The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Outside of the record run going on in the state of Alabama with the Crimson Tide and Tigers’ dominance in the Class of 2015, the story of the spring has to be the success of Penn State. The Nittany Lions added another pledge over the weekend and continue to wow Big Ten opponents. Plus, Oregon continues to add quality line depth.
- It's May, and you know what that means. Time to forecast the football season. Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News breaks it down, game by game, for Michigan State. And the same for Michigan, courtesy of Angelique S. Chengelis.
- The Spartans made an impact on heralded prospect Jashon Cornell at the spring game last week.
- The Wolverines, meanwhile, have work to accomplish this summer on the offensive line.
- James Franklin heads out to meet the fans at Penn State as the Vanderbilt rape case continues to hang over the coach, who reiterated on Thursday that he has cooperated fully in the investigation.
- A breakdown of the perks offered to Penn State student-athletes as NCAA reform looms.
- Rutgers’ first run through the Big Ten lines up as the toughest in the league, based on 2013 records.
- Sporting News writer Matt Hayes ranks every football coach in the FBS, placing Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio among the top 10. But Bret Bielema over Gary Andersen?
- Tom Osborne rushed to defend Turner Gill, who took responsibility for Nebraska's 1984 Orange Bowl loss during an interview for an upcoming ESPN production.
- Ohio State is set for its best showing in the NFL draft in several years.
- And finally, more from Nick Saban’s recent visit to Ohio, where the Alabama coach made headlines for praising the Big Ten.
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PITTSBURGH -- Penn State football coach James Franklin did nothing "inappropriate" in contacting the woman who claims four of Franklin's former players at Vanderbilt raped her last year, a Tennessee prosecutor said Thursday.
"I can't comment on it much other than to say the statement we've always made is there is no indication that coach Franklin did anything inappropriate in this investigation," Nashville Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a telephone interview.
Any contact Franklin had with the woman wasn't significant to the case, Thurman added.
Franklin denied wrongdoing earlier this week when attorneys for a former Vanderbilt player charged with raping the woman along with three former teammates accused prosecutors of mishandling evidence in the case.
Thurman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the filings by defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg were "an obvious tactical ploy by Mr. Vandenburg's attorneys to intimidate the victim and malign veteran prosecutors." The filings could also taint the jury pool and prevent a fair trial of the charges, Thurman said.
Vandenburg's attorneys contend prosecutors have concealed evidence from them, including text messages, phone records and call logs from Franklin.
The defense filings said the alleged victim told detectives that Franklin contacted the woman days after the alleged June assault, telling her "they cared about her" because she assisted with recruiting.
Hardly ideal, but what can you do.
(This is the point where I reiterate that the SEC's future schedule model will remain like this for the foreseeable future. You're in the same league but you'll barely play one another, yet play Coastal Carolina in mid-November instead? Don't get it.)
OK, back to B1G business. Before ranking the crossover schedules based on degree of difficulty, let's check out what they are for each league squad.
Indiana: Iowa (road, Oct. 11); Purdue (home/protected, Nov. 29)
Maryland: Iowa (home, Oct. 18); Wisconsin (road, Oct. 25)
Michigan: Minnesota (home, Sept. 27); Northwestern (road, Nov. 8)
Michigan State: Nebraska (home, Oct. 4); Purdue (road, Oct. 11)
Ohio State: Illinois (home, Nov. 1); Minnesota (road, Nov. 15)
Penn State: Northwestern (home, Sept. 27); Illinois (road, Nov. 22)
Rutgers: Nebraska (road, Oct. 25); Wisconsin (home, Nov. 2)
Illinois: Ohio State (road, Nov. 1); Penn State (home, Nov. 22)
Iowa: Indiana (home, Oct. 11); Maryland (road, Oct. 18)
Minnesota: Michigan (road, Sept. 27); Ohio State (home (Nov. 15)
Nebraska: Michigan State (road, Oct. 4); Rutgers (home, Oct. 25)
Northwestern: Penn State (road, Sept. 27); Michigan (home, Nov. 8)
Purdue: Michigan State (home, Oct. 11); Indiana (road/protected, Nov. 29)
Wisconsin: Maryland (home, Oct. 25); Rutgers (road, Nov. 2)
It's interesting that five teams -- Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, Iowa and Wisconsin -- all will play their crossover games in back-to-back weeks. Penn State, meanwhile, will go nearly two months between its first crossover contest and the second.
