Friday, May 11, 2012

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien's coaching style, Mike Leach praises Bo Pelini, a ship full of Buckeye and Gator fans, 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.)

Life O'Brien. 
Mike Poorman looks at first-year Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien's management style, which is pretty much in the CEO mode. (

The Viking invasion. 
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will be sharing TCF Bank Stadium with The Minnesota Vikings while the NFL franchise's new stadium is being built. (The St. Paul Pioneer-Press)

I have to praise you like I should. 
First-year Washington State HC Mike Leach had some nice things to say about Nebraska HC Bo Pelini and his defense. (The Omaha World-Herald)

You Can Call Me Al. 
Tom Dienhart talks to Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges about Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson's development going into his senior year, the season opener against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx., and other topics. (Big Ten Network)

Building the Perfect Beast. 
Diamond Leung looks at how Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio rebuilt the Spartans' football program through recruiting. Diamond Leung, by the way, is my nomination for the next Name of the Year Tournament. (

Ah, but I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now.
At the age of 56, Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz holds the distinction of being the Big Ten's youngest "elder statesman" HC since the Hawkeyes' own Hayden Fry in 1985. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Fear is a Hawkeye with a Photoshop program. 
Black Heart Gold Pants has an idea for a new Nike Pro Combat uniform for Wisconsin. Not even the most demented of Uncle Phil's Misguided Children aren't crazy enough to come up with what BHGP came up with. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Crazy on a ship of fools.
David Sokol talks about his experience on a cruise ship full of Ohio State supporters and Florida fans who hadn't quite gotten over Urban Meyer.  (Eleven Warriors)

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