Friday, March 14, 2014

Big Tentacles: Aaron Craft squashes football rumors. Plus James Franklin, Northwestern, Michigan, and more.

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

Yes, it's been a week or so since the last Big Tentacles. A week of fighting off a cold and a possible eye infection will take that out of a person. Here's what's been going on in the B1G the past couple of days, football wise. 

Busted Buckeye rumor bubble of the day.
Bob Hunter squashes speculation that Ohio State men's basketball point guard Aaron Craft could be recruited by Buckeye head football coach Urban Meyer to be on the football team next season as a defensive back. Craft, who was a safety in high school,  claims that he's not good enough to play at the college level. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Closer to the Edge.
Maryland's loss to Florida State in the first round of the ACC men's basketball tournament brings the school one step closer to its departure from the ACC to the Big Ten. (Testudo Times)

Getting down to business.
First-year Penn State head basketball coach James Franklin begins the process of connecting with his players as spring camp for the Nittany Lions prepares to open on Monday. He hasn't has much time to before this because of those pesky NCAA regulations regarding contact between coaches and student athletes during the offseason. (ESPN)

Building a Mystery.
Plans are going forward at Northwestern be begin raising funds for a new athletic facility to be built on the shores of Lake Michigan. Plans include new indoor and outdoor practice fields for the football team. (The Chicago Tribune)

Four on the floor. 
Joe Beale looks at the worst four teams in the Big Ten in 2013 (Indiana, Northwestern, Illinois, and Purdue), and what it will take for them not to be in the bottom of the B1G again in 2014. (Eleven Warriors)

Back to the drawing board.
Michigan is ending general admission seating in the student section of Michigan Stadium after one season. The plan didn't work out so well in 2013. (Dr. Saturday)

He's Just Not That Into You.
Iowa senior quarterback Cody Sokol is transferring to Louisiana Tech for a chance at more playing time. He was third on the Hawkeyes' 2013 QB depth chart in behind starter Jake Ruddock and C.J. Beathard. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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