Thursday, June 2, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
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- Terrelle Pryor is becoming Ohio State's fall guy when the real blame rest with the Ohio State/Big Ten brass, Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel writes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto has a different take: It's time to dump Pryor.
- Gary Pinkel reaffirms his commitment to Missouri amid Ohio State rumors, colleague David Ubben writes. Michigan State's trustees are confident Mark Dantonio won't bolt for Ohio State, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News.
- Six of the seven people reprimanded in following the NCAA's investigation into Michigan are no longer with the school, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. Wolverines coach Brady Hoke weighs in on several topics.
- Penn State assistant Jay Paterno writes that student-athletes already are getting a great deal with their scholarships.
- Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, Nebraska's Carl Pelini and Michigan's Al Borges are among the nation's hottest assistants, according to Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart.
- Some good news for the Buckeyes, who add a commitment for 2012, Joe Maxse writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz doesn't expect Ohio State to take a step back, Lee Barfknecht writes in the Omaha World-Herald. The Hawkeyes need receivers, and Kevonte Martin-Manley has a chance to step up, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Nebraska is very close to finalizing several future nonconference games, Sam McKewon writes in the Omaha World-Herald. The Huskers' quarterback depth shouldn't cause a major panic.
- Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the Ohio State situation hurts the Big Ten.
- Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray and Northwestern QB Dan Persa are among CBSSports.com's top 100 influential figures in college football.
- Athlon Sports casts a very wide net on Ohio State coaching candidates.
- Purdue needs defensive end depth and could find some in the junior college ranks, Rivals.com's Doug Griffiths writes.