Friday's links: All the best from Big Ten media days

With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana.

ILLINOIS

Decatur Herald-Review: Nathan Scheelhaase is ready for one more run.

Champaign News-Gazette: Receivers are following Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt’s lead.

Chicago Tribune: Tim Beckman is bullish on improvement.

INDIANA

Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson expects improvement from an “embarrassing” defense.

Indianapolis Star: Kevin Wilson looking for dynamic quarterback to emerge from a three-man race.

IOWA

HawkCentral.com: Why the Hawkeyes are especially hungry for this season opener.

HawkCentral.com: Kirk Ferentz’s loyalty has paid dividends.

Cedar Rapids Gazette: All three quarterbacks are on equal ground.

MICHIGAN

Detroit News: Taylor Lewan is all business as he chases a title.

AnnArbor.com: Back-to-back Michigan-Ohio State games would be something special.

Detroit Free Press: The offensive line is still a concern.

MICHIGAN STATE

MLive.com: Mark Dantonio says he wouldn’t be where he is now without Nick Saban.

Detroit News: Spartans prep to make amends from a 7-6 record.

Detroit Free Press: Leaving Chicago with some hints on the Spartans.

MINNESOTA

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Donnell Kirkwood is tough on himself.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Jerry Kill is pushing for better facilities.

NEBRASKA

Omaha.com: Taylor Martinez hoping to save best for last.

Omaha.com: Bo Pelini’s vision and Tim Beck’s creativity fuel Nebraska’s high-octane offense.

Lincoln Journal Star: Battle of NU’s is intriguing.

NORTHWESTERN

Chicago Sun-Times: Pat Fitzgerald on using a cost-of-living stipend to woo recruits: “You have no idea.”

Chicago Tribune: Video with Kain Colter on sharing quarterback role.

OHIO STATE

Columbus Dispatch: Leadership class has Urban Meyer taking notes.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Five takeaways from media days.

Cleveland.com: Braxton Miller leads the championship chase.

PENN STATE

PennLive.com: Bill O’Brien knows what he’s looking for in a quarterback.

PennLive.com: A.D. Dave Joyner hits on NCAA sanctions and the new targeting rule, among other things, in this Q&A.

PennLive.com: John Urschel recalls players who gave him fits.

PURDUE

Lafayette Journal Courier: Dealing with discipline early was important to Darrell Hazell.

Lafayette Journal Courier: Defensive line a strength for the Boilermakers.

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Jared Abbrederis, Chris Borland and James White are real attention-getters.

Wisconsin State Journal: Three-time defending champion Badgers are overshadowed by Ohio State.

Wisconsin State Journal: Friendship bonds Gary Andersen and Urban Meyer.

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