Big Ten links: Scroll through Wednesday's best headlines
Urban Meyer is all-in on the NBA title won by the Cavs. Check out this Cavs-themed speech Meyer gave to the Buckeyes.
The Cavs’ victory was a testament to dealing with big expectations (OSU knows all about that) and responding to the adversity (OSU knows all about that after last year’s disappointment) of a 3-1 deficit and still winning the series. Any team can learn from those examples by LeBron and Co.
This is pretty cool: Former Michigan State QBs Kirk Cousins and Drew Stanton want to help future Spartan signal-callers. Each spoke to Connor Cook before and after the April draft. Did you notice how MSU has become “QB U” within the Big Ten?
“It’s a good situation for Connor,” Stanton said. “He doesn’t have the pressure on him to go right away and start. They have an established starter in Derek Carr and really a young rising talent.”
“It’s a marathon not a sprint,” Cousins said. “People want things to happen right away, but I’m confident that in the long run he’ll prove his talent as an NFL quarterback and he’ll have a good career.”
The Indiana football program has a lot of mojo. Now, this: An enclosure for Memorial Stadium has been approved. I like this venue already. In fact, I think it’s underrated.
Indiana University’s board of trustees on Friday officially approved a $53 million proposal to enclose the south end of Memorial Stadium. The enclosure, part of a larger capital improvements initiative detailed in March, will add 66,575 gross square feet of facility space to the south end of IU’s football stadium. It will include new athlete treatment and academic support facilities, among other things, and allow for eventual renovation of the football team locker room. Athletic director Fred Glass said he expects the project to be completed in time for the 2018 season.
How big of a role will Penn State true freshman OL Michal Menet play this fall? I wouldn’t be shocked to see him play a lot for a unit that needs help. He looks good in the photo in this story from Pennlive.com. Menet could be the Nittany Lions’ next “great one” up front.
Speaking of incoming freshmen … Michigan DL Rashan Gary no doubt will be a stud. The guy was hailed by most recruiting analysts as the nation’s top player. His teammates are ready to help push him toward his vast potential on what could be the top d-line in America. I can’t wait to watch this group.
“It’s great to have him and now he’s here, now he’s here,” Michigan DC Greg Mattison said this weekend. “But the thing that excites me, probably, the most with that is he’s with a great group of guys that can mentor him and get him into that freshman year.
“I’m really proud of these seniors. They’ve become real men and they see a young, talented kid and they say ‘OK, we’re going to make sure he does all the right things and we’re going to make him as good as he can be.’ ”
Jim Harbaugh’s seemingly endless run of satellite camps has created a hub-bub. When is enough enough? Some cry for regulation of the camps, which for a brief time were banned. Well, a report says regulation soon could be coming. And it could include a 10-day limit inside a 30-day window to run the camps.
Under the current configuration, Michigan’s satellite camp tour is making 38 stops in 22 states in a one-month span. I have to think some type of regulation is coming.
Here’s a good podcast from the Cedar Rapids Gazette that has Marc Morehouse and Scott Dochterman looking at a number of issues, including the 2017 men’s hoops basketball schedule and future Big Ten media rights deals.
It’s always fun to read what iconic Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes. His love for the Gophers is well-documented. Here is his Q&A with new Minnesota A.D. Mark Coyle, who has a lot on his plate.
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