Big Ten: Austin Scott
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- Ohio State coach Jim Tressel hired Gene Marsh to represent him before the NCAA, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Folks like Marsh typically lead to softer penalties from the NCAA, CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel writes. Despite all the controversy, Tressel has no intention of quitting, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- A really good piece from The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman on how a nine-game conference schedule could impact the Big Ten. Several ADs weigh in on the nine-game debate, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- It was a big weekend for former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, and you can read about it here and here and here. Former Michigan players aren't surprised by the Ohio State mess, annarbor.com's Michael Rothstein writes. Wolverines wideout Darryl Stonum pleads not guilty to drunken driving.
- Some interesting comments from Nebraska AD Tom Osborne in this Q&A with the Associated Press' Eric Olson. Nebraska officials will find a more congenial atmosphere at the Big Ten spring meetings, Tom Shatel writes in the Omaha World-Herald. Huskers running back recruit Ameer Abdullah is comfortable under the radar, Brian Christopherson writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Michigan State fans shouldn't get too caught up in recruiting buzz, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. Spartans linebacker Chris Norman looks to get healthy, George Sipple writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen makes the case for and against former Illinois star Moe Gardner making the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Purdue has made quarterback a priority position in recruiting, Rivals.com's Kyle Charters writes.
- The Daily Collegian checks in with Penn State DT Brandon Ware. Former Penn State running back Austin Scott says he's the victim of a conspiracy, Sara Ganim writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. More Penn State trouble spots from Linebacker U.
- The lockout has prevented Iowa tight end Allen Reisner and other undrafted players from finding a pro home, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Mgoblog takes another stab at renaming the Big Ten divisions.
- Pitt coach Todd Graham would love to revive the Penn State series.
See kids, this is where we bring suspects in order to be detained. Trust me, you do not want to be sitting in these seats. We call this place "Loserville."
- Nebraska athletics director Tom Osborne is keeping a close eye on the Big Ten's and Pac-10's possible expansion plans, Steven Sipple writes in the Lincoln Journal-Star.
- Blogger Frank the Tank writes that the Big Ten has more leverage now than ever in expansion negotiations, so the league doesn't need a small-splash choice like Rutgers. The Rivalry, Esq., agrees that Rutgers doesn't deserve the Big Ten.
- Outgoing Michigan AD Bill Martin reflects on his tenure, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. The man succeeding Martin, David Brandon, had his life shaped by playing football at U-M, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- New Michigan State running backs coach Brad Salem is excited to be back in East Lansing, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- A judge rules that former Penn State running back Austin Scott cannot sue prosecutors in his civil lawsuit.
Just another day in paradise.
- Minnesota athletics director Joel Maturi expects offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to depart for the Seattle Seahawks, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. As a result, quarterback Adam Weber will be working under his third OC, Josh Katzenstein writes in The Minnesota Daily.
- Iowa needs to build around returning offensive linemen Riley Reiff and Julian Vandervelde in 2010, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Joe Paterno and former Penn State players might have to testify in the lawsuit brought by Austin Scott, John Beauge writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- A pictorial look at Michigan's 2010 recruiting class from the Detroit Free Press.
- Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio must be more specific about his discipline policy, The State News writes.
- Ticket prices for Wisconsin sports events should increase in 2010, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Indiana season-ticket holders can now use 3D technology to select their seats, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required).
- A few roster changes at Purdue, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
October, 16, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Your TGIF edition of da links.
Your TGIF edition of da links.
- When Iowa's team bus crosses the state line into Wisconsin, Badgers fans are usually waiting, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield gets tips on how to pass-rush against Iowa from fellow defensive end Brandon Graham of Michigan, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers might have tipped off Ohio State to what offensive plays they were going to run last week, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Ohio State's coaches have taken a patient approach with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Head coach Jim Tressel wants to see fewer missed blocks up front, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Michigan State's defense needs all hands on deck against Northwestern's no-huddle spread, Steve Grinczel writes in The Grand Rapids Press. Northwestern coaches keep trying different tactics to get the offensive line in gear, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Michigan's Graham is climbing Mel Kiper's Big Board to No. 23. Former Michigan quarterback Rick Leach takes to the airwaves to rip Lloyd Carr, Steve Schrader writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- JoePa thinks Penn State linebacker Sean Lee will play against Minnesota, Mark Wogenrich writes in The (Allentown) Morning Call. Lee's return will finally pair him with fellow star 'backer Navorro Bowman, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. Former Penn State running back Austin Scott wants retribution from the school after his dismissal for a rape arrest that was later dismissed.
