Michigan Wolverines: James Franklin
Coaches are talking about the importance of taking it one game at a time while chasing a conference title. Players have busted out their finest suits and are raving about how difficult the offseason conditioning program was at their schools. And the media grabbed some free food between interviews.
There is one more day to go before the circus leaves Chicago, but before we get to that, the Big Ten blog is handing out some awards to put a bow on the opening day.
Best-dressed player: Michigan State safety Kurtis Drummond. The honors could just as easily have gone to teammates Shilique Calhoun or Connor Cook, the former for his bow tie and the latter for his accessorizing with his enormous championship ring. But Drummond stole the show as the sharpest of the Spartans, who clearly looked the part of returning conference champs.
I think the Best Dressed award has been locked up today. Kurtis Drummond, folks. pic.twitter.com/XAnHXjJWKP— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) July 28, 2014
Most fun-loving players: The bright spotlight and huge crowd around him might have kept Ohio State coach Urban Meyer a bit guarded, but his players certainly welcomed the attention and weren't afraid of being playful with the media. Tight end Jeff Heuerman loosened things up by locking quarterback Braxton Miller in a headlock, and after that, both decided to moonlight as media members by sneaking over to ask Meyer a few questions toward the end of a session -- a rare glimpse at the personalities off the field of two of the league's best talents on it.
Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman and Braxton Miller decided to join the media today and interview Urban Meyer. pic.twitter.com/scWhYDZRNs— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) July 28, 2014
Biggest missed opportunity: The Wisconsin-LSU matchup to open the season is appealing enough at a neutral site. But the Badgers and Tigers could have taken the intrigue to another level by hosting those games at two of the loudest, most hostile stadiums in the country -- if only Gary Andersen had been around a couple of years earlier. The Badgers' coach said he "would have said yes" to a home-and-home series at Camp Randall and in Death Valley, a tantalizing what-might-have-been if the Tigers might have been as willing as Andersen.
Most appropriate Twitter handle: Nebraska’s Kenny Bell (@AFRO_THUNDER80). The 6-foot-1 receiver was probably the easiest player to pick out of a crowd, as his puffy afro towered over opposing players. Bell’s play didn’t earn him an award last season -- he was honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team -- but we just couldn’t go one more day without recognizing that 'fro.
Best-dressed coach: Penn State’s James Franklin. Every day, the head coach spends 22 minutes to shave his head in every direction and trim that goatee ... so it seems slightly surprising that he is probably the coach who spends the most time on his head, considering he’s bald. But, hey, it takes time to pull that look off -- and he was also looking dapper with that Penn State lapel, blue tie and matching pocket square. Franklin often jokes that he doesn’t need to sleep, so maybe he uses some of that extra time to pick out the right clothes.
James Franklin and our Josh Moyer are sharing head shaving techniques. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/S7iVnnNvo9— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) July 28, 2014
Quote of the day: Penn State linebacker Mike Hull has learned under three head coaches -- Joe Paterno, Bill O'Brien and Franklin -- during his career, and their personalities really couldn’t have been any different. Hull laughed while providing their takes on social media as an example.
“Yeah, I’ve seen the whole evolution,” he said. “Joe didn’t know what Facebook was, O’Brien called Facebook ‘Spacebook’ and, now, Coach Franklin probably has every social media there is to have. It’s crazy.”
Most Big Ten quote: “How are you going to approach the Rose Bowl?” -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke, lamenting some aspects of the College Football Playoff in years, like this season, when the Granddaddy of Them All is to serve as a national semifinal game. Hoke suggested that some of the pageantry associated with the game -- for instance, the Beef Bowl team competition at Lawry’s, a prime rib restaurant in Beverly Hills -- will be eliminated because of the high stakes and need for a regular game-week regimen. Of the traditional Rose Bowl, Hoke added: “It’s the greatest experience in America for kids.”
Most Iowa quote (maybe ever): “Sometimes, old school is a good school.” -- Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz on his program’s resistance to some of the offensive innovation that has swept college football.
Best quote about a player not in attendance: “I don’t like standing too close to him because it seems like the wind is always blowing through his hair. When he smiles, this little thing comes off his tooth like in the toothpaste commercial.” -- Penn State coach James Franklin on sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
- Josh Ferguson’s role in the Illinois offense must continue to grow.
- Previewing the Indiana special teams.
- Who has the Big Ten’s best uniforms?
- An Iowa season preview.
- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responds to the recent interesting comments made by Maryland’s Randy Edsall.
- Ten important Rutgers players this year.
- James Franklin gets to work on collecting pledges for the 2016 Penn State class. Breaking down the importance of road games for the Nittany Lions.
- A look at Michigan State’s talented defensive front four; its group of running backs, led by Jeremy Langford; and the Spartan receivers.
- Who’s got the better run defense, Michigan State or Ohio State? Depth-chart predictions for the Buckeyes.
- A Texas linebacker accepts a scholarship offer from Minnesota.
- Where does Wisconsin fit in a ranking of opponents on the LSU schedule?
- Fireworks at halftime are not the solution for Michigan, says Joshua Henschke.
- Fourteen notable statistics for Nebraska in 2014. A linemen out of Florida’s IMG Academy, the son of a former Notre Dame star, commits to the Huskers.
- Northwestern’s Matt Frazier eyes the starting job at right guard.
- In case you missed it last week, six Big Ten teams made Forbes’ list of the 25 priciest tickets on the secondary market.
- A pair of freshman wide receivers left Wisconsin, which needs all the help it can get at that position.
- Penn State picked up a pair of commitments over the weekend, one for 2015 and one for '16. James Franklin is using his own brand of David vs. Goliath.
- Maryland is open to the challenges of the Big Ten.
- Comparing the offensive lines at Ohio State and Michigan State. The Spartans' line is trying to take another step forward.
- Ameer Abdullah could learn some lessons from Ahman Green. Nebraska won't exactly face a murderers' row of quarterbacks in 2014.
- Jonah Pirsig could work his way into a starting role on Minnesota's offensive line. The Gophers landed two commitments, including a Canadian running back.
- Assessing the state of Michigan's offensive line.
- Iowa's Sean Draper is battling for a starting cornerback spot after a tough 2013 season.
- Purdue has picked up the tempo in the weight room.
- A Florida cornerback talks about his commitment to Rutgers.
- Coaches' salaries prove that basketball trumps football in Indiana.
- Here are 50 fun Big Ten facts.
- Former Indiana QB Tre Roberson addresses his transfer and believes both he and Nate Sudfeld can benefit from it. USA Today previews the Hoosiers and believes a best-case scenario sees them finish 8-4.
- Brady Hoke stresses that there's still a Michigan quarterback competition -- and that a starter likely won't emerge until early in fall camp.
- Maryland blogger Pete Volk discusses the Terps' chances this season in a Q&A.
- Penn State's new athletic director will be James Franklin's fifth in four years. Breaking down the Nittany Lions' running backs.
- Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is looking to work multiple summer camps outside of Madison, including in Minnesota and possibly Illinois, starting in 2015.
- Nebraska officials are looking into whether it's time for the school to revamp its gameday presentation. NFL.com ranks the top college players of the 1990s, with half of the list from Big Ten schools, including the No. 1 selection.
- The "Larry Johnson impact" is apparent in the Buckeyes' recruitment of at least one four-star Maryland prospect.
- Iowa's facility upgrades show that it's thinking big.
- BTN lists the "All-Legends Defensive Team," with the top players from 2011-2013.
- Michigan State is counting on developing the natural ability of its newest commit, DE Justice Alexander.
- Maryland associate athletic director Ryan Bowles is helping to oversee Maryland's transition to the Big Ten -- and making changes and tweaks to athletics in preparation of the July 1 move.
- As questions loom over Rutgers' readiness for the B1G, athletic director Julie Hermann is preparing the university and speaking in "equal parts promise and hyperbole."
- BTN releases its "All-Leaders Defensive Team," which takes a look at the top players in the division from 2011 to 2013.
- For the first time in four seasons, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen will oversee a specific position: outside linebacker.
- Iowa TE Ray Hamilton has been patiently waiting his turn, and now he's on pace to fill the big shoes of C.J. Fiedorowicz. Can the Hawkeyes defense survive without their linebacking trio?
- James Franklin's "Lasch Bash" gives Penn State recruits and commits a taste of the program. Monday's report regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation is unlikely to change many minds.
- A longtime Nebraska fan, a season ticket holder since the 1950s, fulfills one of his life's last dreams with a private tour of the football stadium.
- Purdue coach Darrell Hazell talks about the new NCAA rule that allows for "football summer school" and compares it to 6 a.m. workouts, when you can use everything but a ball.
