Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I've got Friday on my mind.
The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Mike Hlas ranks the ultra-soft Big Ten nonconference schedules, with Illinois the best of the bunch and Penn State coming in last. Mmmm, cupcakes.
Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi made overtures to Mike Tomlin and Leslie Frazier for the school's head-coaching vacancy in 2007, though neither man was interested, William C. Rhoden writes in The New York Times.
Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis has high hopes for his NFL combine performance, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Michigan State hopes to continue its recruiting momentum by bringing in a lot of top local prospects this weekend, Matt Dorsey writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Wisconsin tight ends coach Joe Rudolph is enhancing the team's recruiting in Ohio, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
Penn State center A.Q. Shipley might not need to leave the state to play pro ball, Scott Brown writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.