Big Ten links: True freshmen, transfer thoughts & more stories

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Big Ten links: True freshmen, transfer thoughts & more stories

Cleveland.com looks at true freshmen who could start for Ohio State this fall. The Buckeyes have lots of holes to fill. And Urban Meyer isn’t afraid to play newcomers. So, this will happen.

Leading the charge? DE Nick Bosa and WR Austin Mack.

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Satellite camps were good while they lasted, as Penn State got two needed specialists from the events.

Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com says success, as it relates to the camp, is hard to define. Should it be measured by the number of kids that signed with a school because of them, by the brand awareness they created (separate problem: how is that measured?), or by another factor? A conundrum.

There isn’t a right or wrong answer, except for maybe one, as it relates to Penn State: “I sure am glad we got that kicker and punter coming in,” James Franklin said this week.

Both hail from Georgia, as kicker Alex Barbir and punter Blake Gillikin both spurred offers closer to home to accept scholarships at Penn State. They’ll arrive in June, with a chance to start come September, and it’s fair to say both earned their opportunity after performing for the Lions’ staff during camp at Georgia State last summer, where both impressed enough to draw interest.

A success story!

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Rutgers’ defense needs help vs. the pass. And NJ.com looks at changes to the unit. A lack of depth and experience at cornerback could hurt any alterations to the scheme.

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InsideNU.com examines Northwestern’s interest in the transfer market. Who could Chris Collins get if a scholarship opened?

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Tom Izzo has spoken out about intra-conference transfers.

“If you transfer within the league, people say we shouldn’t be able to tell guys where to go, but when you start getting transfers within a league, the animosity, the hatred, the stories, it’s difficult,” Izzo said this week on WVFN in Lansing.

Who cares about animosity? A kid should be able to transfer wherever he wants. Period. End of story.

I do agree with Izzo on the notion that transfer situation has become an epidemic. As he notes, the first sign a kid isn’t going to get his way, he opts to transfer.

“It’s a vicious circle, and it’s one of the things I’m very disappointed in our game about to be blunt and honest with you,” Izzo said. “I think we’ve got to find a solution. You wonder why it’s harder to discipline kids nowadays, they’ve got 20 people telling them ‘Well if you don’t like it just leave.’

“These guys have done something where they just feel like the smaller programs, if you play well there you’re going to move up or definitely as a fifth-year guy you’re going to leave.”

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It has been less than 10 minutes since Jim Harbaugh made news. I hope he apologizes. On Wednesday night, Harbaugh was a special guest of Migos for the rap group’s show at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. And, of course, he wasn’t just in the crowd. He was on stage. Dancing. Here is a snippet. Video is provided.

I wonder if kids really think stuff like this is cool. An old guy acting goofy at a college rap show? Maybe it’s just me.

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How about this: ex-Minnesota coach Tubby Smith is on the move … again, going from Texas Tech to Memphis. Nice upgrade for Tubs.

Meanwhile in Minneaplos, Richard Pitino doesn’t expect any more transfers—or alterations to his staff. Good, because Pitino needs some continuity as he enters a key season in 2016-17.

“You’re never surprised,” Pitino said, while calling transfers “an epidemic” in college basketball. “I don’t anticipate it, but in this business, with the amount of transfers, you never know. … I’m not surprised with anything anymore in this business.”

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