Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Big Tentacles: Kirk Ferentz on recruiting, Bret Bielema, and...RAMMSTEIN? ,

(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.)

Something like a phenomenon.

Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz describes the nine-day surge in commitments to the Hawkeyes' 2013 recruiting class as being "driven by the recruiting industry right now. The awareness for younger people, it’s continually growing.” (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Michigan releases scheduling information on its nonconference opponents for 2014-2016. It includes a rematch against Appalachian State in 2014, and games against Pac-12 members Utah and Oregon State in 2015. The school also announces a two-year hiatus for the annual rivalry game against Notre Dame in 2018-2019. (The Detroit Free Press)

Taylor Made. 
Maize n Brew profiles Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan. (Maize n Brew)

Badgers Badgers Badgers Badgers.
Off Tackle Empire profiles Wisconsin HC Bret Bielema and his coaching staff. (Off Tackle Empire)

Lay it on the Line. 
Nathan Palm looks at Wisconsin's offensive line for 2012. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Kyle Rowland looks at Ohio State's 2012 offensive line. (Eleven Warriors)

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa fullback Brad Rogers. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Hungry Like the Red Wolf. 
Corn Nation looks ahead to Nebraska's Sept. 15 home game against Arkansas State and the Red Wolves' first-year HC Gus Malzhan. (Corn Nation)

Secondary considerations. 
Inside Northwestern looks at the Wildcats' secondary. (Inside Northwestern)

Northwestern player profile of the day. 
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern offensive lineman Patrick Ward. (Sippin' on Purple)

The Peters Principle.
Hammer and Rails profiles Purdue center Peters Drey. (Hammer and Rails)


O Danny Boy. 
Washington high school rising senior Danny Mattingly commits to Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class. (The Chicago Tribune)

Illinois recruiting news. 
Ohio HSRS defensive end Dawuane Smoot commits to Illinois' 2013 recruiting class. (The Chicago Tribune)

I Will Darron.
Ohio HSRS athlete Darron Lee commits to Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Zach Attack!
Maryland HSRS OL Zach Bradshaw commits to Penn State's 2013 recruiting class. (The Philadelphia Daily News)


Du. Du hast. Du hast mich. Du hast Michigan State. 
Michigan State will play UConn in front of the troops stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on November 9.  (The Only Colors)


Golden Oldies.
Black Heart Gold Pants look back at Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands' gold medal winning performance during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

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