The subject of a stipend or cost-of-attendance figures is hot. And it looks like Penn State will have the highest stipend in the Big Ten. Check out this video of James Franklin talking about it. Could having the highest stipend in the Big Ten be a recruiting tool for Franklin? David Jones of Pennlive.com breaks all of the stipend business down well right here. Jones wonders this: Will friendly state legislatures and a possible lack of federal oversight allow some football-crazed areas to jack up the figures to absurd levels? Franklin has coached in the SEC and knows the culture,
Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com wondered if Urban Meyer could build an NFL team with his former players. Turns out, he could. And it would be a pretty good squad, too. Check it out. *** On the subject of OSU, DE Joey Bosa tops Mel Kiper’s list of 2016 prospects. No shock. Jadeveon Clowney in 2014, Mario Williams in 2006 and Courtney Brown in 2000—all ends–are the only defensive players drafted No. 1 overall in the last 20 years. And three Ohio State players have been taken No. 1 overall, starting with linebacker Tom Cousineau in 1979, then defensive tackle Dan
The numbers are in. And, the numbers are good for the Big Ten and commissioner Jim Delany, who was paid $2.1 million in base salary for 2013-14. Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com notes that Delany’s base salary left him in the neighborhood of other Power Five commissioners. The Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby made $2.5 million in 2013-14 ($1.8 million in base pay), and the SEC’s Mike Slive received $2.1 million (almost entirely in base pay). The ACC and Pac-12 have not yet released their 2013-14 tax returns, although their commissioners previously had salaries that exceeded $2 million. Conference commissioner salaries have
Happy Friday! In today's Big Ten links we look at one athletic director's stance on the idea of freshman ineligibility, a few notes on basketball and football team schedules, and a story on how loaded Big Ten men's basketball could be next season.
This isn’t great news: Michigan CB Blake Countess will transfer and play his fifth season elsewhere. Mlive.com notes that Countess becomes the sixth player to transfer from Michigan’s program since Brady Hoke’s firing. Countess’ departure from the program comes two days after Michigan formally announced the addition of Stanford graduate transfer Wayne Lyons, a 6-foot-1 corner who is expected to compete for a starting job opposite presumed starter Jourdan Lewis this fall. *** Speaking of departures, Michigan State recently saw WR Andre Sims, Jr. bolt. Mlive.com says Sims was a projected reserve and an experienced option in the return game.
This is pretty neat: at 74, former Gopher star Bobby Bell is ready for graduation. You see, it’s never too late! The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Bell came just 13 credits short of finishing his college degree when he left school after getting drafted by the Chiefs in 1963. So Bell returned to school last year, at age 74, and finished. Fulfilling a promise he made to his late father, he took three classes and earned his degree in recreation, park and leisure studies. He will be honored Thursday along with the rest of the graduates from the University’s
It looks like the shot clock in college hoops likely will move from 35 to 30 seconds. The men’s basketball rules committee will meet this week to discuss, among other changes, shortening the shot clock. Committee chairman Rick Byrd, the head coach at Belmont, told ESPN recently that he believes the shorter clock will be approved. “Anything that brings more speed to the game has to be evaluated and given serious consideration,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “This would be a great step in that direction.” *** Many people felt Maryland was the favorite to win the Big Ten next
Nick Baumgarder of Mlive.com has a good mailbag dealing with many Michigan topics, including the Wolverines’ floor and ceiling when it comes to wins—and the always fascinating quarterback situation. For Baumgardner, the floor sits at six wins and the ceiling’s probably at 10. Sounds about right. So, let’s compromise and say the Wolverines will have eight wins. *** Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett says there is no one soft on MSU’s roster. I’d have to agree. Barnett said anyone who thinks Michigan State defensive backs can’t tackle are mistaken. “We say, ‘let’s get it on, it doesn’t matter to
In case you missed this, Athlon ranked Big Ten coaches. Who is No. 1? Do you have to ask? A hint: His initials are U.M. Mike Riley No. 7? Kirk Ferentz No. 8? *** The preseason honors will be thick for Michigan State QB Connor Cook. Here is a nice one to add to the pile: NFL.com lists him No. 1 in the nation among senior quarterbacks. The NFL.com article referenced Cook throwing for more than 6,000 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the past two seasons. “He has the prerequisite size, athleticism, anticipation, toughness, and football intelligence
I about fell off my Barco lounger when I heard there will be three new bowls in 2015. That will bring the bowl total to 42. So, if any poor souls out there are keeping track, that means 84 of 128 FCS schools—a whopping 66 percent–will play in a bowl. This entire postseason situation crossed the “ridiculously insane” line years ago. I have an alternative. Let’s just let every FBS school schedule a 13th game—and only keep the College Football Playoff, OK? *** Old-time Iowa fans will like this story from Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette on how