OK, now for the moment you've waited for: my rankings of the crossover schedules. I factored in quality of opponent (using 2013 performance and future projections), sites and dates.
These go from toughest to easiest. Many of the top crossover games don't appear this year, and there's a fairly sizable drop-off in difficulty after the first three teams.
1. Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights get thrown into the deep end right away, first with their East Division schedule but also with crossover games against two of the three likely frontrunners in the West. Nebraska is typically very tough at home, and Rutgers must come right back and play a powerful Wisconsin the following week.
2. Minnesota: I considered Minnesota for the top spot, especially given its historic struggles against Michigan, but the Gophers should be in the game in Ann Arbor and get Ohio State on their home field in mid-November, when the weather should favor the home team.
3. Maryland: Like fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers, Maryland faces two of the top West Division contenders this fall. Although the Terps host Iowa and face a Wisconsin team filled with questions, they'll be underdogs in both matchups.
4. Illinois: Road night games at Ohio State are rarely fun for the visitor, and Illinois' Nov. 1 trip could be a painful one. The Illini also host Penn State, which is somewhat of a wild card but a team capable of doing some damage if it stays healthy.
5. Northwestern: Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald has yet to beat Penn State in four tries, and opening Big Ten play at Beaver Stadium is never easy. Northwestern easily could have won its last two against Michigan but has struggled to make plays in crunch time against the Wolverines.
6. Purdue: I'm guessing the Boilers would rather flip the sites of these matchups as they'll be major underdogs against MSU no matter where the game is played. A second consecutive visit to Indiana isn't much fun, either, especially since the Hoosiers should have their wide receiver situation worked out.
8. Michigan: Wolverines fans likely will mark both games as wins given the histories of both series. But Minnesota is an improving program under Jerry Kill, and Michigan was extremely fortunate to beat Northwestern in each of the past two seasons.
9. Indiana: The Hoosiers get a tough road game and a rivalry game at home. IU has two potentially tough road games (Bowling Green and Missouri) before heading to Iowa City, which should help it. The Hoosiers should be favored against Purdue in the Bucket game.
10. Michigan State: The Nebraska game marks the first of three premier home showdowns in Big Ten play for the Spartans (Michigan and Ohio State are the others). Mark Dantonio's team gets a favorable road crossover draw in Purdue, despite the Spartans' struggles with the Boilers last year.
11. Penn State: Both Lions crossover opponents failed to make bowls last season, but both could be improved. Penn State had to rally from double-digit, second-half deficits in its last two home meetings against Northwestern. If Illinois is fighting for a bowl spot -- and Tim Beckman's job -- the late November trip could be tough.
12. Ohio State: The matchups really favor the Buckeyes in both contests. Ohio State shouldn't have trouble with Illinois at Ohio Stadium under the lights, and while Minnesota is on the rise, the Buckeyes have too much firepower.
13. Iowa: Desmond King and the Hawkeyes secondary will be tested by both crossover opponents, but Iowa should come out of both games with victories. Iowa shouldn't look past Indiana and the Maryland trip could be tricky, but the Hawkeyes avoid the big boys in the East.
14. Wisconsin: Maybe the Big Ten newbies prove me wrong, but transitioning to a new league can be tough. Wisconsin gets what I believe to be the tougher of the two squads, Maryland, at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers run game should be able to overpower Rutgers on the road.
ESPN's Paula Lavigne took a look today at the booming revenues in college athletics and how money and profits are still pouring in despite rising coaches' salaries and travel expenses. Lavigne reports that total revenue from FBS programs comes in at around $8 billion and that operating revenues have increased about 32 percent from 2007-2008 to 2012-13 (oh, for that kind of return on your 401k, huh?).
