Dienhart: What's Buzzing Today in the Big Ten?

Got the “Super Bowl hangover blues” today? Have no fear. Here are some Big Ten links to perk you up after over indulging on the Rotel dip and Yoo-Hoo.

National
The debate about recruiting ethics rages, says Rusty Miller of the Associqted Press.

Sam McKewon of Omaha World-Herald offers a nice look around the Big Ten.

Illinois
If faith remains in Champaign following that loss to Northwestern, it may be waning, writes Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Illini were super bad, writes Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald-Review. Haven’t we seen this before? You know, after the Penn State game? And even in victory over Michigan State.

Negative nellies don’t bother Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette. That’s good, because the nellies are a growing majority.

Indiana
Not only did the Hoosiers whip Purdue, but their remaining schedule looks easier, too, writes Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star. It’s good to be an Indiana fan!

Iowa
Yes, departed offensive Ken O’Keefe was a lightning rod at times for criticism, but you also have to give the guy credit for the good, too, writes Ryan Suchomel of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The help wanted sign is out in Iowa City for an offensive coordinator. Who’s next? Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette kicks around some interesting names.

Bruce Pearl was an assistant on that great 1986-87 team. Now he’s an unemployed coach who is keeping his options open, says Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Gotta think he’ll land somewhere next season.

Michigan
Kyle Meinke of AnnArbor.com puts a bow on signing day with 15 notes, quotes and oddities from a day that every school

The Michigan State game showed one thing: Michigan can’t get taller. but it’ll have to get tougher, says Nick Baumgardner of AnnArbor.com.

Michigan State
Draymond Green was valiant as a victor must be for the Spartans, writes Drew Sharp Detroit Free Press. Guess that knee injury wasn’t so bad after all. Good for Sparty.

Following that ugly loss at Illinois and injury-scare to Draymond Green, they’re feeling good in East Lansing again, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News. What a difference five days make.

Determined Draymond Green gives Michigan State hope for a title, says Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This sets up the Big Ten game of the year this week: Michigan State at Ohio State.

Brandon Wood responds to adversity, writes Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal. This is what Tom Izzo expected when he welcomed Wood from Valpo. Way to be a team player.

Minnesota
It’s all right there in front of the Gophers, who face a critical run of games, says Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Elliott Eliason is finding a place with the Gophers, writes Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. No doubt, the Cornhuskers could use the big fella.

Nebraska
Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star opines: Will the Huskers leave A.D. Tom Osborne with no choice but to make a coaching change for the hoop team?

Diaz could be done for the season, writes Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star. This is what they call “horrible” news.

Ohio State
Has it been a great senior season for William Buford? Not really, but he’s staying positive, writes Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch.

Urban Meyer: Coach at full speed. But Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch managed to keep pace with the “Urbanator” for this nice piece.

Penn State
Who is Bill O’Brien? Hmmm. Good question. Stefanie Loh of the Harrisburg Patriot-News tell us. Bill O’Brien had ties to Penn State before taking over, says Loh.

Purdue
The Boilers were passive, ‘scared’ in that home loss to Indiana, writes Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal Courier. The truth hurts.

Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel wonders: Is Purdue up to the basketball fight? Sure didn’t look like it Saturday night in a game that meant so much at home vs. its rival.

Wisconsin
Dustup over Urban Meyer’s actions obscure changes, writes Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has some nice reflections on Wisconsin’s loss to Ohio State.

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