Thursday, February 10, 2011

Big Tentacles: Player of the Year candidates, Purdue, Tom Izzo, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.)

The Big Ten is 115 years old. That's almost as old as Joe Paterno. (I kid, I kid.) (Corn Nation)

In the hunt. Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, Purdue forward JaJuan Johnson, and Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor all make the top ten in the latest AnnArbor.com Player of the Year Poll of journalists. They're all running behind America's New Mancrush, Jimmer Fredette of BYU, though. (AnnArbor.com)

Run This Town. Purdue pretty much owns the state of Indiana when it comes to college basketball these days. (TheSportsBank.net)


And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder. Northwestern's lost to Michigan Wednesday night all but ends the Wildcats' chances to get in the NCAA Tournament. (Lake the Posts)

Misery loves company. But if it makes Northwestern fans feel better, Michigan probably won't make the NCAA Tournament, either. (Maize n Brew)

Things could be worse for Tom Izzo. He could have taken that job coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Detroit Free Press)

Star struck. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis hopes to get some film stars associated with military movies to be on the sidelines when the Spartans face North Carolina on an aircraft carrier next season on Veteran's Day. (Detroit Free Press)

Scouting the enemy.  Corn Nation takes a look at it's soon to be new neighbors in the Big Ten blog neighborhood over at SB Nation. Don't worry, guys. Black Heart Gold Pants only looks scary.  (Corn Nation)

FOOTBALL

That's a joke, son. Did you hear the story about former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer to handle the Nebraska football program's media relations? Well it apparently is a hoax. (Corn Nation)

Rich Rodriguez compares himself to The Shawshank Redemption's Andy Dufresne. Does that make Denard Robinson Red Redding? (Detroit Free Press)

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