Thursday, February 3, 2011
Big Ten afternoon links
By ESPN.com staff
Hope you enjoyed the Big Ten team recruiting reviews. Now enjoy these links as I resume shoveling from snowmageddon.
- Check out ESPN Recruiting's Big Ten breakdown complete with team grades. Ohio State and Nebraska both appear in ESPN's final recruiting class rankings. Don't like your team's grade? Grade it yourself. Colleague Bruce Feldman has several Big Ten nuggets in his signing day rewind.
- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will fire three staffers and suspend two others after improperly accessing football players' records last week. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said all the right things, just a bit later than he could have, Sean Keeler writes in the Des Moines Register.
- A Nebraska staff shakeup could be coming as three assistants, including offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, didn't attend a signing day fan event, Dirk Chatelain writes in the Omaha World-Herald. The Huskers ended a strong recruiting year by landing defensive lineman Todd Peat Jr., Brian Cristopherson writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Ohio State's QBs coach expects Terrelle Pryor to regain his starting job following suspension, although Braxton Miller is waiting in the wings. The investigation surrounding Buckeyes recruit Chris Carter Jr. is ongoing, Michael Sangiacomo writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Michigan coach Brady Hoke tried to build toughness with his first recruiting class, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes. Hoke said of his CBS interview with Rich Rodriguez: "Just two ball coaches talking about football."
- Illinois on-field turnaround has translated to recruiting with a solid 2011 class, Loren Tate writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Some interesting thoughts from Illinois AD Ron Guenther and coach Ron Zook about the team's shift in recruiting strategy, Herb Gould writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald brings a candid and positive approach to the program's recruiting efforts, ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers writes. Fitzgerald also isn't a fan of recruiting ratings: "I went from a zero-star prospect to a two-time All-American. Put that in your pipe and smoke it."
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema sounds off on shady recruiting with WTSO radio in Madison. An interactive look at the Badgers' recruiting. Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst talks about why he's staying with Wisconsin.
- Penn State signed a small class but went heavy on defensive ends, Ron Musselman writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A look at what Penn State must do in its 2012 recruiting class, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- Michigan State wasn't afraid to look far and wide for talent in this year's class, Denny Schwarze writes in the Lansing State Journal. The recruiting rivalry is definitely on between Michigan State and Michigan, John Niyo writes in The Detroit News.
- Indiana coach Kevin Wilson had some candid comments about the ups and downs of his first recruiting go-round, Andy Graham writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times.
- Minnesota is bringing in several offensive line recruits who could play right away, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. The Gophers beefed up at the receiver spot, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
- Purdue really looked for versatility in this year's class, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier. Danny Hope says there's more to the A.J. King story.