In one of the least surprising developments ever, the Big Ten had several schools among the top revenue-producing teams identified from the study. This handy-dandy graphic shows it all in easy-to-digest detail. Among some of the more interesting findings:
Wisconsin was No. 2 nationally among public schools in both revenue generated in 2012-13 ($149 million) and expenses ($146.7 million), behind only behemoth Texas in both categories. More than half of the Badgers' revenue came from areas other than football and men's basketball, which includes donations, conference payouts and other sports. Michigan was No. 4 in revenue ($143.5 million) and No. 3 in expenses ($131 million), while Ohio State was fifth in both revenue ($140 million) and expenses ($116 million). Penn State ($111 million) and Iowa ($107 million) both cracked the top 10 in expenses.
Ohio State had the nation's largest reported surplus in 2012-13 at $24 million, but that does not include $16.6 million in debt service owed for renovations at Ohio Stadium and other projects. Michigan had a surplus of $12.2 million, which ranked seventh. The Wolverines also generated more money from road games ($5.5 million) and spent more on travel (over $9.6 million) than any other school. The reporting period includes the school's trip to play Alabama in Cowboys Stadium in the 2012 season opener.
Ohio State ($28.5 million) spent more on its coaches than any other school, while Penn State ($20 million) was fifth. The Big Ten also had the top three and four of the top five schools who spent the most on visiting teams: Ohio State (nearly $8 million), Minnesota ($4.8 million), Wisconsin ($3.9 million) and Michigan State ($3.65 million). No wonder the Big Ten went to nine conference games.
This fascinating database shows that Wisconsin got more money from contributions and donations (a whopping $58.9 million) than any FBS school in 2012-13. Michigan, meanwhile, is killing it in licensing, royalties and sponsorships, raking in more than $22 million, or more than every school in the land besides Texas.
There is big, big money in college sports, and the Big Ten is at the forefront of all it.
Brian dropped in on Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana, and Adam stopped by Penn State.
Adam Rittenberg: Let's begin with your trip to the Mitten State. You made your first stop in Ann Arbor, where Michigan was wrapping up its first spring with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Michigan's top priority is the offense and fixing the line. What did you gather about the unit, and how are the changes on the defense -- player positions and coaching roles -- working out?
It's just a matter of whether the offense can keep up. The Wolverines are very young on that side of the ball, and the line is full of redshirt freshmen and sophomores right now. Mason Cole enrolled in January and was starting at left tackle in spring ball, which said a lot about the state of the position. Michigan's season likely depends on whether that O-line can come together and raise its collective level of play. There are some good-looking athletes at receiver and running back, but not many of them are proven. Many big questions remain in Ann Arbor.
AR: There are fewer questions at Michigan State. How did the defending Big Ten/Rose Bowl champs seem to be handling their success? And how are they replacing defensive standouts such as cornerback Darqueze Dennard?
BB: Several players told me they were sick of talking about the Rose Bowl, which is a good sign. I saw a team that could definitely repeat as Big Ten champions. The offense brings back most of its major pieces and will add new weapons suchas tight end Jamal Lyles and quarterback/athlete Damion Terry. The early-season scoring droughts of years past should not happen again this fall.
No doubt Pat Narduzzi's crew lost a lot -- four All-Big Ten defenders, plus both starting defensive tackles. Michigan State has a big experience gap to make up, especially at linebacker. But this is a program that just seems to reload on defense now and has recruited so well to its system. Guys like defensive tackle Joel Heath, defensive end Demetrius Cooper and safety Jalyn Powell all came on strong this spring. Three of the corners vying to replace Dennard had interceptions in the spring game. I have supreme confidence that Narduzzi will have this defense dominating again in 2014.
AR: Ohio State's defense has many more question marks after a rough 2013 campaign. The line should be terrific but how did the back seven look during your trip to Columbus? And how are new assistants Chris Ash and Larry Johnson fitting into the mix? What else stood out about the Buckeyes?
