Big Ten: Mike Garrity
- Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno sounds off about broken contracts and the state of the coaching profession at statecollege.com (good read).
- Rich Rodriguez's agent says the Michigan coach has no interest in the Tennessee vacancy, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News. Rodriguez tells the Orlando Sentinel that he gets great support at Michigan.
- Mark Dantonio took a risk by reinstating seven suspended players, Drew Sharp writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Ohio State's pipeline to Georgia continues with another recruit, Tim May and Ken Gordon write in The Columbus Dispatch. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises wonders if Ohio State's already stout defense will get even better in 2010.
- Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart hands out his Big Ten awards for 2009.
- Illinois football player Mike Garrity is acquitted of aggravated battery, Mary Schenk writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster expects assistants Jedd Fisch and Tim Davis to remain on staff for 2010, Sid Hartman writes in the Star Tribune.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
CHICAGO -- Greetings from the Big Ten meetings, which are in full swing today along the banks of the Chicago River. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno had a little trouble locating the football coaches' meeting room this morning, but he eventually found his way.
I chatted briefly with Purdue's Danny Hope, Minnesota's Tim Brewster and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio this morning. The coaches are booked the entire morning and most of the afternoon, so it's a full day for them.
More to come later, so check back later for updates. For now, a few links for you.
- More bad news for Illinois offensive lineman Mike Garrity, as a video captures the bar fight that led to his arrest for assault Friday night.
- Several of the Midwest's top prep quarterbacks were on display this weekend, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith is a recruiter to watch, according to ESPN Scouts Inc.'s JC Shurburtt.
- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany admits the league faces a geographical disadvantage in bowl games, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman writes in his blog. Gazette columnist Mike Hlas wonders why it takes so long for Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and other coaches to sign their contracts.
- No surprises at all as quarterback Daryll Clark and linebacker Sean Lee were elected as Penn State's co-captains for 2009.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Illinois sophomore offensive lineman Mike Garrity has been indefinitely suspended from the team after being arrested for assault following a bar fight last week in Champaign.
Garrity was arraigned Friday and charged with two counts of felony aggravated battery with great bodily harm. He's accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man at Kam's, a bar near the Illinois campus. Police said the man was severely injured and taken to an area hospital.
The incident is still under investigation.
"We are aware of the situation regarding Mike Garrity's arrest," Illinois head coach Ron Zook said in a statement. "He is currently suspended from the team indefinitely until we are able to gather all the facts. It is in the hands of the authorities right now and we will continue to monitor the situation."
Garrity, a third-string center, is scheduled to appear in court June 30 after posting bond.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28