Friday, August 12, 2011

Big Tentacles: Ohio State, Russell Wilson, and Illinois vs. Northwestern for the throne of Chicago.

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

 Give It Away.
Ohio State will give back the $338,881 share of the Big Ten's payout it received for playing in the Sugar Bowl win that the school vacated. (Dr. Saturday)

Laying it on the line. 
Quarterback Russell Wilson credits the Badgers' offensive line as being one the reason he decided to transfer to Wisconsin from North Carolina State. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Game of Thrones.
New Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas isn't going to let the Fighting Illini sit back while Northwestern is proclaiming itself "Chicago's Big Ten Team." He wants Illinios to be "king of Chicago." (Daily Herald)

I Will Not Go Quietly.
Northwestern blog Sippin' on Purple says "Oh yeah?" to Mike Thomas' claims to the throne of the Windy City. (Sippin' On Purple)

Confidence Man.
Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald likes the level of confidence on his team. (The Chicago Tribune)

The Contest.
Northwestern QB Dan Persa is among Wildcat players in a "mustache competition." (PurpleWildcats/

And who is responsible for this Northwestern "mustache competition?"
Uh, Persa is, apparently. (The Chicago Tribune)

"Joe Paterno is old" item of the day?
"Joe Paterno is old" item of the day. (CBS Sports)

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