Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Big Tentacles: Donovan Clark, Indiana, Iowa, and more.

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

Condolences go out to the family of Kirk Ferentz, whose father-in-law, former NFL referee Gerry Hart, passed away at the age of 83. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Now on to the regular news and notes. 

You Make Me Feel Brand New. 
Mike Jones looks at the new landscape of the Big Ten that will be unleashed for the 2014 season. It includes new divisions, bowl game tie-ins and of course, Rutgers and Maryland as first-year member schools. (Off Tackle Empire)

Keeping up with the Joneses.
Kyle Rowland looks at all the renovations going on at Big Ten stadiums ahead of the 2014 season. (Eleven Warriors

Black Celebration.
Rutgers announces that its October 4th night game at home against Michigan as a "blackout" game. This won't end well. (College Spun)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Maryland will have its own "blackout" game on Nov. 15 when it hosts Michigan State. (College Spun)

A Change Will Do You Good.
Michigan State offensive lineman Donavon Clark discusses his transfer from left tackle to right tackle. (mLive.com)

I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.
Derek Reinglass takes a look at the "strategy" in how the Big Ten Network schedules Big Ten games for its prime time schedule. (Big Ten Network)

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off. 
Indiana opts out of a scheduled 2015-2016 home-at-home series with South Florida. (The Tampa Bay Times)

The Replacements.
Indiana replaces USF with Florida International. Yeah, huge upgrade there. (FB Schedules)

Depth perception.
Patrick Vint looks at Iowa's quarterback depth chart. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce.
Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson has left the coaching staff of Kirk Ferentz to open a Culver's fast food quick service restaurant in Hendersonville, Tn. (The New York Daily News)


Why don't you have a seat over there for me, please.
Patrick Vint looks at the real reasons behind Johnson's departure. That's as far as I'm going to go with explaining this one, except to say that this one may be a little too much for some people. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

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