It is a tough time to be a Penn State fan, what with the Nittany Lions coming off a tough loss at Temple that has the 2015 season looking a lot like the 2014 season. Fans, ex-players and even a kid brother of the star quarterback are venting. You know what they say about adversity: It’s when you find out the most about people. And as if things weren’t bad enough for Penn State on offense, it now must live without a top defender in middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White, who is out for the season with injury. Into that vast
This time last week, Chris Laviano was suspended for the first half of the season-opener for a team violation. Now, he’s Rutgers’ starting QB after Hayden Rettig got the nod last week. Laviano hit 4-of-4 passes for 138 yards and three TDs. Not bad. Rettig was pretty good, too, completing 9-of-11 for 110 yard with a TD. “I think the coaches made a great decision with that,” Rutgers running back Paul James said Monday. “Chris is a great player and I think he’s a great leader. (We) appreciate his hard work, (we) appreciate the journey that he’s taken to get
Happy Labor Day! In Monday's Big Ten Links, we look ahead to tonight's Ohio State-Virginia Tech game as well as a look back at the coverage coming off 13 football openers. What will Week 2 bring?
In Friday's Big Ten Links, we take one more look back at Thursday's games and see what each loss tells about about each team. Plus, two more Big Ten teams kick off tonight. Penn State has a very promising tight end prospect. And is Iowa officially on upset alert this weekend? catch up on all the Big Ten football headlines today
Ohio State's Cardale Jones was rushed to the hospital with what turns out to be a migraine headache, and reports say his family confirmed the Buckeyes QB will be OK. Also, our Tom Dienhart collected more Big Ten headlines for this Thursday.
A little history for you on this Wednesday morning: Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at the other times Michigan State has begun a season ranked No. 15 or higher. I have a feeling this squad will go down as one of the best ever in school annals. *** Jim Harbaugh says he has told his team who will start at QB. But, “mum” is the word. I will be surprised if Jake Rudock isn’t the guy under center at Utah on Thursday night. His experience from having played at Iowa is invaluable, especially with the Wolverines playing on
If you are waiting on Ohio State to name a starter, you’ll need to wait longer. It won’t happen until the opener on Monday at Virginia Tech. And when game time rolls around, both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett could see action. In the end, it seems most pundits think Barrett will get the call. But, I don’t think the offense will look much different regardless of who takes snaps, right? *** Mitch Leidner is the starting QB for Minnesota. But the rise of true freshman Demry Croft has some fans eager to see what he’s all about. Croft is
Fun story from Bob Flounders of Pennlive.com on Penn State DT Anthony Zettel. Is there anything he won’t try? He can whip Christian Hackenberg in golf. What else? “I am a better golfer,” Zettel told Flounders.”I beat [Hackenberg] by two strokes. We both didn’t play that great. He’s very competitive. He’s got a big ego and he loves golf, he enjoys it. We both do. But it’s just how it is.” *** Hey, looky here: Ex-Michigan Heisman winner Desmond Howard has picked Michigan State to win the Big Ten. *** How about this: Illinois football games now will be broadcast
This is an interesting piece from Yahoo! on the AAC, which hopes to one day join arms with the Power Five conferences. Good luck with that. Even UCF coach George O’Leary has his doubts. “We can do that (pay cost of attendance) for a couple of years,” UCF coach George O’Leary said. ”We obviously can’t sustain. When you are not getting a $35 million check, it’s hard to have that cost of attendance and keep up with everything.” *** Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio visited ESPN yesterday for a “car wash.” And, time and again, he was peppered with questions
It can be a prickly subject: Should prospects who have verbally committed be allowed to take visits elsewhere? All coaches have their own policy. Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com has an in-depth look at the subject and how Big Ten programs handle the situation. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio recently pulled an offer from a kid who was committed but still visited OSU. I mean, if a kid has verbally committed to you, why should he keep taking visits? *** The great Pat Forde of Yahoo! is out with his “Most Intriguing” lists of 2015. Up first: The 25 most intriguing coaches.