Big Ten: Pete Pihos
- Every Big Ten team will have at least two losses this year, SI.com's Stewart Mandel writes in his league preview.
- Joe Paterno isn't letting up, Mark Viera writes in The New York Times. Penn State's coaches have a tough decision with their starting quarterback, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Toughness is a big theme for the Lions in camp, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News.
- Michigan State DE William Gholston could back up the hype this fall, Matt Charboneau writes in The Detroit News. Don't dismiss Nick Hill from the Spartans' RB race.
- Ohio State's four-man QB competition appears to be down to two, Doug Lesmerises writes in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Jim Tressel still signs autographs with "Go Bucks."
- Nebraska safety Austin Cassidy embraces a leading role, Brian Rosenthal writes in the Lincoln Journal Star.
- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill finds positives in a sloppy scrimmage, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Quarterback MarQueis Gray vows to learn from his mistakes, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
- Michigan's defensive line rotation begins to take shape, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Wolverines aren't rushing to pick a starting running back, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.
- Illinois' latest training camp report from The (Champaign) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen. Plenty of speculation has greeted new Illini AD Mike Thomas, Mark Tupper writes.
- Purdue quarterback Robert Marve and former Nebraska player Benard Thomas are linked to former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, while Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez reportedly lost $1 million in Shapiro's Ponzi scheme.
- Purdue's Antwon Higgs jumped at the chance to move from LB to DE, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Indiana loses a legend as Pete Pihos passes away, Terry Hutchens writes in the Indianapolis Star.
- Injuries have prevented Wisconsin from getting its top two linebackers on the field together.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
This series isn't designed to beat up on any programs, so I'll put this mildly. Indiana's football history is, well, limited when it comes to winning. Aside from a nice run in the late 1980s, Indiana has consistently finished in the league's bottom half.
As much fun as it would be to compile a Rushmore for Indiana hoops -- could the candy striped pants get a spot? -- this is a football blog, so I'll stick with football. And despite the Hoosiers' struggles on the gridiron, they have produced several notable players and coaches.
- Anthony Thompson -- A two-time first-team All-American, Thompson is undoubtedly the greatest player in team history and one of the top running backs in Big Ten history. In 1989, he set NCAA single-season records for rushing and scoring, won the Maxwell Award and finished second for the Heisman Trophy. Thompson led the Big Ten in rushing in each of his last two seasons and is the only player in team history to have his number retired.
- Antwaan Randle El -- Indiana never notched a winning season during his career, but the dynamic Randle El left his mark on the program and the Big Ten. One of the most exciting Big Ten players of this decade, Randle El won Big Ten MVP honors in 2001 and rushed for more yards than any quarterback in FBS history (3,895). The College Football Hall of Fame selection finished his career with 86 career touchdowns (44 rushing, 42 passing).
- George Taliaferro -- Taliaferro remains the only Indiana player to earn All-America honors in three different seasons. He played on Indiana's Big Ten championship team in 1945 and became the first black player drafted by an NFL team. Taliaferro earned first-team All-America honors as a defensive back in 1948 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
- Bill Mallory -- Mallory's overall record at Indiana might not look overly impressive (69-77-3), but he turned around a neglected program and restored it to respectability during the mid 1980s. In 1986, he coached Indiana to its first bowl game since 1979 and followed with postseason appearances the next two years. Indiana reached six bowl games under Mallory before going through a drought from 1993-2007. Mallory won back-to-back Big Ten Coach of the Year awards in 1986-87.