Thursday, June 7, 2012

Big Tentacles: Taylor Martinez's progress, Northwestern's academic standards, Bill O'Brien, 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.)

Taylor Martinez progress report. 
A Los Angeles-area quarterback coach who worked with Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez during the spring says that  “People are going to be quite surprised in how far he's come in such a short time." (The Omaha World-Herald)

Northwestern should lower its academic standards.
Because Sippin' on Purple said so. This after the school denied admission to a high school senior with a 4.0 GPA. (Sippin' on Purple)

Staggs Party.
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa wide recriver Steven Staggs. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Off to Camp Urban.
Alex Gleitman looks at this weekend's Ohio State senior football camp. (Eleven Warriors)

I've got a little list, I've got a little list. 
Tom Dienhart ranks the "2012 Big Ten Defensive Lines." (Big Ten Network)

Leaving the 20th Century. 
Off Tackle Empire's Penn State week continues with a look at first-year  head football coach Bill O'Brien and his attempt to bring the Nittany Lions' offense into the 20th century, whether it (or the Happy Valley faithful) wants to or not. (Off Tackle Empire)

Top of the Pops.
Michigan comes out on top of ESPN's list of the top schools in recruiting. (The Detroit News)

Michigan recruiting news. 
Illinois high school rising senior Scott Sypniewski commits to Michigan's 2013 recruiting class. (MGoBlog)

Notre Dame recruiting news. 
Georgia HS rising senior defensive end Issac Rochell gives Notre Dame a verbal commitment to its 2013 recruiting class.  (One Foot Down)

Eat More Midwesterner.
Spencer Hall goes off on the Big Ten, including comparing a college degree from a Big Ten school to a "fro-yo punchcard." What exactly got under Spencer's Craw so bad? Probably Patrick Vint's thrashing of Chick-fil-A over at Black Heart Gold Pants. (EDSBS)

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