Gopher QB back at full speed; Kill undecided about return to sideline
via StarTribune.comMinnesota coach Jerry Kill said he was unsure if he will continue coaching in the press box or return to the sideline for the bowl game.
Illinois plans to keep entire football staff
via ESPN.comAfter showing improvement in 2013 -- especially on the offensive end -- Illinois head coach Tim Beckman said he plans to keep his entire coaching staff intact for 2014.
Mark Dantonio, asked about Texas job, replies: MSU is 'a destination, not a stop'
via Freep.comAt a mostly light news conference today previewing the Rose Bowl, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio briefly bristled when asked about the prospect of going on to "bigger things" at a place such as Texas. The question was the result of a USA Today piece on possible candidates for the Texas head coaching job, recently vacated by Mack Brown, that mentioned Dantonio as a "dark horse" for Texas to consider.
Wolverines' Al Borges hopes offensive success vs. Ohio State carries over to bowl game
via Freep.comAfter a month of disastrous, historically weak offense, Michigan exploded with 603 yards and 41 points against Ohio State on Nov. 30. Though it came in a 42-41 loss, the show of offensive life was an encouraging sign entering the bowl season.
Hunter: Matching Archie Griffin’s feat will remain elusive
via Dispatch.comWhen Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy last night, the redshirt freshman became another threat to Archie Griffin’s long reign as the award’s only two-time winner.
No. 1 Arizona rallies to edge Michigan
via Omaha.comNick Johnson made six free throws over the final 25 seconds, and No. 1 Arizona held on for a 72-70 victory over the Wolverines on Saturday after rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half.
Atmosphere, rankings make Iowa-Iowa State an epic collision
via TheGazette.comFriday’s game between No. 17 Iowa State and No. 23 Iowa is the biggest game in Cy-Hawk series history.
Michigan State success starts with the coaches
via Freep.comMSU coach Mark Dantonio has brought consistency not seen since the program’s 1950s/1960s height.
Where do Big Ten assistant salaries rank?
via BTN.comUSA Today came out with its annual look at the salaries of football assistant coaches. And, as you can see, many don’t have to think twice when deciding whether to order an appetizer with dinner at Applebee’s.
Delany: Rutgers' Big Ten transition a smooth process
via NJ.comBig Ten commissioner Jim Delany says that Rutgers' assimilation into the conference, to be finalized this July, is going smoothly.
Barfknecht: Tim Miles joins ranks of NU-torious club
via Omaha.comTim Miles has officially been welcomed to the Nebraska basketball coaching club. In his second season, Miles has a signature moment — which sounds like a good deal, except in Husker hoops parlance it means a game you'd just as soon not have your name associated with.
Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi turns down Connecticut head coaching job
via Freep.comIf Pat Narduzzi is coaching somewhere other than Spartan Stadium next season, that new destination has yet to emerge. The Michigan State defensive coordinator and assistant head coach was offered Connecticut’s head coaching job and turned it down today, according to multiple reports citing anonymous sources.
Badgers view South Carolina as a measuring-stick opportunity
via JSOnline.comSunday brought the best possible scenario for Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and his players, particularly the members of a senior class that have experienced bowl losses for three consecutive years.
Brian Griese stresses value of sacrifice to Michigan
via Freep.comOn Monday night, Michigan’s football team got its latest lesson. With a 7-5 season still fresh for the Wolverines at the Michigan Football Bust at Livonia’s Laurel Manor, Brian Griese reminded them what was possible.
Kill earns Regional Coach of the Year Award from AFCA
via StarTribune.comGophers coach Jerry Kill received a 2013 Regional Coach of the Year Award from the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday, joining Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel, Baylor’s Art Briles and Stanford’s David Shaw as one of the five selections from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Looking at this season's B1G bowl swag
via ESPN.comIt's the most wonderful time of the year -- to be a bowl-bound Big Ten football player, that is.
Trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl a weird end to Michigan's weird year
via MLive.comAfter the Wolverines finished their 2013 regular season with a one-point loss to Ohio State, 7-5 Michigan heads to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, which had pick No. 3 of the Big Ten's non-BCS bowl destinations.
Barfknecht: Sparty celebrates, rival coaches smile
via Omaha.comI have this mental picture of other Big Ten football coaches watching the end of the league championship game Saturday night, then smiling wide and trading fist bumps. That’s what happens when you put the rest of the conference in the position of rooting for Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.
Barfknecht: Finally, lights shine brightly on a Big Ten showdown
via Omaha.comAfter a season in which big names sputtered (Michigan, Nebraska), Cinderella fell flat (Northwestern) and key players suffered debilitating injuries (Taylor Martinez, Venric Mark, Jake Ryan), relief is here. The Big Ten championship game between No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) is tonic for all.
MSU defense, OSU offense eyeing each other
via BTN.comThe marquee on the Big Ten title game says “Ohio State vs. Michigan State.” But it may as well say “Ohio State’s offense vs. Michigan State defense.” That’s what many are focused on the eve of the game.
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