- Michigan TE commit Chris Clark on the rivalry with Ohio State: "We taking over."
Penn State continues to lead the way, as coach James Franklin has already piled up 16 commitments for 2015. The Nittany Lions' seven ESPN 300 recruits are tied for fourth most in the country. The numbers are starting to add up for other Big Ten squads as well. The usual caveat here applies -- signing day is not until February, and a whole lot of things can change between now and then -- but here's a closer look at how recruiting stands in the league in mid-June.
2015 verbal commitments: 16
ESPN 300 prospects: 8
Highest-rated recruit (according to ESPN.com): QB-DT Brandon Wimbush
Spotlight: When offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins committed to Franklin over the phone, Franklin was at a Penn State caravan in Hershey. Franklin held his cell phone out to the crowd and got a "We Are ..." chant started. It was only the start of the good news, as Wimbush committed the same day.
2015 verbal commitments: 13
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Quarterback Austin Kafentzis
Spotlight: Gary Anderson's staff has been on a roll, picking up nine commitments in the past six weeks, including seven in the past 11 days. Sam Madden was the latest of three offensive tackles to give his pledge, and at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, he's bringing a whole lot of beef to Madison.
2015 verbal commitments: 12
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Athlete David Dowell
Spotlight: The Wildcats' latest commitment came this month when New Jersey offensive lineman Andrew Otterman told Pat Fitzgerald yes. He was an under-the-radar recruit who was being pursued by Ivy League schools, and he plans on being a pre-med major.
2015 verbal commitments: 11
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: TE-H Nakia Griffin
Spotlight: Kyle Flood has added three commitments in the past week. The highest-rated one was 6-6, 280-pound Blake Camper of Virginia, who will likely play offensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights.
2015 verbal commitments: 10
ESPN 300 prospects: 1
Highest-rated recruit: Cornerback Eric Lee
Spotlight: The Huskers have held steady, with their last commitment coming on May 15. That was from Atlanta safety Aaron Williams. He wasn't really getting recruited by SEC schools, but new secondary coach Charlton Warren, who's from Atlanta, obviously saw something he liked.
2015 verbal commitments: 9
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Athlete Drew Cook
Spotlight: The Hawkeyes grabbed their first eight commitments early, then added offensive lineman Brett Waechter last week. He sounds like the typical Kirk Ferentz project: a player from a small school in Iowa (Hartley) whom the recruiting services don't know much about. At around 6-5 and 265 pounds, he's got a nice baseline for that Hawkeyes development program to use.
2015 verbal commitments: 9
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Cornerback Kareem Ali, Jr.
Spotlight: After being quiet on the trail for months, the Terrapins picked up eight commitments in the past 25 days. That includes Ali, who chose Maryland over offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Florida, Rutgers and others.
2015 verbal commitments: 7
ESPN 300 prospects: 4
Highest-rated recruit: Cornerback Garrett Taylor
Spotlight: Offensive tackle Grant Newsome gave the Wolverines a boost last week, picking Brady Hoke's team over Penn State. The 6-7, 290-pounder also reportedly had offers from Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame and loads of others. Given Michigan's recent struggles on the O-line, this came as particularly good news.
2015 verbal commitments: 7
ESPN 300 prospects: 2
Highest-rated recruit: Athlete Eric Glover-Williams
Spotlight: Buckeyes fans who were getting nervous about the slow start to recruiting were reassured when five players committed between May 27 and June 10. One of those is a long snapper -- Liam McCullough from Columbus. Long snappers don't often get scholarship offers, but McCullough had them from Michigan State and Wisconsin and is rated No. 2 nationally at his position. If he plays and you never hear his name again, the scholarship was well worth it.
2015 verbal commitments: 6
ESPN 300 prospects: 1
Highest-rated recruit: Offensive tackle Gabe Megginson
Spotlight: The Illini saw something in Washington D.C. running back Reggie Corbin, whose only other major offer was from Washington State. Since Tim Beckman missed out on USC transfer Ty Isaac, Corbin could get some early playing time in the backfield.
2015 verbal commitments: 5
ESPN 300 prospects: 2
Highest-rated recruit: Offensive tackle Kyonta Stallworth
Spotlight: Quarterback Jayru Campbell, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being charged with assaulting a school security officer, decommitted from the Spartans, which was likely a two-way street. Michigan State had already found another quarterback in this class in Brian Lewerke from Phoenix. Running back Khari Willis committed over the weekend.
