Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Big Tentacles: Junior Hemingway, Mark Dantonio, and...Nick Saban and Les Miles?

Don't mind us. We're just visiting.
 (Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten and the schools it not-so-secretly covets.) 

Hail to the Victors.
Michigan beats Virginia Tech in overtime to win the Sugar Bowl 23-20. A football team whose head football coach is named Hoke beat a football team nicknamed the Hokies. Ponder that for a while. (

Junior Achievement. 
Michigan wide receiver Junior Hemingway named Sugar Bowl MVP. (The Detroit Free Press)

Floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee.
Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio channeled Muhammad Ali while talking to the press after the Spartans beat Georgia in the Outback Bowl. (The Grand Rapids Press)

Where Do We Go From Here?
Michigan State is at the crossroads as 2012 sees it trying to build upon the success of the 2011 season without seniors such as quarterback Kirk Cousins. (The Detroit Free Press)

Mercilus Rising. 
Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus enters the 2012 NFL Draft. (CBS Sports)

This behavior's not unique.  
Iowa left tackle Riley Reiff enters the 2012 NFL Draft. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend. Come inside! Come inside!
The search for Joe Paterno's replacement at Penn State is still going on. (ESPN)

Staying the course.
Northwestern will reportedly retain the current coaching staff of head football coach Pat Fitzgerald, despite a lackluster 2011 season. (The Chicago Tribune)

You look me in the eye and tell me that I'm satisfied.
Hilary Lee comments on the dissatisfaction with the direction of the Big Ten. (Off Tackle Empire)

All Roads Lead to Rome. 
Edward Aschoff looks at Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and LSU head football coach Les Miles' Big Ten ties to Michigan State and Michigan. Rub it in, will ya? (ESPN)

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