Monday, April 14, 2014

Big Tentacles: Bo Pelini, Connor Kruse, Rutgers vs. UConn, and more.

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

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore?
Michael Weinreb wonders if Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini's attempts to rehabilitate his image through his interactions with Twitter parody account @FauxPelini are turning into self-parody. (Sports on Earth)

But seriously, folks.
Sam McKewon says that despite the shenanigans involving Bo Pelini and the cat before Nebraska's spring game on Saturday, the Cornhuskers showed themselves to be a serious contender for the Big Ten title. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Kruse Control.
Kyle Austin profiles Michigan State offensive lineman Connor Kruse. (

Jack Cassidy interviews Illinois Assistant Director of Athletics Marty Kaufman about the unveiling of Nike's redesigning of the school's logos and team uniforms for six sports on Wednesday. (The Champaign Room)

Champaign Saturday Afternoon.
Matt Silich reviews this past Saturday's Illinois spring game. (The Champaign Room)

Blythe Spirit.
Scott Dochterman profiles Iowa offensive lineman Austin Blythe. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Open Season.
Marc Morehouse takes a look at Iowa during this past Saturday's open spring practice session. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Purdue's spring game.
Travis Miller reviews Purdue's 2014 spring game. (Hammer and Rails)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Andrew Coppins reviews Wisconsin's 2014 spring game. (Madtown Badgers)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Angelique S. Chengelis gives her predictions on who will be Michigan's starters for the 2014 season. (The Detroit News)

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Nick Baumgardner has three questions involving Michigan's football team following spring practice. (

My Favorite Mistake?
With UConn winning both the NCAA men's and women's basketball championships last week, David Briggs wonders if the Big Ten made the right decision in passing over the school in order to invite Rutgers to join the conference. (The Toledo Blade)

Oh, Hell no!
Matt Brown demolishes Briggs' argument, reminding everyone that it was football, and not basketball, that has been the engine for the chaos that is college realignment. (Land-Grant Holy Land)

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