Big Ten: Big Ten lunch links
Apparently, I can't get enough of this kid.
- More power is now in the hands of the five power conferences -- but what does that mean for the Big Ten and college football? BTN's Tom Dienhart chimes in on what's next, Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller believes it could be costly for Minnesota, and Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein believes it's all a change for the better.
- A list of five Big Ten freshmen to watch from Fox Sports.
- Iowa could be going with a two-quarterback attack this fall with Jake Ruddock and C.J. Beathard.
- Competition is intense on Ohio State's offensive line, as only two starting spots are solidified. A look at the Buckeyes checking in for preseason camp.
- Michigan's running backs are in much better shape than last season, although Brady Hoke said he's still uncertain whether sophomore transfer Ty Isaac will be eligible to play.
- Quarterback Gary Nova is taking the starting spot at Rutgers in stride. The Scarlet Knights are upset about the end of the college football video game series.
- Defensive line depth worries Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen.
- Wideout R.J. Shelton is hoping to parlay his offseason success at Michigan State into a starting spot.
- Jordan Westerkamp is becoming more comfortable and confident with his role on Nebraska. Alonzo Moore is from a small town with "a big heart" -- so small, he had never before heard of the Cornhuskers -- and now he's turning his focus on playing time.
- Randy Edsall is "not happy" with the play of Maryland wideout Deon Long, and Long knows he needs to perform better. Former Ohio State and Maryland president Brit Kirwan sees Maryland's move to the Big Ten as a step forward.
- Penn State RT Andrew Nelson discusses the offensive line and his transition in this Q&A.
This is awesome. Now someone please do it for Big Ten teams ...
- Steve Spurrier takes a shot at the Big Ten by saying East Carolina is "probably tougher than playing one of those bottom-tier Big Ten teams."
- CBS' Jon Solomon asks when the Big Ten will escape the "SEC shadow of football success."
- Northwestern's coaches played off Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with their own video.
- C.J. Brown is the face of Maryland football, and he has earned the respect of his teammates by overcoming adversity and injuries.
- Mark Dantonio shares his impressions of Saturday's first fall practice at Michigan State. An injury to DT Damon Knox could shake up the look of the defensive line.
- Iowa's Kirk Ferentz may be an old-school coach, but he's still got a few new tricks up his sleeve.
- Ohio State is "hungry" after back-to-back seasons of disappointment. Urban Meyer believes his offense is preparing Braxton Miller for the NFL.
- Michigan cornerback Blake Countess is back to 100 percent after offseason surgery and has high expectations for this season.
- What to expect from James Franklin's first Penn State preseason camp.
- Five key areas for Indiana to have success.
- Nebraska starts practice Monday evening, but players already feel they can break through in the conference this season. A look at the players the Huskers can't afford to lose in 2014.
It wouldn't even take me a day to get this entire playbook down pat ...
- BTN conducts an anonymous player survey asking about the toughest venue, coach you'd most like to play for and more.
- For the Big Ten to continue to compete, analyst Gerry DiNardo believes recruiting rules need to change -- such as allowing juniors to have official visits.
- James Franklin is becoming the "perfect villain" for a Rutgers-Penn State rivalry. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini offers Rutgers advice on its first season in the Big Ten and says to make sure you have enough linemen in this conference.
- Huskers defensive coordinator John Papuchis believes in this Q&A the defense has the potential to be Nebraska's best of the past three seasons.
- Five things Ohio State fans should take away from media days.
- Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein is "without a doubt the No.1 leader on our offense," according to head coach Gary Andersen.
- Coaches at Penn State and Pitt both say, in separate interviews, they'd like to play each other every season.
- Michigan State's Mark Dantonio is intrigued by an early signing period -- but he's also skeptical how it might work.
- Iowa's newest ticket promotion? Season tickets could net you two semesters of free tuition -- at least for five lucky students.
- Michigan coordinator Doug Nussmeier and quarterback Devin Gardner have developed a relationship "a great deal" the past seven months and expectations are high.
- Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop discusses the Boilermakers' offense and the strides and improvements they've made.
This comment is a week late but needs to be said: Joey Chestnut is an American treasure.
- Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck visited the Purdue campus for a youth camp and met with some of the current Boilermakers quarterbacks, one of whom admitted to taking a "selfie" with Luck in the background.
- Ohio State's group of linebackers might have been on the decline the past few seasons, but Urban Meyer is helping to rebuild this position by loading up on top-tier recruits.
- After three years of watching its offensive coordinator work game days from the coaches' booth, Michigan announced it will have Doug Nussmeier coaching from the sideline. MLive's Nick Baumgardner offers an inside look at the Wolverines.
- Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah will deliver the keynote speech at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon later this month.
