Big Ten links: Michigan-ND series, Tucker Beathard show & more
This is good to see: Jim Harbaugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pushing to get the Michigan-ND series going again. College football needs these teams playing.
They’re both also on the same page in terms of reigniting the rivalry between Michigan and Notre Dame, with the goal of it starting the 2018 or 2019 season.
“I’ve been on board since the inception,” Harbaugh said at the recent Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Wayne State in Detroit. “It’s something that’s been working on for many months, going on seven, eight, nine months now. There are still some T’s to cross and I’s to dot, but I’ve been on board fully since the inception.”
How wild is this: Tucker Beathard will have a concert in Kinnick Stadium. Tucker is the younger brother of Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard.
The Beathards’ father, Casey, is an accomplished writer of country songs for the likes of Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. He co-wrote Tucker’s first hit, along with childhood friend Marla Cannon-Goodman.
It’s a streak that’s lasted 54 years entering the 2016 season, starting in 1962. It’s seen six Nebraska head football coaches, five national championships, 22 conference championships, three Heisman Trophy winners, 79 All-Americans, 297 home wins and 12,740 points scored by NU inside Memorial Stadium. It started when NU was in the Big Eight, lasted throughout the Big 12 era and has continued into the Big Ten. It’s become one of the biggest points of pride for Nebraska football — but is it in danger?
Good to see former Purdue DE Ryan Russell tabbed as a breakthrough player for the Cowboys by SI.com. Russell is one of the game’s good guys—who just happens to be loaded with potential.
Greg Hardy’s departure, Randy Gregory’s suspension and Demarcus Lawrence’s back surgery have flung the door wide open for the Purdue product, according to SI.com. Russell can bring the heat off the edge.
Michigan isn’t the only Big Ten school to embark on a long satellite camp tour. Penn State just kicked off a 5,000-mile junket. Remember: James Franklin has been doing these things for a few years.
“I like the idea of the satellite camp. I think it’s good,” Franklin told Lehigh Valley Live recently. “I think it’s probably more beneficial for some schools compared to others based on geography, history, tradition, things like that. If you look, schools maybe in Florida, Texas and California, they’re probably not going to vote for the satellite camp because they have all the prospects within driving distance of their campus. And other schools are going to be interested in it.”
Dan Duggan of NJ.com wonders what does the addition of TCU grad transfer Zach Allen means for the Rutgers quarterback competition.
Allen, who has two years of eligibility remaining, attempted just two passes in his time at TCU and spent more time at wide receiver than quarterback. Is this guy really an option under center over Chris Laviano or Hayden Rettig? But the fact that the staff was willing to add an inexperienced transfer at this point is a clear indication that they weren’t satisfied with their existing options.
No shocker here: Michigan State expects Nebraska grad transfer DT Kevin Williams to make an immediate impact. He better, as the Spartans have taken some personnel hits up front. Michigan State lost defensive tackle starter Joel Heath to graduation, then lost his likely replacement when Damon Knox opted not to return for his sixth year.
“Kevin played three years for them, he started on and off throughout his career there,” Mark Dantonio said. “He’s a guy that understands how to play a three technique, how to play a one, how to play shade. He’s very firm at the point of attack.”
D-line has a lot to prove in East Lansing.
More MSU: linebacker Ed Davis needs to take summer classes to earn a sixth year.
The team has been waiting on Davis to graduate to apply with the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility on his behalf and make him eligible to compete for the Spartans in 2016. Mark Dantonio said Davis needs to take classes during both summer sessions to earn his degree, but that he’s “on track” to graduate in the summer. Davis started at strong-side linebacker for Michigan State in 2014, and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. He missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL in fall camp. Having him would further bolster an already stout LB corps.
How about this: New Minnesota AD Mark Coyle sent a Minnesota semi to his house in New York to move his stuff. Needless to say, Syracuse fans were not thrilled.
This sort of thing is not a new practice. A Penn State football equipment trailer showed up to move coach James Franklin from Nashville to Happy Valley in 2014.
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