Big Ten: San Jose State Spartans
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
One day closer to actual football. The offseason is waaaay too long.
- Purdue quarterback Robert Marve discusses the knee injury that should keep him limited for the entire fall, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- A pictorial look at Michigan State's projected starters, which include Kirk Cousins at quarterback and true freshman Edwin Baker at running back, courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.
- Ohio State fans who bought early tickets to the Toledo game in Cleveland got caught in a common ticketing scheme, Rob Oller writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Michigan linebackers coach Jay Hopson likes what he sees from Jonas Mouton and Obi Ezeh, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Another classic Joe Paterno moment, this time when he passed Bear Bryant on the career coaching wins list, Bob Flounders writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.
- The contract for Wisconsin's 2010 matchup against San Jose State is nearly complete, Andy Baggott writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
- Ohio State recruit Darryl Baldwin could play either defensive end or tight end in Columbus, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- In case you missed Marc Morehouse's position-by-position breakdown of the best Iowa players during the Kirk Ferentz era.
- Heralded junior college wideout Hayo Carpenter has arrived at Minnesota, the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller writes in his blog.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
A busy news day in the Big Ten continues at Wisconsin, which loses cornerback Mario Goins and reportedly picks up a nonconference game for 2010.
Head coach Bret Bielema confirmed Goins' departure Monday, granting the sophomore an unconditional release. Goins started six games for the Badgers last season, recording 20 tackles and one pass breakup. He sat out spring practice because of academic struggles.
Goins' departure leaves Wisconsin a little thin at cornerback. Only four players have game experience, including projected starters Aaron Henry and Niles Brinkley. Henry comes off an ACL injury that kept him sidelined for all of last season.
Meanwhile, The Arizona Republic reports that San Jose State will play Wisconsin in 2010 after the Spartans dropped a game against Arizona State (a team that, coincidentally, also faces the Badgers in 2010). Bielema didn't confirm the addition of the San Jose State game, but Wisconsin's deep pockets for guarantee games reportedly sealed the deal.
In June, San Jose State dropped Stanford in 2010 for a game at Alabama that reportedly will pay close to $1 million. Reports from Wisconsin are that San Jose State will play the Badgers instead of ASU for up to twice the $450,000 guarantee it had from ASU.
InsideSparta.com reports that Wisconsin and San Jose State will play on Sept. 11, 2010, in Madison.
Though San Jose State is an improving program, the news probably won't excite Badgers fans, who want to see their team upgrade its nonconference schedule. The series with Arizona State should help, but Wisconsin hasn't played two non-league games against teams from BCS conferences in the same season since 2003 (West Virginia, North Carolina).
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
2:00 PM ET Washington State Colorado State 3:30 PM ET 20 Fresno State 25 USC 5:30 PM ET Buffalo San Diego State 9:00 PM ET Tulane Louisiana-Lafayette
6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
12:30 PM ET Arizona Boston College 2:00 PM ET Virginia Tech 17 UCLA 4:00 PM ET Rice Mississippi State 8:00 PM ET 24 Duke 21 Texas A&M
12:00 PM ET Nebraska 22 Georgia 12:00 PM ET UNLV North Texas 1:00 PM ET Iowa 16 LSU 1:00 PM ET 19 Wisconsin 9 South Carolina 5:00 PM ET 5 Stanford 4 Michigan State 8:30 PM ET 15 UCF 6 Baylor
7:30 PM ET 13 Oklahoma State 8 Missouri 8:30 PM ET 12 Clemson 7 Ohio State