Friday, May 25, 2012

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien on spring practice, Brian Frentz's qualifications, Asa Parseghian, and more.

(Big Tentacles is the SWRT look at the Big Ten, its sway over the college football landscape and that school in South Bend it not-so-secretly covets.)

New Kid in Town. 
Bill O'Brien reviews his first spring practice as the head football coach of Penn State, and looks forward to the start of of the 2012 season. (

Where Do We Go From Here?
Hail to the Orange asks "What's the next step" for the Illinois football program. For the blog, it comes down to first-year Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman to be what Haden Fry was for Iowa. (Hail to the Orange)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Steve Batterson looks ahead to the 2015 and 2016 Iowa football schedule, which features the Hawkeyes playing inconference season openers against Northwestern and Minnesota respectively. This is only the fourth time this has happened since Kirk Ferentz became Iowa HC in 1999. (The Quad City Times)

Keeping nepotism in the family. 
Off Tackle Empire looks at first-year Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz, and whether or not he has any qualifications for the job beyond being the son of Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz. (Off Tackle Empire)

Are You Gonna Go My Way?
Ohio State players are following first-year Buckeye HC Urban Meyer's orders to spend their summer NCAA-mandated off-time from coaching supervision focusing on improving their on-the-field performance. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end. 

Coaching legend Asa Parseghian's talks about his eight years as Northwestern head football coach from 1956-1963. Parseghian went on to coach Notre Dame for eleven seasons, including two "national championships." (The Daily Northwestern)

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