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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Happy hump day. All I know is we're a little bit closer to Saturday.
The links begin with Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who felt the hit from Wisconsin that knocked reserve running back Dan "Boom" Herron out of last Saturday's game falls under the officials' new point of emphasis to limit helmet-to-helmet blows.
Paterno, 81, has faced questions about his future for years. But his declining mobility, coupled with the announcement last April that he would not receive a new contract when his current deal expires after the season, has made for an increasingly uncertain time in his 43-year tenure as the coach. Paterno has worked without a contract for most of his career.
Players say they've heard Minnesota's second-year coach, Tim Brewster, is particularly motivated because he wanted the Illini head coaching job when Zook was hired. Brewster played tight end at Illinois and helped the Illini to the Big Ten Conference championship in 1983.