It smells like football in the Big Ten. Let's see what the rest of the conference is up to.
Honoring a legend: In Urbana-Champaign though, it's still (always?) basketball season. The Illini will name their basketball court in honor of legendary head coach Lou Henson. The facility will be called Lou Henson Court at State Far Center.
Persistence finally paying off: From Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune comes this story on Illinois lineman Chris Boles whose road to a starting position has been paved with danger and disappointment. But his perseverance is finally bearing fruit
S-E-C, S-E-C: Indiana added some SEC flavor to its roster, adding former South Carolina defensive back Wesley Green. He was a four-star recruit out of high school, but took a redshirt year and never played for Steve Spurrier. There's more on the story HERE and HERE.
Theory of Everything: Our friends at BHGP attempt to use Superstring Theory to explain how C.J. Beathard (and GERG) are going to change Iowa football forever, or at least in 2015.
Depth chart moves: Riley McCarron, described by Greg Davis as the football equivalent of a baseball utility player, was named No. 4 receiver this past week, as reported by Andy Piper in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.
We have a winner. Maybe: Maryland's quarterback competition may be drawing to a close. In a recent radio spot, Randy Edsall noted that Perry Hills was leading the three-way battle.
Got Milk? Brady Carpenter is cute. He's also brave enough to ask Jim Harbaugh the tough questions. For that, he wins a lifetime supply of milk. (Seriously, watch this video. It's kind of adorable and that's not a word we typically associate with Harbaugh).
Speaking of Harbaugh, here's an excerpt from John U. Bacon's book, "Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football." Read at your own peril.
Starters named: Mark Dantonio has confirmed starters, or at least separation in the competition, in a couple of key positions. Madre London will be the Spartans' No. 1 running back this season.
No CFP would be a failure: In the Detroit Free Press this morning, Jaime Samuelsen says Michigan State is elite and not making the playoffs would be a huge disappointment for the program.
What is this I don't even: Pitt coach and former Spartans' defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says Ohio State stole Michigan State's defensive scheme (Gabrielle McMillen, Sporting News)
Summer camp update: Nebraska had the last of its open practices this past week. Jamal Turner is healthy, and the Huskers will use ALL THE RBs.
A proud tradition: The Huskers love their walk-ons, and the 2012 class may have been the best ever, according to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
More QB battles: Inside NU breaks down the competition at signal caller for the Wildcats. Zack Oliver appears to be leading the race, although Pat Fitzgerald has been coy on the subject.
No Union for You! The fallout from the NLRB ruling against the Northwestern players' union continues. The National Law Review offers a short analysis.
Winning but losing: Ohio State under Urban Meyer has seen a lot of wins on the football field and some key losses off it, as more assistants continue to leave the school to find greener pastures elsewhere.
What is this I don't even, the response: Defensive coordinator Chris Ash dismissed Narduzzi's comments, noting that Ohio State often picks up bits and pieces from successful schemes across the country, not just Michigan State (Ari Wasserman, cleveland.com).
Stop trying to make fetch happen: Penn State has no rivals. Penn State needs no rivals. They definitely don't want Rutgers as a rival anyway (Ryan Dunleavy, Asbury Park Press).
Baby Come Back! The folks at Hammer and Rails think this year's defense might actually be good. They seem pretty excited about this.
Make Rutgers Great Again: The Donald speaks. That is all.
No QB decision yet: The competition at quarterback between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig is not over, at least according to Gerry DiNardo (Dan Duggan, NJ.com).
Defense rules: The Badgers' offensive line is a hurting unit, so the defense pretty much dominated everything on Monday.
It's all in his head: Paul Chryst has a complex, constantly evolving playbook, most of which is in his mind, as suggested by former Badger Jon Budmayr.
This is my first ever post at TDG! I'm excited to be part of the family. :)