BB: In my eyes, this is one of the most intriguing teams anywhere. The Buckeyes are almost frightfully young on offense outside of Braxton Miller and are breaking in lots of new players at linebacker and in the secondary. Yet they also have some impressive looking athletes and more overall explosiveness than the previous two seasons under Urban Meyer. Ash is installing a quarters coverage look, but maybe even more important is the fact that the safeties can really run and cover now. The revamped offensive line is a big question mark, as is the inexperience at receiver and the linebacker spot. But when you see young guys like linebacker Raekwon McMillan and tailback Curtis Samuel running around, you realize there aren't a lot of Big Ten teams that look like the Buckeyes.
Adam, you made it up to State College to check in on Penn State and new coach James Franklin. What's the vibe like up there?
AR: Electric. The charismatic staff has quickly formed bonds with the players, some of whom knew Franklin from the recruiting process. The defense should be better under Bob Shoop's leadership, as long as the starters stay healthy. There's decent depth up front and safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Jordan Lucas anchor the secondary. Linebacker Mike Hull is embracing his role as the unit's leader. Christian Hackenberg can really spin the ball -- very impressive. But can PSU protect him? No Big Ten team, including Ohio State, has bigger issues along the offensive line. Running back Bill Belton looked great, and I like the depth at tight end. Franklin is realistic about the depth issues and knows his team can't afford many more injuries.
You also visited Indiana this spring. How did the Hoosiers look, especially on defense with new coordinator Brian Knorr?
BB: You know the drill. Indiana could make some real noise if it could actually, you know, stop anybody. Knorr has them playing a 3-4, and hey have some major beef inside with the defensive tackles in 325-pounders Darius Latham and Ralph Green III. Ten starters are back and some promising recruits are on the way, so there's more depth on defense than before. But it's still a major construction project, and the offense might lose a little of its big-play ability as it tries to replace three of its top four receivers from a season ago.
OK, lightning-round finish. I still see Michigan State and Ohio State as the heavy favorites here, with Penn State a dark horse if its O-line issues can be solved. What about you?
AR: MSU is the team to beat because of the quarterback and the track record on defense. Ohio State definitely is in that mix, too. Michigan remains young at spots but could contend with a serviceable run game. Offensive line is a huge issue in this division. Sleeper-wise, I wouldn't count out Penn State, Indiana or Maryland, which could be dynamic on offense if it finally stays healthy.
- Michigan has an established weapon in Devin Funchess and a future star in Freddy Canteen, but questions still remain about the targets for the passing game.
- The relationship began with a somewhat unusual request, and after 10 years together, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio reflects on his time with Pat Narduzzi.
- David Jones writes that hiring James Franklin was a risk, and the developments this week suggest there's at least a chance more things could pop up with the Penn State coach.
- Nick Saban went out of his way to praise the Big Ten and made sure he was quoted doing so during a stop in Ohio.
- Get to know one of Ohio State's most valuable weapons on the recruiting trail -- a graphic designer.
- Part of the apparent down cycle for the Big Ten can be traced to the ups and downs of the 2010 recruiting classes across the league. Sam McKewon takes a detailed look at the hits and misses.
- A former Rutgers wide receiver is trying to make an impact elsewhere in the league, and Miles Shuler appears to be on track to give Northwestern a boost on offense.
- Wisconsin would have preferred to keep its director of football operations, but now it will have to move quickly to fill a very important job to Gary Andersen.
- The 2013 signing class is already starting to fill out the depth chart at Iowa.
- Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is scheduled for a public forum at Akron in his bid for the school's presidency.
Not surprisingly, recruiting expenses are on the rise throughout the league. The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman recently outlined Big Ten recruiting costs for the last three fiscal years, which shows that the league's 11 publics schools spent $6.47 million in recruiting in FY 2013, up from $4.1 million in FY 2011. Northwestern, a private institution, does not have to publicly report its expenses.
What stands out about these numbers?
