Big Ten: Paul Giel
- Some good coverage from Wednesday's BCS meetings here and here and here.
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema says cornerback Devin Smith's injury might have cost the team a shot at a national title.
- Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan suffered a broken jaw in an altercation. The Illini are pursuing an Ohio high school quarterback who could play several positions in college.
- Ohio State and Penn State both remain in the mix for one-time Buckeyes commit Alex Anzalone. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is awestruck at meeting Pete Rose.
- Penn State is finally making recruiting inroads in the Deep South. The Lions adds linebacker Brandon Bell to its 2013 recruiting class. Bill O'Brien shouldn't have retained two assistants from Joe Paterno's staff, Joe Starkey writes.
- A good piece by Sam McKewon on Nebraska's efforts and challenges of recruiting nationally.
- Big news as Brady Hoke calls Ohio State "Ohio State." Hoke also talked rivalries Wednesday, including Michigan's recent struggles against Michigan State.
- BTN.com's Tom Dienhart ranks the Big Ten's special teams units.
- More on Iowa quarterback James (Vandenberg) and the Giant Bear. The Hawkeyes' veterans offer advice for the recently arrested Greg Garmon and the team's other freshmen.
- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio prepares for his first Father's Day without his dad. Spartans offensive coordinator Dan Roushar is pleased with what he has at quarterback.
- More accusers are set to testify Thursday against Jerry Sandusky. It's hard to believe, but Sandusky still has a small group of loyal supporters, Dan Wetzel writes.
- The preseason mags have mixed reviews on Purdue. The always entertaining Ryan Russell talks about his summer.
- Minnesota narrowly avoided losing scholarships as the latest APR report came out. The family of former Minnesota great Paul Giel donates some of Giel's Gopher memorabilia to the school.
- Offensive lineman recruit Brad North found a good fit at Northwestern.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Minnesota's Rushmore truly tested my research skills, as almost all the viable candidates played or coached at the school long before I was born. It's both a testament to the Gophers' success as a national powerhouse in the 1930s and 1940s, and a reminder of the program's extended run of mediocrity ever since.
There are several slam-dunk selections here, but also I'm bracing for your e-mails. I'll post some Rushmore reaction from the first six teams on Friday's blog.
- Bronko Nagurski -- One of the greatest players in Big Ten history, Nagurski won All-America honors at both tackle and fullback and starred for the Gophers in the late 1920s. A Hall of Famer at both the college and pro levels, Nagurski played on Minnesota teams that went 18-4-2. College football's national defensive player of the year award bears his name, and Minnesota football is headquartered at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex.
- Bruce Smith -- A dynamic halfback who did his best work in the clutch, Smith easily won the 1941 Heisman Trophy and led Minnesota to back-to-back national championships. Minnesota's only Heisman winner didn't lose a game in his final two seasons as the Gophers went 16-0.
- Paul Giel -- Giel didn't play during Minnesota's glory years, but he won two Big Ten MVP awards as a standout halfback. The runner-up for the 1953 Heisman Trophy, Giel racked up 2,188 rushing yards and 1,922 passing yards after starting his career as a quarterback. He's a College Football Hall of Famer and one of only four Minnesota players who have their numbers retired.
- Bernie Bierman -- The architect of Minnesota's dominant run compiled a 93-35-6 record during 16 seasons as coach. Bierman's teams owned six Big Ten championships, five national championships and five undefeated seasons. The mild-mannered Bierman coached 14 All-Americans and six College Football Hall of Famers.