Friday, April 1, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
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- Oregon State's president, who helped hire Jim Tressel at Ohio State, has some tough words for The Vest, Rachel Bachman writes in The Oregonian. Not a huge surprise, but Ohio State knew about Tressel forwarding the infamous emails to Terrelle Pryor's mentor, CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd writes.
- Notes from Ohio State's first spring practice, including the departures of two players, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Buckeyes have plenty of holes to fill on defense, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Off Tackle Empire takes a good look at the most significant Big Ten coaching hire since the Ten-Year War.
- Former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky maintains his innocence and expresses disappointment at a published report, Sara Ganim and Bob Flounders write in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Reaction to the Sandusky situation here and here.
- Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is dealing with some personnel challenges this spring, Jerry DiPaola writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- More on Michigan State's review of its third-party booster clubs from the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode. Spartans running back Edwin "Rock" Baker has set a goal of 2,000 rush yards this fall, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- Nebraska tight end Kyler Reed will see his role expand in 2011, Jon Nyatawa writes in the Omaha World-Herald. It might be a challenge for some in Husker Country, but here's why you should listen to Bob Stoops at Nebraska's coaches' clinic, Steven M. Sipple writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Corey Lewis' injury issues have created opportunities for other Illinois offensive linemen, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Indiana assistant Kevin Johns demands perfection from the teams' receivers, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times. Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson discusses spring ball.
- Wisconsin right tackle Josh Oglesby is gradually working his way back from a knee injury, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times. The Badgers are developing a new personality after losing a group of standouts, Mike Lucas writes.
- Minnesota cornerback Troy Stoudermire draws praise in spring ball, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Gophers defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys wants others to step up, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- A cast on his left wrist hasn't stopped Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy from practicing hard, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times. Wildcats quarterbacks have a rough time in Thursday's practice, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- More trouble for former Michigan running back Kevin Grady.
- Iowa adds a juco cornerback who could have taken scholarships at several FCS programs, Ryan Suchomel writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.