- A look at James Franklin's top 22 tweets since arriving in Happy Valley. One Penn State commit arrived at The Opening with an interesting haircut.
- The "Ultimate Big Ten football road trip" and what games to check out, according to the Des Moines Register's Andrew Logue.
- Michigan State QB commit Brian Lewerke was "solid all week" at the Elite 11 and had the chance to work with the Spartans' Connor Cook. MSU grabbed a commitment from four-star RB L.J. Scott.
- Examining whether Melvin Gordon can do it all for Wisconsin this season and fill the void of departed No. 2 James White.
- Rutgers AD Julie Hermann discusses fundraising and facilities, including the possibility of creating an "athletes' village."
- How well do Rutgers and Maryland bloggers know their Big Ten culture and history? An Indiana Hoosiers blog finds out in a fun way.
So, the USA outlasts Spain, Italy and England? Losing never felt so good.
- Former Indiana QB Tre Roberson addresses his transfer and believes both he and Nate Sudfeld can benefit from it. USA Today previews the Hoosiers and believes a best-case scenario sees them finish 8-4.
- Brady Hoke stresses that there's still a Michigan quarterback competition -- and that a starter likely won't emerge until early in fall camp.
- Maryland blogger Pete Volk discusses the Terps' chances this season in a Q&A.
- Penn State's new athletic director will be James Franklin's fifth in four years. Breaking down the Nittany Lions' running backs.
- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is looking to work multiple summer camps outside of Madison, including in Minnesota and possibly Illinois, starting in 2015.
- Nebraska officials are looking into whether it's time for the school to revamp its gameday presentation. NFL.com ranks the top college players of the 1990s, with half of the list from Big Ten schools, including the No. 1 selection.
- The "Larry Johnson impact" is apparent in the Buckeyes' recruitment of at least one four-star Maryland prospect.
- Iowa's facility upgrades show that it's thinking big.
- BTN lists the "All-Legends Defensive Team," with the top players from 2011-2013.
- Michigan State is counting on developing the natural ability of its newest commit, DE Justice Alexander.
The World Cup's been great, but I'd still take football over fútbol any day.
- Maryland associate athletic director Ryan Bowles is helping to oversee Maryland's transition to the Big Ten -- and making changes and tweaks to athletics in preparation of the July 1 move.
- As questions loom over Rutgers' readiness for the B1G, athletic director Julie Hermann is preparing the university and speaking in "equal parts promise and hyperbole."
- BTN releases its "All-Leaders Defensive Team," which takes a look at the top players in the division from 2011 to 2013.
- For the first time in four seasons, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen will oversee a specific position: outside linebacker.
- Iowa TE Ray Hamilton has been patiently waiting his turn, and now he's on pace to fill the big shoes of C.J. Fiedorowicz. Can the Hawkeyes defense survive without their linebacking trio?
- James Franklin's "Lasch Bash" gives Penn State recruits and commits a taste of the program. Monday's report regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation is unlikely to change many minds.
- A longtime Nebraska fan, a season ticket holder since the 1950s, fulfills one of his life's last dreams with a private tour of the football stadium.
- Purdue coach Darrell Hazell talks about the new NCAA rule that allows for "football summer school" and compares it to 6 a.m. workouts, when you can use everything but a ball.
- Michigan TE commit Chris Clark on the rivalry with Ohio State: "We taking over."
If we hit that bull's-eye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.
- A basic Big Ten question appears on "Jeopardy," but stumps all the contestants.
- BTN's Tom Dienhart ranks all of the Big Ten games, from week to week, from best to worst.
- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen recently spoke about quality teams in the West Division -- and omitted both Northwestern and Illinois.
- Iowa DT Carl Davis said he wants the Hawkeyes to field the best defensive line in the country.
- Purdue coach Darrell Hazell favors an early signing period. So does Wisconsin's Andersen.
- Bo Pelini and his staff are benefiting from NCAA rule changes that allow more summer interaction, writes Steven M. Sipple.
- Incoming freshman Jabrill Peppers is "going to get his feet wet" as a returner, according to Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
- Penn State announced several themes to its games this season, including a "White Out" against Ohio State and honoring the undefeated 1994 team in the home opener.
- Ohio State's newest commit could be faster than Dontre Wilson: "I'll have to race him."
- The son of former All-Big Ten Michigan State safety John Miller, Grayson Miller, committed to the Spartans on Thursday and said, "It's been my dream to play here."
You're next, Portugal.
- Jim Delany told CBS Sports that NCAA enforcement is overmatched and there's a need for change "because nobody is comfortable with some of the tactics, aggressive tactics."
- Maryland coach Randy Edsall doesn't seem concerned about the words of James Franklin, or any other coach for that matter, and said Monday that, "Talk is cheap."