2015 verbal commitments: 5
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Quarterback Elijah Sindelar
Spotlight: Darrell Hazell picked up four commitments in the past week, including three-star running back Robert Ennis from Millville, N.J. Purdue joined Ohio State in offering a scholarship to a long snapper, Ben Makowski, which inspired this post.
2015 verbal commitments: 4
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Wide receiver Leon Thornton
Spotlight: The Hoosiers have added two recruits this month, including sought-after quarterback Tommy Stevens. With Tre Roberson transferring, Kevin Wilson needs to add a quarterback in this class.
2015 verbal commitments: 3
ESPN 300 prospects: 0
Highest-rated recruit: Safety Jacob Huff
Spotlight: All three of Minnesota's commits have come since May 30, and none have been rated yet by ESPN.com. Two of the three are twins, as defensive back Jacob Huff and linebacker Julian Huff each gave their pledge on June 5. Twin Cities, indeed.
- Jim Delany told CBS Sports that NCAA enforcement is overmatched and there's a need for change "because nobody is comfortable with some of the tactics, aggressive tactics."
- Maryland coach Randy Edsall doesn't seem concerned about the words of James Franklin, or any other coach for that matter, and said Monday that, "Talk is cheap."
- Nebraska's 1995 team is the greatest of all-time, according to NFL.com. And the pro football website also lists four B1G players as Heisman candidates.
- Mark Dantonio has some holes to fill and starters to replace from last season, but he's confident Michigan State will be just fine in time for the opener.
- A lot of hype will be following Jabrill Peppers when he reports to Michigan this weekend, and Brady Hoke stressed letting the rookie simply be a freshman.
- Rutgers' CB Ian Thomas has left the team -- for the second time in eight months. 2015 OT Manny Taylor is more known for basketball, but committed to the Knights' football team recently.
- Replacing Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase at quarterback could prove more problematic than some anticipate.
- BTN's Tom Dienhart takes a look at the top conference matchup in Week 12.
- Purdue tailback Raheem Mostert was named one of Purdue's athletes of the year.
- Penn State players send their well wishes to longtime equipment manager Brad "Spider" Caldwell, who's leaving the university after 31 years.
- Former LSU quarterback Hayden Rettig is transferring to Rutgers because he wants "to be somewhere I'm needed, not just wanted."
- Ohio State teamed up to send an inspirational video to a 4-year-old boy with leukemia. Troy Smith, Ohio State's 2006 Heisman winner, also headlines the Buckeyes' 13-member Hall of Fame class.
- Badgers coach Gary Andersen wants to lure away Minnesota's top high school recruits by helping with a camp in western Wisconsin sometime next year.
- Michigan State's Mark Dantonio favors an early signing period -- but not too early.
- DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan's five-star incoming freshman, says he's not trying to be the next Charles Woodson because the rookie knows he hasn't done anything yet. Michigan assistant Roy Manning has been taking part in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program this summer with the Chicago Bears.
- Forget about the transfer of Indiana QB Tre Roberson; tailback Tevin Coleman could help this team take a step forward with his big-play ability.
- James Franklin has taken a long journey -- through 18 job titles, three cars and eight states -- to arrive as Penn State football's head coach.
- In-state football recruiting has been pretty important to Iowa's 2015 class, as six of nine commits are from the Hawkeye State.
- Based on current StubHub prices, here are the 10 most expensive Big Ten games of the season.
- A look back at Nebraska's crazy 2010 summer, when it decided a move to the Big Ten was in its best interest.
- Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys opened his own restaurant in his hometown this offseason and hopes to cook up something special with the Gophers' D this fall.
- James Franklin is what you'd call an innovator when it comes to camping, and he hopes to hold some youth camps in the future.
- The son of a former Hawkeye (named, awesomely enough, Richard Pryor) is on Iowa's recruiting radar.
- Brady Hoke's wife, Laura, helps assistant coaches' families bond and cope with tough times. Hoke still plans to ease Jabrill Peppers into things.
- Darqueze Dennard is bringing maturity and character to the Cincinnati Bengals.
- What do the preseason mags say about Nebraska?
- A long snapper committed to Ohio State. Spending 48 hours with Tyler Green, who went from Buckeyes camper to a Buckeyes commit in a weekend.
- Purdue running back Raheem Mostert is ready to roll at the NCAA track and field championships.
