Big Ten links: Harvey Perlman exit interview RU QB race & more

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Big Ten links: Harvey Perlman exit interview RU QB race & more

A commissioner for college football? It makes too much sense. Tony Barnhart has been beating this drum for years. The sport needs to have everyone pulling in the same direction instead of each league just looking out for what’s best for its own interest. United we stand, divided we fall, right? Look what lack of unity is doing to the Big 12.

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Outgoing Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman had an interesting exit interview.

Among the revelations: former AD Steve Pederson had a “wow” coach from the NFL lined up but was left at the altar.

Perlman told Omaha.com it was someone who was a current head coach in the NFL in 2003 after Frank Solich was fired. Tom Shatel’s sources had always indicated it was a former NFL head coach who was an offensive coordinator in the league in 2003.

Instead of landing that “wow” coach, NU got Bill Callahan. You know how that went. The program never really has been the same.

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Good column from Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com, who says Michigan enters the summer with a new swagger and a belief that work ethic can produce a title.

Entering the team’s second summer under Jim Harbaugh, players say there’s a new level of understanding with what — exactly — it takes to succeed. It’s produced a new swagger, a new level of confidence and a higher expectation across the board.

“Everybody wants to work, that’s the difference,” Michigan corner Jourdan Lewis said this week. “We know if we work we can become something. We can become the best team in the nation.
“That started last year. We saw our progression from five wins to 10 wins and we saw how good we could be. We saw that work actually does work.”

Could Michigan win the Big Ten East? Hmmm.

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With news that alcohol would be allowed at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, how many Big Ten venues now allow booze? Pennlive.com checks it out.

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Rutgers is one of many Big Ten schools that is still trying to decide who will be its QB. Chris Ash broke down the derby between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig. I think Laviano will win.

“I’m not discouraged by what I saw in the spring game because I saw a lot of days throughout the course of spring where they were a lot better,” Ash told NJ.com. “I was disappointed a little bit that night, but again, as I got a chance to go back, watch the film and reflect and evaluate the overall spring, they both made improvements. They both understand the offense. Saturday night of the spring game was not one of their better practices, which was disappointing, but I am encouraged by the progress that they both made.”

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Former Pitt RB Chris James is transferring to Wisconsin.

James will sit out the 2016 season per NCAA rules and have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The staff is familiar with James, who is from Chicago and wanted to play closer to home. Wisconsin enters the season with two senior tailbacks— Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale. The other three scholarship tailbacks are redshirt sophomore Taiwan Deal, redshirt freshman Bradrick Shaw and Sam Brodner, who is scheduled to join the program this summer.

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Iowa suffered a lot of attrition from its hoops team. Among the spots that need to be filled: point guard. With Mike Gesell gone, Christian Williams needs to step up after a pretty quiet freshman season, notes HawkCentral.com.

“He is a guy that can get you into your offense. He’s smart, he’s very unselfish,” Fran McCaffery said of the 6-foot-6 sophomore from Decatur, Ill. “He’s a different kind of point guard; he’s an offensive rebounder; he’s got a 6-11 wingspan. So it gives you a different dimension at that position.”

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Interesting piece on former Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko, who is doing some good things to help tackle head trauma.

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