Summer is officially here, so the links are sizzling today.
Former Nebraska recruit Bubba Starling still roots for the Big Red, but he doesn't regret his decision to pick baseball. A terrific piece by Dirk Chatelain on former Husker Dion Booker, who served in Afghanistan. Phil Steele ranks the Huskers at No. 17 on his preseason countdown.
An excellent story by Frank Bodani on former Penn State players who served their country. Penn State is extending its recruiting reach under Bill O'Brien (subscription required).
Michigan will play the nation's fourth toughest schedule in 2012, CBSsports.com's Bruce Feldman writes. The Wolverines' seniors spend time with Navy SEALs in California.
Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi and Ohio State's Luke Fickell are among the Big Ten assistants who soon could land head-coaching jobs, Tom Dienhart writes. Dienhart also ranks the Big Ten's top defensive backs entering 2012.
Iowa could play a neutral-site game against a major-conference foe in 2016. Few are pegging the Hawkeyes as a Big Ten contender in 2012. Did Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg really kill a bear?
Matt Charboneau doesn't like the Michigan-Michigan State game opening Big Ten play in 2015 and 2016.
Athlon Sports has very high hopes for Ohio State in 2012, and has more Buckeye content here and here. Charles Eric Waugh's Ohio State devotion hasn't wavered even though he's in jail, Todd Jones writes.
Recruit John Strauser made history by being the first player from his high school to receive a Big Ten offer (Illinois). Illini coach Tim Beckman adds his latest verbal commitment from his home state.
How will the Big Ten's first-year coaches fare in 2012?
Scott Dochterman takes a closer look at the Big Ten/Pac-12 partnership.