Big Ten lunchtime links: Brewster blossoms as coach
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy Halloween. I'm all out of sweater vests. Any other ideas for a Big Ten-themed costume?
While you ponder that question, check out these links.
- Despite mounting criticism of Ohio State's offense, head coach Jim Tressel still plans to have the final say in play-calling decisions, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- Minnesota coach Tim Brewster has shown that he does more than talk a good game, Jim Souhan writes in the Star Tribune. Brewster is acting less like a PR man and more like a coach.
"Brewster arrived in town eager to appear on every TV and radio show in town, eager to repeat his favorite mottos and talking points. When he proved unwilling to answer any questions with candor, and followed a summer of relentless promotion with a 1-11 season, he lost credibility faster than Alan Greenspan.
"These days, Brewster spends games barking at officials, spends his postgame news conferences -- even after victories -- seething at perceived and sometimes nonexistent slights.
"While he has become less likeable as a promoter, he has become more credible as a head coach."
- Ron Zook believes the current Illinois team is better than its Rose Bowl predecessor. The Illini have a funny way of showing it, Terry Bannon writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- It's Halloween, and Penn State is dressing up as a national championship contender, Bob Wojnowski writes in The Detroit News.
- Wisconsin has had a disappointing season in many respects, but senior cornerback Allen Langford is doing his part, Jim Polzin writes in The Capital Times.
- The Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine breaks down how Minnesota has turned things around from a 1-11 season.