- Nebraska has spent more on recruiting than any Big Ten team in the past two seasons: $818,509 in 2013 and $752,681 in 2012. Bo Pelini's program is trying to boost its presence in Big Ten territory, maintain a presence in Texas and California, and scoop up prospects from the fertile Southeast. That costs money, and Nebraska's geography doesn't help.
- Illinois is second in recruiting expenses for the second consecutive year, devoting $791,972 in FY 2013. I'll say this for Illinois: It invests enough in football. The program shelled out for former coordinators Paul Petrino and Vic Koenning. Tim Beckman shouldn't complain about his recruiting budget. But the investment needs to start showing returns very soon.
- If asked which Big Ten school spends the least on recruiting, few folks likely would select Wisconsin. Like Nebraska, Wisconsin faces geographical challenges in recruiting and, under former coach Bret Bielema, ramped up its efforts in Florida for players such as James White and Aaron Henry. But these numbers show Wisconsin spent by far the least on recruiting in FY 2013 ($256,967) and, unlike other Big Ten programs, hasn't had dramatic increases the past two years. Assistant salaries were an issue for Bielema, who lost quite a few top aides in his final two seasons. I wonder how the recruiting budget impacted his decision to leave for Arkansas, and how the investment could change for coach Gary Andersen.
- Penn State has had the biggest increases in recruiting investment, going from $258,800 in FY 2011 -- the second-lowest total in the league -- to $443,022 in FY 2012 and then to $736,739 in FY 2013, the third-highest total in the league. The program spent much more under Bill O'Brien than it did during the end of the Joe Paterno era, and the investment should continue to increase under James Franklin, one of the more aggressive recruiters in the country.
- Although Ohio State spent about $200,000 more on recruiting in FY 2013 than FY 2012, the Buckeyes are in the bottom half of the league in expenses. Geography is a big reason, as they don't have to travel nearly as far as other league programs to scout some of the top players in the Big Ten region.
- It's interesting that Michigan's recruiting costs actually went down from FY 2011 to FY 2012 before going up to $664,492 in FY 2013. The Wolverines signed top-10 recruiting classes in 2012 and 2013.
A lot of interesting numbers here. Recruiting costs will continue to rise around the FBS, and it will be interesting to see which Big Ten teams invest more in non-coaching, recruiting-specific staff. Programs in other leagues -- cough, SEC, cough -- have been on hiring sprees, causing a lot of national discussion about limiting staff size.
- Seven players who helped themselves the most during Michigan State's spring practice. Spartan Stadium's multi-million dollar renovation is real, and it is spectacular.
- Kirk Ferentz talks about Iowa's primetime drought.
- Recruiting costs have soared in the Big Ten.
- Michigan has been busy making offers to prospects in the Class of 2015 and 2016. How does the Wolverines' post-spring running back depth chart stack up?
- A bum shoulder is hurting Chris Borland's draft stock.
- A Penn State trustee says there should be no rush to judgment on James Franklin.
- Alabama transfer Chad Lindsay is eager to join Ohio State.
- A film is in the works about Tom Osborne's call to go for 2 against Miami.
- Five questions for Rutgers entering the summer.
- Spring game stars from around the league.
A new defense filing in the case involving rape charges against four former Vanderbilt players claims that then-Commodores and current Penn State coach James Franklin contacted the accuser shortly after the alleged incident.
The filing prompted a response from Franklin later Tuesday denying he "did something wrong" after defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg -- one of four former players charged with five counts of aggravated rape stemming from an alleged on-campus assault of a 21-year-old female student last June -- asked the court to dismiss the charges because the prosecution failed to preserve key evidence.
In the filing, the defense says Franklin and strength coach Dwight Galt -- who left Vanderbilt for the same jobs at Penn State this winter -- talked to the accuser during a medical examination four days after the rape.
Franklin and Galt told the woman "that they cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting," according to the filing. Later, the defense said, "Coach Franklin called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get 15 pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules."
According to The Tennessean, Franklin "added that all the other colleges did it."
"The allegations that I did something wrong are simply not true," Franklin said in a statement released by Penn State. "I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further."
