Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Big Tentacles: Andrew Maxwell, Devin Gardner, B1G realignment, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer.
Michigan State returning starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell faces competition for his job as spring practice gets into high gear in East Lansing. (The Detroit Free Press)

The first day of the rest of their lives. 
Purdue begins its first day of spring practice under new head football coach Darrell Hazell. (The Lafayette Journal and Courier)

Heir to the throne. 
Mark Snyder profiles Michigan QB Devin Gardner, the presumed successor to former Wolverine starting QB Denard Robinson. (The Detroit Free Press)

Go west, young Badger?
Wisconsin could find itself moving over to the Big Ten Legends division (or whatever the B1G decides to call it this time around). That would mean a renewing of the Badgers' yearly rivalry with Iowa. (The Wisconsin State Journal)

And speaking of Iowa (and realignment...)
Amid talk of Big Ten division realignment, Black Heart Gold Pants demands that Purdue remains their "most hated rival."  Yes, BHGP is being slightly sarcastic about that particular juryrigged Big Ten cross-divisional rivalry.

Springtime in Columbus.
Kyle Rowland reports on spring practice at Ohio State. (Eleven Warriors)



The hammer of Thorson.
Illinois high school junior quarterback Clayton Thorson commits to Northwestern's 2014 recruiting class. (The Chicago Tribune)