- Former Rutgers quarterback Blake Rankin has landed at Delaware.
- Highlighting the best of Week 8 in the Big Ten season.
- Terrelle Pryor hopes Ohio State one day welcomes him back to its community. Recruit Tyler Green is fired up about his pledge to Ohio State.
- Taylor Martinez's brother seeks a fresh start away from Nebraska. The Huskers' 2015 recruits are building chemistry.
- Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover says of QB Mitch Leidner: "This is going to be his team or bust."
- Former Penn State quarterbacks love what they see from Christian Hackenberg. James Franklin doesn't understand the criticism about guest coaching in the South.
- Michigan's seniors won't take a leadership trip this summer as Brady Hoke guards against entitlement. Wolverines CB Blake Countess is recovering from core muscle surgery.
- Wisconsin's drought of Texas recruits is over as two high school teammates commit.
- The Big Ten won't be the only league with 11 a.m. local time kickoffs.
- Former MSU player and coach Hank Bullough is on the comeback trail.
- Ready or not, here comes Rutgers to the Big Ten.
- Northwestern's 2015 recruiting class is up to 12 after an offensive lineman commits. One-time decorated recruit Malin Jones leaves the Wildcats' program.
- More information on the incident that led to Iowa safety Nico Law's citation arrest.
- Indiana QB recruit Tommy Stevens looks like a good fit for the Hoosiers' up-tempo offense.
- Purdue gets an early start on its south end zone project with bleacher removal.
- James Franklin is continuing his push to have a sold-out Beaver Stadium all season, and Penn State has added 4,000 new season ticket holders. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is not a fan of Franklin working at Georgia State's camp.
- Camp Randall Stadium is getting a multi-million dollar wi-fi upgrade.
- A former NCAA investigator says "some of the rules were silly" while talking looking backon the Ohio State tattoo scandal. Quarterback recruit Joe Burrow worked hard to go from "not that good" to having Urban Meyer compare him to Alex Smith.
- The son of a former Husker who's regarded as the best high school receiver in Nebraska is hoping to draw scholarship offers while camping at Nebraska and Wisconsin.
- Michigan State offensive tackle commit Noah Listermann talked about why he picked the Spartans. Recapping MSU's top 10 sports moments in 2013.
- Looking back at Michigan's 2010 recruiting class, which saw lots of attrition but also produced Devin Gardner and Jake Ryan.
- Five water-cooler debates involving Iowa football.
- Purdue players are taking advantage of a new rule that allows them to work Darrell Hazell's camps.
- Rutgers fans weigh in on how to improve the game-day experience at High Point Solutions Stadium.
- An early look at Week 3 in the 2014 Big Ten season.
- Three years after the Ohio State tattoo scandal, E. Gordon Gee says, "I think everyone won." Ed Warriner is overseeing another extreme makeover on the Ohio State offensive line.
- Purdue's Raheem Mostert is being called the fastest man in the FBS after he qualified for the NCAA championships in track and field.
- Washington transfer Damore’ea Stringfellow is eager for his change of scenery at Nebraska.
- The 2014 season is crucial for Tim Beckman's future at Illinois.
- A Michigan quarterback recruit tweaked Ohio State fans on Twitter and heard about it. Michigan pledge Tyree Kinnel is staying strong with the Wolverines even as other schools gain interest.
- If Auburn is going to claim more national titles, should Penn State do the same? James Franklin spent only one year in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers but found it to be a valuable developmental experience.
- Former Iowa star Chad Greenway rescued two people from a lake in Minnesota.
- The Big Ten Network examines the toughest conference game for each team this season.
- Rutgers freshman receiver Dre Boggs plans on making an immediate impact.
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Jonathan from San Antonio writes: While I get the irony of oversigning and then standing on "integrity" to complain about Franklin, do you get the irony of your article? You seem to defend Franklin's strategy based on the fact that others do it and that it's within the rules. Yet, you (Big Ten proponents and fans) complain about oversigning, when it too is a "others are doing it," and "it's within the rules" equally applies to that practice. So if you want the SEC to stop complaining about this particular issue (and join in), then the Big Ten needs to stop complaining about oversigning (and join in).
