Friday, May 6, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
Did you guys get your public forum gift bag? There's an iPod Touch in here.
- A quick recap of spring football in the Big Ten from USA Today's Erik Smith. Big Ten post-spring power rankings from National Football Post's Dave Miller.
- According to Ryan Mallett's father, Lloyd Carr encouraged Ryan to leave Michigan after the coaching change, Ian Rapoport writes in the Boston Herald.
- The Pac-12 follows the Big Ten's model in forming its own television network, George M. Thomas writes in the Akron Beacon Journal.
- Michigan State's season could hinge on its revamped offensive line, Dave Curtis writes in The Sporting News. The Spartans are expanding their national recruiting base, Matt Dorsey writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Nebraska's assistants take a team approach toward recruiting, Brian Christopherson writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Wisconsin loses a coveted tight end recruit to Florida, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien defines himself by preparation, but the NFL lockout makes things tricky, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Iowa nets a surplus from its Insight Bowl trip, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- John Simon and Garrett Goebel are among Ohio State defenders on the rise, O-Zone's Brandon Castel writes.
- Fringe Bowl Team breaks down Minnesota's recruiting needs for both offense and defense.
- Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure gets ready for a new number in the NFL, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. It has been a rough week for former Illini running back Rashard Mendenhall.