On a day when college football may be changed forever, here’s my latest batch of Big Ten football links. Today: More on football playoff wrangling, Wisconsin’s offensive line, the pressures of coaching, and whether or not the NCAA should get involved in the Penn State story.
It’s so close, you can see it. There’s one last hurdle to clear. And then, the holy grail of college football will be reached: a playoff. I still can’t believe it.
The BCS commissioners will present their four-team playoff proposal to the presidential oversight committee Tuesday in Washington. The committee is headed by Virginia Tech’s Charles W. Steger and includes one university leader from each of the 11 major football conferences, as well as independent Notre Dame. Whether approval will come quickly or the presidents will take some time to mull over the proposal, maybe toss it back for tweaks, is unknown. Read more from the Associated Press.
Former Northern Illinois defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis has transferred to Illinois and is eligible for the 2012 season. Davis, who spent the past four years at NIU, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in May and will work toward a master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership (EPOL) at Illinois.
Injuries can have a cruel way of twisting the fate of team. Lose a key player and a team’s season can take an entirely different direction. Just ask Purdue, which has had more than its share of key players injured in recent seasons, or Penn State, which saw several key players go down in 2011.