"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
So sayeth Tom on teh Twitterz.
Ohio RB/FB Alden Hill just received an offer from #Michigan. I'll have more from him soon.
I read that there was a rumor he'd tried to commit to Michigan, and the coaches weren't responsive. Then he committed to MSU.
What I want to know is:
*Are these rumors substantive?
*If so, did the coaching staff see something they didn't like? Or, was there a good reason to pass on a 4* rivals ranks as the #8 WDE?
Yesterday on the Big Ten Blog, there was a mailbag question from a Nebraska fan wondering about his team playing in a trophy game in their new conference. He suggested taking the Land-Grant game away from MSU (which they probably wouldn't care about..), but it got me thinking.
Wouldn't it be cool / fun / rivalry-y for Michigan and Nebraska to play for some kind of "1997 National Championship" or something like that? Obviously worded a little better..
I'm not sure if that guy asking the question was just some outlier and Nebraska fans don't really care about trophy games (most are stupid), but that brings me to my question.
Who would decide to play for a trophy? The ADs, presidents, coaches, or the B1G? And do you think Nebraska will play in a trophy game?
I know there's the story of the Little Brown Jug, leaving it in Minnesota and having to beat them to get it back, but I'm completely clueless about other ones.
Apparently Coach Paterno was strolling around campus and decided to stop for a moment and watch his boys participate in voluntary workouts.
Found this on yahoo this morning, he is asked about a series of topics including his tenure at michigan, the Bill Stewart situation, current state of affairs of college football, and whether or not he is glad he didn't sign TP. Thought it was an interesting read.
OSU got some good news with the results of the BMV investigation. They were understandably pleased and announced they were canceling an independent investigation they had planned. As many pointed out here, some questions were left unanswered. Presumably the NCAA will still have some interest in the loaner cars, statements from former players about car deals, shaky OSU compiance records and other car related smoke.
That leads to the obvious question; what will the NCAA think of OSU's investigation? It looks like they have established a pattern of under-investigating itself, not the level of cooperation the NCAA wants. It increases the chances of the NCAA drawing out their own investigation.
Was this a calculated gamble or just another misstep in dealing with their scandal? Either way, it could lead to tougher sanctions if the NCAA uncovers infractions that OSU should have found. Dragging the process out hurts ttem too.