Grass fields are such a thing of the past. The new thing is FieldTurf, both for game and practice fields, and Indiana is in the process of adding the innovative artificial turf to its east practice field, which used to be a grass surface. The turf, according to IUHoosiers.com, will be completed in time for the 2012 season. See pictures of the project in this post.
No assistant coaching hire may have had as much impact as the arrival of Greg Mattison to Michigan as defensive coordinator prior to last season. Brady Hoke plucked Mattison from the Baltimore Ravens, where he served as defensive coordinator. And the results were swift and immediate during an 11-2 season that was capped by a Sugar Bowl triumph over Virginia Tech.
It was known that Iowa would wear throwback uniforms for its annual rivalry game vs. Iowa State this season, but now we know what the duds will look like. Iowa SID Matt Weitzel confirmed Tuesday that the Hawkeyes will wear uniforms to commemorate the 1921-22 back-to-back Big Ten championship teams that went a combined 14-0. See the uniform in this post.
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.