Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 23, 2012

Michigan State got a scare last night, but it found a way to pull out victory at Minnesota to remain atop the Big Ten standings. But what else is going on in Big Ten and other related circles?

Well, Plus One is a minus for college football, says Matt Hayes of The Sporting News. But then Plus One revenue could be double the current deal, says Dennis Dodd of I spend my weekdays mornings surfing, reading, and collecting great links. Read the rest of my links in this post and leave your comments in the box below the post.

Attention: We have Jereme Richmond sighting. He has signed with a Premier League team, says Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. Congratulations ? I think.

Meyers Leonard might be well-served to delay jump to the, writes Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times. I have to agree unequivocally with Gould. But, don?t you get the feeling Leonard already has one foot out the door?

Lost: The basketball culture at Illinois. Paul Klee of the Champaign News-Gazette fills us in on this key missing component.

Time? It goes whizzing, say Loren Tate of the Champaign News-Gazette in a nice look at the Whiz Kids. Who are the Whiz Kids? Ask your dad. No, wait. Ask your grandpa.

The only number that mattered on Wednesday in Indiana?s win over something named North Carolina Central was 21, says Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star.

Tom Crean pushes perspective in Christian Watford?s struggles, says Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel. We all are rooting for you, Watford.

You don?t think Todd Lickliter was a good coach at Iowa? Well, just ask his current boss at Miami (Ohio), who says of Lickliter?s shortcomings in Iowa City: ?They don?t understand. It?s Iowa.?

Has Iowa hired an offensive coordinator? One prominent writer in Texas says so, writes Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Break out your bell bottoms and leisure suits: Michigan and Ohio State look set to dominate the Big Ten like the old days, says Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News.

For the Wolverines, it?s all about keeping the eyes on the prize: first place, writes Rod Beard of the Detroit News.

Underdogs forever: Zack Novak and Stu Douglass are at the core of Michigan?s basketball resurgence, says Nick Baumgardner of Not bad for a couple of kids from Indiana.

Michigan State
Magic Johnson says Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne can take the Spartans to the Final Four, writes Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press. That?s good enough for me.

Tom Izzo?s preparation and drive give the Spartans that refuse-to-lose spirit, says Patrick Reusse of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And it all was on full display in Michigan State?s stirring comeback last night in The Barn.

Michigan State A.D. Mark Hollis is thrilled to be named to NCAA hoops committee, says Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press.

The Gophers fell into the same patterns in their complete and utter meltdown vs. Michigan State, blogs Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

?Racist? accusation following a Twitter post riled Wildcat coach Pat Fitzgerald, writes Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.

Ohio State
Michigan cheering for Ohio State? It could happen on March 4, says Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. You also may bite your dog on that day. Be careful.

Penn State
For sale: Mike McQueary?s house, says

Some players like Boilermaker linebacker Joe Holland hope to make the NFL even without a Combine invite, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

The new football assistants vow to start fresh, writes Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal-Courier.

What do the Badgers need? Ben Brust to regain his three-point stroke, says Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Jarrod Uthoff-a former Iowa Mr. Basketball–doesn?t second-guess his redshirt, says Jeff Johnson of Source Media Group. senior writer Tom Dienhart posts his Daily Links on weekdays. You can subscribe to the Daily Links RSS here, find Dienhart?s work at, follow him on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart, send a question to his weekly mailbag here, and click here to subscribe to his overall RSS feed.