Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Big Ten lunch links: Cousins to start for MSU
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Two days away.
- Kirk Cousins will get the start at quarterback for Michigan State in the opener.
- The allegations at Michigan are troublesome, but Rich Rodriguez needs to make sure his team is united to start winning more games, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit News. Rodriguez showed a genuine side in Monday's news conference, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. Building up football coaches into more than they are is the problem at Michigan, Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel writes. The father of Michigan freshman Je'Ron Stokes, quoted in the original Detroit Free Press story, defends Rich Rodriguez, Rivals.com's Chris Balas writes. Excerpts from Rodriguez's news conference.
- Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin have the most to gain or lose this fall in the Big Ten, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Wisconsin doesn't have unrealistic expectations for its football team, but Badgers fans demand better organization from head coach Bret Bielema in 2009, Michael Hunt writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Someone has to be the grownup for a team that undermined its skills last season with junior-high behavior that embarrassed a proud school, and if that someone cannot be Bielema, [Barry] Alvarez must look elsewhere for leadership to uphold UW standards.