Big Ten lunch links: Decker has knee surgery

December, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Did any of you catch Purdue coach Joe Tiller posing for pictures with his two top quarterback pupils, Drew Brees and Kyle Orton, following Thursday night's Bears-Saints game? It looked like a pretty cool moment for Tiller, who officially turns over the Boilermakers program to Danny Hope in January.

Tiller was diplomatic in his rooting interest Thursday night. He pulled for "both offenses," as Vaughn McClure writes in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Minnesota star wide receiver Eric Decker underwent left knee surgery Monday but is expected back for the Insight Bowl, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. Fellow Gophers wide receiver Ralph Spry, who started for portions of the season before being sidetracked by a suspension, has decided to transfer from Minnesota.
  • Shonn Greene never ballooned to 300 pounds, as some Internet rumors suggested, but the Iowa running back and Big Ten MVP proved to be quite a load for opposing defenses this fall, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Ohio State fans don't seem too motivated about making another bowl trip to Arizona in tough economic times, Steve Stephens and Ken Gordon write in The Columbus Dispatch.

"Buckeye fan Janice Paudicz has been to three bowl games in Phoenix, including the national-title games in January 2007 and January 2003.

She won't be in Arizona, however, when No. 10 Ohio State plays No. 3 Texas.

"When they announced (the destination), my husband and I just looked at each other. It was, 'Do you want to go there again? No, I don't, either.'"

"I'm just not satisfied the way things ended, not satisfied at all," he said Thursday while attending the bowl-game promotion before Thursday night's College Football Awards ceremony. "That's why this bowl is so good. The perfect game for me would be something like 25 carries, 200 yards, three touchdowns and a victory. That's the way I want to go out."

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