Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Montee Ball's hopes, Gordon Gee's spending habits, Venric Mark, and more.

Big Tentacles  -  The SWRT look at the Big Ten, and its sway over the college football landscape.

Ball hopeful for Saturday. 
Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball is hopeful that he will be medically cleared to play in this Saturday as the Badgers take on Nebraska. (The Milwalkee Journal Sentinel)

Notre Dame-Michigan no more?
Notre Dame and Michigan's annual rivalry game looks to be the durst casualty in the Irish's new partnership with the ACC. (ESPN)

(Just for the record, SWRT will keep Notre Dame news in "Big Tentacles" until the end of the season.)

The Blind-Sided.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he was "blindsided" by Notre Dame's decision to opt out of the Irish-Wolverine rivalry game. (The Detroit Free Press)

Will the Wolverine Survive?
After two big losses to Alabama and Notre Dame, Graham Filler wonders if Michigan will be able to win even eight games in 2012. That projection is a far cry from the team some picked to go to the Rose Bowl. (Off Tackle Empire)

Gee is for Graft?
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee's use of school funds for his own purposes, such as travel and entertaining, are coming under scrutiny. (The Dayton Daily News)

Analyze This. 
Bob Hunter analyses Ohio St. head football coach Urban Meyer's handling of press conferences, compares to that of ex-HC Jim Tressel. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Making a Mark.
Chris Kue  profiles Northwestern tailback Venric Mark, one of the reasons for the Wildcats' success in rushing this season. (The Chicago Tribune)

Ta'Jarvis Fuller is an ex-Fighiting Illini.
Illinois defensive back Ta'Jarvis Fuller is off the team after a case of the ever-vague "violation of team rules." (The Chicago Tribune)

The Sims. 
Joe Rexrode profiles Michigan State tight end Dion Sims. (The Detroit Free Press)