Big Ten links: Football satellite camp chatter flares up again
Nothing like a late-spring tiff between Jim Harbaugh and Nick Saban, who isn’t a fan of satellite camps. I’m guessing if Saban coached at, say, UConn instead of Alabama, he’d love them. Regardless, it’s good to see Harbaugh in the news again. It had been five minutes.
Saban made one good point in his comments when he said each of the Power Five conferences continue to campaign for what they want, often creating the kind of chaos that surrounded satellite camps earlier this year. Saban said someone should be overseeing all of it.
How about this: Is it time to consider naming a commissioner of college football?
This seems like a good spot for this link: Looking for a guide to Michigan’s month-long satellite camp tour? Mlive.com has it.
Good deal for Purdue, which announced that it has been selected to represent the United States at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei in August 2017.
“We are obviously very excited to represent our country at the World University Games,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a statement released by the school. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our program.”
This could serve as a springboard to a big 2016-17 for a talented Purdue team that has lots of talent and potential as it looks to rebound from a disappointing end to last year.
Michigan State has a lot of key personnel to replace from last year’s playoff team. And Mark Dantonio expects his junior class to lead the way.
“We’ve got some seniors that are very strong as well, but I think it’s more of a junior-led team in respects that if you group the juniors and the seniors together, it’s pretty strong,” Dantonio said of the 2016 Spartans recently on WKAR’s MSU Today in Lansing.
Michigan State still has plenty of key seniors in 2016, including Tyler O’Connor — the frontrunner to start at quarterback — and linebacker Riley Bullough. But Mlive.com notes that several juniors will be playing key roles for the Spartans in 2016, too. That includes running back Gerald Holmes, defensive lineman Malik McDowell and Demetrius Cooper, linebacker Jon Reschke, plus likely offensive line starters Brian Allen and Dennis Finley. I think everything will be A-OK in East Lansing, but Ohio State still may be the team to beat in the East.
Pennlive.com has a slideshow of Penn State defensive players to watch in 2016. Who will step up along the line, the critical area? One to watch: Evan Schwan, the team’s fastest end. He needs to help bring the heat off the edge.
A big one noted in this article: How quickly can the players adapt to a new offense? That may be the most vital key of all. The biggest change is for the quarterbacks, who have a lot to prove. Running an up-tempo spread offense presents entirely new challenges for quarterbacks, who frequently have to make quick decisions while on the move. It will take more time for the quarterbacks to earn the trust of the coaching staff.
Good podcast from InsideNU.com with Chris Collins, who discussed everything from his team’s 2015-16 season to the NCAA’s transfer rules to why he has a piece of shattered glass from one of Darryl Dawkins’ broken backboards at his house.
Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has a good look at the Iowa QB situation.
With C.J. Beathard out in the spring, fans got a good look at the backup situation. It’s a work in progress. Sophomore Tyler Wiegers was shaky, but remember the “qualified” part. He completed 14 of 28 for 100 yards, no TDs and two interceptions, including a pick six.
This is interesting: Mike Riley is bringing a rape victim to speak to his football team.
“Doing the right thing is the key,” Riley said, according to Sports Illustrated. “What I’ve learned is that some things that are not negotiable about the opportunity to be on a team. One of those is certain kinds of assault, and one of them is anything to do with guns.”
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