Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar is leaving to be the running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints, the school announced in a release Saturday.
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Wow. I can’t find a juicier way to open daily links than with a string of recent quotes from Michigan State’s Derrick Nick. Here’s just one gem: “I just feel like Michigan State is always the underdog and we don’t get the credit we deserve.” What? There’s plenty more like that right here. The Michigan State beat writers thank you, Derrick.
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Next time you watch a game, keep an eye on the sidelines. Watch the coaches jaw with the referees, calling them over and talking to them about a call or non-call. In the coaching biz, it’s called “working the officials,” and the Big Ten has some coaches who are masters at it.
Don’t fret if your school didn’t sign any five-star recruits during the recent National Signing Day for football. And don’t worry if your favorite team came up short on inking four-star players, either. History has shown that many good players arrive on campus as two- recruits. Really. It’s true.
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We may be witnessing Bo Ryan’s best coaching job in 12 seasons at Wisconsin. And that’s saying a lot.
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It’s time to look at the various mock brackets to see how the Big Ten is being forecast for the Big Dance. All four mock brackets that I check each week are in accord by having seven Big Ten teams in the NCAA tourney. The only other conference with as many is the Big East.
Humbled. Embarrassed. Can you think of any other words to describe No. 4 Michigan after it was shellacked at No. 8 Michigan State 75-52 last night? Credit the mighty Spartans, who looked like a No. 1 team in the nation last night. Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal notes: The Spartans put it all together at the perfect time. Yes, that sounds about right.
Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement to the Big Ten Network on Tuesday saying the league will look into a nine- and 10-game league schedule in the future.
Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gets it. He understands the need for the NCAA to continue attempts to streamline its New York City-phone-book-thick rule book. In many instances, that’s OK as many feel there are too many rules that are too confusing and too difficult to track and enforce.
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This week is headlined by two great games, with Michigan playing at Michigan State tonight Ohio State travelling to Wisconsin on Sunday. Those are the two really big blockbusters, but here’s how I see some other games falling into place after that – and we go No. 1 through No. 12.
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien recently mentioned that playing a game in Ireland is in the works for his program. It’s a brilliant idea.
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Three of arguably the best games this season have involved Michigan: The Wolverines at Wisconsin; Ohio State at Michigan; the Wolverines at Indiana. There may be a fourth involving the Wolverines this week, as they travel to Michigan State in what is the biggest game of the week.
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Keep those cards and letters coming, America. Lots of good questions each week as we head into the home stretch of the hoop season and put a bow on the 2013 recruiting season.
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No school epitomized the state of college basketball in 2012-13 better than Indiana this week. The Hoosiers won a thrilling game over No. 1 Michigan on Saturday night to move into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and atop the polls—only to suffer the low of lows last night by losing to an unranked Illinois team that had lost six of its last seven games.
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This has been a trying season for Penn State. You don’t have to remind D.J. Newbill who has overcome bigger things in his life, including a transfer and the loss of his mother. The 6-4 sophomore is doing his part to get the Nittany Lions on track. How tough has it been? Penn State is 0-10 in the Big Ten and 8-14 overall. Not having star point guard Tim Frazier has made matters challenging for Newbill and Penn State, as Frazier is out with a left Achilles tendon injury suffered just four games into the season.
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The denizens of Champaign-Urbana (Chambana to the hip natives) woke up this morning dreaming of the NCAA tourney. Why not? Illinois’ stunning 74-72 defeat of No. 1 Indiana last night has breathed life into what was listing team and set off a party on Green Street.
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Yes, the object in basketball is score. You need athletes, shooters, passers and rebounders. But good teams also possess toughness.
The smoke has cleared on Signing Day 2013. And, from what I can tell, every coach in the Big Ten is smiling as they dream of the great possibilities for all of their signees. Having typed that, let’s lead daily links with myriad recruiting stories.
The official list of players invited to the NFL Combine is out. And the Big Ten is well represented with 32 invitees. Ohio State leads the way with seven players invited.
The fax machines have stopped spitting out letters-of-intent. In fact, they have been unplugged to prevent from overheating.
Welcome to Signing Day 2013! It’s the day every coach fills every need in a recruiting class that’s loaded with promising prospects with big futures. Smiles abound and big dreams are encouraged. So, let’s begin Wednesday’s links there. How did Ohio State’s highly ranked recruiting class come together? Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tells you right here.
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There are four schools that I think have legit shots to win the Big Ten as we enter the final five weeks of the season: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. (Yes, Wisconsin still has a shot, but I don’t think it can match the other four.)