- Nebraska's 1995 team is the greatest of all-time, according to NFL.com. And the pro football website also lists four B1G players as Heisman candidates.
- Mark Dantonio has some holes to fill and starters to replace from last season, but he's confident Michigan State will be just fine in time for the opener.
- A lot of hype will be following Jabrill Peppers when he reports to Michigan this weekend, and Brady Hoke stressed letting the rookie simply be a freshman.
- Rutgers' CB Ian Thomas has left the team -- for the second time in eight months. 2015 OT Manny Taylor is more known for basketball, but committed to the Knights' football team recently.
- Replacing Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase at quarterback could prove more problematic than some anticipate.
- BTN's Tom Dienhart takes a look at the top conference matchup in Week 12.
- Purdue tailback Raheem Mostert was named one of Purdue's athletes of the year.
- Penn State players send their well wishes to longtime equipment manager Brad "Spider" Caldwell, who's leaving the university after 31 years.
Tyrion will be OK ... right? Right?!
- Former LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig is transferring to Rutgers because he wants "to be somewhere I'm needed, not just wanted."
- Ohio State teamed up to send an inspirational video to a 4-year-old boy with leukemia. Troy Smith, Ohio State's 2006 Heisman winner, also headlines the Buckeyes' 13-member Hall of Fame class.
- Badgers coach Gary Andersen wants to lure away Minnesota's top high school recruits by helping with a camp in western Wisconsin sometime next year.
- Michigan State's Mark Dantonio favors an early signing period -- but not too early.
- DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan's five-star incoming freshman, says he's not trying to be the next Charles Woodson because the rookie knows he hasn't done anything yet. Michigan assistant Roy Manning has been taking part in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program this summer with the Chicago Bears.
- Forget about the transfer of Indiana QB Tre Roberson; tailback Tevin Coleman could help this team take a step forward with his big-play ability.
- James Franklin has taken a long journey -- through 18 job titles, three cars and eight states -- to arrive as Penn State football's head coach.
- In-state football recruiting has been pretty important to Iowa's 2015 class, as six of nine commits are from the Hawkeye State.
- Based on current StubHub prices, here are the 10 most expensive Big Ten games of the season.
- A look back at Nebraska's crazy 2010 summer, when it decided a move to the Big Ten was in its best interest.
Cows don't look like cows on film. You gotta use horses.
- With Father's Day approaching, Michigan coach Brady Hoke reflected -- sometimes with tears -- about his biggest fan and toughest critic, John Hoke, who passed away in 2012.
- James Franklin and the rest of the Penn State staff spent Wednesday at a satellite camp in Florida, and the move seemed to be a "win-win" for both the Nittany Lions and Stetson.
- Doug Lesmerises continues his series on Ohio State NCAA issues by speaking with Chris Cicero, the lawyer who first warned Jim Tressel about the tattoo scandal. Also, Buckeyes assistant Luke Fickell is apparently quite the threat at dodgeball.
- Athlon offers an overview on the Big Ten, from predictions and projections to their all-conference team.
- Iowa DB Nico Law announced he's leaving the Hawkeyes football program, just a few days after being charged with disorderly conduct.
- Wisconsin's official Twitter account released some photos of alternative uniforms, including an all-red getup.
- Maryland is hosting quite a few events in celebration of officially joining the B1G on July 1, including a block party, giveaways on Mitchell Field and the release of new Terps apparel.
- Rutgers AD Julie Hermann said she believes football is key to the athletic department's success.
- BTN takes a look at the top matchup in Week 9 of the conference season.
- Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson received the Wilma Rudolph national achievement award for overcoming the odds to achieve success.
R.I.P., Captain Jason Jones. Thanks for your service.
- A new Big Ten museum will open Saturday in Rosemont, Ill.
- Phil Steele released his "Preseason All-Big Ten Team" and the conference is absolutely loaded at running back and defensive line.
- Rutgers and Maryland are finding the move to the B1G a bit easier since, as Rutgers AD Julie Hermann put it, "It's not fun to be the only kid on the block."
- BTN's Sean Merriman ranks the conference's top-10 position units, with Ohio State's defensive line at No. 1.
- Running back Ty Isaac, who recently transferred from USC to U-M, gives the Wolverines a dose of good news -- whether he plays right away or not.
- Doug Lesmerises continues a series on Ohio State's NCAA issues by speaking with former assistant Paul Haynes about the tattoo scandal.
- Penn State sophomore Christian Hackenberg might be a darkhorse for the Heisman.
- Michigan State DT Enoch Smith Jr., an incoming freshman, has an "undeniable hunger" to play the game.
- Rutgers freshman DE Sam Blue is taking yoga classes to improve his flexibility.
- Seth Wallace was hired as the Hawkeyes' new recruiting coordinator -- and he's well-versed in everything Iowa.
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