Big Ten lunch links: Ferentz's stability a plus for Iowa
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
As you might have noticed, we're rolling out our season recaps this week. The posts for Illinois and Indiana are already up, and check back later today for recaps on Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota.
Coming Tuesday: Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
Here's a quick roundup of links before getting back to the recaps.
- Iowa fans have complained about Kirk Ferentz in recent seasons, but Hawkeye Nation is in a much better position than the other FBS program in the state, Pat Harty writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
"You could argue that Hayden Fry stuck around too long as the Iowa coach in the late 1990s, but what a small price to pay for two decades of stability, sunny bowl trips and Fry's classic one-liners.
You could argue that current Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is too stubborn about certain things and too loyal to his assistants.
But you can't argue about whether Ferentz is the right fit for the Iowa job. A person doesn't keep the same job for 10 seasons and win two conference titles without being the right fit."
- Ohio State's decision to replace quarterback Todd Boeckman with Terrelle Pryor sparked debate throughout the season, but Boeckman has tried to take the demotion in stride, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
"All I know is I wasn't performing to my best, the team wasn't doing its best, and maybe we needed a little boost," Boeckman said.
- The timing of quarterback Pat Devlin's departure doesn't help Penn State heading into the Rose Bowl, Jeff McLane writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Bowl practices are allowing Michigan State to get a head start on its quarterback competition for 2009, as Keith Nichol and Kirk Cousins go head-to-head, Andrew Mouranie writes in the Lansing State Journal.
- Family issues triggered Sam McGuffie's decision to transfer from Michigan, Angelique Chengelis writes in The Detroit News.