Adam Rittenberg: Jonathan, you can't possibly be equating oversigning to guest-coaching at another program's camp? Only one of those tactics hurts players. Only one involves dishonesty. My post had a heavy dose of sarcasm, but just to be clear, I don't like oversigning. I have no problem with guest-coaching at camps. Who does it harm? It's a brilliant move by James Franklin, and other coaches either have or will follow. The SEC should get rid of its rule and guest-coach as well. No issue there. These are two extremely different tactics, and only oversigning does real damage, in my view.
Adam Rittenberg: It's kind of funny, Tracie, because every third email I receive states how ESPN promotes the SEC whenever possible. I don't have a vendetta against the SEC. It's a great league with great coaches. It's also a league that doesn't get called out enough for things like this. People might think I'm a Big Ten homer for writing that post. Those who read me know that's far from the truth. The Big Ten is justifiably criticized for its missteps. The SEC seems to get a pass because it wins national championships. It's not a jealousy issue. The Big Ten is way behind the SEC when it comes to recruiting and winning. That's why Franklin's guest-coaching plan makes complete sense. The funny part is that the SEC, a league very good at football but also very good at bending recruiting rules to its advantage, has a problem with it. Woo Pig Sooie!
Adam Rittenberg: I like your confidence, but I need to see more from Elliott to include him on the list of likely 1,000-yard rushers. I can't include every player who eclipsed 250 yards last year. The list becomes pointless. Elliott is a talented back, but 162 of his 262 rushing yards last year came against Florida A&M. He had more than two carries in only one Big Ten game, against last-place Purdue. I also think Ohio State will mix and match backs. So while Elliott could reach 1,000 yards, he needs to prove himself this season.
Adam Rittenberg: It would be an attractive job, Kevin, but it won't happen for several reasons. The biggest one is simple logic. If Michigan is to consider Nussmeier for the top job, Nussmeier would have to perform well as offensive coordinator this season. And if the offense performs better, the team seemingly will, too. Michigan's defense should be as good and likely better than it was in 2013. The team's big issues are on offense. If those are rectified, the win total goes up and Hoke stays. Athletic director Dave Brandon does not want to fire Hoke, whom he hired. Plus, I'd be surprised if Michigan would replace Hoke with a first-time head coach.
Adam Rittenberg: Interesting observation, Anthony, although I wouldn't say the 2011 Wisconsin team, which beat Ohio State in 2010 but repeated as Big Ten champion the following year, grossly underperformed. This seems more coincidental than anything else. Michigan State could take a step back if certain linebackers and defensive backs struggle, or if some of Connor Cook's near interceptions turn into actual interceptions. But I like how the Spartans, who have been very good at home under Mark Dantonio, get Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska on their home field.
- The cost of having Michigan's offensive coordinator position named after you: $3 million. Taylor Lewan's ex-girlfriend disputed his account of the altercation that happened after the Ohio State game.
- Retiring Penn State equipment manager Spider Caldwell reflects on his 31-year career with the school. Dissecting the Nittany Lions' passing game. Prized linebacker recruit Josh Barajas flipped from PSU to Notre Dame.
- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood is open to following James Franklin's idea and working at satellite summer camps.
- Ohio State is in the picture but has some work to do to land quarterback target Torrance Gibson.
- Nebraska's former strength coach will receive a lifetime award.
- Prep quarterback Jayru Campbell, who had given his verbal commitment to Michigan State, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for his assault on a school security officer.
- Illinois is in the mix for running back and USC transfer Ty Isaac.
- A Purdue engineer shared concussion research at the White House.
- SI.com's 2015 mock draft has four Big Ten players -- and two Iowa Hawkeyes -- in the top 15.
- The Big Ten Network tries to identify the league's most underrated player going into 2014.
- Mark Dantonio is planning on keeping Michigan State football on a roll.
- Improving Penn State's branding is high on James Franklin's to-do list. A rather exhaustive preview of the 2014 Nittany Lions.
- Ohio State landed a quarterback for its 2015 class, and it could take another. A look at the Buckeyes' play-action package.
- Nebraska's summer camps will feature some new experts: current Huskers players. Sadly, Kenny Bell's tremendous Afro is gone.
- Minnesota offensive lineman Caleb Bak called it quits on his career.
- Illinois got a commitment from a Washington, D.C., running back.
- Seven home games per year is not necessarily the way of the future for Big Ten teams.
- Former Michigan receiver Drew Dileo will get a shot with the Miami Dolphins.
- Looking back on how Rutgers' 2011 recruiting class panned out.
- Athlon lists its best quarterback-head coach tandems for 2014, and it includes several Big Ten duos.
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