Minnesota’ football coach sees eight to ten wins in 2016 - agree or disagree? The Big Ten athletic directors met this week and expansion came up, of course. Hey look - Chris Spielman is coming to Fox! And a look at one school's plan to keep top football recruits from leaving that school's state. Catch up with our news digest.
The Michigan State d-line needs help, having lost talent like Shilique Calhoun, Joel Heath and Lawrence Thomas. So the arrival of Nebraska grad transfer DT Kevin Williams is perfect timing. Williams was granted a sixth year of eligibility last fall, after missing two full seasons, in 2011 and 2013, due to injury. He had already earned a bachelors and a master’s degree from Nebraska and will seek a second master’s degree from Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Williams played in 23 games during his five years at Nebraska, recording 27 tackles, including 10 for loss. *** It was sad to
Great news here: Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is going home, becoming the associate athletic director at Kansas State. Kill, who was 29-29 in his five seasons at Minnesota, is expected to serve as chief administrator for the K-State football program. If you’re wondering, no, Kill isn’t the coach-in-waiting for legend Bill Snyder. Kill insists his coaching days are over. *** Chad Leistikow of HawkCentral.com says Iowa should extend Kirk Ferentz’s deal through 2023 but shouldn’t overpay. A year ago on the spring banquet circuit, many wondered if Ferentz would make it past 2015. Now, 2025 seems possible for a
Remember when Caleb Swanigan flipped from Michigan State to Purdue? He now has declared for the NBA draft but took time to reflect on his switcheroo.
If you are an Illinois football player and you own a scooter … you won’t for long. Lovie Smith is banning scooters. It’s all in the name of safety. Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette says an estimated two-thirds of the Illini players own a scooter or moped. On practice days, the two-wheel rides fill the alley behind Memorial Stadium. I wonder how this will go over with the players. *** Mike Griffith of Mlive.com looks at how Michigan State’s recruiting/NFL draft production compares to in the Big Ten. This is amazing stuff: The Spartans are the only program in
Minnesota landed a new athletic director in Mark Coyle and he's got work to do. Also, Jim Harbaugh announces some more satellite football camps and this time he's taking the Wolverines overseas. Catch up on these stories and more in Thursday's news digest.
A commissioner for college football? It makes too much sense. Tony Barnhart has been beating this drum for years. The sport needs to have everyone pulling in the same direction instead of each league just looking out for what’s best for its own interest. United we stand, divided we fall, right? Look what lack of unity is doing to the Big 12. *** Outgoing Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman had an interesting exit interview. Among the revelations: former AD Steve Pederson had a “wow” coach from the NFL lined up but was left at the altar. Perlman told Omaha.com it was
Look at this: Tony Mandarich has complimented and advised Jack Conklin. I guess this is a good thing. I found this very difficult to believe: Conklin became the first MSU offensive lineman selected in the first round since Mandarich was the No. 2 overall pick in 1989. “He’s a great player,” said Mandarich. “Just look at what he did at MSU. He’s a top-tier, top 10 player in the country, and that says a lot. “The only reason I paid attention to the draft this year was because of Conklin.” *** Great read from Omaha.com’s Tom Shatel, who received some
Is Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner a first-round pick? “Leidner shows some upside as a passer, but I’ll be looking to see if he can improve his accuracy (59.5 completion rate and 14/11 TD/INT ratio in 2015),” ESPN Todd McShay writes in an early look at the 2017 draft, tabbing Leidner the 25th pick in the draft. “Listed at 6-foot-4 and 237 pounds, Leidner has ideal size and has shown the ability to make plays with his legs off designed runs and scrambles. He’s a late riser to keep an eye on, similar to Blake Bortles and Carson Wentz.” I still
A quarterback gets hurt at Ohio State. Michigan is planning satellite camps on a rival's turf. Also, a cautionary tale about sports and social media. Catch up with Friday's Big Ten news digest.