Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy Fat Tuesday. Go ahead and indulge in these links.
- Big Ten athletic directors are discussing the possibility of adding a ninth conference game, but it could present even more problems for an already flawed football schedule, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Playing nine games in an 11-team league does not work out mathematically, which is the first thing I mentioned to [Wisconsin athletic director Barry] Alvarez. In case you were wondering, the ADs are aware of this.
'One team would play eight [conference games],' Alvarez said. 'We talked about how you would decide the one team that would play eight. It would still have to be two-year [schedule] cycles. There's a lot you'd have to work out. That wouldn't be immediate. It's something that's on the table to talk about.'"
- Penn State ended its contract with Russell Athletic after a student group held anti-sweat shop protests against the clothing manufacturer, Anne Danahy writes in the Centre Daily Times. Michigan also will cut ties with Russell, Dave Gershman writes in The Ann Arbor News.
- With three starters back, Iowa's secondary figures to be one of the Big Ten's best units in 2009, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse writes in his blog.
- Minnesota recruit Sam Maresh and his doctors are still discussing their options regarding the tumor in his calf, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller writes in his blog.
- Ohio State picked up a linebacker for the 2010 class, while some Buckeyes players at the NFL combine have performed well and others not so well.
- Michigan is casting a wide net for its 2010 quarterback recruiting, hoping not to have the same problems as this year, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.