Big Ten: Moe Gardner
- 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.
- Ohio State is a legit national title contender, so deal with it, America, Matt Hinton writes at Yahoo! Sports.
- A memorial garden is being created for former Ohio State star Chic Harley, Bob Hunter writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- The flu forces Joe Paterno to cancel another appearance, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-news. Offensive coordinator Galen Hall doesn't sound too concerned about the team's QB situation, Joe Juliano writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Notre Dame and Missouri are the best bets for Big Ten expansion, Terry Hutchens writes in The Indianapolis Star. The Daily Gopher makes the case for Nebraska as a Big Ten addition.
- Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez reflects on being a Hall of Famer, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. The Badgers pick up a tight end/defensive end for 2011, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Seven wins might be a more realistic expectation for Michigan and head coach Rich Rodriguez this season, mgoblog's Brian Cook writes.
- A breakdown of Iowa's situation at safety from Black Heart Gold Pants.
- Former Illinois star Moe Gardner didn't get the Hall call this year, but it'll come eventually, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Minnesota barely made The Sporting News' countdown of the top 100 teams, and here's why, Matt Hayes writes.
Not surprisingly, the Big Ten is well represented with 16 former players and three former head coaches. The league has five players on the ballot for the first time -- Iowa tight end Marv Cook, Michigan tackle Jumbo Elliott, Illinois defensive tackle Moe Gardner, Ohio State running back Eddie George and Penn State guard Steve Wisniewski -- as well as one former coach, Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez. The ballot also includes two former Heisman Trophy winners from the Big Ten: Michigan's Desmond Howard and Ohio State's Eddie George.
Nine of the 11 conference schools are represented (Minnesota and Northwestern don't have candidates this year).
Check out the full ballot, and here's the Big Ten contingent:
- Otis Armstrong, Purdue, Running Back, 1970-72
- Dave Butz, Purdue, Defensive Tackle, 1970-72
- Marv Cook, Iowa, Tight End, 1985-88
- D.J. Dozier, Penn State, Running Back, 1983-86
- Jumbo Elliott, Michigan, Offensive Tackle, 1984-87
- Dave Foley, Ohio State, Offensive Tackle, 1966-68
- Moe Gardner, Illinois, Defensive Tackle, 1987-90
- Eddie George, Ohio State, Running Back, 1992-95
- Kirk Gibson, Michigan State, Wide Receiver, 1975-78
- Mark Herrmann, Purdue, Quarterback, 1977-80
- Desmond Howard, Michigan, Wide Receiver, 1989-91
- Robert Lytle, Michigan, Running Back, 1974-76
- Tom Nowatzke, Indiana, Fullback, 1961-64
- Jim Otis, Ohio State, Fullback, 1967-69
- Percy Snow, Michigan State, Linebacker, 1986-89
- Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, Offensive Guard, 1985-88
- Barry Alvarez: Wisconsin (1990-2005)
- William "Lone Star" Dietz: Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Inst., Kan (1929-32), Albright, Pa. (1937-42)
- Darryl Rogers: Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)
- Notre Dame will need to reach out to the Big Ten, not vice versa, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- A new-look defensive line is one of Wisconsin's big questions entering spring practice, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Former Michigan star and ESPN analyst Desmond Howard is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, annarbor.com's Dave Birkett writes. So is former Illinois star Moe Gardner, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
- Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren hopes to boost his stock at Michigan's pro day, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- An interesting breakdown of how much each Big Ten team is worth to the conference from The Rivalry, Esq.
- Terrelle Pryor's knee looks fine, as Ohio State is bonding early in the a.m., Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Nile Kinnick tops Iowa's list of athletic icons, Mike Hlas writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- A recap of Minnesota's pro day from The Minnesota Daily's Michael Rietmulder.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Illinois rounds out the list of team-by-team Rushmores. I'll take a look at the Big Ten's Rushmore on Tuesday.
Despite struggling for the better part of the last 15 years, Illinois boasts several of college football's all-time greats.
I doubt I'll get much argument with these selections, though there were some tough choices. Illinois enjoyed periods of success during the 1920s, 1960s and 1980s.
I realize my list challenges the historian inside each of you, but Illinois' not so recent past was simply too impressive to ignore.
- Red Grange -- Quite possibly the most dominant player in college football history, Grange earned All-America honors in each of his three seasons with Illinois and was the first recipient of the Big Ten MVP award in 1924. Grange accounted for 2,646 yards of offense and 34 touchdowns at Illinois. He's a charter member of both the pro and college football Halls of Fame and was ESPN's pick as the greatest college football player ever.
- Dick Butkus -- The namesake of the Butkus Award remains one of college football's greatest defensive players. Butkus twice earned first-team All-America honors, won the Big Ten MVP in 1963 and led Illinois to a Rose Bowl win on Jan. 1, 1964. He averaged 14.4 tackles a game in his Illini career and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1964. Butkus and Grange are the only Illinois players to have their numbers retired.
- Jim Grabowski -- A two-time All-American, Grabowski finished his career as the Big Ten's all-time leading rusher. Like his teammate Butkus, he placed third in the Heisman Trophy voting and claimed Big Ten MVP honors, both in 1965. He won Rose Bowl MVP honors after rushing for 125 yards in Illinois' win against Washington. Grabowski also excelled as a student and was a longtime radio analyst for Illinois football.
- Robert Zuppke -- Zuppke laid the foundation for Illinois' early success on the gridiron, serving as head coach for 29 years. He was an offensive innovator and coached Illinois to four national titles and seven conference championships. The field at Memorial Stadium is named after Zuppke, who coached Grange and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State