Thursday, January 27, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Is it spring yet?
- We're still waiting for answers on the hospitalized Iowa football players, and coach Kirk Ferentz and AD Gary Barta were MIA on Wednesday, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. The Sporting News' Dave Curtis wonders why they were absent.
- The father of hospitalized Iowa linebacker Jim Poggi has full faith in the coaching staff, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. The Iowa situation underscores a potentially dangerous training culture in college football, CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd writes. This is a lesson, but the meat grinder must go on, Ryan Suchomel writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Ohio State is hoping to add to an already strong recruiting class in the final week, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. The Buckeyes rank with USC as the top college football teams of the past decade, Peter A. Coclanis and Alex Coclanis write in the Los Angeles Times.
- Nebraska ends a licensing agreement with the father of quarterback Taylor Martinez, although the deal isn't against NCAA rules.
- Minnesota would accommodate the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium if the Metrodome isn't safe, Sid Hartman writes in the Star Tribune.
- Penn State eyes another running back for its recruiting class. Former Penn State defensive lineman Phil Taylor got a fresh start at Baylor, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Northwestern boasts good depth in its 2011 recruiting class, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Rich Rodriguez will do some TV work on Signing Day, and a break from coaching could serve him well, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. Tate Forcier's departure from Michigan seemed inevitable, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
- A few new Big Ten recruiting commitments are listed in the On The Trail archive.
- Indiana hopes it bolstered its secondary with a commit from cornerback Michael Hunter, Tabby Soignier writes in The (Monroe) News-Star.
- Early enrollee Kenzel Doe could contribute right away for Wisconsin at receiver, Adam Mertz writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.