Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Big Tentacles: Urban Meyer praises John Simon, Al Borges gets paid, and more.

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

Thorn in My Pride.
A proposal to preserve the traditional Big Ten/Pac-12 Rose Bowl rivalry within the framework of a new BCS scheme, which described as having"Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s fingerprints all over it,"  is not getting much of a warm response. That goes double from SEC commissioner Mike Slive. (The Tennessean)

Oh no, he didn't!
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer described Buckeye defensive lineman John Simon as "Tebowish." (AP via The Washington Post)

I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight.
Iowa is expected to have play a night game during the 2012 season, but it probably want be the Cy-Hawk Rivarly game between the Hawkeyes and Iowa State.  (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Round and Round.
A Big Ten Network roundtable looks at what Wisconsin needs to do during the spring to get ready to compete for its third Big Ten Title in a row. (Big Ten Network)

Feast or famine?
Off Tackle Empire wonders what kind of season Illinois will have under first season head football coach Tim Beckman. (Off Tackle Empire)

Is Dan Persa special?
ESPN draft expert Todd McShay thinks that former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa might be a good fit on a special teams squad for an NFL franchise, but doesn't know if Persa "fits into the NFL from a skills perspective." (The Chicago Tribune)

Raise the roof.
Michigan gives Wolverine offensive coordinator Al Borges a raise and a new three-year contract. (The Detroit Free Press)

I am not a number, I am a person.
MGoBlog speculates on which incoming Michigan freshmen will be wearing which numbers on their jerseys. Yep, it's a slow news day in Big Ten land. (MGoBlog)

From the "Well, somebody had to do it" dept. 
The Crimson Quarry wants to remind everyone that yes, Indiana has actually accomplished things  in football during the past 50 years or so. (The Crimson Quarry)

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