Thursday, September 8, 2011
Big Ten lunch links
By Adam Rittenberg
Getting closer to game day ...
- Penn State looks for a much-needed signature win. Weather is forcing Penn State to close some grass parking lots around Beaver Stadium. JoePa is nominated for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lions assistant Jay Paterno wants fans to stay classy this weekend.
- Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez reiterates the Big Ten is happy with 12 members, Andy Baggot writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Both Michigan and Michigan State still have plenty to prove, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News.
- Colleague Michael Rothstein profiles Michigan defensive coordinator and master recruiter Greg Mattison. Former Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez says Denard Robinson remains at his best in the shotgun.
- The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine goes inside the numbers following Week 1.
- Ohio State should have both Jaamal Berry and Jordan Hall on the field this week, but expect Carlos Hyde to get the start at running back, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Meanwhile, Ohio sports merchandise retailers might be rooting to see more of a different Buckeyes running back, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Nebraska's chancellor isn't gloating about the Big 12's potential demise, Tom Shatel writes in the Omaha World-Herald. Huskers' safety Daimion Stafford wants to show he's more than a one-hit wonder, Brian Christopherson writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Iowa QB James Vandenberg isn't new to playing in tough road environments, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Don't expect any alternate unis from Iowa, although here's a funny suggestion.
- Illinois' top offensive linemen aren't looking for any respites, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Illini coach Ron Zook tells Herb Gould about a busy summer where both of his daughters got married.
- Northwestern RB Adonis Smith likes to be yelled at, Tina Akouris writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Michigan State's Todd Anderson seems to be transitioning well to fullback.
- Jerry Kill's staff continuity creates a strong bond, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press. Sid Hartman thinks Minnesota can go bowling.
- Kevin Wilson is pleased with how Indiana has responded from its season-opening loss. Hoosiers QB Ed Wright-Baker learned a lot from the Ball State game film.
- Purdue offensive coordinator Gary Nord knows all about Rice, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier. The Boilers pick up a 2012 recruit.