Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Big Ten Morning Briefing: Stanzi takes over for Iowa
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- I'm back here today to check in on the Ohio State Buckeyes as they prepare for Saturday's matchup at top-ranked USC (ABC, 8 p.m. ET). Head coach Jim Tressel will address the media shortly after noon ET, and I'll keep a running tally of Chris Wells questions as reporters inquire about America's most famous big toe. Check back throughout the day for updates on Ohio State and the rest of the league.
The wireless is extremely slow here at the airport this morning, so just a few links today.
- Illinois coach Ron Zook wants to see more leadership from middle linebacker Brit Miller, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- You could argue Indiana already has had two weeks off. So does an early bye hurt the Hoosiers? Coach Bill Lynch doesn't think so, Lee Hurwitz writes in the Indiana Daily Student.
- The Ricky Stanzi era has dawned at Iowa, as the sophomore quarterback takes over the top spot on the depth chart, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Michigan players aren't big Charlie Weis fans, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. Bad news for a transitioning Wolverines offensive line, as left tackle Mark Ortmann has a dislocated elbow, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- Florida Atlantic is putting Michigan State on upset alert, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News.
- Minnesota's road win against Bowling Green appears to have come with a heavy cost. Starting running back Duane Bennett could miss significant time with a knee injury, and center Jeff Tow-Arnett was injured on the same play, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune.
- This was going to happen sooner or later, but Northwestern redshirt freshman cornerback Jordan Mabin has claimed a starting job, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Chris Wells is listed as the starting running back on Ohio State's depth chart, though he has yet to participate in team drills at practice, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sadly, there won't be a Ray Small sighting at Tuesday night's media availability.
- The competition hasn't been great, but Penn State's offense is off to a blazing start, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Joe Tiller felt Purdue was just average in its season opener. That won't cut it against No. 16 Oregon, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
- The road wasn't kind to Wisconsin last year, and the Badgers hope to change their fortunes at Fresno State, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.