Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
Did the sun rise in Miami today?
- Every Big Ten team will have at least two losses this year, SI.com's Stewart Mandel writes in his league preview.
- Joe Paterno isn't letting up, Mark Viera writes in The New York Times. Penn State's coaches have a tough decision with their starting quarterback, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Toughness is a big theme for the Lions in camp, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
- Michigan State DE William Gholston could back up the hype this fall, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Don't dismiss Nick Hill from the Spartans' RB race.
- Ohio State's four-man QB competition appears to be down to two, Doug Lesmerises writes in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Jim Tressel still signs autographs with "Go Bucks."
- Nebraska safety Austin Cassidy embraces a leading role, Brian Rosenthal writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill finds positives in a sloppy scrimmage, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Quarterback MarQueis Gray vows to learn from his mistakes, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Michigan's defensive line rotation begins to take shape, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Wolverines aren't rushing to pick a starting running back, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- Illinois' latest training camp report from The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen. Plenty of speculation has greeted new Illini AD Mike Thomas, Mark Tupper writes.
- Purdue quarterback Robert Marve and former Nebraska player Benard Thomas are linked to former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, while Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez reportedly lost $1 million in Shapiro's Ponzi scheme.
- Purdue's Antwon Higgs jumped at the chance to move from LB to DE, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Indiana loses a legend as Pete Pihos passes away, Terry Hutchens writes in the Indianapolis Star.
- Injuries have prevented Wisconsin from getting its top two linebackers on the field together.