News of Jerry Kill’s abrupt retirement stirred the Big Ten yesterday. It was a sad day for college football, as the sport lost one of its good guys. Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a look at how Kill was struggling with his medications. And here is a good look back at Kill’s three-decade career. He was one of the best on many levels and will be missed. We all wish him good health and a happy life. But how will this impact the program he leaves behind? Can Minnesota retain the momentum Kill has started? [MORE:
I shouldn’t have been surprised to see the e-mail. But, I still was caught off guard. There it was, glowing on my computer screen: “University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill announced this morning that he is retiring from his position effective immediately due to health reasons.”
To say Purdue’s season has been a disappointment to date would be an understatement. The team looked like it may be poised for a breakthrough of sorts in its third year under Darrell Hazell. It hasn’t happened, as the Boilermakers are 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] But that
Well, this isn’t ideal. Iowa’s C.J. Beathard still isn’t 100 percent as Maryland comes to Iowa City. Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com says Beathard led now-No. 10 Iowa to a 40-10 win at Northwestern on Oct. 17 despite an injury to his right groin that limited his mobility. On his last snap in that win, early in the fourth quarter, Beathard was knocked to the ground by Northwestern safety Godwin Igwebuike and was very slow to get up and return to the Iowa sideline. “I think I’m a lot healthier. It was hurting after the Northwestern game,” Beathard said. “Luckily, we
With the season about to hit the home stretch, the Big Ten still has three teams unbeaten: Iowa (7-0), Michigan State (8-0) and Ohio State (8-0). What are some potential fatal flaws for each of the unbeatens?
Week 9 is another light menu, with just five games for a second week in succession. Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State are off this Saturday.
What-if scenarios? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh isn’t interested in them after that brutal loss to Michigan State. “I’m not into the ‘if this, if that’ type of scenarios,” Harbaugh said Monday. “If worms had machine guns then birds (would) be scared of them. “We’re looking to (define) our season over the next number of games that we play.” What did Harbaugh say? Worms? Machine guns? Never change, Jim Harbaugh. Never. Change. *** J.T. Barrett looked pretty good in his first 2015 start. How did he keep a starter’s mentality while backing up Cardale Jones? Cleveland.com has a good look at Barrett.
It’s that time of the week when I dig into my Big Ten Mailbag and answer your pressing questions. Injuries seem to be a theme, and one fan is worried about Nebraska’s postseason fate.
From a Big Ten vantage point, not much changed in Jerry Palm's latest bowl projections. Palm still has Ohio State as the No. 1 seed in the playoff, taking on No. 4 Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
The great Mike Griffith thinks Michigan State’s win vs. Indiana sent a statement about the Spartans’ title hopes. “We’re 8-0,” coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’ve got an opportunity to be off and not practice for a week, regain ourselves in terms of our health, and move forward.” It hasn’t always been pretty. How ugly has it been? Four of the Spartans’ victories this season come down to the final possession. “The bottom line is we know how to win, (and) we’ve learned how to win close games,” said Dantonio, whose program has won seven straight times in games decided by