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Big Ten lunch links

5/14/2014

Busy time for a Wednesday in May. Keep up here with Adam Rittenberg's reports from the spring meeting of Big Ten athletic directors.

  • From Rosemont, Ill., the Big Ten sticks to its commitment to play nine conference games, starting in 2016. League athletic directors generally still oppose alcohol sales at football stadiums.

  • Strong comments from Northwestern AD Jim Phillips on the unionization issue.

  • Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst finally offers a few words on coach Bo Pelini.

  • Minnesota AD Norwood Teague is not a fan of the “we hate Iowa" chant, especially when it’s sanctioned by the UM athletic department.

  • The league sets remaining kickoff times for homecoming next fall.

  • Rutgers dismisses quarterback Philip Nelson in the wake of a felony assault charge for the recent Minnesota transfer, leaving the Scarlet Knights’ QB situation for 2015 in limbo. And the view from Minnesota.

  • Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas is charged with felony theft. A few early mock drafts for 2015 place Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory in a lofty spot.

  • Ohio State coaches are out looking for quarterbacks in Georgia and California.

  • More recruiting talk from James Franklin, who says the changing face of the Big Ten will not affect Penn State’s ability to recruit regionally and nationally.

  • Michigan State signs up to face Arizona State in a home-and-home series, starting in 2018.

  • QB Andrew Maxwell is among the latest former Spartans to get an NFL look. Same story for ex-Wisconsin QB Danny O’Brien.

  • A former Iowa safety led police in his hometown on a chase and got tased.