The Big Ten lost one of its own today in New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The Boss earned his Master's degree at Ohio State from 1954-55 and served as a grad assistant under Buckeyes legendary football coach Woody Hayes. Steinbrenner went on to serve as an assistant at both Northwestern (1955-56) and Purdue (1956-57) before entering the shipping business.
Although he made his name as a baseball owner, his roots in football were obvious with how he ran the Yankees. RIP.
Solider Field will put its name in the hat for a potential Big Ten championship game, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
Michigan is putting the finishing touches on the renovated Big House, annarbor.com's Jeff Arnold writes.
When remembering the Penn State-Nebraska series, don't forget the 2002 matchup, Jared Shanker writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. Lions recruit Shawn Oakman also will hoop it up in Happy Valley, Philip Cmor writes in The Altoona Mirror.
Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has a family legacy with the Spartans, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. The Spartans pick up two recruits from Wisconsin, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Illinois tackle Corey Lewis likely will redshirt this season with a torn ACL he suffered at the end of a stellar spring, Joe Miegoc writes in the Pocono Record.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema shoots down a rumor about incoming recruit Beau Allen's health, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Iowa's latest recruit brings some major size to the defensive line, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. What's the No. 4 game of the Kirk Ferentz era? Mike Hlas goes with the Iowa-Michigan contest in 2002, Scott Dochterman goes with last year's game at Ohio State, while The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette readers go with the 2010 Orange Bowl.
It probably never will happen, but a Big Ten-SEC football challenge would be a lot of fun, Dochterman writes.