The allegations were contained in the latest filing of a case that has been fractious between prosecutors and defense lawyers, with both sides trading allegations of misconduct.
- Five lessons from Rutgers' spring practice, including Gary Nova as the team's top quarterback.
- The Big Ten continues to fight a perception problem. Gerry DiNardo shares his thoughts on each Big Ten team coming out of the spring.
- The backup quarterback spot is among Michigan State's unsettled position competitions.
- Attrition from Michigan's 2010 recruiting class seems to be keeping the team forever young.
- Big Ten ADs Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin) and Gene Smith (Ohio State) don't think the playoff will expand beyond four teams.
- Wisconsin's operations director leaves for the same post at BYU. An early projection of the Badgers' offensive depth chart.
- Ohio State fans should be thankful for an ugly portrait Georgia produced for then-recruit Raekown McMillan.
- A look at five Illinois players yet to arrive on campus who could help this season.
- Penn State assistant Herb Hand continues to immerse himself in his new community.
- Iowa's Jordan Lomax has a wider view of the field from the free safety position. Two position groups fuel the Hawkeyes' optimism for 2014.
- BTN.com looks at the top three Big Ten players at each position.
- A comprehensive look at Northwestern's roster entering the summer.
- Purdue adds two preferred walk-ons for 2014.
- A quick profile of Indiana's NFL draft hopeful wide receiver Cody Latimer.
With all that in mind, which teams drew the biggest crowds for their spring games? AL.com put together a list of the top 25 attendance figures at spring games around the country, and it's no big surprise that the SEC -- remember that thing about good weather and not much else to do? -- dominated the top 10. But Penn State had the second-biggest turnout in the nation, while Nebraska and Ohio State also cracked the top 10.
Here's the list from AL.com:
1. Alabama: 73,506
2. Penn State: 72,000
3. Auburn: 70,645
4. Tennessee: 68,548
5. Nebraska: 61,772
6. Ohio State: 61,058
7. Georgia: 46,073
8. Oklahoma: 43,500
9. South Carolina: 36,412
10. Florida State: 36,400
11. Florida: 35,834
12. Kentucky: 35,117
13. Clemson: 33,000
T-14. Arkansas: 30,000
T-14. Texas: 30,000
16. Notre Dame: 27,986
17. Louisville: 27,500
18. Missouri: 23,000
19. Mississippi State: 21,710
20. Texas Tech: 19,500
21. LSU: 18,565
22. USC: 17,500
T-23. Michigan: 15,000
T-23. Ole Miss 15,000
25. Boise State: 13,822
The list, compiled Saturday afternoon, is missing Michigan State, which had 35,000 at its spring game, and Iowa, which had 20,400. So slot the Spartans in at No. 13 and the Hawkeyes at No. 21, which would give the Big Ten six teams in the Top 25. Here's how the other Big Ten schools fared in their reported spring game attendance:
Note: Northwestern did not have a true spring game and did not release attendance figures for an open practice on its final day of spring drills.
To the links ...
- The Big Ten's projected revenues are huge as a new TV contract approaches, Mike Carmin writes. BTN's profit shares are a big reason why.
- Northwestern's historic union vote generated reaction here and here and here and here.
- Rutgers' season comes down to how new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen manages mercurial quarterback Gary Nova.
- A great look at Big Ten recruiting and where Penn State factors in after its strong start.
- Michigan State could have a more creative and devastating offense this fall. Emotions ran high at Michigan State's 2013 team banquet.
- Despite C.J. Beathard's strong spring, Iowa's top quarterback spot belongs to Jake Rudock.
- A look at Michigan's quarterback race, which is real or imagined, depending on whom you believe.
- Urban Meyer fine-tunes the Ohio State machine. Assessing the impact of new Buckeye offensive lineman Chad Lindsay.
- Nebraska can take some pointers from Michigan State's rise, Steven M. Sipple writes.
- Illinois bolsters its offensive line with recruit Gabe Megginson.
- A look at Maryland's expenses from last year's Military Bowl.
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