Note: Starting today, "Big Tentacles" will include coverage of future Big Ten members Maryland and Rutgers. The two schools won't officially join the conference until July 1, 2014, and their basketball and other winter and spring athletic programs will continue to play in their respective conferences until then. However, as BT deals mostly with football, I'll cover the football news about the Terrapins and the Scarlet Knights here.
All Over But the Crying?
Penn State's hire of James Franklin as its new head football coach isn't official yet, but it's looking more and more like it's a done deal. (ESPN)
The elephant in the room.
Donald Gilliand looks at the 2013 sexual assault case involving four members of Franklin's football team at Vanderbilt that could be a sticking point to his becoming head coach of a Penn St. program still under the cloud of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. (The Harrisburg Patriot-News)
What does it all mean to me?
John Langley explains why Penn State's reported hiring of Franklin could have a negative effect on new Big Ten member Maryland. (Testudo Times)
Maize and New.
Nick Baumgardner profiles new Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. (mLive.com)
Brown Back at Maryland.
Fomer Maryland running back Wes Brown has been readmitted to the school. Brown has been suspended after being arrested for an incident involving the police. The charges involved with the case were later dropped. (The Washington Post)
Hawkeyes welcome Cowboys in '17.
Iowa has reportedly scheduled a home game against Mountain West Conference member Wyoming for the 2017 season. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)
If I had a photograph of you, or something to remind me.
Mike Mulhulland presents 40 of the best photos celebrating Michigan State's 2014 Rose Bowl Game victory. (mLive.com)
Ring My Bell.
Kyle Rowland profiles Ohio State safety Vonn Bell. (Eleven Warriors)
I Will Remember You.
Cleveland.com's Ari Wasserman shares his memories of the 2013 Ohio State college football season.
Things Can Only Get Better?
Eleven Warriors looks at how Ohio St. could improve its defense for the 2014 season.
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Jeanna Thomas also takes a look at what Ohio St. needs to fix in 2014. (Land-Grant Holy Land)
To Be Frank?
Kevin Reico profiles possible candidate for Rutgers defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani. (On the Banks)
Bo Knows Fake Bo?
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini sent a tweet to his fake twitter avatar, @FauxPelini, demanding his cat back. Faux Bo claimed that Carl Pelini might have taken it. (Corn Nation)
Oh wait, it gets better.
Erin Grace profiles the man behind @FauxPelini, without giving away his true identity, of course. (The Omaha World-Herald)