Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 30, 2012

Scanning the Big Ten globe for news that matters as I wait for Signing Day to arrive on Wednesday.

Close doesn?t cut it for Illinois, says Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette. The Illini have lost three in a row. And Michigan State is next.

After losing four of five, a 103-89 victory over Iowa was just what the doctor ordered for the Hoosiers, says Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star.

An early jump is leading to highly regarded class for the Wolverines, says Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.

Trey Burke hears cheers, boos in his return to hometown Columbus, says Nick Baumgardner of

Michigan State
Catch 22: Blue/Green battle lines are drawn in Michigan-Michigan State recruiting tussles, says Denny Schwarze of the East Lansing State Journal.

After a sensational win over Illinois, there?s life in that Gopher hole says Tom Powers of St. Paul Pioneer Press.

With Lavonte David gone, the Huskers are addressing linebacker need in this recruiting class, says Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star.

A big catch before Signing Day, as USC?s Kyle Prater transfers to Northwestern. Great news, says Tina Akouris of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ohio State
Lenzelle Smith does it all in a big way, says Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The iconic OSU-Michigan rivalry heats up in recruiting, says Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

Penn State
The death of Paterno has created a deep void for Penn Staters, says J. Brady McCollough, Pittsbugh Post-Gazette.

Bill O?Brien handles double duty as Penn State coach/Patriots offensive coordinator, Ivan Maisel,

Purdue treasures victories away from home, says Jeff Washburn of the Lafayette Journal Courier.

With Signing Day looming, the Badgers? recruiting class is not exactly classic, says Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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