Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Big Tentacles: Brian Kelly, Dan Persa, Nebraska, 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.)

Brian Kelly - Threat or Menace?
Matt Fortuna ponders whether or not Notre Dame head football coach is bad person at heart, or he just has a bad temper. (ESPN)

Don't call it a comeback.
Brian Bennett sees 2012 as being a big year for the tight end position in the Big Ten following a drop-off at the position in 2011. (ESPN)

The End of the Road? 
Former Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will have to have a second surgery on his right Achilles tendon that was first injured in 2010.  Persa reportedly re-injured it while trying out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in the month. This new surgery will probably put his playing days to an end. (The Chicago Tribune)

The heir to the throne?
Steven M. Sipple believes that Nebraska associate athletic director for development Paul Meyers will be Nebraska AD Tom Osbourne's eventual successor. (The Lincoln Journal Star)

But on the other hand...
Tom Shatel says that Osbourne may be someday succeeded by newly-hired Nebraska associate athletic director of diversity and leadership initiatives Jamie Williams. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Boiling Point.
Boiled Sports takes Purdue AD Morgan Burke to task for not installing lights in Ross-Ade stadium. Purdue is the only Big Ten school who does have a prime time game scheduled in 2012. (Boiled Sports)

I've got a little list. I've got a little list.
Mike Hlas looks at events that have happened since Iowa last played Illinois in 2008. The Hawkeyes and Fighting Illini won't face each other again until 2015. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Black Heart Gold Pants)

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