulls his future, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. The Illini expect a hostile environment in Houston for the Texas Bowl against Baylor, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- New Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says recruiting is recruiting regardless of the level, Marcus Fuller writes in The (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Purdue's athletic director sees great potential with the football team despite another bowl-less season, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.