Big Ten links: Badgers at Lambeau, Gaelin Elmore tattoo & more

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Big Ten links: Badgers at Lambeau, Gaelin Elmore tattoo & more

Wisconsin practiced at Green Bay over the weekend in anticipation of playing in the historic venue this fall vs. LSU on Sept. 3. How cool is this?

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Gaelin Elmore was so touched by Jerry Kill’s emotional resignation news conference in October that the Gophers’ junior defensive end added a tattoo of what Kill said. Ink on Elmore’s left forearm reads, “Count on your health instead of your wealth. Count on GOD instead of yourself.” With the initials “J.K.R.K” for Jerry and his wife, Rebecca Kill, beneath it.

“He was a really influential guy in my life and career,” Elmore said. “That was one of the most memorable things that I had from his last press conference. That was a hard time for everybody around here.”

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Here is a good podcast from Keystone Sports Network that assesses developments on the Penn State offensive and defensive lines, as well as special teams. The play in the trenches merits watching, as each front has a lot to prove.

James Franklin talked up new center Brian Gaia and defensive tackle Kevin Givens in breaking down the early rotations on both lines. Redshirt freshman guard Ryan Bates was again praised by teammates and said to be in line for “substantial” playing time in 2016.

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Bill Landis of Cleveland.com has some good observations on the Ohio State defense. Defensive end Jalyn Holmes looks good. Add him to fellow ends Tyquan Lewis and Sam Hubbard, and the Buckeyes could have some nice DEs.

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The Lovie Smith era kicked off at Illinois on Friday. Smith is the third Illini coach in eight months for a program in search of stability—and success.

Calling it high-tempo and fast-paced, Smith and his staff stuck to their practice script. Fifth-year senior safety Taylor Barton described the first spring practice under Smith as crisp.

“First impressions are big, and that’s something he reiterated in meetings,” Barton said. “The first day is different for everybody, so it’ll get smoother from here on out.”

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Good story from Tom Shatel of Omaha.com on outgoing Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, who leaves with a complicated legacy. It seems his relationship with ex-Husker coach Bo Pelini wasn’t very good.

In fact, Shatel says that Perlman’s sports legacy at Nebraska will be defined most by football. And his relationship with Pelini, and the Tom Osborne-Shawn Eichorst transition at A.D., will leave a sour view by many Nebraskans. Perlman, always aware of his critics, even acknowledged that sentiment, saying, “… if my success is to be measured by the success of our football team, it would be regarded as a failure.”

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It has been five minutes since we had a Jim Harbaugh update. I apologize. Here you go: The Michigan coach recently sang the national anthem at a rap concert. I guess that is cool. You tell me.

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Why is Tom Izzo up for the Hall of Fame this year? Because Michigan State chose it.

Kyle Austin of Mlive.com notes that for active college basketball coaches like Izzo, it’s up to schools to decide when to nominate their coaches for induction. It’s a decision that’s unique to basketball coaches. For nearly every other major hall of fame, coaches must be retired before being enshrined, meaning there’s really no decision to be made as to when they go in. Izzo will find out today if he’s Hall of Fame-bound, when the 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class is unveiled at a press conference in Houston.

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Rutgers is undergoing an offensive change from a pro-style to a power spread. How is the offensive line adjusting? Line coach A.J. Blazek filled in NJ.com. It’s a pretty big change.

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