[Remember when we said this was going to be released around 10ish? This is one of those, 'ish' moments... sorry for the delay -JC]
Unless we want to talk about students planning on standing in the way of vandals coming for the JoePa statue, which we don't, finding interesting leads to today's links was difficult. Let's just say that football is kind of being monopolized by Paterno stuff and the SEC Media daze (see what I did there?) (also worth noting, the SBNation coverage has been pretty stellar stuff). So basically I was forced to either manufacture news like the major publications or sift through hundreds of articles to find something fun to talk about. I went with option one...
According to the ESPN Big Ten Blog via the Indy Star, it looks like Indianapolis has pulled its name from consideration. Indiana Sports Commission president Susan Williams basically told the media they should stop asking because it was beginning to get annoying and presented the Super Bowl as a better endeavor, mostly because it is. Still, now us Big Ten fans are all like, "But where do we get to have a game that isn't in the south where it is warm and sunny and beautiful and filled with beaches and..."
Look, I am not going to wax poetic about football in the snow anymore than I am going to wax poetic about competitive advantages and such. We lost our chance at campus playoff games and will play the damn game where they tell us to, right? With that said, it will be interesting to see how the bidding process goes. If we are talking about major cities with football stadiums, amenities, and interesting things to do for fans in January, how many Big Ten cities can actually pull this bid off? Detroit? Chicago? Anyone else?
I don't know. Like I said at the beginning, this is somewhat the manufacturing of news because it is not so much an announcement of where it is going to be as much as it is an announcement of what it won't. Still, with the winds of change coming, it's always fun to chat about. Where do you all think this is going to be held? For what it's worth, I vote Dallas because why won't it be Dallas? Links after the jump.Team Links:
- Black Shoe Diaries goes Illinois week on us and gives a good in-depth look at the University.
- Illinois alum Dick Butkus says kids should not use steroids and other stuff.
- Indiana Senior DT Adam Replogle is nominated for the Good Works Team which is arguably the dumbest award name, but still a cool honor.
- Indiana beats Oregon for TE Danny Friend out of Chicago. He promises Kevin Wilson is going to turn that ship around.
- The WWL talks Iowa schedule and picks Iowa State as the Non-Con special. Iowa, do not lose to Iowa State. I repeat, DO NOT LOSE TO IOWA STATE!
- Iowa RB recruit Greg Garmon pleads guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $309. I feel like that could've been a lot worst. It will be interesting to see what KF does with him now.
- Some Hawkeye history from BHGP: The 1921 undefeated team and Gordon Locke.
- Lloyd Carr talks leadership at a yacht club and then talks a lot about his time at Michigan.
- MnB looks forward even further in the recruiting cycle and starts talking 2014.
- Cool story on Michigan State's Arthur Ray.
- Michigan State is losing OL John Deyo to Western Michigan
- Minnesota comes in 80th in the Washington Post CFB lookahead.
- MnB tells it like it is and says Suh should have won the Heisman.
- Former Husker Prince Amukamara gives back to the community.
- The juxtaposition between Northwestern and Penn State (along with others) in athletics vs. academics.
- Purdue QB recruit Danny Etling turns head at Day 1 of the Elite 11 camp.
- Ohio State recruit Dareian Watkins sits down with LGHL.
- Does defense win championships? Eleven Warriors looks to answer that.
- Barking Carnival talks the Penn State football nosedive for 2012
- Apparently I am a fan of MnB today... Here is a Wisconsin preview.
- Little Caesar's is still a fan of the Pizza Bowl.
- A ton of, or five, B1G QBs on the O'Brien watch list.
- ESPN ranks the WR/TE Units
- Really fun article about former Iowan Bruce Kittle.