Friday, June 29, 2012

Big Tentacles: Denard Robinson tops the charts, Northwestern, 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.)

Least shocking news of the day.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson tops The Daily Gopher's list of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten. (The Daily Gopher)

Pushing the envelope.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon talks about the innovations to the Wolverines' football schedule made under his watch, such as the first-ever night game at the Big House in 2011 against Notre Dame and this year's matchup against Alabama at Cowboys Stadium. Well, at least they're innovative for Michigan, at least. (The Detroit Free Press)

Sign your name across my heart.
There's a petition going around to make the  Oct 20 Michigan State-Michigan game at the Big House a night game. (

It's the End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel Fine. 
The news that Michigan will play its first-ever Thursday night game against Utah in 2015 is declared a "Sign of the Apocalypse." That Mayan Calendar thing must be off a few years then (Holdin' the Rope)

Men on Wildcats. 
MGoBlog takes a look at Northwestern, from a Michigan point of view. (MGoBlog)

As Good As It Gets? 

Mike Huguenin wonders if Northwestern has "plateaued" as he previews the 2012 Wildcats. (Yahoo! Sports)

Northwestern player profile of the day.
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern defensive lineman Connor Mahoney. (Sippin' on Purple)

Fear of a Fighting Illini Coach. 
Beware of first-year Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman. Because Alex Gleitman said so. (Eleven Warriors)

Tim on a stick. 

Kyle Rowland interviews first-year Ohio State fullbacks/tight ends coach Tim Hinton. Highlights include Hinton's recollections on his longtime friendship with his boss, Buckeye head football coach Urban Meyer. (Eleven Warriors)

Learning curve. 
Iowa Director of Athletics Training Services Terry Noonan discusses changes made to the football strength and conditioning program following 13 players developing rhabdomyolyis followng an intensive training session in January of 2011. (USA Today)

Hitchens a Ride.
Mark Morehouse profiles Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)


Purdue recruiting news.
Ohio high school rising senior Jake Replogle commits to Purdue's 2013 recruiting class. (Hammer and Rails)

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