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Last summer, there was discontent  in the college football landscape as a record number of teams were choosing to head to greener pastures.  The Big Ten added Nebraska, the Pac-10 added Utah and Colorado to get to the Pac-12, the Big East added TCU, the Mountain West added Boise State, and the list goes on.

Now, we are looking at the potential for round two to the madness of last summer as Texas A&M could be heading to the SEC.  In addition, rumors are circulating that Florida State could be headed there also.

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Penn State's Silas Redd is just one of many top of the line sophomore tailbacks in the B1G

Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern actually boasts two sophomore backs. Currently slated to start is sophomore Mike Trumpy, a 6’0″ 210 pound kid out of Wheaton, Illinois who rushed for 530 yards and four touchdowns last year on just 116 carries. Trumpy is slated to start ahead of California native Adonis Smith. Smith didn’t get offers from a lot of big schools, but he has speed to burn and showed as a freshman last year that he can contribute. These are the top two backs at Northwestern right now, and they are slated to carry the load in 2011.

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Newly hired agent Drew Rosenhaus held a “press conference” regarding former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday afternoon as Pryor begins his image rehab and road to the NFL. Rosenhaus has nothing but glowing reviews for Pryor, as one might expect, as he threw to fellow Rosenhaus clients Donte’ Stallworth (Ravens) and Chad Johnson (Bengals) in a short session as somewhat of a pro day for whoever will watch.

Rosenhaus really talked up Pryor in the short presser:

“I’m very excited about this process,” Rosenhaus said. “When there is a supplemental draft, look for him to go early. Right now, people can say what they want. We both have something to prove. There’s no doubt. I believe in this young man. He’s going to be a real asset to the National Football League. I hope that the people at Ohio State will embrace him in the future, will forgive him and will give him an opportunity to come back. He said to me, ‘Drew, I’m going to be a Buckeye for life.’

“I expect [Pryor] to be a first round pick,” Rosenhaus said. “Middle rounds for this guy?”

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Entering the 2011 football recruiting season, the number one overall player on Rivals.com is wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6’6″ 220 pound machine out of Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri. Green-Beckham has been called a combination of Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones, who have been two of the best receivers in all of college football over the last five years.

Green-Beckham has received scholarship offers from every elite school across the country almost, including the top teams in the Big Ten. Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin have all offered him a scholarship, and according to Rivals, he currently has medium interest in all of those schools.

The problem will become whether or not any of those schools can entice him with their run-oriented offenses, but it’s important to note that this future superstar’s list of desired teams includes some of the best in the Big Ten.


Jim Tressel's resignation comes as a huge shocker

The Ohio State Buckeyes football program and the fans had to know something bad was coming regarding head coach Jim Tressel, but never anything like this.

Amid all the controversy surrounding the Ohio State program, head coach Jim Tressel has resigned from his position. Luke Fickell will take over in the interim.

This is a shocking move to me, mainly because Tressel was so dead set on bringing the five suspended players back for another season instead of letting them go to the NFL. Now, he has quit on his guys, even though he had a decent chance of being fired anyways. Tressel decided to control his own fate after being one of the most successful coaches in the Big Ten over the last decade.

This now becomes arguably the most attractive job on the open market, and right now, Luke Fickell has a chance to really grab it and run with it. Here is what Tressel had to say on the matter:

“After meeting with university officials, we agreed that it is in the best interest of Ohio State that I resign as head football coach,” Tressel said in a statement Monday morning. “The appreciation that Ellen and I have for the Buckeye Nation is immeasurable.”

So, if this was a mutual decision, you have to think Tressel was about to serve a massive suspension from the NCAA, and possibly worse from the officials at Ohio State. A coach with his kind of success does not just up and leave one of the best programs in the country, so there is likely more to this story that we may or may not find out.

 


Steel town may have added another player to the Steel Curtain defense.  Defensive end Cam Heyward absolutely dominated Big Ten tackles this season, but had his signature performance was against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.  Heyward instantly adds a young playmaker to the Pittsburgh defense, a defense that struggled in the Super Bowl at times.


This could be the last time you see Tressel in a red sweater vest.

By now its old news. The Ohio State football program was informed of NCAA Allegations on Monday that could potentially be major. If you haven’t heard the story click here.

August 12 is the day that trial is set to investigate allegations surrounding the Ohio State football program and Jim Tressel. August 12 is just in time to potentially cause a big distraction for the football program as it could be the deciding factor on if  Tressel will be with the program any longer.

From now until August 12 the NCAA will decide what kind of sanctions they will lay on Ohio State. It could be anything from probation, to vacating last years wins, to even all of the above plus suspending Tressel for the season. (more…)