Happy Friday! In today's review of Big Ten headlines, we found stories on Ohio State's new offensive coordinator, what it means to flip in recruiting, and an interesting look at Wisconsin eight - yes, eight - quarterbacks. Read all of these stories and more in Friday's Big Ten links.
In Thursday morning's roundup of Big Ten stories from beat writers, we collected a number of interesting "day after Signing Day" links, including one that says Ohio State's offensive coordinator is certain Braxton Miller will return. Also, who flipped? And which two schools had surprisingly good days? All that and more in this post.
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It’s early February, so, of course, it’s time to talk about the 2015 Heisman Trophy. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is the favorite to take home the hardware, according to one source. Elliott isn’t the only Ohio State player in the mix, either. Quarterbacks Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller are all listed among the top contenders, too. So, if you are scoring at home, the Buckeyes have four of the top 12 Heisman contenders. Yep, it’s gonna be a fun fall in Columbus. *** Michigan State QB Connor Cook’s Heisman chances in 2015? They are longer than
Wednesday is Signing Day. And no lead-up to the big day would be complete without the requisite “do recruiting stars really matter?” story. Here you go. *** More Signing Day scuttlebutt: Check out this video with Barton Simmons of 247 Sports, who looks at how some big-time programs—including Michigan–are scrambling with Signing Day near. *** How much of an investment is Rutgers making in recruiting? Between the 2007 and 2011 seasons, Rutgers spent an average of $322,062 annually on its football recruiting budget, according to a review of the university’s athletics department fiscal year reports since 2008. That line item
Interesting take from Bleacher Report that says the Big Ten needs to fight back on recruiting rules that favor the SEC. The author of this piece, Greg Couch, says unofficial visits hurt Big Ten schools, who can’t get as many from top players as SEC schools on those “unofficials” because of proximity. Unofficial visits aren’t paid for by the school, so it’s cheaper for a recruit in the south to drive to many SEC schools than it is for them to fly to a Big Ten one. The story quotes BTN’s very own Gerry DiNardo, too. “The Big Ten can advocate for
In Thursday's look at Big Ten headlines, we review Purdue's win over Indiana - did you see the locker room celebration in the video above? Also, read about one Super Bowl coach who thinks Jim Harbaugh will thrive again in the college game. Find lots more in this post.
In its four seasons in the Big Ten, Nebraska has wins vs. every program it has played—except Michigan. And, the Huskers will have to wait, as they fell again to the Wolverines despite entering the game with some momentum, winners of two in a row and four of five. What’s more, the Wolverines were without star Caris LeVert, who is out for the season, and point guard Derrick Walton Jr. *** Mlive.com’s Kye Austin and Brendan Quinn have his Big Ten hoop power rankings. I always like to check in on how others see the league stacking up. Austin has
How will Rutgers' QB race play out next season? What does Ohio State's 2015 projected depth chart look like? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart points out the top stories on those topics in Tuesday's Big Ten links.
Good podcast from Pennlive.com. Among the subjects: Can the Nittany Lions compete with Ohio State in the uber-tough Big Ten East? Whether or not Penn State can be factor depends on coach James Franklin’s ability to continue adding talent to a program that was decimated by three seasons of NCAA sanctions. The early results on the recruiting trail are promising, and the Nittany Lions have potential to take significant steps forward beginning in 2016. *** What a win by Ohio State over visiting Indiana on Sunday. In fact, it was the biggest win of the season for the Buckeyes. D’Angelo Russell