Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Big Tentacles: Penn St., James Vandenberg, Kyle Prater, 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.) 

The elephant in the room.
Penn State hasn't seen a rash of players transferring out of the program or recruits decommitting...yet.  (The Columbus Dispatch)

The Space Between.
A few ideas on what to do with the space left behind by the removal of Joe Paterno's statue at Penn State. A statue of former Heisman Trophy winning Nittany Lion running back John Cappelletti and his late younger brother Joey may be the most interesting (if not ironic) choice. The pair's story was told in the classic TV movie Something for Joey. (Lost Lettermen)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
With Penn State and Ohio State banhammered, 2012 might be the best (if not only) chance for Purdue, Illinois, or Indiana to win the Big Ten Legends Division. One word to explain why that won;t happen: Wisconsin. (Eleven Warriors)

James the Irreplaceable. 
Marc Morehouse profiles Iowa's bear-slaying quarterback James Vandenberg, who is described as being the Hawkeye's "most irreplaceable player." This is mostly due to the the lack of experience on the remainder of the Iowa QB depth chart. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Where is the Love?
Steve Batterson looks at the lack of media less-than-positive projections of Iowa's success in the upcoming 2012 season. Most pundits see the Hawkeyes doing no better than fourth in the Legends division. (The Quad City Times)

Can Michigan go for the trifecta? 
Nick Baumgardner asks if Michigan can defeat its three biggest rivals Ohio State, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. (

Moore retires. 
A broken neck as the result of diving accident causes Michigan St. long snapper Steve Moore to end his football career. (

Now or Prater.
Chris Johnson  profiles Northwestern wide receiver Kyle Prater. (Inside Northwestern)

Anything you can do I can do better.
Rodger Sherman double dips with Northwestern player profiles of safety Joe Cannon, and  punter Zak Kucera. (Sippin' on Purple)

Illinois player profile of the day. 
A Lion Eye profiles Illinois safety Earnest Thomas.

Hey Joe. 
Hammer and Rails profiles Purdue linebacker Joe Gilliam. 

Dehn departs Wisconsin. 
Wisconsin offensive lineman Cody Dehn has left the program, possibly for academic reasons. (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)


The First Cut is the Deepest.
Michigan receives the commitment of Ohio high school rising senior cornerback Ross Douglas, who had previously committed to Penn St. You can guess the reason why he flipped. (The Detroit Free Press)

I'll have the Salmon. 
Florida HSRS defensive tackle Devyn Salmon commits to Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class. (


With great power comes great instability. 
If you thought Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany's desire to  have the power to fire the coaches of B1G member schools was a little too much, wait 'till you read the other powers he wants. Yes, this is a joke, son. (Black Heart Gold Pants)