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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.
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.