- Minnesota's improved offensive line will be put to the test Saturday in Happy Valley, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Indiana defenders are surprised to see Illinois quarterback Juice Williams fighting for his job, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required). Since 1995, things have been pretty ugly in football for both Illinois and Indiana.
October, 15, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I dunno, I sing in the shower? Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me -- no, don't sue me. That is opposite the point I'm trying to make.
- Former Penn State running back Austin Scott filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against officials from Penn State and others because he was dismissed from the team following a rape arrest, John Beauge writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- Terrelle Pryor knows there's some grumbling about Ohio State's offense, but he sees better days ahead, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. No more Hineygate at Ohio State, Bruce Cadwallader writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez backs off his claim about a team-record GPA, which the school doesn't even record, Jim Schaefer and Michael Rosenberg write in the Detroit Free Press. Here are the statements from Rodriguez and the school. In actual football news, a comprehensive midseason review from annarbor.com.
- Meeting expectations at Michigan State remains a tough challenge, Eric Lacy writes in The Detroit News. The Spartans won't win the Big Ten this year, but their turnaround has been impressive, Jamie Samuelsen writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine reviews his preseason predictions halfway through the fall.
- Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien draws inspiration from a 6-year-old fighting cancer, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Badgers running back Montee Ball knows his grandfather is watching, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.
- Iowa and Wisconsin still play old-school Big Ten football, Susan Denk writes in The (Burlington) Hawk Eye.
- Northwestern cornerback Sherrick McManis is a coach's dream, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Illinois is a broken team, but hope remains that things can be fixed, Lindsey Willhite writes in the Daily Herald.
- If Purdue could just get a handful of plays back on offense, things would be very different for the Boilers, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
October, 7, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Stephfon Green was the talk of spring football at Penn State in 2008.
Green wowed coaches, teammates and reporters with his highlight-reel speed and shiftiness, breaking away for several long touchdown runs in practices and scrimmages. But when the season rolled around, Evan Royster took center stage for the Nittany Lions, while Green moved to the backdrop.
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|Stephfon Green racked up 120 yards rushing and a touchdown against Illinois.|
Green turned in arguably his best career performance last Saturday at Illinois, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He put Penn State on the scoreboard with an electrifying 52-yard touchdown run, reminiscent of his spring-ball highlights in 2008, but he also picked up five valuable first downs on runs, including a 4-yard gain on third-and-1 from the Illinois 5-yard line that set up a Daryll Clark touchdown.
"It's just my patience," Green explained, "just getting two to three to four yards and then, hopefully, bam, a home-run play will come. I'm just focused on ball movement, time of possession and getting the key first downs. And if the hole opens up, then I can hit it and go."
Green had his moments in 2008 as a redshirt freshman, rushing for 578 yards and four touchdowns on 105 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 268 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown dash on a screen pass against Michigan. He led Penn State with 124 all-purpose yards against the Rose Bowl but suffered a dislocated right ankle in the fourth quarter that required surgery and kept him out for spring ball.
The ankle is no longer an issue for Green, but he played through bruised ribs for part of the Illinois game. Head coach Joe Paterno saw Green take a more patient and careful approach against the Illini, which paid off.
"It's taken a while for him to just settle down and take the crack inside and go from there," Paterno said. "He's doing a better job going up field and taking better advantage of the blocking, a little more patience. So I think he's one of these days going to be a really good back."
Green wants to become a "consistent, pick-up-your-yards type of back." It helps to have one sharing the carries load.
Royster's patience as a runner is considered his best attribute, and Green has taken notice. With Royster racking up 105 rush yards and a touchdown last week, he and Green became the first tandem of Penn State running backs to eclipse 100 rushing yards in the same game since Tony Hunt and Austin Scott in 2004.
"[Royster] told me about blocking schemes," Green said, "told me what cracks open up sometimes and which ones don't. He's been an excellent help to me becoming more patient and becoming more consistent."