Sunday, July 3, 2011

Big Tentacles: Russell Wilson, Luke Fickell, and a stuffed lion.

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

The "Original Nittany Lion," a lion that according to legend was shot and stuffed around 1856, and alegedly the inspiration for Penn State's nickname. It's been moved to the Penn State Sports Museum located in the confines of Beaver Stadium. And no, Joe Paterno isn't the one that shot it. (The Patriot-News)

New Kid In Town.
Russell Wilson may not be out of the traditional mold of Wisconsin quarterbacks, but Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez doesn't think he'll have much problems in filling the role. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Home field advantage for Hoke?
Having Michigan's first five games at home in The Big House might help new head football coach Brady Hoke get off to a quick start in his first season. (The Detroit News)

Welcome To The Jungle.
A big happy welcome to new Big Ten member Nebraska by Iowa-centric blog Black Heart Gold Pants. This won't end well. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Today's Top Ten list from the home office in Detroit. 
The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau ranks Michigan State's Kirk Cousins as the best QB in the Big Ten. Northwestern's Dan Persa is second, with Michigan's Denard Robinson rounding out the top three. (The Detroit News)

Learning Curve.
Ohio State  head football coach (for now) Luke Fickell is learning to adapt to his new role. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Now you know the rest of the story.
The secret history of the founding of the Big Ten Network, and Nebraska's defection from the Big XII. Not surprisingly, ESPN being ESPN is involved.  (The Chicago Tribune)

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. 
Don't tell the NCAA, but here's what members of the Iowa Hawkeyes football team are doing to earn a buck during the summer. (The Gazette)

Comedy Is Not Pretty.
The Big Ten coaches have a secret conclave to find a new Ohio State hard football coach. Hilarity ensues. (Off Tackle Empire)

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