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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Big Ten lunchtime links
By Brian Bennett
California dreamin', on such a winter's day ...
Purdue won a bowl game
in a crazy way
. Akeem Shavers and Reggie Pegram
helped carry the load
for the Boilers without Ralph Bolden.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has reportedly
emerged as the top pick
for Penn State. Former teammates of Munchak are
giddy about his potential hire
Despite some rumors, Bo Pelini insists he's
not looking to leave
liked the Huskers' focus
in their first practice in Orlando on Tuesday. Nebraska's
defense should be familiar
with South Carolina's offensive scheme.
Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater declined to answer questions about
whether he'd been hospitalized
but says he will stay hydrated in the desert. Kirk Ferentz and Bob Stoops are the only two
coaches still at their schools
from the hiring class of 1999. Phil Parker seems
like a natural choice
to be the Hawkeyes' new defensive coordinator.
Decision day approaches
for Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, though so far he's only the No. 2 achiever in his family. Both the Illini and UCLA are
carrying a lot of baggage
into the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
Bret Bielema made some
adjustments to his coaching staff
before Wisconsin hit Disneyland. Center Peter Konz appears
good to go for the Badgers
in the Rose Bowl.
Fred Jackson had a chance to coach Adrian Peterson but
is glad he stuck around
as Michigan's running backs coach. Receiver Martavious Odoms
has elevated his game
Five position battles
still raging for the Wolverines in pre-Sugar Bowl practice.
Three equals one
as far as the Michigan State running backs are concerned. Keith Nichol
has sacrificed and shined
for the Spartans.
Once committed to Florida
, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier wasn't going to let a knee injury keep him away from the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
Northwestern believes it has what it takes to finally
shed the "bowl monkey