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ESPN writer's apology to Big Ten, Jack Hoffman & more in today's links

This is a fun piece: writer Mark Schlabach wrote an apology to the Big Ten, a conference he buried earlier this year. *** Looks like D.J. Durkin reportedly will be defensive coordinator at Michigan. He was with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and most recently ran the defense at Florida, where he was interim head coach for the Gators’ bowl win. *** The great Mike Griffith of has a good recap of Michigan State’s 11-2 season in photo and extended cutline fashion. *** Nice piece from Tom Shatel of on Jack Hoffman’s appreciation for meeting Stuart Scott, who

Mike Riley's offense, Michigan staff & more in Tuesday's links

Attention, Nebraska fans: Here is a good look at Mike Riley’s offense at Oregon State from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald. This much is certain: Riley knows he needs to change his attack. McKewon points out that teams in the Pac-12 – perhaps the nation’s strongest conference this year – averaged 33.5 points per game. Oregon State was last in the league at 25.7 points per game. Last in the league with 23.7 points per Pac-12 game. Last in the league with 25.4 points per game against FBS teams. Miserably last in third-down conversions at 31.74 percent. Last in

College Football Playoff TV ratings, Bob Shoop & more in Monday's links

The TV ratings for the College Football Playoff games set new standards. Please tell me you aren’t surprised. This playoff was long overdue for one of America’s most popular sports. So, knowing the TV numbers are off the charts … how long before this playoff is pushed beyond four teams? Imagine the money TV execs would pay for, say, a six- or eight-team playoff? *** Oh-oh: Looks like Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop is being considered for the same post at LSU. This would be a big loss if he bolts. *** Urban Meyer was pretty adamant about it

Jim Harbaugh, Wisconsin's o-line & more in Wednesday's Big Ten links

As you would suspect, the reaction to Jim Harbaugh’s hiring at Michigan created quite a wake around Big Ten country. Here are some reactions from various outlets. Let’s begin with some video of Harbaugh addressing the Crisler Center crowd at a basketball game on Tuesday. He’s already a rock star. And Harbaugh’s mojo must have helped the Wolverines rally to beat Illinois. Michigan’s coaching hire is a boon to the Big Ten and Penn State. Harbaugh’s contract takes Big Ten arms race to another level. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio acknowledged Harbaugh’s hiring, but he’s staying focused

NFL draft decisions, Jim Harbaugh & more in Tuesday in Big Ten links

The anticipation for Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan builds. This will be a huge get for the Wolverines, a move that should alter the pecking order in the Big Ten. Harbaugh wasn’t always an in-demand $8-million man. Here is a nice photo gallery of him growing up in Ann Arbor. (Start the sentimental music.) *** No shock at all to see Indiana RB Tevin Coleman go pro. The guy has done all he can in college. And the shelf life for a running back is only so long. Coleman became Indiana’s first All-Big Ten player since 2010 and set school

Jim Harbaugh, Penn State's bowl win & more in Monday's Big Ten links

Nick Baumgardner of sums up the apparent hiring of Jim Harbaugh by Michigan: “It’s a grand slam.” This wouldn’t be just a big move for Michigan. It would be a huge move for the Big Ten … and college football. A true game-changer would be joining the sport. *** Penn State denizens are still buzzing over that Pinstripe Bowl win. Why not? When the Nittany Lions fell behind, 21-7, in the second half, I thought they were done. But Christian Hackenberg rallied the team to a tie and then a win in OT. What a victory to build on

Big Ten links: More on Harbaugh, takes on Pelini & Bosa scores honor

The buzz around Michigan’s reported blockbuster offer to Jim Harbaugh still has many talking. And with good reason. If the Wolverines somehow could land Harbaugh, it would be huge. Ex-players at the University of San Diego have high praise for him, with one saying it’s this simple: Harbaugh takes losers and makes them winners. Steve Politi of thinks the mammoth 6-year, $49-million offer to Harbaugh is another sign that the college sports model is broken. Most schools lack the funds to play a coach like Michigan. How high can colleges go with salaries? And what will it take to

Big Ten links: Stunning report of Michigan offer, Pelini's outburst & more

The NFL Network reported that Jim Harbaugh has made a stunning offer to coach the Michigan football team. It appears Bo Pelini didn't leave Nebraska quietly, and that's a shame. And Mark Dantonio knows that assistant coach Pat Narduzzi will be a head coach someday and that's a good thing. ERead all that and more in today's Big Ten links.

Bo Pelini's new job, Tom Herman's status & more in today's Big Ten links

It didn’t take Bo Pelini long to find new employment, as he’s headed home to coach FCS Youngstown State. Pelini has spent the past seven seasons as Nebraska’s coach, where he guided the program to nine wins or more in each campaign, including 10 victories on three occasions. He posted a 67-27 record (.712 winning percentage) with the Huskers and guided NU to four divisional titles, but no conference championship titles. When you read all of that, it’s kinda hard to believe Pelini got canned. But, he did. *** Scratch LSU’s Les Miles’ name from Michigan’s wish list, as the

Michigan's next QB, Big Ten bowl tickets & more in today's Big Ten links

No matter who is head coach of Michigan in 2015, the quarterback spot will be the biggest issue. As Nick Baumgardner of points out, the position was the ultimate undoing of Brady Hoke. If Michigan opts for a spread-favored coach, obviously things would get a bit more difficult, as Baumgardner notes. But Shane Morris does have the athleticism and speed to at least fake his way through a spread system for a while. Wilton Speight? Mobility isn’t his strength, so that might be a bit more difficult. Alex Malzone will be on campus either way in January, regardless of