Big Ten lunch links: Signing day leftovers

February, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Lots to link after national signing day, so we'll go in alphabetical order. 

"Rodriguez proved once again that challenges only fuel him. There were those at West Virginia who said he couldn't win with two- and three-star recruits. Opposing recruiters said the 3-9 record would be his death, that it would run him out of Ann Arbor, leaving his offense there and a new coach who didn't care. Through it all, the opportunity for playing time and the vision Rodriguez presented to players and parents, resonated. Others said at Michigan he couldn't recruit and keep the warm-weather players he loved, yet this class features eight from Florida and a few from Arizona."

"I believe every one of the skilled kids have a chance to get on the field because that's where we have the biggest need," Hope said.

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