In Friday's Big Ten news headlines, former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says on the radio that he is "hopeful and positive" that interim head coach Tracy Claeys will be given the job permanently. Also, could Michigan State be in trouble vs. Nebraska? How talented is Michigan's Jabril Peppers? And what will Cardale Jones do now that's he's the starting quarterback at Ohio State again? Catch up on all of these stories and more.
On Wednesday, BTN's Dave Revsine talked to Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director, an they discussed the new championship sites, the latest rankings and more. Also, Pat Forde has news on Purdue's Darrell Hazell while Michigan State's offensive line appears to be healthier. What's sparked the improvement in Penn State's Christian Hackenberg lately? And Michigan expects Jake Rudock to play this weekend.
With J.T. Barrett suspended for this week’s Minnesota game, Braxton Miller will back up Cardale Jones. What are reasonable expectations for Miller? The gang at Cleveland.com debates it in this video. Don’t be shocked if Miller takes some snaps. I sure as heck would use him under center. He’s the most dynamic weapon in the nation. *** Mlive.com has a good look at some interesting numbers surrounding Michigan State. And here’s an interesting one: The Spartans haven’t lost a Big Ten road game in three years. MSU last lost a Big Ten road game on Oct. 20, 2012, at Michigan.
So, J.T. Barrett will forfeit his scholarship? On Monday, Urban Meyer said that Barrett would have to complete counseling through the school and would also forfeit his scholarship for a term. But, Barrett will remain a captain. OK. I guess I don’t see the connection with getting arrested for OWI and having your scholarship revoked. Seems unprecedented for such a transgression in all my years in the business. Interesting. *** Did Purdue have a breakthrough win vs. Nebraska? The great Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel checks it out. “It will certainly help,” Darrell Hazell said. And then, “From
It was great to see Corey Clement back on the field. And, he looked good vs. Rutgers. He will be an NFL player—at least that’s his plan. After rushing 11 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Rutgers, Clement intimated the NFL remains an option after this season and he will eventually discuss the matter with head coach Paul Chryst. “Who knows at the end of this year who brings what to the table?” he said. “I’ve still got to talk to coach Chryst and he’ll tell me if it is a good idea or not. But at
Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is out for Saturday, so who steps in? What does Northwestern need to do in the bye week? Tom Izzo has high praise for a new big man - high, high praise. And did you read this story about how Jerry Kill's generosity with children suffering from seizures changed one boy's life? Tom Dienhart gives you one more spin around the Big Ten headlines on this Friday before Week 9 games kick off Saturday.
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:
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
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.
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