Monday, July 20, 2009
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Big Ten media days kick off in exactly one week. It's time to get serious.
- One of the downsides to early recruiting is the difficulty of fully evaluating a prospect's academic qualifications, as Ohio State recently found out, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. With Carlos Hyde at a prep school this fall, the Buckeyes are looking for a No. 3 tailback.
- Michigan's Stevie Brown will be supervised directly by new coordinator Greg Robinson in his linebacker-safety hybrid role, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Following sports hernia surgery, Wolverines running back Michael Shaw has regained his breakaway speed, Snyder writes.
- Northwestern is recruiting central Florida extremely hard and getting excellent results, Joe Williams writes in the Orlando Sentinel.
- Speaking of recruiting, Ohio State picks up a big commit in Darryl Baldwin.
- Wisconsin comes in at No. 47 on The Sporting News' countdown of FBS teams. Former Badgers cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu was acquitted of burglary stemming from a November 2006 incident.
- Michigan State's fourth-quarter comeback against Wisconsin tops Joe Rexrode's list of the school's best games from 2008-09.
- Penn State's blowout of in-state rival and then-No. 1 Pitt ranks as the No. 6 classic Joe Paterno moment, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- Indiana picks up commit No. 11 for the 2010 class, Chris Korman writes in The Hoosier Scoop blog.