NCF Nation: Chris Norwell
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
I'm back in Chicago, so these links are served cold.
- As he prepares to fully take ownership of the offense, Ohio State freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor wasn't hearing the "moral victory" talk Monday night, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
"'It's not good enough,' he said. 'We needed to win that game. We did hang with them, and we should have had them.'
In no uncertain terms, Pryor is setting the tone for next season, which will be his first full year as the starter."
- The members of Illinois' 2007 Rose Bowl team are rallying around former defensive tackle Chris Norwell, who was diagnosed with cancer in October, Terry Bannon writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi wasn't shocked to see two coordinators resign, Kent Youngblood writes in the Star Tribune. Major Applewhite and Chuck Long are among the possible replacements for the Gophers.
- The Big Ten has been in denial about its bowl failures for most of this decade, Tom Oates writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
"It has been slow to accept the fact it is down, down, down. That's fitting because Big Ten teams have been slow to react to the changes in college football, especially the trend toward fast-paced, speed-based offenses."
- Iowa recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach Eric Johnson could be headed to Alabama, The Gazette's Marc Morehouse writes in his blog.
- Quarterback Tate Forcier and five other early enrollees at Michigan begin classes today, Mark Snyder writes in the Detroit Free Press.