Around the League: Wrestling at Kinnick?
The News-Gazette’s Bob Asmussen examined how the departure of University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise effects the athletic department. With the off-field allegations surrounding both the women’s basketball and football programs, Asmussen half-seriously suggested Dick Butkus or Dee Brown to take over to give the athletic department a solid foundation to stand on.
Wrestling in a football stadium? You bet. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Mike Hlas, Kinnick Stadium will host an 11 a.m. wrestling match between Iowa and Oklahoma State. Oh, there’s also the Minnesota/Iowa football game that night.
Star-Tribune Gopher beat writer Joe Christensen wrote about the four sets of brothers on the Golden Gophers’ roster. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is hoping that bond will result in an even tighter-knit group.
Instead of fall camp, the news that the Memorial Stadium public address announcer was arrested for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women dominated the headlines in Lincoln. The Nebraska-Lincoln graduate was charged with five felonies, the Omaha World-Herald’s Alissa Skelton wrote.
ESPN’s Mitch Sherman talked about how the Big Ten should have a variety of offensive looks. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said that everyone in the conference has some sort of a two-back system this year.
Mike Carmin of the Journal and Courier wrote about all the storylines to watch for as Purdue enters fall camp. The quarterback controversy is still alive and well, and who ever gets the job will get to play alongside Danny Anthrop, who missed most of last year with a torn ACL.
The Badgers’ strength on defense will come up front, led by junior nose tackle Arthur Goldberg, writes Journal UW beat reporter Joe Potrykus.
The Indianapolis Star’s Zach Osterman talked about how the depth issues at Indiana surfaced with the loss of J-Shun Harris and Ralston Evans.
The Baltimore Wire’s Brandon Austin took a look at the Terps’ defensive backfield, and how it’s deeper than star cornerback Will Likely.
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press did an article on how the quarterback battle in Ann Arbor is just heating up.
Trouble in paradise? Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Bill Landis wrote a story on the areas Urban Meyer needs to see improved. Believe it or not, it’s on the offensive side.
The Times-Tribune’s Donnie Collins wrote a column on why it makes sense that Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg will see even more pressure in 2015. The junior asked the media on Thursday in a statement to not ask him about his future beyond this season.
There are five critical position battles that’ll play out at Rutgers camp, according to the Asbury Park Press’ Ryan Dunleavy. The quarterback battle between Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig is one of three positions up for grabs on the offensive side of the ball.