Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, July 29, 2015

Of the Big Ten?s three new coaches-Wisconsin?s Paul Chryst, Nebraska?s Mike Riley, Michigan?s Jim Harbaugh–which one figures to have the best debut? One poll tabs Chryst.

I?m not gonna disagree with that.


Who doesn?t enjoy a good walk-on story? Here are the best ones for Penn State from the last 12 years. Does get it get much better than Matt McGloin?

As a fifth-year senior, McGloin led the Big Ten with 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns that season and showed new-found efficiency with just five interceptions.


Big Ten media days begins this Thursday. And Dustin Hockensmith of has a video preview.


The impending media days have the great Tom Shatel of fired up to talk some football. Finally, right?

The Big Ten West race intrigues Shatel, as it should. He notes that some magazines have Minnesota as a trendy sleeper pick, and the Gophers do host Wisconsin and Nebraska. But there?s clearly not enough trust factor there in Jerry Kill?s program to pick it on top. Wisconsin travels to Minny and Lincoln and has a new coach, but Wisconsin is the most proven commodity of the bunch. Nebraska seems to have earned a solid No. 2 status in four seasons.

I?m trying to figure out what Nebraska has done to merit being picked ahead of Minnesota. Can someone help me?


You know you haven?t arrived until you have had a butter sculpture made of you.

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer will be honored at the Ohio State fair with a life-size butter sculpture. The sculpture also includes Brutus Buckeye, and Ohio State helmet and a replica of the National Championship trophy.


One of the best camp stories at Michigan State will be the running backs, as the Spartans look to replace Jeremy Langford.

Third-year sophomore Gerald Holmes and redshirt freshman Madre London emerged atop the depth chart in spring drills for Michigan State, while LJ Scott is an incoming freshman and junior Delton Williams is returning sans scholarship with the possibility of a multi-game suspension.


Remember those ?Legends? jerseys that Michigan made a big who-ha about? Well, Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon are gone-and so are the ill-conceived jerseys. Thank goodness. notes that the athletic department announced the news Tuesday, closing the program Brandon started after four seasons. Additionally, Michigan will retire the numbers 48 (Gerald Ford), 87 (Ron Kramer), 11 (the Wistert brothers), 98 (Tom Harmon), 47 (Bennie Oosterbaan) and 21 (Desmond Howard) in an official ceremony prior to the team's home game against Ohio State on Nov. 28.

Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett says part of the decision to remove the Legends uniforms from circulation came after speaking with the current team's players about the situation.


There is some honest-to-goodness optimism around Purdue football this year after Darrell Hazell netted one Big Ten win his first two seasons. A big reason for the optimism: A veteran offensive line.

?We're finally in a position with the offensive line, which is the most important position, to be able to do the things you want to do — pass protect, run the football,? Hazell says. ?But you also evaluate the other players — quarterbacks, running backs, receivers — and you can't evaluate those guys if you don't have an offensive line. That's kind of been some of our issues in the past.?

Watch center Robert Kugler, the best of Purdue?s bunch.


Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette has a nice four-part series with Iowa A.D. Gary Barta.