Morning Briefing: Wisconsin's QB competition, Means back for Indiana
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's less than a week from the start of preseason practice and coaches are hoping for players in good health, in uniform and out of the blotter. Ohio State's Jim Tressel didn't get his wish last weekend.
Let's see what's going on around the league:
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is looking for a game manager under center, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Here's a breakdown of the Badgers' quarterback candidates.
- More on the DUI arrest of Ohio State defensive tackle Doug Worthington from The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises. As a first-time offender, Worthington won't be automatically suspended from the team but could have his playing time docked. He had been projected to start.
- Cincinnati Reds draft pick Andrew Means will be back playing wide receiver for Indiana this fall. With James Hardy gone, the Hoosiers need as many proven targets as they can find.
- Ohio State fans should thank former 49ers running back Roger Craig for helping to keep linebacker James Laurinaitis in Columbus, Steve Batterson writes in the Quad-City Times.
- The Iowa state Board of Regents is looking to an outside firm to handle the second investigation into the university's handling of the sexual assault case involving two former Hawkeyes football players, the Des Moines Register reports.
- Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror takes Joe Paterno to task for getting defensive about Penn State's off-field problems on ESPN's Outside the Lines.
- In case you missed it, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has even more time to turn around the Hoosiers program. I'm never big on contract extensions early in a guy's career (read: Charlie Weis), much less before he has even coached a game at the school.
- After taking a look at Michigan's projected starters in photo form, the Detroit Free Press examines Michigan State's first-team. Redshirt freshman B.J. Cunningham gets the nod at one wide receiver spot.
- The Charleston Daily Mail thinks Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez should say what he needs to say about his tense departure from West Virginia.
- Missed this one from the Iowa City Press-Citizen's Pat Harty, who learned the Hawkeyes aren't too popular with the two Big Ten teams from across the Illinois border.
- Bleacher Report came out with its Big Ten predictions, which have Ohio State returning to the BCS title game and Wisconsin heading to the Rose Bowl. Michigan State will be the league's surprise team at 9-3, while Michigan doesn't even make a bowl. I doubt that last pick will hold true.