Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Big Tentacles: Phillip Nelson, James Franklin, Tim Beckman, and more.

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

Do you know the way to Tempe?

Nelson dismissed.
Rutgers dismisses quarterback Phillip Nelson following his being charged in the assault on a 24-year old in Mantako, Mn. over the weekend. (EPSN)

Kick Him When He's Down.
Johnny Ginter gives a not-so warm welcome to new Big Ten member Rutgers. (Eleven Warriors)

Sign your name across my heart.
Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner credits the 72,000 attendance figure for Nittany Lions' spring game to first-year Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin, along with fan friendly events such as an autograph line with players. (

Well, it's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. 
Off Tackle Empire defends Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.

Food, glorious food.
Off Tackle Empire' holds its Illinois Week Potluck session combining a round table discussion about the Fighting Illini's upcoming 2014 season with food selections including the Horseshoe Sandwich. Yes, that sounded more like a food selection for Ohio State to me as well.

When Sparty Met Sparky.
Michigan State and Arizona State agree to a home-at-home series for 2018 and 2019. The Spartans will travel to Tempe in 2018, then host the Sun Devils in 2019. (

It's Too Late To Stop Now.
The Big Ten won't halt plans to go to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, even after the SEC and ACC decided to stay with an eight-game conference schedule. (

Dry Country.
A poll of Big Ten AD's suggests most Big Ten programs aren't in support of alcohol sales during football games. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Cashing in.
Maryland's move to the Big Ten is being credited for a 5,000-plus increase in ticket sales for the 2014 season. (The Washington Post)

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