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It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow!
Alabama put the finishing touches on the 2012 season with an annihilation of Notre Dame in the BCS championship game. And, never in the history of college football has a 42-14 score been so misleading. Truth be told: It wasn’t really that close. So, that’s three BCS titles in four years for Bama, and then seven in a row for the SEC. Maybe Ohio State can put an end to this SEC dominance in the near future. Until then, let’s kick off the daily links with a gander at the final polls, which still mean something in college football.
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Still have football percolating on my mind as I open today’s edition of the daily links. Why not? The BCS national title game is tonight. Surely, Michigan wishes it was in Miami playing. But, it’s just a dream for now. If it’s gonna happen next season, it will be because of these 10 players, says Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
First he’s gone, then he’s staying. It has been a crazy few days tracking the saga of Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. But, according to many reports last night, O’Brien is staying in State College, Pa. So, let’s begin Friday’s daily links right there.
No doubt, Wisconsin’s loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl was disappointing. But, hopes are high for 2013, says Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal. And that’s where I’m gonna start my daily links.
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Happy New Year! It’s Jan. 1, the high holy day for college football. Before kickoff, check out my daily links, which begins with looks at the Big Ten and the five bowls it’s involved with today. And one of the most interesting will be the Outback Bowl clash between Michigan and South Carolina. Here’s a nice breakdown of the game from Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
This may be the last day of 2012, but it’s the first for Big Ten league hoop action. What a great place to begin my daily links!
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There is no other place to start my daily links than with the news that broke last night that revealed that Wisconsin is poised to hire a new football coach: Gary Andersen of Utah State. Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal was the first to break the news on Tuesday night.
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The bowl season kicked off last weekend with two games (full schedule here). Well, 33 more remain! And the Big Ten will be involved in seven of them. That’s a good place to start with my daily links. Most aren’t predicting much postseason success for the Big Ten, especially when it comes to the three bowl games vs. teams from the mighty SEC.
With Indiana’s loss to Butler, it looks like there is a new “best” team in the Big Ten–at least for a week. Meet Michigan, which is a great starting point to begin my daily links.
Ever wonder why John Beilein left West Virginia for Michigan? Well, it’s all right here in this story by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.Baumgardner also tells you why Beilein is not leaving Michigan. “I love rebuilding programs, (I wanted to) do one more,” Beilein said. “And the University of Michigan ended up being that choice.” It’s one of my many links today.
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No better way to get caught up with your daily Big Ten news fix than by surfing my daily links. And there’s no better way to start than by you checking out The Roundup with Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-News. Not familiar with it? It’s a chat where Lee hits all the hot topics. And you’re gonna want his opinion. The guy is good. Really good.
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Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.
What a week in the Big Ten! Purdue hires a coach. Wisconsin sees a coach bolt. The Silver Football is handed out. At least the Big Ten didn’t expand this week. But that didn’t stop the discussion about future growth.
It’s true: There is other Big Ten news NOT involving Bret Bielema shocking the hemisphere by ditching Wisconsin for Arkansas (Arkansas?!). I have some below in my daily links. Really. The headliner: Purdue took the wraps off a new era with a press conference to announce the hiring of … ta-dah! … Darrell Hazell as head coach.
Tuesday’s shocking announcement that Bret Bielema was leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas dominates today’s daily links as writers examine why he left and what it means. Plus, Purdue hired a coach and Minnesota lost a quarterback. Read it all in my daily links.
The Heisman Trophy announced the finalist for the greatest individual trophy in sports: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, Kansas State’s Collin Klein, and … that’s it. No Braxton Miller. Read about that and other top Big Ten grid news in my daily links.
There is no rest for Penn State coaches, who in addition to recruiting prep players also must fight to retain their current players, who can transfer to other schools without penalty up until the start of training camp next August. Read about that and other Big Ten grid news in my daily links.
News of the Big Ten title game percolates, with kickoff set for 8:17 pm ET on Saturday in Indianapolis. One of the interesting stories is Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips, a fifth-year senior who will be making just his fourth career start. Read about that—and other conference grid news—in my daily links.