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Monday, December 19, 2011
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Brian Bennett
Lunch links roasting on an open fire ...
Luke Fickell is
waiting on word from Pitt
about its head coaching job.
Six reasons to care
about Ohio State's game against Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
Penn State might have to
start a walk-on quarterback
in its bowl game. Colleague Joe Schad reports that Penn State is interested in
Baylor assistant Brian Norwood
. A former detective recalls the
1998 investigation into Jerry Sandusky
and says he thought there was enough at the time to file charges.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst
isn't talking about his interview
at Pitt. Patrick Butrym delivered a
stirring halftime message
to his Badger teammates at the Big Ten title game.
New Illinois coach Tim Beckman is
making the rounds
at the local high schools.
Kirk Ferentz says he
won't be going to the Chiefs
or anywhere else next year. A former Iowa player says
Norm Parker saved his life
, long after his football career ended.
Allstate Sugar Bowl officials say they "
hit the mother lode
" with Virginia Tech and Michigan, even if most of the rest of the world disagrees. Freshmen
made an impressive impact
on the Wolverines' defense this season.
Michigan State's offensive line
finished the season strong
after a shaky start. The Spartans are
eager for some bowl redemption
under Mark Dantonio.
Nebraska's defensive ends are trying to
live up to the legacy
of that position at the program. Andrew Green is still working to
become a complete player
at cornerback for the Huskers. Mike Caputo's DUI
situation demands clarity
, Sam McKewon writes.
Northwestern must find a way to
stop Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill
in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Purdue will likely
be missing two starters
-- suspended receiver O.J. Ross and recently-arrested linebacker Dwayne Beckford -- for the Little Caesars Bowl.