Big Ten's lunch links
January, 16, 2014
By Austin Ward | ESPNChicago.com
At least there are still college all-star games to fill the time.
- Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg sat down with new coach James Franklin shortly after he was hired, but he wasn't looking for a sales pitch.
- The Michigan secondary didn't grade well at all in 2013, and it's clear it will need to show marked improvement in defending the pass in 2014.
- Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has no plans to make himself available to the media, and not only is that at odds with his reputation as a stand-up leader, it's become an "elephant in the room," writes Mike Griffith.
- An ability to communicate and build relationships with his players has been at the heart of new Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson's success.
- Ohio State's schedule didn't impress many people around the country during debates about its merit as a national-title threat in 2013. Next season presents a few more challenges.
- Could the "Year of the Blackshirt" be just what the Nebraska program needs to give it a jolt of life?
- Minnesota wide receiver Jamel Harbison announced on Twitter that he will transfer.
- Purdue defensive lineman Langston Newton, a transfer from Kentucky, could potentially be eligible right away and provide some help for the Boilermakers up front.
- Josh Klecko, son of a NFL great Joe Klecko, is leaving Rutgers.
- Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand, a Michigan man, had an interesting idea for a tattoo from a rival school if Jim Tressel joins the staff and helps the organization win.
TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
Final Wyoming 14 2 Oregon 48 Final Southern Miss 12 3 Alabama 52 Final Tennessee 10 4 Oklahoma 34 Final 6 Georgia 35 24 South Carolina 38 Final Rice 10 7 Texas A&M 38 Final 9 USC 31 Boston College 37 Final Louisiana-Monroe 0 10 LSU 31 Final Purdue 14 11 Notre Dame 30 Final 12 UCLA 20 Texas 17 Final Louisiana-Lafayette 15 14 Ole Miss 56 Final Army 0 15 Stanford 35 Final 16 Arizona State 38 Colorado 24 Final East Carolina 28 17 Virginia Tech 21 Final UCF 10 20 Missouri 38 Final 21 Louisville 21 Virginia 23 Final Kent State 0 22 Ohio State 66