Big Ten's lunch links
- Previewing spring practice at Rutgers here and here.
- Eleven thoughts on the first half of Nebraska's spring. Huskers lineman Alex Lewis was sentenced to 45 days in jail for his role in a fight while attending Colorado.
- James Franklin is trying to break through to his Penn State players. In hiring Franklin, Penn State took an important step toward becoming more diverse.
- A look at Mark Dantonio's new contract at Michigan State. A year after being mocked, Michigan State's receiving corps should be a major strength for the team.
- A good breakdown of Ohio State's linebacker position this spring.
- An Illinois state senator wants to add another Illinois school to the Big Ten. Um, OK.
- Michigan could pick up an offensive line transfer from Alabama.
- Tim Beckman has greater ownership over the 2014 Illinois squad.
- Five things to like and five concerns entering Iowa's spring practice.
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