Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Big Tentacles: Bill O'Brien, Dave Brandon, Wisconsin's field turf, 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.)

You and Me Against the World.
Ramzy Nasrallah shows how the alliance of the Big Ten and Pac-12, along with their respective networks allows the two conferences to focus more on boosting their conferences profitability and stability, while not having to worry too much about "little" things like potential playoff schemes. (Eleven Warriors)

The new guys in the office.
Off Tackle Empire looks at first-year Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien and his coaching staff. (Off Tackle Empire)

Training Day. 
Michigan State players have begun the team's summer workout program. (The Detroit Free Press)

Roll With the Changes. 
Angelique S. Chengelis profiles Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon as he attempts to change the culture of Michigan athletics, whether the Wolverine fatihful like it or not. (The Detroit News)

Shupert dip.
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa wide receiver Don Shupert. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Forward thinking. 
Corn Nation looks at Nebraska's Sept. 1 season-opening opponent Southern Miss. (Corn Nation)

Surface issues. 
Andy Baggot looks at what Wisconsin will do with the old turf of Camp Randall Stadium now that it's been replaced by a new Field Turf surface. (The Wisconsin State Journal)

Busted Stuff. 
Inspired by that now-infamous UConn t-shirt, MGoBlog gives us "The Ten Most Embarrassing Michigan Items You Can Own." Some of which have a very tenuous connection to either Michigan or Wolverines. (MGoBlog)

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