Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Big Ten lunch links
By ESPN.com staff
You don't know any stories? OK, I'll tell you a story.
- Money is the biggest reason driving the Big Ten's new push to expand, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- After several bowl defeats, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel knows there's no magic formula for postseason prep, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State once again shielded Terrelle Pryor from the media Monday, but the sophomore quarterback could be unleashed in Pasadena, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen breaks down Illinois' hiring of Paul Petrino, who didn't come cheap. Petrino brings some excitement to an offense that needs a jolt, Mark Tupper writes in The (Decatur) Herald & Review.
- Penn State defenders Navorro Bowman and Jerome Hayes will consider their young families when deciding whether to return to the team in 2010, Cory Giger writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Some Iowans might be facing an Orange Bowl blackout, Ryan Suchomel writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo lends his support to Mark Dantonio and the embattled football program, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News. Running back Ashton Leggett is the only Spartans player facing charges who has turned himself into authorities.
- Northwestern expects a tough challenge from Auburn's offense, but nothing the Wildcats haven't seen before, Greenstein writes.
- Former Michigan running back Brandon Minor recently underwent rotator cuff surgery, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes.
- The Sporting News' Dave Curtis ranks the bowl games.