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May, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

You rang?

Vince from Dublin, Ohio, writes: Hey Adam, have you checked out Terrelle Pryor's new tattoo on his right forearm? I guess he's a "Buckeye" for life now. He got it in the days after the Spring Game. Isn't it bad to screw with karma since he had a decent game in the scrimmage?

Adam Rittenberg: I just checked it out after getting several e-mails about it. That's dedication, I guess. Terrelle just needs to make sure he doesn't go on to play or coach at another Big Ten school. I still can't get over seeing the Hawkeye tattoo on Bret Bielema's leg. As for karma, I doubt a tattoo will affect his performance this fall. Better decision-making and footwork are usually bigger factors than body art.


Kevin from State College, Pa., writes: Hey Adam I was wondering if you seriously see Penn State and Pitt starting up the rivalry any time soon. I dont think theres any question that the rivalries with Ohio State and Michigan State are picking up but I know many Penn Staters who would love to see the series start up again. I think it would be great to see this historic rivalry come back as it would finally settle the fight between these fans and would help both of them in national exposure.

Adam Rittenberg: I found it interesting that Joe Paterno mentioned Pitt as a team he'd like to see the Big Ten add if the league ever expands to 12 teams. It almost sounded like that would be the only way Penn State would ever rekindle the rivalry with the Panthers. With Alabama, Virginia and now Rutgers on the schedule, Penn State likely won't add Pitt in the near future. Penn State doesn't part with home games easily, and Pitt would have to be pretty generous for an agreement to work out.

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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman, Iowa linebacker Larry Station, and Penn State running back Curt Warner are members of the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame class, which was announced today in New York. The Big Ten had 16 players on the ballot this year, as well as two coaches who spent part of their careers in the league. 

Here are the bios for the three inductees from the Big Ten: 

  • Chris Spielman, Ohio State, linebacker (1984-87) -- Two-time first team All-America selection (1986-87) who was unanimous in 1987 and consensus in 1986. The recipient of the 1987 Lombardi Award, he was a three-time first team all-conference selection and a member of two Big Ten title teams.
  • Larry Station, Iowa, linebacker (1982-85) -- Two-time first team All-America selection (1984-85) who was unanimous in 1985, consensus in 1984. A three-time first team all-conference selection, he was named team captain and MVP in 1985. Iowa's all-time leader in tackles with 492, Station topped the team's tackles chart in all four seasons and recorded 10 or more tackles 23 times. 
  • Curt Warner, Penn State, running back (1979-82) -- Named first team All-America in 1981 and led Penn State to 1982 national championship. Most outstanding offensive player in 1980 and 1982 Fiesta Bowls. Finished career with 11 season, 10 career, 14 bowl and 42 school records.
The class includes several Heisman Trophy winners, including former Notre Dame wide receiver Tim Brown, but Michigan's Desmond Howard didn't get in on his first try.

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